EU Science Hub

EU digital autumn school - protection of public spaces from terrorist attacks

Oct 01 2020
Nov 04 2020

Public spaces are vulnerable. Terrorist attacks have shown a recurrent targeting of public spaces, so-called "soft targets".

The EU supports national, regional and urban authorities and operators of public spaces in their effort to protect public spaces to

  • improve security and
  • ensure that people can continue their daily lives.

To this end we organise the digital autumn school on protection of public spaces.

It consists of a series of five specialised workshops. They cover a broad spectrum of topics and aim to

  • Provide detailed information, scientifically based knowledge and guidance.
  • Facilite the exchange of good practices and lessons learnt.


Please register online

The workshop is open to public authorities and private operators active in

  • urban security
  • public transport
  • mass events
  • hospitality
  • places of worship
  • commerce

Online workshop series

  1. EU framework blast protection - 1 October 2020
  2. Vehicle ramming protection - 8 October 2020
  3. UAS (drone) risk mitigation in urban settings - 15 October 2020
  4. Surveillance, individual rights - 22 October 2020
  5. Detection crises management COVID-19 - 4 November 2020

There is also the possibility to contribute to the sessions by presenting your experience as a case study.

The workshops will be delivered online using Zoom.

We will share the details with registered participants.


  • Disseminate scientifically based knowledge to support efforts toward the enhanced protection of public spaces across the EU.
  • Provide detailed information and guidance as part of a comprehensive approach to protecting public spaces – from evaluation of risk to calculation and the selection of mitigation solutions.
  • Provide information on readily accessible resources to support the work of security operators, practitioners and researchers.
  • Provide information on relevant EU initiatives, including funding opportunities.
  • Encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience among security operators, authorities, urban planners, scientists, and policy-makers through new networks.


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