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The University of Dresden in Germany dates back to the ‘Technische Bildungsanstalt Dresden’, founded in 1828 and, thus, ranks among the oldest technical-academic educational establishments in Germany. The University Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified as an “excellence university”. TUD has about 36.500 students and almost 5319 employees, 507 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. Having been committed to sciences and the engineering before the reunification of Germany, TU Dresden now is a multi-discipline university, also offering humanities and social sciences as well as medicine. There are only few universities in Germany which are able to match this broad scientific spectrum.

The Department of Communication of the University of Dresden is one of leading the institutes in research and teaching on communication in the German-speaking countries. A key theme of interest is communication in education and elsewhere in the public sphere and the way in which the use of different media and different media content can affect the communication process. The institute has long experience in evaluating ICT-based technologies and is committed to interdisciplinary research. The researchers who will be involved in this project have a wide range of experience pertinent to this project, in particular in programs to analyze and enhance young people’s skills in interpersonal communication.

First, UNIDR will take responsibility for the preparation and implementation of the Quality Plan for the project (WP2), monitoring the project’s progress, drafting the six monthly and annual reports and drawing the attention of the Strategic Management Committee to any problems that may arise.

Second, UNIDR’s role in Block Magic is to guarantee that the project takes a genuinely multicultural approach, designing a methodology and learning materials will be attractive throughout Europe. To achieve this goal, UNIDR will be responsible for the coordination of WP5 (Formative Evaluation) and will organize the German branch of the evaluation. This will involve teachers from kindergarten and primary school classes and classes in a civic school specialized in children with special needs. UNIDR will continue this work in WP6 (Summative Evaluation). UNIDR will also contribute to the work of WP3 (Teaching methodology and learning exercises) and will supervise the translation of learning materials into German. In the dissemination work package (WP7), UNIDR will be responsible for the organization of the German national dissemination event, and will contribute journal and/or conference publications describing the experience of the German trial.

Name of staff member Summary of relevant skills and experience, including where relevant a list of recent publications related to the domain of the project.
Jun. Prof. Dr. Nina Haferkamp Jun. Prof. Dr. Haferkamp holds an endowed professorship in “Emerging Communications & Media” at the University of Dresden in Germany. She has devoted her academic career so far to the analysis of the socio-emotional aspects of communication. In her PH.D thesis she focused on the communication of personality on social networking sites. In a previous job at University of Duisburg-Essen, she was the university project leader in the DREAD-ED project, a project teaching communications skills to workers involved in the management of natural and industrial disasters. She has also worked on a DFG-funded project on “Nonverbal communication politics in the individual and mass media communication. Intercultural comparison between Germany, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates”). She has numerous collaborations with partners in academia and industry.
Marlen Belafi

Marlene Belafi

Marlen Belafi, M.A. works as research assistant at the endowed chair
„Emerging Communications & Media“ of TU Dresden. She has studied
Communications Studies and is now working on her Ph.d thesis which is
concerned with an empirical analysis of the relationship between social
media literacy and the handling of private information on social networking
sites. In the Block Magic project, she is responsible for the formative
evaluations and the quality plan.
Selected publications

  • Haferkamp, N., Krämer, N.C., Linehan, C., & Schembri, M. (to appear). Training disaster communication by means of serious games in virtual environments. Journal of Entertainment Computing.
  • Haferkamp, N. & Krämer, N.C. (to appear). Social comparison 2.0. Examining the effects of online profiles on social networking sites. CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
  • Haferkamp, N. & Krämer, N.C. (2010). Disaster Readiness through Education – Training Soft Skills to Crisis Units by means of Serious Games in Virtual Environments. In Martin Wolpers, Paul A. Kirschner, Maren Scheffel, Stefanie Lindstädt, Vania Dimitrova (Eds.) Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice, Proceedings of EC-TEL 2010, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Linehan, C., Lawson, S., Doughty, M., Kirman, B., Haferkamp, N., & Krämer, N.C. (2010). Teaching Decision Making Skills to Emergency Managers via Digital Games. IGI Global.
  • Haferkamp, N. & Krämer, N.C. (2009, June). Disaster Readiness Education – Training Soft-skills in virtual Environments. Paper presented at IADIS International Conference 2009 E-Learning. Carvoeiro, Portugal.