The last edition in 2015 featured a two-day conference and an exhibition under the central theme of 'Partnership and Innovation' with the aim of strengthening cooperation between representatives of the European and UN institutions and authorities around the world, while promoting new technologies and innovative ways of engaging with communities and various organisations.
Highlights of the European Civil Protection Forum 2015
- Final Report
- Opening speech: Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
- Remarks by Christos Stylianides at signing ceremony on Turkey's participation in EU Civil Protection Mechanism
- Speech by Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
- Forum Booklet (including background on the panel sessions, speakers' biographies, disaster management articles)
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.
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.