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Emergency response: the changing roles of professionals, citizens and data Congress 18 April

What lessons can we learn from international emergency response? How do professionals and citizen cooperate? And what data are we allowed to use in crisis situations? The seminar ‘Crossing Boundaries’, of which the University of Twente is one of the organizers, takes place on 18 April. This is during the two-day expo ‘eRIC’, at Twente Airport.

For two days, the airport grounds are the domain of the international expo on disaster control, incident management and crisis management (eRIC 2018). Emergency services are present, as well as suppliers of equipment and trainings, governments and NGOs. On the first day, the ‘Crossing Boundaries’ congress takes place, of the University of Twente and KUNO – Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange in The Netherlands.

Professional, citizen, data 

The congress programme has three parts, about professionals, citizens and data respectively. The role of the professional is in an interactive game of the Red Cross. A citizen often isn’t just a victim, but a first responder as well: in what way is he or she cooperating with the professional, what are their respective roles. The third part of the congress is about data. Data analysis can play a vital role in crisis management or prevention, for example in monitoring groups of people. But what data do we have access to, and are we allowed to use it?

The congress organizer of the University of Twente is Irna van der Molen. She is the coordinator of the Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security of the University of Twente, and she is also involved in the Safety Region Twente.

Free access

The full programme of ‘Crossing Boundaries’ can be found at this website. It is still possible to sign up for free

Wiebe van der Veen
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