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European Civil Protection Forum 2015 © EU/ECHO/Julie de Bellaing

What is the European Civil Protection Forum?

The European Civil Protection Forum is the largest recurring public event on European civil protection cooperation. It is organised every two years by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).

The event brings together the European civil protection community to take stock of common achievements in the disaster risk management field, share best practices and ideas, and discuss ways of addressing new challenges together.

The Forum is also an important tool for strengthening cooperation with international partners and the European neighbourhood.

European Civil Protection Forum 2015

The 5th European Civil Protection Forum took place in Brussels on 6 and 7 May 2015. It brought together close to 900 participants from governments, academia, civil protection authorities, first emergency responders, international organisations, European Institutions and stakeholders.

The 2015 Forum featured a two-day conference and an exhibition under the central theme of 'Partnership and Innovation'.

The 'Partnership' theme focused on strengthening cooperation between representatives of the European and UN institutions and authorities around the world, but also new partners, such as private companies, NGOs, academia, and scientific institutions.

The 'Innovation' theme was about new technologies (such as unmanned aerial systems, social media, security, smart cities), as well as the links with research and development, and innovative ways of engaging with communities and various organisations.

Highlights of the European Civil Protection Forum 2015


Video recorded sessions

6 May

7 May



The 'Partnership and Innovation' exhibition aimed to put forward opportunities for partnership and cooperation between the civil protection community and the research and development communities.

Exhibitors displayed innovative projects, services and products relevant to disaster management, including on the results of EU-funded projects. Topics covered were: situational awareness, early warning systems, forest fire prevention, satellite-based software and practical applications, operational solutions for disaster management operations.

Find a detailed plan of the indoor exhibition here. Further background information on the exhibition and full list of exhibitors here.

Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems demonstration

As part of the exhibition, three 'Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems' (RPAS) used in disaster management were demonstrated on the football pitch of Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels.

The objective of this demonstration was to support the take-up of RPAS in disaster management by raising awareness of the capabilities of these systems. Three different RPAS in three mock disaster scenarios were operated. Read more here.


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