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.

DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks have successfully concluded the second part of this year’s Annual Practitioner Forum. This episode in forms of a panel discussion was attended by more than 50 persons of all countries of the Danube River Region, representing first responder organisations, academia, industry, and public authorities. It aimed to facilitate discussions on policy-level about how the challenges, gaps and needs that were identified in the first part could be addressed. The panel was comprised of representatives of EC’s DG HOME, DG ECHO and DG REGIO as well as the Danube Transnational Programme and the EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group. Building upon the outcomes and recommendations of the first part, the panellists discussed how innovation in flood risk management training in the Danube River Region can be enhanced through strategic partnerships.

DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks have successfully concluded the first part of this year’s Annual Practitioner Forum. This first of two online events was a workshop targeting at first responders dealing with the topic of floods in the Danube Region. The thematic focus of the workshop was “training”. The workshop took place on 24th November 2020 and was attended by more than 50 persons of all countries of the Danube River Region, representing first responder organisations, academia, industry, and public authorities. The outcomes of this workshop are currently being summarised and will serve as basis to facilitate a panel discussion to take place on 2nd December 2020. This panel discussion with speakers from the EC’s DG HOME, DG ECHO and DG REGIO as well as the Danube Transnational Programme and the EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group will complete the 2nd Annual Practitioner Forum.

Registration to the panel discussion is still open at

DAREnet and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area on Environmental Risks Disaster Management Working Group are jointly organising this year’s Annual Practitioner Forum. The Annual Practitioner Forum will focus on the subject of “Training”. The forum will introduce selected innovative approaches from practitioner organisations from the Danube Region with the aims to facilitate discussions about solutions, challenges and needs between experts and stakeholders, also to generate project ideas.

The first day (24 Nov 2020) includes plenary sessions and virtual world cafe style talks, while the second day (2 Dec 2020) hosts a panel discussion with key experts. The event topics are focusing on training aspects of flood protection and preparedness activities.

The registration as well as detailed information on the agenda and speakers can be found at

An event flyer can be downloaded here.

Based on the outcomes of a webinar jointly organised by the Horizon 2020 Security Practitioner networks projects DAREnet, eNOTICE, FIRE-IN, MEDEA and FIRE-IN, a result paper has been produced and published.

The webinar provided the participants with the opportunity to gain insights into the current approaches and best practices as well potential future applications of the concept of Just-in-Time Training (JITT) within response organisations. Based on first-hand experiences that the speakers have gathered through their involvement in past and recent disasters, in particular the COVID-19 pandemic, did the webinar provide a forum to share knowledge and experiences about how JITT can enable first responder to rapidly acquire specific skills or knowledge when the immediate need arises.

Following the success of the webinar this paper aims at summarising the challenges and practices identified to make the results available to a wider audience. The paper as well as the recordings and presentations of the webinar can be accessed via: The paper is also available for download here.

DAREnet is organising a series of online workshops on dedicated sub-domains focusing on “equipment” for flood response and flood management. The workshops are part of DAREnet’s 3rd Research and Innovation Roadmapping Cycle. The outcomes of the discussions within the webinars will be fed into the 3rd edition of the DAREnet Research and Innovation Roadmap (for earlier editions, please see here).

The following topics will be addressed in the webinars:

We kindly invite all first responders and practitioners to join and discuss with us the gaps but also the innovation potential of the above topics.

Let’s innovate flood response and management together!

Our Project Partner Hungarian Civil Protection Association (HCPA) has published a DAREnet Special Issue of the Civil Protection Review (Polgári Védelmi Szemle). This special issue of the renewed Civil Protection Review includes the scientific papers related to the research work of DAREnet, but also presentations of the scientific conference related to the 20th anniversary of Hungary’s NATO membership and the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the Geneva Conventions at the Hungarian Civil Defense Association.
All publications are peer-reviewed, ensuring its structured diversity in relation to the general topic of civil protection. The publication contains contributions in both Hungarian and English.

The DAREnet Special Edition of the Civil Protection Edition is available for download HERE.

The online webinar “Just-in-Time Training: Best practices and methodologies in the medical, flood response and CBRN fields” which has jointly been organised by DAREnet together with eNOTICE, FIRE-IN, MEDEA and NO-FEAR, has successfully been concluded.

More than 400 people registered for the three sessions and almost 250 attendants joined our online workshop!

This level of participation, together with the active involvement shown during the debates with the audience provides evidence of how relevant this topic is for a broad range of stakeholders in the security domain.

The recording of the webinar together with all presentations is accessible in the media center of the event’s public website at

In 2019, the first round of DAREnet Practitioner Initiatives led to a compendium of practitioner-driven innovation initiatives. This year, DAREnet launches the second Call for Practitioner Initiatives, this time focusing training. While the first call was directed at institutes and organisations active in flood response or flood management, the second call is directed at the improvement of the training of first responders or volunteers. 

Participants sketch their ideas how to improve the training of first responders or volunteers in short concept papers, submit them to the DAREnet consortium and get the chance to win an invitation to the next DAREnet Annual Practitioner Forum. In addition, the DAREnet consortium will provide participants with the necessary logistic and administrative support to shape their idea. 

All initiatives submitted to DAREnet will be compiled in a portfolio and made available to the public. The portfolio will be actively promoted and will help to  

To get more information click here.  

You are also kindly invited to submit your idea directly here.

Together with the EU-funded security networks of practitioners FIRE-IN, NO-FEAR, eNOTICE and MEDEA, DAREnet is organising a live webinar on the topic of just-in-time training applied to their domains on Thursday, June 18th 2020, from 10am to 12pm CEST.

In the medical, civil protection and security fields, just-in-time training is delivered to practitioners to allow for the rapid acquisition of specific skills or knowledge when the need arises. Drawing from the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the demand for immediate training of medical staff and other first responders in different aspects of infectious disease management, the webinar will expand on the current and potential applications of this concept response organisations with best practices and methodologies from three speakers with different backgrounds.

DAREnet will be represented by its Coordinator Christian Illing of THW who will be co-moderating the webinar. Furthermore, Zsolt Kelemen, Head of the Disaster Management Working Group of the EU Strategy for Danube Region Priority Area 5 on Environmental Risks and vice president of the Hungarian Firefighters’ Association, will provide an overview of the learnings that resulted from the training of volunteers during the floods that struck the Danube region in 2013 and how these have been applied to subsequent emergencies mobilising volunteers. 

Participation is free and open to practitioners, researchers and other interested professionals from different disciplines. Please register HERE to the event to receive your personal invitation:

More information on the webinar can be found at