Conference - About

The Conference will open with keynote speeches delivered by high-level representatives from the Commission and Finland.

The theme “Towards Increased Synergies Between Different Funding Schemes and Market Uptake” will be explored by the high-level panel on the first day of the SRE 2019. The panel will gather high-level policy makers, industry representatives and researchers who will debate the notion that security research is not a stand-alone process, and that it is necessary to establish structured links between different funding instruments to achieve the desired market uptake of positive research outputs.

On the second day of the event, six thematic panels will cover issues such as terrorist content online, border security, artificial intelligence, disaster management, hybrid threats and immediate procurement.

The Exhibition will shine the spotlight on around 15 projects, displaying their inventive and ingenious results in exciting ways. Visitors will discover products and services stemming from European funding schemes such as the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7, Horizon 2020), the Internal Security Fund (ISF), Finnish Government joint analysis, assessment and research activities funding (VN TEAS) and NordForsk Societal Security funding. The event’s agenda will allow participants enough time to fully explore and enjoy the exhibition area.

The SRE 2019 is closely tied to two other events: the plenary meeting of the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI), chaired by the European Commission, and a workshop of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies. IFAFRI supports first responders by providing information that may encourage the global market to develop affordable and innovative technology for first responders. The Community of Users key objective is to reduce the current fragmentation in EU security research and facilitate information exchanges among all relevant stakeholders (policy-makers, research, industry (including SMEs), practitioners (first responders, civil protection units etc.