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Conference on Securing Europe: Future Threats and Trends

In the context of the Irish presidency, the European Parliament Office in Ireland, in co-operation with the Centre for Irish and European Security, will host a conference entitled "Securing Europe: Future Threats and Trends".   The Conference will take place on 16th May from 9 am-5.00 pm in the European Parliament Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 and speakers will include Emer Costello MEP as well as a range of international speakers.

European Security Trends and Threats In Society (ETTIS), is a EU FP7 collaborative research project focused on identifying and assessing opportunities for enhancing societal security, improving situation awareness and informing investment options for societal security. ETTIS aims to construct a comprehensive framework which can  be used in the formulation of future decisions and security policies. The project, coordinated by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) will run for 36 months from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014.


 9.00 – 9.20: Introduction and overview of ETTIS, Professor Peter Burgess, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

9.20 – 9.50: Keynote Address  (TBC)

9.50 – 10.15: Setting the scene: Concepts of Security, Mr. Tim Sweijs, (The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies)

10.15 – 10.45: European Threats Panel chaired by Mr. Joachim Klerx, AIT

  • Military – Civil Response to CBRNE, Threat and Incident, Lt Col Ray Lane, (Irish Defence Forces)
  • Militerisation of Climate Change, Dr. Steve Wright (Leeds Metropolitan University)

10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00: European Society chaired by Ms. Sadhbh McCarthy (CIES)

  • European Commission as Protector of Internal Security,  Ms. Eva Marie Engdahl, (DG HOME)
  • European Parliament as Protector of European Values, Ms. Emer Costello MEP
  • Communications & the Role of Trust in Political Societies, Mr. Martin Mackin (Q4 Public Relations)

12.00 – 13.00:  European Trends Panel chaired by Ms. Sadhbh McCarthy (CIES) followed by Q&A

  • Smart Cities in Surveilled Societies, Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell (University of Barcelona)
  • Drones and Democracy , Mr. Mathias Vermuellen (European University Institute)
  • Smart Borders: The Immigration - Terrorism Nexus, Dr. Ben Hayes, (Statewatch, UK)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 14.35: Actionable Foresighting, Mr. Harald Felgenhaur, Systemic Foresight Institute, AT

Q&A, moderated by Prof. Peter Burgess (PRIO)

14.35 - 15.00: ETTIS approach and current status presented by Dr. Mathias Weber, AIT

15.00 - 15.45: Panel exploring Applied vs. Research dissonance in foresighting

  • FOI (research case study)
  • PSNI (end user case study)
  • Morpho (industry case study)

15.45 – 16.00: Coffee break

16.00 - 16.45: Panel with reflections on outputs to date and next steps

Chaired by Mr. Rocco Bellanova (PRIO)

Discussion with:

  • Dr. Monica Lagazo (Trilateral)
  • Dr. Ewa Donitz (Fraunhofer, ISI)
  • Dr. Anders Eriksson (FOI)

16.45 – 17.00: Closing remarks from Professor Peter Burgess (PRIO)