The event was jointly organised from 30 November – 2 December 2022 in Aschheim, Germany by the EU-funded #H2020 practitioners’ Network projects #DAREnet and #MEDEA, in collaboration with #IFAFRI – International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation.

A total of more than 60 experts, first responders and policymakers from disaster, and crisis management, form both sides of the Atlantic, including, among others, the European Commission, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and the Hellenic Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) joined the event physically or online.

The event provided a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange, network building and idea generation among the participants. This was done through:

  1. Presentations of innovative solutions by 10 leading companies
  2. Keynote speeches and panel discussions from esteemed guests, such as Albrecht Broemme (THW), Daniel Cotter (DHS), Michelle Royal (FirstLink), Genny Dimitrakopoulou (KEMEA), and Philippe Quevauviller (DG HOME)
  3. Networking sessions and on-site visits

We would like to extend a warm ‘thank you’ to everyone for sharing their experience and insights which made the event a huge success for everyone involved.

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.

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: regine.gerhards@thw.de or nico.hybbeneth@thw.de

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 (project.ifafri@thw.de)

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 https://www.internationalresponderforum.org

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 https://www.medea-project.eu

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 http://idrim2022.com/

EUSDR PA5 jointly with the DAREnet project, launched the Danube Flood Resilience Exchange of Experts Programme (EoE) earlier this year.

Within this framework has the “Exchange of Experts” focusing on the topic of “Exercise evaluation” just been opened for registration!

This particular exchange is related to the design and conduct of participant-driven exercises and is linked to PROFOUND exercise, covering the following activities:

To apply for the exchange, the participants need to be able to contribute to the evaluation, this means that the participants need to:

If you are interested to participate, please fill in the registration form until Friday 06.08.2022 EOB or get in touch with the organisers of the programme at eoe@darenetproject.eu in case of further questions.

We are pleased to announce that DAREnet will be organizing a Exchange of Experts (EoE) session @INTERSCHUTZ dedicated to the subject of Volunteer Management. The session will bring together subject-matter experts from particitioner organisations with aim to facilitate knowledge exchange about good practices related to the following subjects:

  1. Forms and Terms of Volunteer Management
  2. Digital Volunteering
  3. Solutions for the Involvement of Spontaneous/ Unaffiliated Volunteers

The draft agenda can accessed here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the INTERSCHUTZ 2022 in Hannover and would kindly ask you to register yourself to the event at the following link.

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.