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Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Awareness training for organisations to avert and deal with crises
Further information can be found on the AktOr website.

Duration: 15 July 2012-31 October 2014

Projektlogo Aktor (blau)

Research question

Increasing complexity and the associated risks and potential hazards present organisations with increased challenges in maintaining the safety of their operations. How can organisations operate successfully in environments where small mistakes can have serious consequences?

Research method

The project is based on social science findings about so-called High Reliability Organisations (HROs), i.e. organisations that achieve a high level of reliability despite operating in complex environments. The project is based on the assumption that operators of critical infrastructure can benefit from HRO principles. The aim of the project is to translate these principles into crisis training that can be used in the context of human resource and organisational development processes to build a culture of mindfulness and thus increase the safety and reliability of an organisation.

Project partner


Location & approach

The  Technical University of Dortmund campus is located near the Dortmund West autobahn junction, where the A45  (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the A40 (Ruhrschnellweg B1). The most convenient autobahn exits are found on the A45 in Dortmund-Eichlinghofen (closer to the south campus) and on the B1 / A40 in Dortmund-Dorstfeld (closer to the north campus). The university is signposted at both exits.

The TU Dortmund has its own S-Bahn station ("Dortmund Universität") on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund’s central station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf’s central station via "Bahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen". This makes the university directly accessible from the cities of Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg. Furthermore, the TU Dortmund may be reached via buslines 445, 447 and 462.
Individual timetable information for public transport is also available on the website of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and the Dortmund Transport Authority also offers an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU is the H-Bahn overhead monorail which connects the two campuses. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between the stops Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund Universität S. Line 2 shuttles every 5 minutes between the stops Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

To get from the Dortmund airport to the campus, we recommend taking the "Airport Express" to Dortmund's central train station (20 minutes), and then boarding the S-Bahn there.  A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometres away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.