Partners

In addition to the project coordinator - European Dynamics, the COSMIC consortium is represented by Trilateral Research & Consulting (UK), Safety region South Holland South and Crisislab - Radboud University Nijmegen (NL), Koç University (TR), Hellenic Rescue Team (GR) and Public Safety Communication Europe (BE).

 

Partner List:

no. Participant organisation name Short Name Country
1 European Dynamics ED Greece
2 Trilateral Research & Consulting TRI United KIngdom
3 Radboud University Nijmegen (Crisislab) RUN The Netherlands
4 Koç University KU Turkey
5 Hellenic Rescue Team HRT Greece
6 Public Safety Communication Europe PSCE Belgium
7 Safety Region South Holland South VZHZ The Netherlands

 

European Dynamics SA

 

European Dynamics (ED) is a key provider of management and ICT systems and has extended experience from projects successfully delivered to the European Commission, the Council of the EU, the European Parliament, Europol, Eurocontrol, EASA, OHIM, EEA, OPOCE, ECDC, ERA, CEDEFOP, etc. Furthermore, ED has coordinated and delivered numerous projects for public administrations in European Member States, either in the context of international or national projects. ED has been also involved in a number of EU FP5 and FP6 research projects such as EACE, SATINE, COCOON, SECURE-JUSTICE, SEEMP and more.

Key personnel

  • Ioannis Kotsiopoulos
  • Angelos Yannopoulos

ED will coordinate COSMIC efforts and manage the quality and timely delivery of the project’s outputs. As an established ICT services vendor, European Dynamics will provide in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies and their application for state-of-the-art collaborative and social computing needs. In summary, ED will lead the development of WP3, in mapping the use of emerging Internet and communication technologies in crisis management and will also contribute to the extensive dissemination activities of COSMIC.

 

CrisisLab

 

Crisislab is a foundation which is part of the Chair on Crisis Management and the Politics of Safety, held by Prof. Dr. Ira Helsloot of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Crisislab specializes in scientific research, policy advice and training on a diverse set of topics such as public resilience, physical safety policies, symbolism and precautionary culture, frontline steering, crisis decision making, fire management, crisis communication and infectious disease management.

Key personnel:

  • David de Vries
  • Jelle Groenendaal
  • Ira Helsloot

Crisislab will lead Work Package 1 and 6. In the first WP it will gather the information obtained by our own (policy) research, as well as the information provided by the other partners. In the sixth WP it will utilise the gathered information from the previous WP’s and create guidelines for all stakeholders. Crisislab will also assist the other COSMIC partners in WP 3 and WP 7.

 

Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP

 

Trilateral Research & Consulting (www.trilateralresearch.com) is a London-based Limited Liability Partnership19, created in October 2004. It specializes in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, privacy, risk, surveillance and security issues and effective stakeholder engagement strategies.

Key personnel:

Trilateral leads work package 2 on “Mapping the use of current technologies in crises” and work package 5 on “Stakeholder analysis and engagement.

 

Koç University

 

Koç University (KU) (http://www.ku.edu.tr) is an endowed, non-profit institution of higher education, located in Istanbul, Turkey. Founded in 1993 by the Vehbi Koç Foundation. Since its establishment, Koç University has quickly become one of the leading research universities in Turkey, attracting accomplished, high-caliber researchers from all over the world. Currently, the Koç University is ranked among the top three universities in Turkey in terms of the number of international research publications per faculty member per year, based on publications in peer- reviewed journals listed by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). Koç University maintains strong relations with the leading foreign academic and research centres. The University has entered into 125 cooperation agreements with high-status universities around the world. In addition, Koç University carries out major international conferences, symposia, and seminars.

Key personnel:

  • Lemi Baruh

KU is the leader of WP 4 and is also actively involved in all work packages of the project and they will investigate the use of communication media in crisis situations by citizens from different perspectives. KU will also address the ethical considerations in the involvement of citizens in crisis communication and organise a COSMIC workshop in Turkey to validate and raise awareness on those findings.

 

Hellenic Rescue Team

 

Hellenic Rescue Team is a non-governmental organization of Search and Rescue; its members participated voluntarily in operations since 1978. Since 1994 it is running under the form of an association. Is an organization acknowledged by Civil Protection Authorities of Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is in constant cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs20 as well as the European Union (ECHO21). HRT is member of the INSARAG / UN, IKAR/CISA & IRO as well. With its human potential of 2000 volunteers all over Hellas, HRT participates in SAR missions in cases of urgent needs and massive disasters, in Hellas or abroad. It is consisted of professional and amateur rescuers with perfect scientific and technological knowledge who act within the spirit of voluntarism. HRT's fundamental objectives are the SAR of people in need as well as humanitarian aid inside and outside Hellenic borders.

Key personnel:

  • Atahansios Doutsiopoulos
  • Menippos Arapis
  • Odysseas Spyroglou

HRT will contribute to the design, preparation, development of the assessment methodology, implement and assess a number of case studies of historic data from previous SAR missions regarding the use of social media to various crisis situations. HRT will organize and coordinate working groups of volunteers, investigate, assess and provide valuable feedback regarding the possible use of emerging technologies in crisis situations. Organize a stakeholder workshop in Greece with participation of all major stakeholders (Civil Protection authorities, First responders, policy makers etc.

 

Public Safety Communication Europe Forum

 

Finding its origins in the project supported by the European Commission (DG INFSO) in 2006, the Public Safety Communication Europe Forum (PSCE) is a permanent autonomous organisation aiming at improving provision of public safety services and the safety of the citizens during crisis and emergency situations. PSCE provides a common platform for researchers, industry and users to meet and network, learn about technologies used for public safety and influence policy makers at European level. More information is available at www.psc-europe.eu.

Key personnel:

  • Marie-Christine Bonnamour
  • Robert Miskuf

PSCE leads work package 7 on “Dissemination activities”.

 

Safety Region South Holland South

 

 

Safety Region South Holland South (VZHZ) (http://www.vrzhz.nl) is a public organisation, founded by municipalities in the region, which is based on the Dutch “Safety Region Act 2010”. A safety region in the Netherlands is an area where collaboration by several administrations and services with respect to tasks in the fields of fire fighting, disasters, crises, Medical Assistance in Accidents and Disasters (GHOR) and maintaining public order and safety. The Netherlands has 25 safety regions.

VZHZ consists of 19 municipalities with around 450.000 inhabitants. Through its spatial location VZHZ forms a logistical transport hub of national importance. Through the region flow two of the main rivers in The Netherlands and the water of the North Sea reaches the vast harbour. All this brings about a number of spatial risks. Therefore, there is a close cooperation between the municipalities in the region of South Holland South. There is a regional ambulance service, regional health care / paramedic, a regional environmental agency and a regional department for disaster management, including the regional fire brigade. VZHZ has important responsibilities not only in response and preparation but also in consultancy the local government in matters of pro-action and prevention. This includes risk- and crisis communication. There is also a very close cooperation with the regional police force and the water boards.

Key personnel:

  • Chris Dekkers
  • Nico van Os

The VZHZ will organize a workshop with law enforcement agencies, first responders and other stakeholders to explore the utility and feasibility of making greater use of new media in crisis situations. The purpose of the workshop will be to learn about how these stakeholders use new media, to inform them of current research and industrial efforts, and to validate the findings of the project.