LINKS Advisory Committee

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The LINKS Advisory Committee (LAC) holds a critical position within the overarching LINKS Community. Its composition comprises invited professionals and experts representing diverse stakeholder organizations that align with the target groups of the LINKS project. The primary functions of the LAC encompass advising, informing, and validating the developments and outcomes arising from the project. The fundamental aim of the LAC is to convene and actively engage multidisciplinary stakeholders, including representatives from associations within the project consortium, with the overarching objective of attaining validated and practical results. To achieve this objective, the LAC conducts extensive discussions on the project's outcomes, with particular emphasis on in-depth integration into the domain of public safety and security. Notably, the LAC convenes at strategic junctures during the project lifecycle to ensure the generation of well-planned and beneficial outputs.

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Developers and Researchers

Name Profile
Adam Widera Managing Director at Competence Center Crisis Management at ERCIS - European Research Center for Information Systems, University Muenster; Germany
Florian Roth Research Associate at School of Management and Law Center for Corporate Responsibility ZHAW at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur; Switzerland
Meinald T. Thielsch apl. Professor with a focus on Organisational Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, University Muenster; Germany
Rainer Koch Professor (mech. engineering, IT-application), European security researcher since FP6, Volunteer Fire Officer (silver level) for about 25 years, ISO/TC 292: Convenor WG3 “Emergency management”, Paderborn/Dortmund, Germany
Sara Bonati Researcher with a focus on risk perception and vulnerability, Università degli studi di Genova 
DISFOR - Dipartimento di scienze della formazione, Italy


Name Profile
Ulrich Cimolino Assistant Firechief, FRS Duesseldorf, Lead of Staff unit for climate change-related major events and cooperation with science and research & head of Working Group "Wildfire" German Fire Brigade Association; Germany
Hauke Speth Head of Department at State Fire Academy of North-Rhine Westphalia (IdF NRW); Germany
Gianmario Gnecchi Technical Fire Officer (Lt.Col.) & Managing Director the Regional Fire and Rescue Service School in Lombardia; Italy
Anouk Ros Advisor on Crisis Management for the Rode Kruis NL, Netherlands
Franz Petter Assistant Fire Chief, FRS Hamburg, President of the vgbf (Vereinigung zur Gefahrstoff- und Brandschutzforschung), Germany / Austria
Stephen Hines Clinical Tutor Integrated Patient Care at London ambulance; UK
Rein Hof Business Conduct Specialist, Service Centre Politie Nederland; Netherlands


Name Profile
Jan Müller-Tischer Jan Müller-Tischer, Owner of crisis-communication training company 'Vor der Lage' and member of VOST-DE; Germany


Name Profile
Emily Hough Editor in Chief ret. of the Crisis Response Journal, Director at Crisis Management; UK

Policy & Decision Makers

Name Profile
Kaili Tamm Chief Digital Officer at Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Former Advisor to the Ministry of Interior; Estonia

Civil Society

Name Profile
Iratxe Gomez Susaeta Social Media Manager (VOST Europe) & GEMMA Presales manager at ATOS, IT-company; Spain
Volker Tondorf Cross-border Emergency Care & Civil Protection / Social Media Emergency Management

Chief digital reconnaissance (VOST THW), Germany Liaison Officer VOST Europe