Seven panel discussions will be held, where experts will exchange views on current prevention topics. You can find details of the content and the people involved below. The audience will be involved in the discussions. The events will take place in room „Eilenriedehalle B“.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

  • DPT-Foyer

    10:00 - 11:30
    Frederick Groeger-Roth
    Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony (CPC)

    In most position papers and statements on the upcoming cannabis legalisation, "more prevention" is demanded, claimed or promised as well, in a bullet point at the end, but often the point remains rather vague or is concretised as "more education". In contrast, there is a solid research base that shows that warnings and dramatisation rarely lead to behavioural change and that there are science-based alternatives, starting with efficient behavioural prevention programmes in schools, even from primary school age. Furthermore, the basic principles of effective environmental prevention can be applied to the needed transformation of existing regulatory, economic and physical environments to make it easier and more natural to consume less, better or not at all. However, there are various hurdles and obstacles for the broad anchoring of effective measures, including the discourses of the alcohol, tobacco and cannabis lobbies: "individual freedom and responsibility", "personal choice", "responsible consumption" are the feel-good concepts with public appeal.

    The guiding question for the panel is therefore: how must the prevention field position itself in the future so that our consumption- and living-environments can be shaped in favour of prevention and harm reduction?

    In this colloquium, prevention experts will discuss the possibilities, resistances, and necessary narratives that need to be considered if thorough, science-based and courageous measures of behavioural and, above all, environmental prevention are to be introduced. What can we learn from other countries in this regard? What should we have learned from alcohol and tobacco prevention?

    Burkhard Blienert, Commissioner of the Federal Government for Drug and Addiction Policy
    The current Drug and Addiction Commissioner of the Federal Government, Burkhard Blienert, took up office on 12 January 2020. Blienert has been actively engaged in drug and addiction policy issues for about 10 years. In the 18th legislative period (2013-2017), he was a member of the German Bundestag, representing his parliamentary group as a regular member of the Committee on Health, the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs as well as the Budget Committee. During this time, Blienert was his parliamentary group’s rapporteur for issues relating to drugs and addiction.
    Since 1990, Blienert has been a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). He has worked for the SPD party executive committee and served as policy officer of the SPD group in the Land parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, responsible for school and education, sports and petitions.
    Burkhard Blienert studied politics, modern history and sociology (Master’s) and completed the first state examination for lower secondary education in social sciences, history and pedagogy.
    As a member of the German Bundestag, Blienert sat on the Board of Trustees of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (BpB), on the Administrative Council of the German National Library and the Hörfunkrat Deutschlandradio broadcasting council as well as on the Administrative Council of the German Federal Film Board (FFA). Currently, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Federal Cultural Federation, the National Society of Labour Welfare (AWO), the United Services Union (ver.di), the association “Against Oblivion - For Democracy” of the German Thomas Mann Society as well as the Paderborn district council.
    Dr. med. Gregor Burkhart, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
    The CV will be posted soon.
    Andrea Hardeling, German Head Office for Addiction Issues e.V.
    Social worker, additional training in systemic counselling, social management and organisational development.
    Since 2010, managing director of the Brandenburg Office for Addiction Issues.
    Member of the advisory board on gambling addiction.
    Spokeswoman of the Federal Association of State Offices for Addiction Issues.
    Member of the Board of the German Centre for Addiction Issues.
    Ricarda Henze, Lower Saxony Regional Office for Addiction Issues e.V.
    Ricarda Henze holds a degree in social science and has also studied public health. Since 2005, she has been working as an drug prevention officer at the Lower Saxon Office for Addiction Issues; since 2019, she has been deputy managing director.

    The focus of her work is to coordinate the Lower Saxony's state-funded drug prevention specialists. To this end, she systematically communicates relevant information, offers further training and conferences, develops materials and documents the work of the professionals at the state level. In order to adequately take into account new needs and developments in prevention work, she develops new projects and programmes or introduces existing evaluated programmes in Lower Saxony.

    In her function, Ms Henze networks in many ways at federal and state level. This enables her to keep abreast of developments and needs from daily prevention work and to communicate these to federal and state institutions such as ministries, associations, academia and to pass on innovations from these areas to the local actors. In her work, it is important to her that as much as possible and as good as possible needs-based drug prevention reaches the local population.
    Maximilian von Heyden

  • DPT-Foyer

    12:00 - 13:30
    Prof. Dr. Marlies Kroetsch
    University of Applied Sciences Hannover

    Childhood is a phase of life that is marked by special needs and vulnerabilities. The Corona pandemic has shown that crises have a particular impact on children and that their needs are not sufficiently taken into account. However, even before the Corona pandemic, it was clear that children's rights are not being considered enough and are far from being resistant to crisis in Germany.
    Similar to the pandemic, it is also evident in prevention work that for a long time children were perceived as problem carriers rather than as those in need of protection and as holders of their own rights.

    Especially the debate on children's rights shows that a significant effort must be made to bring about the change needed for the future. The main topic of the 27th German Prevention Congress therefore focuses on children at the heart of prevention.

    This panel will address the debate concerning children's needs in the field of prevention and examine it in light of these and other questions:

    What are current needs and central components of prevention for children?

    Who is prevention aimed at in relation to children? To the children themselves, to specific institutions or to their legal guardians? And who is responsible for it?

    How is the topic of prevention in relation to children currently being addressed politically? What is missing?

    What role do children's rights play in prevention?

    How can child protection concepts contribute to prevention?

    Which topics will be more important in the future? Which new topics will be added?

    Jerome Braun
    Elena Lamby
    Ulrike Minar, Child Protection Center Hamburg
    Ulrike Minar studied social science at the University of Hannover. She is a §8a (SGB VIII) specialist, has worked for several years in counseling at the Child Protection Center Hannover and has led trauma pedagogical projects in schools. She has worked as a consultant for child and youth welfare and is head of the Child Protection Center Hamburg.

  • DPT-Foyer

    14:00 - 15:30
    Bianca Biwer

    The digital world is increasingly dominating our everyday lives. However, increased digitalization of daily life also presents new security risks in addition to the convenience it brings. Private users are particularly vulnerable when criminals become active on the Internet. The opportunities for cybercriminals and the manifestations of cybercrime are diverse and constantly evolving.

    For example, phishing, ransomware or malware can cause great financial damage to those affected. The goal of cybercriminals is to use such methods to spy on access data or personal information, encrypt files and data, and extort a ransom or take control of systems.

    So-called hate crime on the Internet, sexual offenses such as cybergrooming or sexting, and various other offenses can also be classified under the term cybercrime and are becoming increasingly common in today's digital society.

    Cybercrime, in whatever form, can have severe consequences for individuals and victims. These include not only immense financial and economic damage, but also serious psychological suffering among those affected and a fear of repeat victimization.

    Due to advancing digitalization and the severe consequences of cybercrime, new developments in the field of digital security are essential at ever shorter intervals.

    In this panel, questions around the manifestations of cybercrime, the perpetrator groups, the dangers, the consequences and possible preventive measures will be discussed.

    Robert Hoyer, Federal Office for Information Security
    Since 12/2020:
    Federal Office for Information Security
    Unit WG 31 – Basic Issues of Digital Consumer Protection and Cooperations

    01/2007 – 11/2020:
    Consumer association in Saxony
    Different Functions, since 02/2015 Head of the consulting centre in Dresden

    Law studies an legal traineeship
    Master programme focused on the eastward expansion of the European Union (semester abroad in Prague/Czech Republic)
    Rebecca Michl-Krauß
    Georg Ungefuk, Office of the Attorney General, Frankfurt on the Main
    Born 1978, senior public prosecutor. Studied law at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. 2004: First State Examination in Law; 2006: Second State Examination in Law; 2007: Attorney at Law; since 2008: Public Prosecutor, initially at the Marburg Public Prosecutor's Office, in the Department for Economic and Tax Crimes and Cybercrime; 2014: Secondment to the Hessian Ministry of Justice as Head of Unit in the Criminal Law Department; 2015-2016: Public Prosecutor at the Central Office for Combating Cybercrime (ZIT) of the Frankfurt am Main Public Prosecutor's Office; since the end of 2016, Senior Public Prosecutor in the Policy and Staff Department of the Frankfurt am Main Public Prosecutor's Office; 2016-2019, Press Spokesperson of the Central Office for Combating Cybercrime (ZIT), since July 2020, Head of the Press Office of the Frankfurt am Main Public Prosecutor's Office.

  • DPT-Foyer

    16:00 - 17:30
    Anna Rau
    German-European Forum for Urban Security (DEFUS)
    Julia Rettig
    European Forum for Urban Security (Efus)

    Public spaces that become increasingly tight due to a high density and demand for mixed-use design, diverse urban societies with differing interests and a widening social gap face city administrations that are in permanent crisis mode and have few financial and human resources for tackling the numerous challenges.

    In addition, many citizens have a diffuse feeling of insecurity and social fears, which sometimes manifest in complaints about the situation in public spaces or are being channeled into low tolerance behaviors toward fellow citizens who decide to live differently.

    Organizing the peaceful coexistence of an increasingly diverse society without losing the balance between freedom and security is one of the central challenges of the coming years. Municipalities are largely responsible for ensuring security and social peace on a day-to-day basis. They must integrate different cultures and lifestyles, support and manage varying social needs, and coordinate preventive work in urban areas. Urban security encompasses a wide variety of tasks, and a large number of actors are involved in its creation and maintenance.

    In this panel representatives from city administration, police and experts on urban security and urban development will discuss and reflect the current approach of municipalities and the police and whether new urban security and municipal crime prevention strategies are needed.

    This panel is organized in cooperation with the German-European Forum for Urban Security (DEFUS).

    Dolores Burkert, City of Cologne
    Dolores Burkert manages the Center for Crime Prevention and Security at the City of Cologne. She studied law, social work and security management in Berlin.

    Her professional focus is on internal agency security as well as on security for the city as a whole.

    A particular focus is the development of innovative prevention and security approaches with partners from academia in a national and international context.
    Daniela Dorn
    Since 2018, Daniela Dorn has been working for the Department of Urban Crime Prevention of the Criminal State Police and is responsible as a consultant for subjective and objective security issues in public spaces in Berlin. As a graduate engineer for urban and regional planning, she was active in urban development and urban renewal for 12 years. In addition to the domain t in the Berlin urban development programs "Social Cohesion" and "Growth and Sustainable Renewal", she was responsible for the coordination of funding programs to strengthen disadvantaged neighborhoods at the Reinickendorf District Office, Department of Urban Development.
    Her professional focus at the Berlin Police ranges from the assessment of urban planning and landscape planning procedures with city-wide planning significance to participation in research projects and internal training in the field of urban crime prevention.
    Zuhal Karakas, Head of the Department of Public Order of the City of Hannover
    Zuhal Karakas is head of the Public Order Department in the state capital of Hannover as Municipal Executive Director since February 1, 2002. Prior to that, she worked for 11 years as head of the Public Safety Department of the Hannover Region, where she was also responsible for civil protection and was a member of the disaster control staff. She is a fully qualified lawyer and industrial clerk and has additional training as a mediator and in business administration.
    As a volunteer firefighter, safety is also close to her heart; she is actively involved in local emergency response and, as chairwoman of the city parents' council, in the education committee of her home municipality. For many years, she was a member of the Nds. state committee on rescue services and the working group on rescue services and disaster control of the Nds. district association.
    Dr. Tillmann Schulze, EBP Switzerland AG
    Tillmann Schulze, *1977 in Bonn.

    1997-2002: Master's degree in Political Science, Modern and Contemporary History and Communication Science at the University of Münster and Dartmouth College, USA.

    2002-2005: Doctorate in Critical Infrastructure Protection, part-time employment as a consultant at the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Bonn.

    Since 2006: EBP Schweiz AG, Zurich; Head of Urban Security + Civil Protection since 2010, Partner since 2022.

    Since 2010: Expert for the BMBF in the field of civil security.

    Since 2012: Active member of a civilian, regional command staff for event management of disasters and emergencies.

    Since 2020: Lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts as well as at the University of Zurich on topics in the context of Urban Security.
    Christian Specht, Mayor, City of Mannheim
    Christian Specht has been Deputy Mayor of the City of Mannheim since 2005 and First Deputy Mayor since 2007. He is responsible for Finance, Investment Asset Management, IT, Public Safety and Order. He is a member of the supervisory board of the energy company MVV Energie AG and chairman of the supervisory board of the public transport alliance Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH. The qualified lawyer is chairman of the finance committee of the Baden-Württemberg Association of Cities and Deputy Chairman of the finance committee of the German Association of Cities. Specht is Vice-President of the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS) and the German European Forum for Urban Security (DEFUS).