Current Projects

Current Projects

An overview of the current research projects of the BIGS – more information on the individual projects can be found on the corresponding project pages.


The increase in weather events such as extreme heat and heavy rain poses new challenges for rescue services, hospitals, fire departments and disaster control in Germany. Through AIRCIS, we want to strengthen the resilience of public services in the area of healthcare and mobility in Lusatia. The project will run for three years and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport as part of the mFund programme.


This project, with the acronym Alfarabi, aims to investigate disinformation that is reproduced on Twitter using quantitative and qualitative methods. The work focuses on two case studies on Afghanistan and Lebanon respectively.


The cash cycle must remain functional in the event of a crisis. BASIC develops a new security framework concept for this purpose. Together with relevant players such as the Deutsche Bundesbank, commercial banks, retailers and cash-in-transit companies, BIGS elaborates how the cycle can be maintained in the event of a breakdown in electronic communications and under difficult conditions.

Creation of a Security Analysis for Potsdam

On behalf of the Brandenburg state capital Potsdam, BIGS is working together with the Neue Köhler Management Gesellschaft (NKMG) and the IABG to carry out a security analysis for Potsdam. Having already conducted several studies in Saxon municipalities, we are now conducting a citizen survey with subsequent analysis on behalf of the Office of Municipal Crime Prevention of the City of Potsdam.

Creation of Security Analyses in Saxon Municipalities

In this project, which is funded by the Saxon State Ministry of the Interior, the BIGS is working together with the Neue Köhler Management Gesellschaft and the IABG to create and conduct citizen surveys. The aim of the project is to analyse the security situation in the Free State of Saxony and, in particular, to record the perception of security of the population living there. 


Millions of citizens across Europe use the Internet and social media every day to read news and search for information. Unfortunately, there are actors who take advantage of these tools to spread disinformation and manipulate public opinion. This creates distrust of science, journalists, and government agencies. Comprising a set of innovative technological developments, FERMI will facilitate European Police Authorities to detect and monitor the way that Disinformation and Fake News spread, both in terms of locations and within different segments of the society, and to put in place relevant security countermeasures.


Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport, RescueFly is concerned with the use of decentrally stationed drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) to support water rescue in large and difficult-to-access areas. The focus here is on cross-county and cross-state prevention and rescue using drones in inland waters in the Lausitz region. In line with the Brandenburg process paper “Lausitzprogramm 2038", RescueFly links the modern research, innovation and science location with the model region of health. BIGS is responsible for project management in consultation with the project coordinator, the Björn Steiger Foundation, and is responsible for organizing the work with the collaborative partners, the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, the Dresden University of Technology, the Chemnitz University of Technology, THOLEG Civil Protection Systems and Droniq.


In 2023, BIGS, together with the Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPBW), won funding from the German-Polish Science Foundation (DPWS) for the project SAFE – Security Alliance for German-Polish Endeavors to prepare a cross-border security analysis between Germany and Poland. As part of German-Polish relations, the project aims to strengthen cooperation in the area of joint crime prevention and control.