Unlocking the innovation potential in European crisis management

Crisis management practitioners, researchers, policymakers and solutions providers with an interest in innovation are invited to attend the EU-funded DRIVER+ project’s international emergency management conference, which takes place from 19-20 February at the BluePoint conference centre in Brussels. Registration to the event is required and free of charge.

The DRIVER+ Advanced Crisis Management Conference is the culmination of several years’ of 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 – ie software, equipment, methods or approaches – addressing identified crisis management gaps in a non-operational context on a thorough, methodological basis.

In a series of keynotes, plenaries and specialist demonstrations, 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, cooperative 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.

Agenda and registration: https://www.driver-project.eu/final-conference/

DRIVER+ Background information

DRIVER+ is an EU-funded project tasked with promoting and testing new, science-based improvements in crisis management to improve response to climate-change related threats such as wildfires and flooding, as well as other threats such as industrial accidents and terrorism.