Supported by the Research Executive Agency (REA), the PREDICT’s final conference was held in Brussels, at the BAO conference centre, on the 16th and 17th of March 2017. This final conference was jointly organized by 5 different European research projects funded under the FP7 programme that have been working for the last 3 years on cascading effect management and critical infrastructure protection: CascEff, SnowBall, CIPRNet, Fortress, and PREDICT.
The main objectives of this joint final conference were to present and discuss the academic and practical outputs of the projects, to foster knowledge transfer and pan-European collaboration, and to explore venues for future collaboration and action at a European level in this field.
This joint final conference gathered about 120 participants and received a very positive feedback from the attendees. It targeted three main communities of end-users: the scientific community; Policy makers at national and European level; and Practitioners in the field of crisis management.
Several sessions were organized to structure the 2-days conference, and allowed to explore the knowledge, methods and solutions generated by each project to understand, model, and act on cascading effect in crisis situation. On the second day, an interactive world-café session encouraged participants to go further on the analysis and discussions of their projects’ key findings and recommendations on how the implementation of their results could be supported.
A dinner was also organized during the conference to gather the five projects around a social event.
To create further synergies, the final conference was organized back-to-back with the 6th meeting of the Community of Users on Safe, Secure and Resilient Societies (CoU) and in parallel to the Critical Infrastructure Workshop organized by the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC).
A public conference report was handed-out during the final conference with PREDICT’s key findings and is available below.