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 https://www.cmine.eu/events/83839.

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

Three new project partners have joined the DAREnet Consortium. ARTTIC Innovation GmbH (AI), the Budapest Firefighter Association (BTSZ) and the Serbian National Association of Volunteer Firefighters (VSS) have officially been included as new project partners to DAREnet.

ARTTIC Innovation is a company of the PNO Consultants Group, the European leader in collaboration engineering, consultancy and management services for international research and technology related partnerships. The team at AI has been built since 2006 and has set up and managed numerous projects in EU funding programmes. ARTTIC Innovation is a spin-off of ARTTIC SAS’ German business activities and will take over all tasks from ARTTIC SAS, which has left the Consortium. This includes the DAREnet Network Secretariat (jointly with BTSZ), the project’s communication and dissemination actitivites as well as management support for the Coordinator THW.

The Budapest Firefighters’ Association (BTSZ), founded in 1890, is an independent non-governmental organisation. Through its activities, BTSZ aims to promote volunteering and represent its member organisations (22 volunteer fire brigades and 28 business organisations), 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. In DAREnet, BTSZ will take over different responsibilities across the whole project, the one of central importance is the role as the new lead of the DAREnet Network Secretariat. Due to their established position in the Danube region, their extensive expertise and networks in the field of flood risk management is the addition of BTSZ to the project considered as an important factor towards ensuring the targeted implementation as well as the sustainability of the project outcomes.

The Serbian National Association of Volunteer Firefighters (VSS) is a voluntary and non-profit organisation 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. in DAREnet, VSS will jointly take over the role as DAREnet National Contact for Serbia together with beneficiary MOI SEM.

On Friday the 17th of September was the Danube Flood Resilience Innovation Competition formally launched. This year’s competition addresses the subject of equipment and technology. Submissions can cover a wide range, from innovative technologies and equipment to the further development of existing solutions for specific areas of application not yet covered.

The three best ideas will be invited to the next DAREnet Annual Practitioner Forum (February 2022) to present themselves to a broad audience. This event is a unique opportunity for practitioners to meet, exchange and network with academia, industry, policy makers and funding authorities.

The first winner will receive support for the (further) development of the solution/idea through a tailor-made proposal/concept development workshop.

Submit your ideas at www.darenetproject.eu/innovationcompetition.

The Danube Flood Resilience Innovation Event was held successfully from 16-17 September 2021 in Budapest and Balatonföldvár, Hungary. The event was attended by approx. 40 participants from the DAREnet consortium and members of the EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group. For the first time since the start of the pandemic were the invited stakeholders from across the region able to meet each other physically, while others joined virtually. While ensuring appropriate COVID-19 related hygienic measures did the meeting allow for fruitful discussions regarding current needs, future plans and cooperation opportunities in the field flood resilience innovation in the Danube River Region. The meeting was comprised of plenary and break-out sessions, as well as the participation at the annual Firefighter Expo.

Building on joint activities of the past while paving the way for future did the event enable a closer and stronger collaboration between the two stakeholder networks. This will from now provide the framework for the planning of joint activities until the end of the DAREnet project and beyond.

Key representatives of the DAREnet project coordination team and representatives of the Budapest Firefighter Association met to discuss the ideas and possibilities to hold physical event that will strengthen the collaboration between the partners of the DAREnet project and the EUSDR PA5 DMWG members. Taking into account potential travel restrictions related to the on-going pandemic has it been decided to jointly plan for a hybrid meeting towards mid/end of September 2021 in Hungary.

After an extended period of joint activities and alignment has the decision been taken to formalise the strategic cooperation between the DAREnet project and the EUSDR PA5.

By adding the Budapest Firefighters’ Association as a beneficiary to the DAREnet project will existing ties been strengthened significantly. The cooperation is aimed to enhance flood resilience in the Danube River region by providing a platform for cooperation that facilitates discussions between relevant stakeholders to foster innovation and collaboration. Concrete steps for action will be taken during the next weeks.

DAREnet has participated at the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies (CERIS) cross-networking event on 21 April 2021. Together with the Horizon 2020 projects FIRE-IN and eNotice, DAREnet was representing the group of EU networks of security practitioners. Facilitated by DG ECHO, the event was further attended by institutional networks such as UNDRR E-STAG, the UPC Knowledge Network and the Spanish Community of Users. The aim of this event was to foster the exchange among the various security (research) networks and to further deepen the collaboration to enhance research and innovation.

More information about CERIS can be found at https://www.securityresearch-cou.eu/

DAREnet has hosted a dedicated session during the DiMaND workshop on preparedness practices on 24 and 25 February. The event took place as hybrid event in Budapest and virtually.

DAREnet Coordinator Christian Illing of THW presented the results of the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum which served as starting point for the discussions with the participants. Best practices including related challenges and gaps have been identified with respect to trainings, exercises, capacity building and innovation as well as technology. The outcomes of the workshop constitute valuable contributions for the future work for both DAREnet as well as DiMaND. Furthermore, this event significantly contributed to strengthening the collaboration between DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area.

About DiMaND
DiMaND is a DG ECHO UCPM Knowledge Network project and coordinated by the Disaster Management Working Group of EU Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area. The main goal of DiMaND is to support this initiative and to strengthen the Disaster Management Network in the Danube Region by promoting the network of governmental and non-governmental disaster management organizations in the Danube Region. DiMaND aims at extending the cooperation and joint efforts of the countries in the Danube Region for reaching a common understanding and developing standards regarding the management of environmental risks. For this, DiMaND will develop recommendations for the involvement civil protection organizations and fire and rescue services involved in disaster management, thus contributing to the UCPM Knowldge Network.

Based on the outcomes of the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 have jointly prepared a result paper. This paper summarises the outcomes of the event and provides recommendations deriving from the discussions. The facilitated discussion with responder organisations, academia, industry, public authorities and policymakers was regarded as highly beneficial, and it has been agreed to continue the dialogue in the future – and even to extend it to additional stakeholders. In this respect, DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 will continue their successful cooperation to facilitate professional exchange, share best practices, aiming at improving flood resilience in the future.

The organisers thank all participants and speakers for their contributions, making this event a success.

The paper can be downloaded in the Results section or here.