Science in action

The podcast about security and disaster research in practice

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In the new DCNA podcast, we give a voice to "science in action":

We illuminate crisis and disaster research from different perspectives, look behind the scenes of scientific work and give concrete insights into the work of researchers and emergency services.

How are research results transferred to the relevant authorities? Which disciplines belong to disaster research? What does the work of scientists and emergency services look like? We ask our guests these questions and many more in the “Science in action” podcast. Our podcast is currently only available in German.

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Season 2

Industrial disasters no longer happen as often as they used to but the consequences of these accidents can still be devastating today. In order to prevent industrial disasters, prevention and a good safety culture are needed, says Harald Raupenstrauch (professor at Montanuniversität Leoben) in this episode on industrial hazards.

Robots and drones can support firefighters in forest fires, among other things, and ensure greater safety. In this episode of "Science in Action" we look at which tasks automated helpers can still take on, why science and practice have to work closely together in this area and what the voluntary fire brigade of Graz University of Technology is all about. Guests are the President of the Austrian Federal Fire Brigade Association Robert Mayer and Gerald Steinbauer-Wagner - Professor at Graz University of Technology and expert in the field of robotics.

Epizootics such as bird flu can spread quickly and then become a huge problem, especially for farms. In this episode of "Science in Action" we discuss, among other things, why these diseases are managed in a similar way to crises and disasters, why dogs are soon to be used to track down African swine fever and why climate change might soon bring new animal diseases to Austria. Our guests are animal health experts Christina Riedl and Florian Fellinger.

Further severe earthquakes in Turkey are likely in the coming years but it is generally not possible to precisely predict when earthquakes will hit. Find out why and how we can protect ourselves from the effects of earthquakes nevertheless in the first episode of Season 2. We talked to GeoSphere Austria seismologist Rita Meurers and the former geophysics head at the Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics Wolfgang Lenhardt.

Season 1

Barbara Juen, psychologist at the University of Innsbruck and renowned expert in the field of crisis intervention, talks about mental health as part of public health - especially in the context of crises and disasters.

Unfortunately, we cannot protect ourselves 100 percent from catastrophes of all kinds. But we can better understand and assess the corresponding risks and thus react better in the event of a disaster. In this episode, we discuss how this can be achieved in concrete terms and what role risk research plays. Our guest is André Gazsó from the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Mass movements can be sudden and devastating, or they can be very slow. We talk to Barbara Schneider-Muntau from the University of Innsbruck about mass movements, their effects on Austria's natural and urban areas, and how research is carried out on them.

In this episode, we talk to Helmut Habersack, Head of the Institute for Hydraulic Engineering, Hydraulics and River Research at BOKU Vienna, about floods in general and what research and practice have learned from the 2002 flood disaster.

Harald Vacik (BOKU Vienna) talks about how many forest fires there are in Austria and how emergency services and research deal with them, why there are more forest fires in Austria, and what we have to expect in the future.

Stefan Rass (Johannes Kepler University Linz) and Günter Gruber (Technical University Graz) on modern critical infrastructure, intelligent systems in use and the role of waste water - and what happens when the waste water disposal does not work.

Intro music:
"Rollin at 5" Kevin MacLeod (
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