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Security Research Event (SRE)
Supplementary information6 October 2023Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs

Overview of CERIS activities


The Community for European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS) was launched at the beginning of 2022 to facilitate interactions and exchange within the security research community. The objectives of CERIS are to analyse identified capability needs and gaps in the corresponding areas, identify solutions available to address the gaps, identify funding opportunities and synergies between different funding instruments, all while integrating the views of civil society. A call for experts was launched in March 2022 to complement the work of CERIS: 65 experts were selected out of 268 applications received. To this end, a series of workshops were held in 2022 and 2023 and further events are planned for the next year. Update on all events is regularly distributed to more than 2400 individuals with CERIS subscription.

Successful CERIS events held in 2023 covered a wide range of important topics, such as “Fight against Child Sexual Abuse”, “Capability-driven approaches across security sectors”, “Methods and examples of piloting and validation of innovative border management solutions”, “Artificial Intelligence for security purposes”, “Europol’s new role in Horizon Europe”, “Exploitation of outcomes, capability requirements, and future perspectives”, “Disinformation, fake news and hate speech”, “Community Policing” and “Innovation Procurement”. Among the CERIS events still planned for 2023 is the annual plenary meeting of the CERIS expert group, which is organized back to back with the annual event of the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security, as well as the annual event for Disaster Resilient Societies. Furthermore, CERIS is closely linked to the Security Research Event 2023, where the work of CERIS will be presented in one of the exhibition booths.

Other events held within the CERIS framework include the “European Forum on Risk Governance and Societal Resilience” held in France, the “CERIS Event on Technologies for First Responders: Inventorying and demonstrating H2020 DRS projects' results” held in Greece, the “DRS Nuclear” exercise held in Italy and the “CBRN network” held in Belgium.

The Projects to Policy Seminar was held in Brussels on 14 and 15 June to bring newly funded projects in the area of security research together with policy makers. The event gathered over 130 participants from projects, Commission and agencies for thematic discussions and presentations on topics of general interest, such as innovation uptake and communication.


Publication date
6 October 2023
Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs