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DARWIN

DARWIN is an EU funded research project under the Horizon 2020 research programme.

The project aims to improve the responses of the European community to both natural crises (e.g. flooding, earthquakes) and man-made disasters (e.g. cyber attacks).

The project will develop European resilience management guidelines which are aimed at policy makers, service providers and first responders.

The guidelines will be tested in two pilot studies in the fields of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Healthcare.

The project will establish a Community of Crisis and Resilience Practitioners (CoCRP) which service as forum to encourage information sharing amongst infrastructure operators, policy makers and other stakeholders. This group of experts in crisis and emergency response will play a central role in helping to shape the emergence of the DARWIN guidelines for real time crisis response.

The project was launched in June 2015 and it will run through to May 31 2018.

Total EU Commission funding for this project is €4.9 million.

The project name is inspired by the 19th century scientist, Charles Darwin, whose famous theory of evolution is based on the observation that species must ‘adapt to survive’.

The project is made up of a consortium of 9 European experts in the fields of resilience, crisis and risk management, communications and social media, air traffic management and healthcare. Partners include:

  • Stiftelsen SINTEF (Norway)
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS, Germany)
  • Carr Communications (CARR, Ireland)
  • Deep Blue SrL (DBL, Italy)
  • ENAV S.p.A (Italy)
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS, Italy)
  • Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut (FOI, Sweden)
  • Katastrofmedicinskt centrum (KMC, Sweden)
  • Ben-Gurion University of Negev (Israel)

The project will deliver a framework for those in the crisis and resilience community which will serve to improve the safety and security of all European citizens in times of crisis beyond the lifetime of the DARWIN project.

DARWIN will develop European resilience management guidelines aimed at policy makers, service providers and first responders. Infrastructure operators will have up-to-date and effective guidelines at their disposal to facilitate faster, more effective and highly adaptive responses to crises. The guidelines will be user-friendly, accessible and dynamic, allowing those in the crisis community to comprehend and digest them in times of crisis.

The project will establish a Community of Crisis and Resilience Practitioners (CoCRP) to encourage information and experience sharing among crisis and resilience stakeholders.

In short, all members of the European community will benefit from the project research as Europe will be a safer and more resilient place. DARWIN will directly impact crisis management stakeholders responsible for public safety, such as critical infrastructures and service providers, which might be affected by a crisis, as well as national and international policy advisors, policy makers, the general public and media.

 

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