CERIS SSRI Networks of Practitioners Workshop:
Exploitation of outcomes, capability requirements and future perspectives, in Brussels, Belgium 2023
DG HOME with the support of the MEDEA project (EU Funded by Horizon2020, GA 787111) coorganised the CERIS SSRI Networks of Practitioners workshop which took place physically in Brussels, Belgium on 27 April 2023. Consisted of 3 panels, the workshop brought together Network of Practitioners (NoPs), other practitioners and first responders from various countries across Europe, that were engaged in fruitful discussions.
The attendance of the workshop was highly encouraging with more than 120 individuals registered, and about 95 attending the event physically. The audience consisted of representatives from all the NoPsprojects, R&D actors from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Academia, and also Security Research Policymakers. Having all those actors on board that day, the ultimate goal was to showcase common results, ways to bridge a supply- and demand-driven capability-building, forward-looking approaches for identifying threats and gaps in the middle- to long-term, discuss the networks’ exploitation of results and their sustainability, and also options for further engaging practitioners into security research actions in the future European Research & Innovation Programme.
The workshop kicked off with the opening speech of Mr. Giannis Skiadaresis, (Area Coordinator for SSRI-DG HOME), welcoming the audience and highlighting the significance of this endeavor on the European Commission’s (EC) side. The stage was then given to the coordinator of the MEDEA project , Mr. George Kokkinis (KEMEA), who introduced to all participants the need and the objectives for launching this workshop, by bringing in a forum for dialogue all enabled actors of the Networks of Practitioners that have been funded by the EC.
After these two opening speeches, the panels focusing on different topics took place welcoming experts to share their knowledge, perspectives and experience.
First Session: “Networks of Practitioners as bridges between the demand and supply sides: Achievements, Challenges and Lessons learned”
Moderator: Isabelle Linde-Frech (Fraunhofer INT)
- MEDEA Project | George Kokkinis (Center for Security Studies (KEMEA))
- EU-HYBNET | Päivi Mattila (Laurea University of Applied Sciences)
- iProcureNet project | Jorge GARZON (Ministry of Interior, France)
- NO-FEAR Project | Luca Leonardi Leonardi (#UNIPO)
Second Session: “Networks of Practitioners as bridges between the demand and supply sides: Achievements, Challenges and Lessons learned”.
Moderator: Georgios Kolliarakis (German Council on Foreign Relations)
- INCLUDING | Simone Santoro (ENEA)
- FIRE-IN Project / H2020| Michel Bour (Safe Cluster)
- PEN-CP | Perttu Kähäri (CBRA)
- EXERTER | Anneli Ehlerding (FOI)
Third Session: “The paths to impact and sustainability: How the results produced by networks of Practitioners can improve security policy?” was concluded with constructive results.
Moderator: Giannis Skiadaresis (#DGHOME)
- C-MINE | Jon Hall (The Resilience Advisors Network)
- EU-CIP Knowledge Network – Dimitris Drakoulis (INNOV)
- IFAFRI – International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation | Tiina Ristmäe (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
- Europol | Valentina Zuri
- Frontex | Nicu Corlatan
- EU Civil Protection Knowledge Network | Guillermo Griem (DG ECHO)
Additionally, three awards were given to VOST Portugal, CYACOMB and GOLDEN RATIO to celebrate and honor their innovative ideas.
In specific, VOST Portugal was awarded for their innovative idea VOST which is evaluated as a “Security proposal with expected significant impact” for practitioners responding to “Natural hazards and technological accidents” challenges.
CYACOMB accepted the second award for their innovative idea CYACOMB PROTECT which is evaluated as a “Security proposal with expected significant impact” for Border Management practitioners.
Last but not least GOLDEN RATIO was awarded for their innovative idea Human Centred Design (HCD) which is evaluated as a “Security proposal with expected high impact” for Border Management practitioners.
We had the honor to host attendees from Spain, France, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Italy, Estonia, Ireland, Albania, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and United Kingdom.
French Ministry of Interior
Ministere Transition Ecologique
Ministry of Interior, Finland/ Rescue Services
Ministere de l’ Interieur et des Outre-mer
Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Rebuplic
Ministry of the Interior, Finland
Hellenic Republic Ministry of National Defence
General Maritime Directorate
European Border and Coast Guard Agency-Frontex
Polish Platform for Homeland Security
German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
Cross-Border Research Association
Crisis Management Innovation Network
General Maritime Directorate
DSB (Directorate for civil protection)
Darenet – City of Geel
Italiana Red Cross- Vicenza Committee
European Organisation for Security (EOS)
VLAIO (NCP Flanders)
ACADEMIA & RESEARCH
Universita del Piemonte Orientale-CRIMEDIM
Laurea University of Apllied Sciences
College of Policing
Fraunhofer-Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT
German Council of Foreign Relations