Welcome to the first IMPROVER Newsletter!
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Welcome to the first IMPROVER Newsletter!

We have reached our half project milestone and intend to publish a newsletter 2 to 4 times a year. The Newsletter will update you on the results generated by the project , as well as events we are organizing, events we will be attending and also  subject related articles, relevant to critical infrastructures and resilience.

We hope you will enjoy this first number!
Laura Melkunaite, Dissemination Manager

What’s new
On the 13th October 2016 the IMPROVER workshop was held at UIC headquarters, Paris. Organisational representatives from across Europe joined the IMPROVER team in a workshop under the theme of meeting public expectations in times of crises. During the breakout group discussions, representatives of the Danish energy sector, the Port of Oslo, and Barreiro Municipality in Portugal shared their experiences and best practices of crisis communication. 

The participants of the workshop were positive about its outcomes and the knowledge that it produced. David Cabanas from Barreiro Municipality stated “I'm very motivated to be able to collaborate with the IMPROVER project team and realize the difference in expectations that exists between the public and critical infrastructure operators during and after crises and / or catastrophes.” Of valuable learnings that David emphasized, was the explanation and advantages of using the elicitation method and Professor Dimitris's presentation on Risk Assessment in Major Infrastructure Projects. David looks forward to partake again if a similar workshop becomes available.

IMPROVER project consortium member Dr. Marianthi Theocharidou (JRC) says, the hardest part when organizing such workshops is to get critical infrastructure operators to join, but when we succeed it brings valuable insights and knowledge to the project. 

Save the date!
The 11th – 12th May 2017, IMPROVER consortium is planning the Second Critical Infrastructure Operators workshop at European Commission Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy. We will discuss the newest developments in the field of community and organisational resilience. 
Sharing the Knowledge
IMPROVER project consortium members are active in disseminating the knowledge gathered while working on the project. Below we provide examples of the dissemination activities:

In relation to the IMPROVER project, consortium members Christer Pursiainen (UiT), Bjarte Rød (UiT), Greg Baker (SP Fire Research AS, Norway), Daniel Honfi (SP Sweden), and David Lange (SP Sweden) published several book chapters on critical infrastructure resilience in  “Risk, Reliability and Safety: Innovating Theory and Practice: Proceedings of ESREL 2016”. 

The 22nd June 2016, SP Sweden made a joint presentation with the other DRS 7 projects at the Community of users meeting in Brussels.

The 7th-9th September 2016, Laura Melkunaite (DBI) gave a presentation on existing approaches to measuring critical infrastructure resilience that were identified as part of the IMPROVER project International Survey. This took place at one of the world’s biggest resilience conferences “Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected” organised by University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The 4th-5th October 2016, David Lange (SP Sweden), Laura Melkunaite (DBI) and Laura Petersen (EMSC) were invited to present the IMPROVER project at the Thematic Network on Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection meeting organized by European Commission Joint Research Center.

The 12th-14th October 2016, Ioanna Ioannou (UCL) presented her expert elicitation work in connection with the IMPROVER project at the Conference: Expert Judgement for Asset and Project Management Practice and Challenges at Delft University, Netherlands, organized by COST.

The 28th-30th November 2016, The IMPROVER General Assembly meeting took place in Tromsø, Norway. The meeting started out with a workshop on the 28th on Societal Security and Safety, which included different presentations on the topic of resilience followed by discussions. 

The 7th-10th December 2016, Laura Petersen (EMSC) gave a speech about exploring public expectations of critical infrastructure operators and developing resilience criteria at the IFED 2016 event in Stoos, Switzerland.

Upcoming events

The 10th January 2017
The focus group for IMPROVER WP4 will be held in Paris. The topic will be to discuss the use of social media in response to the 13th November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
The 6th -10th August 2017
Laura Petersen (EMSC), Laure Fallou (EMSC), Paul Reilly (University of Sheffield) and Elisa Serafinelli (University of Sheffield) have had an abstract selected for 12th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability at TU Vienna, Austria.
The 29th-31st March 2017
Laura Melkunaite (DBI) has been invited to the 17th ASIS Europe Conference to talk about critical infrastructure resilience. The conference will take place in Milan.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653390
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