SPEK Finland

SPEK produces information and recommendations for legislative processes, for example, construction and housing-related information. We also advocate by issuing statements and actively participating in the work of various working groups. In Finland, the regulation of the safety and construction of housing for special groups and the Rescue Act’s reform are key themes in which it is possible to achieve lasting results to improve safety through social decision-making. At the European Union level, important thematic issues from a safety perspective are the development of environmental regulation and the Union’s safety and, in particular, civil protection guidelines.

The organisation in fire and rescue services, individual emergency planning, and civil protection works actively to improve our homes and our society’s safety in everyday life and emergency conditions. Our work aims to help people and organisations prevent accidents and dangerous situations, take the appropriate preventive measures and know what to do in emergencies. SPEK also develops the fire and rescue field, preparedness and civil defences.

Universidade da Coruña

Universidade da Coruña coordinating the regional crisis and emergency group (ES) brings recent cross-sectoral cooperation experience in the Designdesigning the COVID19 de-climbing protocols (For sports events, shows, access to beaches…). Design of surveillance systems such as tracking systems for the elderly, rescue mechanisms. Extensive experience in the delivery of emergencies awareness and education in schools, seminars, conferences. Experience in the elaboration of protocols in forest fires. Our group involves on permanent basis researchers and professors of the University, as well as technicians and professionals in civil protection and experts in anticipation, planning and prevention, and operative emergency actuation. In the field of civil protection, the members of the group have experience in:

• Leading and directing operational emergency teams in urban and forest fires, maritime pollution and traffic accidents.

• Leading and directing operational preventive teams in large civil concentrations: social events, sport and competitions, etc.

• Designing and putting into service civil protection plans in the fields of droughts, forest fires or seismic hazard.

• Designing and putting into service territorial plans, and directive plans in the field of civil protection

• Collaborating in teams of search and rescue

• Disseminating self-protection practices to sectors of the population that are more sensitive

• Designing and coordinating emergency exercises in public and private centres

Also, the group members provide recent cross-sectoral cooperation experience in the Design of the COVID19 de-climbing protocols (For sports events, shows, access to beaches…), Design of surveillance systems such as tracking systems for the elderly, rescue mechanisms. Extensive experience in the delivery of emergencies awareness and education in schools, seminars, conferences. Experience in the elaboration of protocols in forest fires. The group was created in November 2019. The philosophy is to be a space of reference within the University for the research and study of any matter related to civil protection. Spain and the Galician region have a long tradition in civil protection. Still, there was not yet space specifically designed for the research in our area and where professionals of the activity could come together and put information in common.

Since November 2019, there are several projects in progress:

• Improvement of communication between emergency services (fire protection, police, sanitary services) and administration.

• Unification and improvement of prevention protocols for the action in case of weather emergencies

• Models for the integral management of safe beach areas, including rescue, coordination of sanitary services, information to citizens, etc.

• Dissemination of self-protection principles in schools

• Educational models for schools and educative community to study the environment and be proactive in terms of safety

The sanitary crisis made our group concentrate efforts in collaboration with local entities to help them Design and put in service COVID19 protocols. In this specific pandemic field, projects executed are:

• Protocols for sport facilities

• Protocols for public events

• protocols for buildings

Frequesia de Cordinhã

Cordinhã is located on the east side of the Municipality of Cantanhede, about seven kilometres from the City of Cantanhede. With an area of 9.93Km2 and a present population of 1,034 people (according to the last survey in 2011). In terms of natural disasters, the recent event was a major forest fire in 2017.

Located on the east side of the municipality, seven kilometres from the City of Cantanhede, the parish is made up of four main places: Cordinhã, Ourentela, Azenha Arnosela. It borders Ourentã, to the North, Murtede, to the East, Portunhos, to the South, and Cantanhede, to the West.

The parish, irrigated by two streams, is mainly agricultural. It produces a high-quality wine and colour and corn, potatoes, rye, barley, wheat, oats, beans, vegetables, etc. In recent years pig farming has developed.

The other interventions spread on a broad scope from fires (10 %) to road incidents and hazmat.

The key community threats rely upon preserving the main agriculture income generation activities and rich cultural heritage artefacts. The other interventions spread on a broad scope from fires (10 %) to road incidents and hazmat.

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe – NALAS is registered as a French NGO in Strasbourg. The Network brings together 14 Associations representing roughly 9000 local authorities, directly elected by more than 80 million citizens of this region. The NALAS Secretariat, based in Skopje, is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the activities.

NALAS was created in 2001 following the first Forum of Cities and Regions of South-East Europe (Skopje, November 2000), organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The Network was established under the auspices of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe (Working Table 1) and the Council of Europe. During the first years, NALAS functioned as an informal organisation with regular meetings, seminars and training programmes. In July 2005, NALAS became an officially registered association with its seat in Strasbourg. The NALAS Secretariat was established in March 2007.

Hellenberg International Security Consultancy

Hellenberg International Oy Ltd is an international research & analysis office registered and based in Helsinki. Hellenberg International challenges mainstream solutions in crisis management and critical infrastructure protection (CIP) with a compact and flexible research unit. Hellenberg employs systematic project management tools which establish agreed milestones, identify concrete deliverables and produce measurable outcomes.

Hellenberg is listed as a trustworthy service provider by several key clients, such as the Hong Kong (SAR) Marine Department, the US State Department, the Finnish Ministry of Defence, the Finnish Foreign Ministry, Finnair Plc, Viking Line Ab, EADS/Airbus Defence, Siemens, SAAB, Elisa Corporation, AVSECO, Government Council of Finland, the European Commission (DG Home Affairs, DG Enterprise, DG Environment, DG ECHO, SITCEN). Through these connections, Hellenberg can offer its clients international engagement and expertise, which will improve emergency management capability.

The Security and Emergency Situation Coordination Centre of Turkey

The Security and Emergency Situation Coordination Centre (GAMER) is established by The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Turkey Circular (22/12/2016 – 2016/17). GAMER has gained legal status by the Presidential Decree (18/04/2019- 30749) issued by the Republic of Turkey. Currently, 60 staff are working in GAMER under various departments such as Civil Protection, Monitoring and Communication, Disaster and Emergency, Improvement and Trace, Research and Project and IT. GAMER’s staff consists of different experts such as gendarmerie, police, civil servants, civil protection and internal affairs specialist. Studies are being carried out on the training and adaptation of these staff in different disciplines.

GAMER coordinates the central ministerial units, affiliated organisations, province governorates, and local administrations units, providing the public order and security, fundamental rights, freedom, and safety of individuals‘ lives, property, trust, and peace.

GAMER is the backbone of security by monitoring the types of crime, preventing risks that have occurred or potential risks, crises, enriched technological infrastructure, and integrating information technology into security and acquired experience. GAMER conducts the necessary preliminary studies and provides preventive interventions, and post-incident improvement works with an integrated structure understanding to provide emergency services at the country scale.

Additionally, an effective risk assessment is needed to identify the source and frequency of the threats such as terrorist attacks, irregular migrants, fire and natural disasters. Accordingly, there is a strong coordination and data sharing system among relevant security units such as law enforcement units, including police, coastal and border security, and Disaster and Emergency Management Authority. Finally, since collected information from different stakeholders is sensitive and directly related to national security.

Experience in early warning system and engaging a large nation-wide surveillance public spaces system with over 90,000 CCTVs, technological infrastructure that enables communication continuity in any crisis.

Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning

The Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) is a leading joint structure of Politecnico and Università di Torino working in the cultural area of territorial transformation and government of territorial processes analysed in their physical, economic, social, political, cultural aspects and their inter-relationships, in a sustainable perspective, from global to local scale.

DIST promotes, coordinates and manages basic and applied research, training, and technology transfer and services to the territory, particularly focused on the sciences and the urban and regional policies and on territorial, urban and environmental-landscape, project and planning.

Moreover, DIST research areas include: analysis, planning and government of the territorial context; urban planning and policies for sustainable development of the urban and rural areas; diagnostic and management of cultural, architectural and landscape heritage; human, economic and political geography; urban and environmental sociology and media; methods and techniques of survey and representation at urban and territorial scales; history and conservation of the architecture of the city and its territory; transport and logistics planning; technical and economic feasibility of urban plans and projects.

DIST encourages interdisciplinary activities focused on the enhancement of interactions among researchers coming from different cultural areas. DIST supports research activities linked to its scientific subjects and promotes relations with other sectors. DIST strongly promotes the participation to local, national, European and international research programmes.

Within its cultural areas, DIST organizes, manages and delivers high level teaching (three years Bachelor-level, Master of Science level, Master of I and II level, Specialisation Schools, Doctoral Research) providing inter-departmental and inter-university courses. Furthermore, it promotes and sustains both professional education to public authorities and services to private companies, with specific training.

Institute of the Italian National Research Council

The Institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and it was established in 2014 as a result of the merger of the Institute for Service Industry Research (IRAT) and the Institute for International Legal Studies (ISGI), both of which were founded in the early 80s. The Institute’s mission is to study innovation and services designed to support the development of the international competitiveness of firms and territories, two contexts in which economic, cultural and social value are generated. The research topics are developed according to a systemic and interdisciplinary approach that integrates economic/business, urban planning and management and legal perspectives that cross-cut all the research interests of the Institute.

The main research topics of IRISS are organised in the following macro-areas: Innovation and competitive advantage, Place-based strategies and policies for local development, and Migrations and development.

Over the years, the Institute has promoted and organised many higher education programs within national research projects. To support youth employment, IRISS has carried outplacement activity and scouting and support activities in facilitating self-entrepreneurship.

A large group of core institutions characterises the current collaboration network of IRISS. (Italian and foreign Universities, research institutions, public and private organisations, NGO), with which the Institute has established profitable and long-term relationships. The Institute can activate actors at the local/regional level during lobby meetings and international events:

• The prefecture of Naples (who is responsible for disaster management in the metropolitan area of Naples)

• Municipality of Naples

• Port Authority of Naples

• Civil Protection Agency of the Campania Region

• Local NGOs

Bulgarian Defence Institute

The Bulgarian Defence Institute is established by a decree of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria as the main scientific research, testing-design and expert-technical structure at the Bulgarian Ministry Defence.

The main areas of activities

  • Scientific and applied research, development and experimental design activities in the sphere of Armaments, C4I Systems, Military Technologies, Logistics, Equipment and Materials; Human Factors in Defence Organisations; Support to the Analysis of the situation of the Armaments, C4I Systems, and Military Technologies, Logistic Equipment and materials and working out of perspectives of their development; Support to the Integrated Project Teams through taking part in the preparation, scientific monitoring and complete implementation of the defence programs and projects;
  • Reproduction of scientific personnel through education in doctoral programs, their development and creation of scientific-technical for needs of the Defence System; Support of the activities of the Armaments Council and the Defence Capabilities Council of the Bulgarian MoD; Cooperation in the sphere of research, development, testing and certification of the defence products in the frameworks of NATO, the European Union, as well as on bilateral basis and in national aspect; Working out technical specifications and expertise, programs and methods for testing, as well as standardisation and other documents, related with the acquisition of defence products; Preparation and performance of laboratory, functional, acquisition, field and another testing of armaments, C4I systems, Military techniques, Logistic equipment and materials;
  • Providing Certification of Quality Management Systems by NATO Standards, guaranteeing the quality and assessment of the compliance during the acquisition of defence products; Ensuring of air safety and flying suitability of the military aerial vehicles, as well as of the aerial vehicles of the Ministry of the Interior; Coordination of the national contribution to NATO Science and Technology Organization and the European Defence Agency.

European Studies Research Centre of the Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University

As a research and application centre at AYBU, AVAR is established to conduct research and projects on the issues related to European Studies. Accordingly, our publications and research projects mainly focus on, but not limited to, the European border security, EU migration policies, international cooperation on refugee protection and counterterrorism in Europe and its neighbourhood. AVAR aims to make original contributions to academic research and practices in European Studies by producing national and international publications, organizing conferences, seminars, workshops considering the following principles:

• We aim to undertake interdisciplinary projects that address cross-cutting, transnational issues in security, economics, politics, and migration in European Studies.

• Our interdisciplinary approach enables us to secure research projects beyond the disciplinary boundaries of academia and facilitates our collaboration with various national and international key stakeholders in European Studies.