Security is a source of stability for all segments of society, from the general public to governments to business. The European Commission promotes security research for many reasons such as shielding citizens from criminality ,terrorism or organised crime or natural disasters.
At the EU’s sixth annual Security Research Conference (SRC11) more than 1,000 policy makers, including representative from European Parliament, European Commission and Poland’s parliament and ministries, researchers, stakeholders and end users from across Europe will gather today in Warsaw to debate the legal, technological and organisational issues on public safety and security.
SRC11’s technology sessions will showcase innovative solutions developed at both international and national level, and be accompanied by a research/industrial exhibition.
EU Security Research projects range from pin-point specificity – such as hand-held equipment for earthquake rescue teams – to the wide-ranging, such as large-scale technology demonstrations to secure Europe’s external frontiers or counter threats from CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear) materials.
“These are turbulent times for the international community as it grapples with a convergence of economic, political and natural disaster challenges,” says Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission for Industry and Entrepreneurship,. “Preventing or bouncing back from the adverse effects of such incidents is the raison d’etre of the EU’s Security Research (SR) Programme.”
Moreover, the economy will directly benefit from Security Research by boosting innovation and Europe’s competitive position in global markets, while fostering the growth of SMEs in this vital, future-bound sector.
SRC11 is part of the official agenda of Poland’s presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of 2011. The first SRC event was held in 2006 in Vienna, followed by Berlin (2007), Paris (2008), Stockholm in 2009 and Oostende, Belgium (2010).