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8th European Civil Protection Forum

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Shaping a disaster-resilient Union: Charting a path for the future of European civil protection.

Conference

Key information

Date(s)
-
Location
Brussels, Belgium
Attendance type
Face-to-face
Organiser
Pricing
Free
Attendance model
Open

Description

The 8th European Civil Protection Forum will take place in Brussels on 4-5 June 2024, on the eve of the European elections and at a critical point for the future of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM).  

Over the past few years, the world has witnessed an increasing frequency and intensity of disasters of different origin, exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. Wide-spread wildfires, extreme weather events, earthquakes, major public emergencies, armed conflicts, and hybrid actions have caused devastation of human life, property, environment, and cultural heritage. Systemic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine highlight the complex, cross-sectoral and cross-border nature of challenges that Europe faces, as well as the need for continued solidarity and an integrated, multi-hazard and cross-disciplinary approach for effective prevention, preparedness, and response. 

In collaboration with its Member States and other partners, the European Union has spearheaded efforts to build a more disaster-resilient Union that is equipped to confront an increasingly complex and evolving risk landscape now, and in the years to come.  

Over two days, more than 1,550 individuals from 76 countries will engage in discussions, exchange of knowledge and good practices, networking, and community building. They will represent civil protection and disaster risk management authorities at different levels of governance, first responders and civil society organisations, private sector, science and academia, EU institutions and partner international organisations. They will make the voice of the European Civil Protection Community heard, so that together we can critically reflect on the past, identify what worked well and what we could have done even better. So that we share a common understanding and the knowledge for action needed to make our future efforts efficient and sustainable. So that we can contribute to stronger communities on a local, regional, national, and European level, and chart a path for the future of European civil protection. 

All relevant information can be found on the Forum's home page!

Agenda

Day 1

8:30 - 9:30

Registration and welcome coffee

9:30 - 9:45

Opening remarks by Commisioner Janez Lenarčič

9:45 - 10:45

High-level plenary session

Speakers
Agnė Bilotaitė
Agnė Bilotaitė
Minister of the Interior of the Republic of LithuaniaMinister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania
Fabrizio  Curcio
Fabrizio Curcio
Head of the Italian Civil Protection DepartmentHead of the Italian Civil Protection Department
Hans Das
Hans Das
Deputy Director-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European CommissionDirectorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Kamal  Kishore
Kamal Kishore
Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk ReductionUNDRR
Venue:
Plenary room
10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:45

Panel discussion: Investing in Resilience: From Evidence to Practice

Moderators
Speakers
Ivars  Nakurts
Ivars Nakurts
Deputy Director-General, Deputy Chief of the State Fire and Rescue Service, Ministry of the Interior, LatviaState Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (SFRS)
Zuzana Stanton-Geddes
Zuzana Stanton-Geddes
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank The World Bank Group
Arabela  Vahtarić
Arabela Vahtarić
Head of International Relations and EU Projects, Civil Protection Directorate, Ministry of the Interior, CroatiaMinistry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia
Gaetano Vivo
Gaetano Vivo
Deputy Director-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European CommissionDirectorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Pieter  Wynant
Pieter Wynant
Deputy Head of the International Relations Department of the Belgian Civil Protection, Directorate-General for Civil Protection, Ministry of Home Affairs, BelgiumDirectorate-General for Civil Protection, Ministry of Home Affairs, Belgium
Venue:
Plenary room
11:15 - 12:45

Panel discussion: Bridging the Gap between local and EU level response: Regional Cooperation in Disaster Management

Moderators
Speakers
Marie Sattler
Marie Sattler
Head of the international relations unit of the Luxembourg Fire and Rescue Corps. Luxembourg Fire and Rescue Corps
Nejc  Smole
Nejc Smole
Deputy President of the Central Slovenia regionCentral Slovenia region
Zsolt  KELEMAN
Zsolt KELEMAN
Budapest Firefighters’ Association, EU Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area Disaster Management Working GroupEU Strategy for the Danube Region Environmental Risks Priority Area Disaster Management Working Grou
Simona  POHLOVA
Simona POHLOVA
Deputy Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders DG REGIO, European CommissionEuropean Commission
Bengt SUNDELIUS
Bengt SUNDELIUS
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSBSwedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Venue:
Studio 1
11:15 - 12:45

Panel discussion: Enhancing Cross-Border Collaboration through the Pre-Positioning Programme

Speakers
Athanasios  Balafas
Athanasios Balafas
Chief of Staff at Hellenic Fire ServiceHellenic Fire Corps
Florin Chirea
Florin Chirea
Head of Community Protection and Resilience Service - IGSU Romanian Civil Protection Department
Eirini  KRAMPI
Eirini KRAMPI
Director of International Relations at the Ministry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection in GreeceMinistry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection in Greece
Venue:
Studio 3
11:15 - 12:45

Workshop 20 years of GDACS: How Science and Technology has supported the global Disaster Response Community

Speakers
Lorena Abalos
Lorena Abalos
Coordination Platforms Unit, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsUN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Tom De Groeve
Tom De Groeve
Head of the Disaster Risk Management Unit, European Commission, Joint Research CentreEuropean Commission
Luca dell’Oro
Luca dell’Oro
Senior Programme Specialist, UN Institute for Training and ResearchUN Institute for Training and Research
Venue:
Studio 2
11:15 - 12:45

Workshop: Behavioural Dimension of Disaster Prevention & Preparedness and Climate Adaptation

Speakers
Theodoros Chatzivasileiadis
Theodoros Chatzivasileiadis
Assistant Professor, Economics and Finance of Climate Adaptation, TU Delft TU Delft
Colin KUEHNHANNS
Colin KUEHNHANNS
Policy Analyst at the Competence Centre for Behavioural Insights European Commission Joint Research Centre
Brigitta  SÁFÁR
Brigitta SÁFÁR
Head of Disaster Management of the Hungarian Red CrossHungarian Red Cross
Venue:
Studio 4
11:15 - 12:45

Workshop: How to support psychological Recovery and occupational Mental Health in Fire and Rescue Services?

Speakers
Karsten Christoph  LINDENSTROMBERG
Karsten Christoph LINDENSTROMBERG
Coordinator of the rescue EMY CIPSS, Johanniter, Germany Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe
Saku SUTELAINEN
Saku SUTELAINEN
Senior Specialist of occupational mental health for first responders.Helsinki Fire and Rescue Services
Irina  VASTAG
Irina VASTAG
Lieutenant-Colonel, psychologist officer in the Emergency Situations Inspectorate "Banat" of Timis CountyEmergency Situations Inspectorate "Banat" of Timis County
Venue:
Studio 5
13:15 - 13:45

Lunch session: Introduction to the Global Situation System

Venue:
ECHO stand at CP Village
14:15 - 15:45

Panel discussion: RescEU: Five Years of Evolution and its Challenges

Speakers
Raed ARAFAT
Raed ARAFAT
Founder of Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication Ministry of Internal Affairs of Romania
Hans Das
Hans Das
Deputy Director-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European CommissionDirectorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Mario  Di Gennaro
Mario Di Gennaro
Head of Competence Centre EU Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.VJohanniter-Unfall-Hilfe
Mari  RANTANEN
Mari RANTANEN
Minister of the Interior of FinlandMinister of the Interior of Finland
Venue:
Plenary room
14:15 - 15:45

Panel discussion: Embracing Artificial Intelligence and new Technologies for enhancing Disaster Risk Prevention and Response

Speakers
Joel KAUPPINEN
Joel KAUPPINEN
Senior Specialist at the Finnish Association of Fire OfficersFinnish Association of Fire Officers
Grazyna PIESIEWICZ
Grazyna PIESIEWICZ
Head of unit C1 in DG CONNECTEuropean Commission
Andrea TORETI
Andrea TORETI
Senior scientist at the European Commission, Joint Research CentreEuropean Commission Joint Research Centre
Saeid Vaghefi
Saeid Vaghefi
Climate scientist at the University of ZürichUniversity of Zürich
Venue:
Studio 1
14:15 - 15:45

Panel discussion: Wildfire Risk Awareness and Communication as a Pillar of Disaster Risk Reduction

Moderators
Speakers
Luis  DOÑAS
Luis DOÑAS
Head of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation at the National Disaster Prevention and Response ServiceSENAPRED
Angela  Iglesias Rodrigo
Angela Iglesias Rodrigo
Forestry engineer specialized in civil protection and forest fires.European Commission
Eduard  Plana Bach
Eduard Plana Bach
Head of Forest Policy and Risk Governance at the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia. Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia.
Cathelijne STOOF
Cathelijne STOOF
Pyrogeography researcher at Wageningen University in the NetherlandsWageningen University in the Netherlands
Venue:
Studio 3
14:15 - 15:45

Workshop: Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid: Distinctions and Complementarity between the two Instruments

Speakers
Tom Barnig
Tom Barnig
Director of Operations, Luxembourg Fire & Rescue Corps Luxembourg Fire & Rescue Corps
Venue:
Studio 2
14:15 - 15:45

Workshop: Governance for Disaster Risk Management: Involvement of Civil Protection National Authorities

Speakers
Sofía  González
Sofía González
Spanish Directorate-General for Civil Protection and EmergenciesSpanish Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Emergencies
Cristina Marugán
Cristina Marugán
Head of International Affairs at the Spanish Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Emergencies.Spanish Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Emergencies
Carlos Mendes
Carlos Mendes
Deputy Director for Prevention and Risk Management, Portuguese National Authority for Emergency and Civil ProtectionPortuguese National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection
Tessa  Schmedding
Tessa Schmedding
Partnerships Specialist, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Europe and Central AsiaUNDRR
Ana Isabel  VALDÉS
Ana Isabel VALDÉS
nstitutional Communication Specialist, Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican RepublicCoordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic
Venue:
Studio 4
14:15 - 15:45

Workshop: Knowledge Transfer in Civil Protection Exercises

Speakers
Christian RESCH
Christian RESCH
Managing Director, Disaster Competence Network AustriaDisaster Competence Network Austria
Maxime RIGAL
Maxime RIGAL
Executive Officer for European Projects, Departmental-Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Service LyonDepartmental-Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Service Lyon
Mirnesa  Softic
Mirnesa Softic
Expert Advisor at Operational Communication Centre of Bosnia and HerzegovinaOperational Communication Centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Venue:
Studio 5
18:15 - 18:45

Panel discussion: Regional Cooperation as Catalyst for Trust-Building and improved Collaboration among the European Union and its Neighbours

Moderators
Speakers
Zahi CHAHINE
Zahi CHAHINE
Head of the National Disaster Management Unit, LebanonNational Disaster Management Unit
Peter GLERUM
Peter GLERUM
Team Leader IPA CARE, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB MSB (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap)
Roman PRYMUSH
Roman PRYMUSH
Deputy Head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine Head of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Mirnesa  Softic
Mirnesa Softic
Expert Advisor at Operational Communication Centre of Bosnia and HerzegovinaOperational Communication Centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Orhan TATAR
Orhan TATAR
Head of Unit, Earthquake and Risk Reduction, AFAD, TürkiyeMinistry of Interior- AFAD Turkey
Owda  YOUNIS
Owda YOUNIS
Head of the International Relations, Palestinian Civil DefencePalestinian Civil Defence
Venue:
Plenary room
16:15 - 17:45

Panel discussion: The Union Disaster Resilience Goals and Early Warning for All initiative: How do they align?

Moderators
Speakers
Natalia   ALONSO CANO
Natalia ALONSO CANO
Chief of Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, UN Office for Disaster Risk ReductionUNDRR
Daniel KULL
Daniel KULL
Director for Resources Mobilisation and Development Partnerships, World Meteorological OrganisationWMO
Kornélia  Radics
Kornélia Radics
Director for Resources Mobilisation and Development Partnerships, World Meteorological OrganisationWorld Meteorological Organisation
Venue:
Studio 1
16:15 - 17:00

Panel discussion: How to manage spontaneous Volunteers during Disaster Response?

Moderators
Speakers
Marion HEYMEL
Marion HEYMEL
Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, GermanyFederal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
Tomislav  MAREVIĆ
Tomislav MAREVIĆ
National Protection and Rescue Directorate, Republic of Croatia National Protection and Rescue Directorate, Republic of Croatia
Romana NAGLIČ
Romana NAGLIČ
Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Slovenia Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Slovenia
Venue:
Studio 3
17:15 - 17:45

Panel discussion: Marine incidents and Civil Protection: One Incident – One Response

Speakers
Sonja DOBO
Sonja DOBO
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSBSwedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Heli  HAAPASAARI
Heli HAAPASAARI
Marine Pollution Response Expert, Finnish Border Guard Finnish Border Guard
Hugo  NIJKAMP
Hugo NIJKAMP
General Manager, Sea AlarmSea Alarm
Venue:
Studio 3
16:15 - 17:45

Workshop: Advancing integrated Wildfire Management: Priorities for Action

Speakers
Miguel  ALMEIDA
Miguel ALMEIDA
Senior researcher, University of CoimbraUniversity of Coimbra
Claudia BERCHTOLD
Claudia BERCHTOLD
Head of Sustainable Systems Transformation and Risk Reduction, Fraunhofer INTFirelogue
Venue:
Studio 2
16:15 - 17:45

Interactive panel discussion: More Than Just A Roof: How Emergency Shelter Can Reduce Vulnerability?

Speakers
Elena  GIRAL
Elena GIRAL
Program coordinator rescEU emergency shelter capacity DG ECHO, European CommissionDirectorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Giulia  MACI
Giulia MACI
Urban specialist, Cities Alliance/UNOPSUNOPS
Jenny  MOLIN
Jenny MOLIN
Gender Advisor, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSBMSB (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap)
Gordon RATTRAY
Gordon RATTRAY
Programme Coordinator, European Disability Forum European Disability Forum
Venue:
Studio 4
18:15 - 18:45

Workshop: Ten Years of the European Civil Protection Pool: Achievements and future Challenges

Speakers
Grzegorz BOROWIEC
Grzegorz BOROWIEC
National Headquarters of the State Fire Service, PolandNational Headquarters of the State Fire Service, Poland
Giovanni DE SIERVO
Giovanni DE SIERVO
Policy Adviser, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Civil Protection Department, Italy Civil Protection Department, Italy
Venue:
Studio 5
18:30 - 19:00

UCPM Medals ceremony

Venue:
Plenary room

Day 2

9:45 - 10:45

High-level plenary session: Enhanced European Resilience: Are Crisis Management Systems fit for the Future?

Moderators
Speakers
Raed ARAFAT
Raed ARAFAT
Founder of Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication Ministry of Internal Affairs of Romania
Daniela Jacob
Daniela Jacob
Director of the Climate Service Center, Germany Climate Service Center
Maciej  POPOWSKI
Maciej POPOWSKI
Director-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European CommissionDirectorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Venue:
Plenary room
10:45 - 11:15

Q&A Session: Keynote speaker Gaia Vince

Venue:
DG ECHO Stand, CP Village
11:15 - 12:45

Panel discussion: Strengthening Disaster Resilience: Joining Civil Protection and Private Sector Efforts

Moderators
Speakers
Adam  ELMAN
Adam ELMAN
Head of Sustainability for Europe, Middle East, and AfricaGoogle Crisis Response
Fredrik  HASSEL
Fredrik HASSEL
Senior Advisor, SaabSaab
Johan  KARLSSON
Johan KARLSSON
Managing Director Better ShelterBetter Shelter
Cynthia  SPISHAK
Cynthia SPISHAK
Associate Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, USAFederal Emergency Management Agency
Venue:
Plenary room
11:15 - 12:45

Panel discussion: Open Science, Research Data Management and evidence-based Civil Protection Decision-Making

Speakers
Massimo COCCO
Massimo COCCO
Executive Director, The European Platform Observing Systems The European Platform Observing Systems
Erwan  MARTEIL
Erwan MARTEIL
Head of Unit, Prevention and Preparedness Capacity Building, DG ECHO European Commission Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Venue:
Studio 1
11:15 - 12:45

Panel discussion: Bridging the Inclusion Gap: Advancing Equality in European Civil Protection Teams

Venue:
Studio 3
11:15 - 12:45

Workshop: Reducing Risks Together: Bridging Disaster Resilience and Climate Adaptation Strategies

Speakers
Daniel  SEMPERE-TORRES
Daniel SEMPERE-TORRES
Director, Center of Applied Research in Hydrometeorology, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Silvia Torresan
Silvia Torresan
Co-director, Risk Assessment and Adaptation Strategies division, Centro Euro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici Centro Euro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
Venue:
Studio 2
11:15 - 12:45

Workshop: Risk Communication and Awareness: the preparEU Initiative and next Steps

Venue:
Studio 4
11:15 - 12:45

Workshop: Cassandra Complex in Foresight for Civil Protection: If you wait, it will be too late

Speakers
Carola FREY
Carola FREY
International Relations and Protocol Section, Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre
Venue:
Studio 5
13:15 - 13:45

Lunch session: One-Incident – One-Response Demonstration

Speakers
Hugo  NIJKAMP
Hugo NIJKAMP
General Manager, Sea AlarmSea Alarm
Venue:
Studio 2
14:15 - 15:45

Panel discussion: Crisis Management Principles: What is the ERCC’s role?

Moderators
Speakers
Faisal  Al-Suhail
Faisal Al-Suhail
Belgian Permanent Representation to the EU, Chair of PROCIV and IPCR Belgian Permanent Representation to the EU
David  HOROBIN
David HOROBIN
Head of Crisis Management, Geneva Centre for Security Policy Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
Michael KARNITSCHNIG
Michael KARNITSCHNIG
Director of External Relations, General Secretariat, European Commission European Commission
Michela   MATUELLA
Michela MATUELLA
Director Emergency Response Coordination Centre, DG ECHO, European Commission Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Venue:
Plenary room
14:15 - 15:45

Panel discussion: Strengthening Societal Resilience to Disasters: Improving Engagement and Communication among Citizens and Authorities

Moderators
Speakers
Irene CORTÉS CALVO
Irene CORTÉS CALVO
Director General of the Civil Protection Agency of the Regional Ministry of Development and the Environment, Castile and León gency of the Regional Ministry of Development and the Environment, Castile and León
Jon HALL
Jon HALL
Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE)
Kati  ORRU
Kati ORRU
Associate Professor of Sociology of Sustainability, University of Tartu University of Tartu
Raffaella  RUSSO
Raffaella RUSSO
Senior Project Manager, UNISA UNISA
Maike VOLLMER
Maike VOLLMER
Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer INT Fraunhofer INT
Venue:
Studio 1
14:15 - 15:45

Panel discussion: Risk Reduction Strategies in Cultural Heritage

Speakers
Yasemin AKTAS
Yasemin AKTAS
Deputy Director at the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings, University College London, UK University College London, UK
Burcu Ertaş Deniz
Burcu Ertaş Deniz
Ministry of Interior of Türkiye, AFAD Ministry of Interior- AFAD Turkey
Louise HAXTHAUSEN
Louise HAXTHAUSEN
NESCO Representative to the European Union UNESCO
Stefan ZOTTI
Stefan ZOTTI
Team leader for cultural heritage, DG EAC, European Commission European Commission
Venue:
Studio 3
14:15 - 15:45

Workshop: Satellites, Artificial Intelligence and beyond: The Future of Disaster Management

Speakers
Elisabeth HAMDOUCH
Elisabeth HAMDOUCH
Deputy Head of Unit, Earth Observation, DG DEFIS, European Commission European Commission
Vasileios   KALOGIROU
Vasileios KALOGIROU
Head of Crisis Information Centre, Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of the Sciences European Union Agency for the Space Programme
Jakub   RYZENKO
Jakub RYZENKO
Head of Crisis Information Centre, Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of the Sciences Polish Academy of the Sciences
Christopher  TOPPING
Christopher TOPPING
Head of Civil Security, Space Programme Office for the European Space Agency European Space Agency
Venue:
Studio 2
14:15 - 15:45

Workshop: Expect the unexpected: Preparing the Union for large-scale, cross-sectoral and complex Disasters

Speakers
Nadia  HADAD
Nadia HADAD
Executive Committee, European Disability ForumEuropean Disability Forum
Katrien  VANHAMME
Katrien VANHAMME
Deputy Head, Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre
Marzia SANTINI
Marzia SANTINI
Coordinator of European Crisis Management Laboratory, Joint Research Centre, European Commission European Commission Joint Research Centre
Venue:
Studio 4
14:15 - 15:45

Workshop: Climate and Security – How can the UCPM manage competing Priorities?

Speakers
Luigi  D’Angelo
Luigi D’Angelo
Director of Operations, Italian Civil Protection Department Italian Civil Protection Department
Annika  ELMGART
Annika ELMGART
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB
Pieter  Wynant
Pieter Wynant
Deputy Head of the International Relations Department of the Belgian Civil Protection, Directorate-General for Civil Protection, Ministry of Home Affairs, BelgiumDirectorate-General for Civil Protection, Ministry of Home Affairs, Belgium

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