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

The winners of the first Danube Flood Resilience Innovation Competition (DFRIC) were announced during the 3rd Annual Practitioner Forum, which was held from 15-18 March in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The DFRIC was aimed at identifying innovative approaches and ideas related to challenges in the field of “equipment and technologies” and its related subtopics. In this year’s competition a total of 14 submissions were received (8 projects & 6 project ideas). The entries were provided by academia (7), practitioners (6) and industry (1) stakeholders from eight countries of Danube region.

The following entities received the highest ratings of our independent jury in the category “Project”

  1. University of Kaiserslautern, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management (Germany) “Students improving professional training in flood risk management”
  2. RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (Germany) “Deep Learning-based Decision Support System”
  3. National Association of Volunteers in the Republic of Bulgaria (Bulgaria) “Cross-border cooperation in flood preparedness and response”

The following entities received the highest ratings of our independent jury in the category “Project idea”

  1. International Security and Emergency Management Institute (Slovakia) “MobileApp combining multiple approaches and options”                  
  2. Civil Protection Association In Győr-Moson-Sopron County and Hungarian Civil Protection Association (Hungary) “Development of an Integrated procedure for removal and opening of flow-retardant, flow-restricting, shut-off, alluvial and ice plugs, barriers based on rapid survey and analysis.”        
  3. Faculty of Security Studies, University of Belgrade (Serbia) “Establishing a Risk knowledge platform to support the early warning national systems in the Danube region”            

The DAREnet consortium congratulates all winners of the DFRIC and is looking forward to supporting these initiatives in jointly developing their innovative ideas further.

The second DFRIC will tackle issues related to “standards & procedures” and will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

The 3rd Annual Practitioner Forum was successfully conducted from 15-18 March 2022 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). The event, which was jointly organised by the DAREnet and DiMaND projects and kindly hosted by National Association of Volunteers in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAVRB) brought together more than 70 key disaster management stakeholders from the Danube River Region, as well as more than 10 remote participants.

With the aim to take further steps towards a macro-regional level disaster management cooperation framework did the event offer a unique opportunity for the organisers and participants to discuss and plan activities that will significantly strengthen the cooperation among key stakeholders.

Through a mix of structured exchanges, a discussion-based exercise and the visit of local capacities and technologies were the participants enabled to become actively engage while sharing their knowledge and experiences with each other.

The event provided an important milestone to further advance the strategic collaboration between DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region’s Environmental Risk Priority Area Disaster Management Working Group. The outcomes will offer clear guidance for final phase of the project implementation which is aimed at ensuring the sustainability of key project results.

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.

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.

Under the umbrella of the DAREnet project, co-organised by the Croatian Ministry of Interior, Civil Protection Directorate and RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, on the 28th of September 2021, the Workshop entitled: „Strengthening Resilience and Capacities of Flood Protection and Response Stakeholders – Good Practices and Development“ was organised. Topics were divided in three groups: Civil protection training, procedures and methods; Information sharing/digitalization; Water governance. Panel discussions on the first day of the event were followed on the 2nd day (29 September 2021) by the field (demonstration) exercise with operational forces involved in flood response (State Civil Protection Intervention Unit, Croatian Red Cross, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, local Voluntary Firefighters and local Emergency Service). Exercise scenario was the rupture of the embankment caused by a large water wave, and the aim was to demonstrate standard operating procedures, verify mutual cooperation and coordination of stakeholders, as well as the exchange of relevant information. Alongside with demonstration exercise, exhibition of flood defence equipment was held. 

The event was an opportunity to gather and exchange the knowledge and best practices of prone flood regions Danube and Sava River Basins as one of DAREnet’s project efforts. Beside DAREnet consortium partners in this hybrid format event, there was around 50 participants from State Administrations, Operational Civil Protection Forces, Institutes and Associations of Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.

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.