After more than five years of roadmapping, networking and supporting innovation in civil protection, DAREnet is facing its project end in February. The last meeting will be held from February 14 to 16 in Bratislava, Slovakia and will bring together once more practitioners from all over the Danube Region. The event will be jointly organised with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region’s Environmental Risk Priority Area Disaster Manegement Working Group.

On the main conference day, February 15, DAREnet members together with stakeholders from the European Commission and from the European Strategy Areas for the Danube Region and Baltic Sea Region will discuss on urgent questions concerning the improvement of macro-regional cross-border cooperation in disaster management. The event will further feature keynotes from the Human-Tech Nexus Project and the MYRIAD-EU project.

The final meeting will further focus on the sustainability of project outcome and open up opportunities to preserve the knowledge and keep the community alive, that was generated during DAREnet activities.

In cooperation with the PROFOUND project and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area’s Disaster Management Working Group, DAREnet has jointly organised its 4th Annual Practitioner Forum. The event – entitled Towards a Regional Cooperation Framework in the Danube Region – took place on 17-18 November in Budapest Hungary. The event brought together more than 60 stakeholders from first responder organisations, disaster management, academia and research.

The event aimed at reviewing the state of play of regional cooperation in the Danube Region and to assess the results of recent projects and research in this context. The participants discussed the most important aspects of regional cooperation and exchanged ideas on how to jointly form the regional cooperation framework in the Danube region.

The event was complemented by presentations on the PROFOUND and RISKHUB project results as well as discussions on how to ensure DAREnet sustainability after the project’s end.

A report on the event can be downloaded here.

The three practitioner networks DAREnet, MEDEA and IFAFRI are inviting to a Joint-Network event to provide a platform for an end-to-end-perspective on Early Warning Systems. Stakeholders working on all aspects of people-centred Early Warning Systems (risk knowledge, monitoring and warning service, dissemination and communication, response capability) are encouraged to focus on links between technologies, processes and decision making. The hosting practitioner networks foster innovation and exchange in civil protection and disaster management. Thus, the conference aims to create synergies regarding innovation uptake, (cross-border) cooperation and capability gap analysis through a combination of their activities.

The event will take place on 30 November – 2 December 2022 at the Achat Hotel Schreiberhof in Aschheim, near Munich, Germany (for reservations please mention the keyword “Joint Network Event”).

A detailed agenda and logistics pack is available HERE. You will find the latest Brochure HERE.

Call for Session Proposals

The event organisers are happy to receive session proposals from first responders, researchers, authorities, meteorological services and stakeholders dealing with Early Warning Systems and who would like to use the opportunity to discuss about technologies, processes and roles on all levels of Early Warning to Action.

Possible topics are:

Deadline for session proposals: 31/10/2022, contact: or

Call for Technology Solutions

We are still looking for technological solutions that could be presented to and discussed with first responders, authorities and other decision makers in the area of Early Warning Systems and we are happy to receive your applications. Solutions should relate to ongoing research and the gap between Early Warning and Early Action that address communication, visualization, real time warning, forecasting, and monitoring in EWS.

Currently planned are short English-language presentations (approx. 15 min) by the companies on an innovative product, which can also be attended virtually, and a subsequent round of discussions at the stands of the technology providers on November 30.

If you are interested in presenting and exhibiting your solution or have any question, please let us now until 05/11/2022 via E-Mail (

About the co-organising projects

IFAFRI – The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation -, is an organization of international government leaders from 15 countries and the European Commission, focused on enhancing and expanding the development of new technology for first responders. More information available at

MEDEA – The Mediterranean & Black Sea Security Practitioners’ Network – aspires to contribute to the establishment of safer and more secure societies throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea region using research and innovation as a catalyst to promote collaboration between practitioners from diverse disciplines and countries. More information available at

DAREnet will be hosting a special session on 21 September at 14:30 CET at the IDRiM2022 Conference in collaboration with The EU Strategy for the Danube Region’s Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks (EUSDR PA5) and the Finnish National Rescue Association SPEK Finland about good practices and needs regarding volunteer management from a macro-regional perspective. The objective is to present the overarching vision of a regional level cooperation framework for the Danube River region to international Disaster Response Management stakeholders and engage in discussion with them.
The Session will be complemented by SPEK, an expert organisation for preparedness, accident prevention, and rescue. SPEK will provide dedicated insights and lessons learned from the ReSit project which aimed to develop a concept of a volunteer organisations network in the Baltic Sea Region.

About IDRiM

The 12th International Conference of the International Society for the Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) will be hosted by Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Research Institute for Sustainability and Disaster Management based on High Performance Computing and Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering from 21-23 September 2022. The conference will fully take place virtually. Registration is possible until 7 September.

More information available at

DAREnet Coordinator Christian Illing of THW will be participating in a panel discussion on “How to best involve practitioners in research projects” at the Security Mission Information & Innovation Group (SMI2G) brokerage event on 17 May in Brussels. The SMI2G brokerage event gathers European-wide innovators and practitioners who are looking for further consortium partners by presenting game-changing ideas and novel technologies addressing the challenges of Horizon Europe’s Civil Security for Society 2022 Work Programme. Every year, SMI2G hosts top-level keynote speakers, expert panel discussions as well as ground-breaking pitch sessions related to the respective calls. As a result, the event offers participants significant networking opportunities, supporting consortium building efforts and the sharing of valuable information concerning the Horizon Europe Security Calls.

The SMI2G brokerage event is organized by:  The EARTO Working Group Security and Defence research, the SEREN network, EOS, IMG-S, ECSO and is supported by ENLETS.

The event will be held on 16-17 May in hybrid format.

Agenda and registration at

The DAREnet Partner National Association of Volunteers in the Republic of Bulgaria which has kindly hosted the joint DAREnet / DiMaND event in Plovid, Bulgaria has released a video which was shot during this event. The video presents some impressions of the event and informs about NAVRB’s activities in both projects.

You can watch the video here

DAREnet and the DiMaND project are jointly organising the

3rd Annual Practitioner Forum from 15-18/03/2022 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The event is kindly hosted by National Association of Volunteers in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAVRB) and will bring together key disaster management stakeholders from the Danube River Region with the aim to take further steps towards a macro-regional level disaster management cooperation framework.

The following participants are invited to attend:

During the event we will focus on:

In case you wish to participate, please register yourself here.

The Serbian National Association of Volunteer Firefighters (VSS) is a voluntary and non-profit organization based on freedom of association established for the purpose of organised voluntary participation of citizens in implementing fire protection, rescuing people and property and implementing projects and programs in this area that are of public interest. Serbian National Association of Volunteer Firefighters was founded in 1950. Serbian National Association of Volunteer Firefighters is the umbrella organization of Serbia’s municipal, city and inter-municipal firefighter associations and the volunteer firefighter associations of the autonomous provinces.

VSS is forming the DAREnet National Contact for Serbia jointly with MOI SEM. MOI SEM will mainly proceed gathering input from national network members (practitioner needs, RDI topics, etc.). VSS will widen the existing DAREnet network using their own network of all relevant stakeholders in Serbia. In particular, VSS will plan, organise and participate in knowledge exchange activities among the DAREnet project participants, create a network of relevant national stakeholders that provides support in identifying gaps, needs and solutions related to VSS in Serbia, and support the creation a transnational/-regional network of volunteer fire fighting associations in the Danube River region.

Budapest Firefighters’ Association (BTSZ), founded in 1890, is an independent non-governmental organisation. It is guided by the fundamental principles of the (Hungarian) National Firefighters’ Association and implements its core activities with the help of volunteers. Through its activities, BTSZ aims to promote volunteering and represent its member organisations (22 volunteer fire brigades and 28 business organisations – incl. Budapest Transport Company, Pécs Energy Ltd., Auchan Hungary, Andreas STIHL, Semmelweis University, Budapest Power Plant, Drager Safety Hungary, Oiltanking Hungary, GE Hungary, …), both at national as well as at international level. In Budapest, BTSZ has a network of around 1,000 volunteers. BTSZ is a member of the (Hungarian) National Firefighters’ Association and Budapest Rescue Organisation.

BTSZ takes over different responsibilities across the whole project, the one of central importance is the role as lead of WP2 on Network buidling. BTSZ establishes and maintains contacts and exchange with regional RDI projects and act as a direct interface to EUSDR to ensure continuous alignment of activities, facilitate links with DG ECHO, in particular in the light of the UCPM Knowledge Network, and facilitate interaction with DG REGIO and Danube Transnational Programme. BTSZ contributes to the project’s sustainability, in particular by ensuring close alignment with the objectives and scope of activities of the EUSDR PA5 DMWG with aim to work towards an uptake of DAREnet results into this framework.