PERICLES was proud to participate in the 2018 Security Research Event (SRE) in Brussels, Belgium. The SRE is the annual meeting where industry, governments and knowledge institutions come together to discuss the state of play and current challenges for security research in Europe, and where EU funded security-related projects are displayed in a large exhibition area. The 2018 SRE, jointly organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, took place on 5th and 6th of December in Brussels. SRE 2018 gathered 800 participants representing a wide range of security stakeholders: researchers, industry representatives, public security providers and practitioners (i.e. fire departments, police, border guards, intelligence agencies, etc.), as well as a wide number of policymakers from across Europe.
The European Commission aims at highlighting the role of security research to foster the implementation of EU Policies and address crucial societal challenges. Therefore SRE 2018 demonstrated the strength and inspiring results of security related research and innovation activities, under the theme “Making Europe a safer place – demonstrating the impact of EU-funded security research”. Dissemination and outreach of projects was the cornerstone of the conference’s discussions, as these activities are among the main enablers of market uptake and are currently identified as a major challenge for security research by all relevant stakeholders.