Migration and Home Affairs

Conference of the “Community of Users on Safe, Secure and Resilient Societies”

Friday, 2 March, 2018

From 5 to 8 March 2018, the Commission is hosting a conference of the “Community of Users on Safe, Secure and Resilient Societies”. The Community of Users was set up to facilitate information exchange among policymakers, researchers, industry, practitioners (e.g. first responders, civil protection units), and the public. It aims to promote research results, identify promising technologies that have the potential to be taken up by practitioners, enhance market opportunities for research results, and ensure that the expertise of practitioners is available to policymakers.

On the first day of the conference, the 10th plenary meeting of the Community of Users will open with a welcome message by Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director-General DG HOME. The meeting will then continue with a round-table discussion of procurement and innovation, and will provide feedback about funding under the Secure Societies Programme (the 2017 call for proposals, and the 2018-2020 Work Programme). There will be a presentation of the recently developed Community of Users website, with a mapping of projects under the current and previous research budgets.

In the following days (6 to 8 March) there will be six thematic workshops on security research topics: major accidents, water safety and security, infectious disease threats, citizen awareness, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear) Action Plan, and National Communities of Users.

The conference is taking place at the BAO Congress Centre, rue Felix Hap 11, Brussels.

The agenda of the conference and registration details can be found here: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/modifyreg.php?eventid=313270