Success of the PSCE Winter Conference in Brussels

The PSCE Conference took place on 5 and 6 December in Brussels, Belgium in collaboration and hosted by the Belgian Federal Police. This edition was focused on key topics in the fields of Public Safety and Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR), including:

  • Space Applications for Public Safety
  • Climate Change: Lessons learnt from the last disasters & gaps
  • From BroadWay to BroadNet: towards the governance of a pan-European broadband mobile system for PPDR
  • Technologies for First Reponders
  • Reinforcement of the protection of critical infrastructures

The event gathered more than 100 participants from across Europe and beyond, from heterogeneous backgrounds including practitioners, researchers, industry, civil servants. This edition was marked by a significant involvement of the European Commission, with representatives from various directorates general (DG HOME, DG ECHO, DG CNECT, DG DEFIS) who provided the latest updates and developments in their relevant field of work.

During one day and a half, delegates could follow high-level talks from experts in the field in the main conference room, as well as engage in dynamic exchanges in the sponsors and exhibition area. During the evening of the 5th, attendees had the opportunity to continue the discussions during a cocktail and social diner in a relaxed atmosphere, in the heart of Brussels.

In a world where disasters and incidents become increasingly frequent and difficult to predict, it is crucial that all actors engaged in crisis management activities, from solution providers to public authorities and practitioners, have the opportunity to gather and seek innovative pathways to minimize the negative impacts of such crises. In this regard, the debates triggered by the topics at PSCE Conference will certainly contribute to improving the efficiency of public safety operations and PSCE is committed to act as part of this effort.

Finally, the conference was also the occasion to provide the audience with a comprehensive update of the development of BroadWay and its next into BroadNet, towards governance for a Pan-European Mobile Broadband Network for Public Safety.

All conference documents will be made available to conference participants and to PSCE Institutional Members. A report and overview video will be issued at a later stage.