Dr. Dirk Oberhagemann was the safety expert that had contributed decisively at the entering of INCDPM on the European research area in the safety domain. In 2000 he introduced us in the Safetynet network and facilitated our presence at the Safecon conference in Athens. In 2002 he was instrumental in the INCDPM membership in S2S.
From 1985 - 1988, Dr. Dirk Oberhagemann worked as scientific employee in the working group „Physical - chemical process engineering/safety technology“of the University of Dortmund. In this position he was responsible for different projects in the field of process safety. The main aspect of the work was the preventive explosion protection. This work was concluded in 1988 when he obtained his PhD for his work on auto ignition temperatures of mixtures. The organisation of research projects was continued in 1988 at the DLR in Bonn and at the German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology.

From 1989 to 1994 he was responsible for the management of the research programme „Safety research and technology“on behalf of the BMFT at the VDI in Düsseldorf. „Transfer of results from standardisation in the field of explosion protection to industry - especially SMEs“with 8 organisations from 7 countries and “Safetynet – A network on Process Safety” with 33 funded members and 71 non funded members from 20 countries and the network “S2S – A gateway of Plant and Process Safety” with 40 members. Furthermore he organised the first Internet-Conference on Process Safety and the International ESMG Symposiums on Process Safety and Industrial Explosion Protection. He is member of the scientific committee of the German association of fire protection (vfdb) and is co-ordinating research projects for vfdb like “Risks associated with major public events – Planning, assessment, and Evacuation and rescue concepts”.