The organisers invite crisis management practitioners, researchers, policymakers and solutions providers with an interest in innovation to attend the EU-funded international emergency management conference this February 19-20 in Brussels, Belgium.
Devastating wildfires in the State of Victoria, Australia. The conference will confer special attention on innovation for crisis management in light of the intensification of climate change-related threats such as floods and wildfires. Photo: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Government of Victoria, Australia
The catastrophic Australian bushfires and global climate change trends highlight the need for innovative crisis management solutions and close multinational co-operation – both aspects are at the core of the DRIVER+ project.
The conference is the culmination of several years’ work to accelerate innovation in crisis management throughout Europe. Specialist speakers from leading organisations such as the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, WeRobotics, and Prepared International as well as other research organisations and EU institutions will present on topics such as climate change, innovation in crisis management and community-building.
The event will provide a unique overview of how crisis management organisations can use the project’s outputs to select and evaluate solutions such as software, equipment, methods or approaches by addressing identified crisis management gaps in a non-operational context on a thorough, methodological basis.
In a series of keynotes, plenaries and specialist demonstrations, it is hoped that participants will learn about the work of the DRIVER+ project teams:
- the design of a scientifically-based trial methodology, the trial guidance methodology (TGM) for conducting trials of crisis management solutions and the test-bed technical infrastructure (TTI) that underpins it;
- the execution of large-scale DRIVER+ Trials based on the TGM and TTI conducted in Poland, France, the Netherlands and Austria to assess crisis management solutions in realistic scenarios;
- the development of an open, co-operative information-sharing network, the Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE);
- the creation of a Portfolio of Solutions – an online database of crisis management technologies; and
- the establishment of a network of Centres of Expertise to ensure the sustainability of project outputs.
Attendees will also have access to a solutions marketplace of technologies and tools tested at DRIVER+ Trials. Registration to the event is required and free of charge. Click for details about the agenda and for registration.
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