EU Science Hub

Protection of critical infrastructures

Mar 16 2017
Mar 17 2017

The European Union has provided significant funding for research projects dealing with the impact of extreme events on critical infrastructures. Following the recommendation of the European Commission, the projects have established a technical dialogue. As several projects ended recently or will be concluded in the coming months, it is timely to disseminate their results, collect feedback from stakeholders and put forward common recommendations.

The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre is organising a workshop that will bring together representatives of FP7 and H2020 research projects funded under the safety, security and environment subjects, the European Commission and stakeholders from European associations and Member States. Representatives of 20 projects that focus on geo-hazards, cascade effects and extreme weather will present how their results can be used in practice, collect feedback from stakeholders and propose common recommendations for the follow-up of the projects as well as for the implementation of European policies in the areas of disaster risk reduction, critical infrastructure protection and societal resilience.

The workshop is organised by the JRC (E.1: Disaster Risk Management, E.2: Technology Innovation in Security, E.4: Safety and Security of Buildings) with RTD, ECHO, HOME, REA, EASME, CLIMA and ENV. The closing session is jointly organised with the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies.


Expected outcomes

The workshop will be an inter-disciplinary forum for researchers, European and national policy-makers, and owners/managers of critical infrastructures to review the current state of knowledge and the needs of different stakeholders. The event will showcase the most recent scientific and technical developments that may be deployed in practice for the protection of critical infrastructures against natural and climatic hazards, including the relevant work of three JRC Units. The principal outcomes expected from the workshop are, on one hand, common policy recommendations from the European researchers and, on the other, the identification of knowledge gaps and R&D needs.


  • European Commission: JRC, RTD, ECHO, HOME, CLIMA, DEVCO, ENV, GROW, REA, EASME

  • Coordinators of European research projects

  • Natural Hazards: STREST - Harmonized approach to stress tests for critical infrastructures against natural hazards, INFRARISK - Novel indicators for identifying critical infrastructure at risk from natural hazards; INDUSE-2-SAFETY - Component fragility analysis and seismic safety assessment of special risk petrochemical plants under design basis and beyond design basis accidents

  • Extreme weather: RAIN - Risk analysis of infrastructure networks in response to extreme weather, INTACT - On the impact of extreme weather on critical infrastructures, ANYWHERE - Enhancing emergency management and response to extreme Weather and climate events, RESIN - Climate resilient cities and infrastructures, EU-CIRCLE - A pan-European framework for strengthening critical infrastructure resilience to climate change

  • Cascade effects: FORTRESS - Foresight tools for responding to cascading effects in a crisis, SNOWBALL - Lower the impact of aggravating factors in crisis situations thanks to adaptative foresight and decision-support tools, PREDICT - Preparing for the domino effect in crisis situations, CASCEFF - Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations.

  • European Associations: Council of European Energy Regulators, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, European network of transmission system operators for electricity, European network of transmission system operators for gas, Petrochemicals Europe

  • Various other representatives from MS