At a glance
The Global Security and Crisis Management Unit provides scientific support to EU policies addressing global security and crisis management, particularly those concerned with improving the EUís disaster risk reduction measures and the protection of the EU budget, as well as with enhancing the EUís prevention, preparedness and response capabilities to threats varying from health emergencies and humanitarian disasters to conflict and other risks.
The Global Security and Crisis Management Unit provides its scientific support along three lines of ICT centered R+D activities:
- Developing algorithms and tools for automatic information mining and analysis, specialising in text, image and numerical data.
- Developing integrated systems and methods to support capabilities in: risk analysis, threat assessment/detection, early warning/alerting, situation awareness, collaborative decision-making, damage assessment.
- European Crisis Management Laboratory:
- R+D, Benchmarking and testing in-house and externally developed ICT solutions, including large display screens, for collaborative decision-making and situation awareness in situation centres.
- Back-up for EU crisis rooms/situation centres.
The Unit's customers and partners include European Commission services, European External Action Service, European Council, EU Agencies (ECDC, EFSA, FRONTEX), specific authorities in the EU Member States (including customs and tax, law enforcement, development) as well as research organisations and industry.
The Unit's customers and partners also extends to international and regional organisations including United Nations Agencies (UNOCHA, WFP, WHO, UNHCR, UNHABITAT, UNITAR's UNOSAT), World Bank, and the African Union. The Unit also has international research partners in the US and China.