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Welcome to the Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security

The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security combines education and research on risk management, safety and security at the University of Twente. It offers a portal for questions, requests, knowledge exchange and assignments from all sectors in society. It initiates research on risk management, safety and security and disseminates the findings. The Centre also provides the opportunity for education and training.

The Centre welcomes widespread collaboration and strives to forge alliances with businesses, governmental and knowledge-based organizations and social institutions in the field of risk management and safety.

The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security is an initiative of Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, who holds the chair of Risk Management at the University of Twente.

Expertise in safety and security

The University of Twente enjoys a worldwide reputation for its expertise in health, sustainability, water, and technologies such as ICT, biomedical and nanotechnology.

With risk management, safety and security closely linked to all of these domains, excellent researchers at the UT are working on simulation models for infections, risk management and innovation in the construction business, energy and climate, and natural disasters. Other foci are face and speech recognition, biometrics and the risks of nanotechnology. At the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, for example, methods are being explored that can contribute to spatial development and urban planning in areas vulnerable to earthquakes or flooding. Other UT researchers are collaborating with the police, the judiciary and the Ministry of Defence on behavioural aspects of safety and security, such as how to approach suspects, witnesses and informers as well as studying group dynamics and ethics during operations. New technology is an important perspective here.

Developing expertise in the field of safety and security is not an activity we undertake alone. Collaboration is an important feature of the Centre, not only with external partners but also – and in line with the UT’s focus on integrating technology and behavioural and social sciences - with our colleagues here at the university.


HSD Newsletter The Hague Security Delta (HSD) is the leading security cluster in Europe. In this Dutch cluster –with important regional hubs in The Hague, Twente, and Brabant– businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions work together on innovations and knowledge in the field of cyber security, national and urban security, protection of critical infrastructure, and forensics. They share a common goal: more business activity, more jobs and a secure world. 16 Febr 2017: CyberCafé on Safety, Security & Privacy The CyberCafé aims at providing a platform to exchange ideas, strengthen the community, and support collaboration among the many people working on safety, security and/or privacy. Not with long and boring talks, but rather as a Café-style discussion, with short pitches, lots of interaction & fun --- drinks and snacks will be served during these activities. 9 & 10 November 2016: International Conference: Who determines the security (research) agenda? Contemporary security and global affairs challenges such as terrorism, cyber attacks, hybrid warfare and the scientific and societal responses, are among the topics of research and education within the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), a new institute of Leiden University, The Netherlands. 14 October 2016: Seaside Matchmaking Cybersecurity 2016 A Matchmaking Event for Cyber Security is organized during the ‘Alert Online 2016’ period - the Dutch governmental campaign for cybersecurity awareness. The event will take place on October 14th, 2016 at the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague. 2-4 June 2016: Internationale Expo Rampenbestrijding, Incidentmanagement & Crisisbeheersing Meeting platform for government, industry and professionals

The Netherlands is set to play host to a leading major multidisciplinary industry event for safety professionals. On 2 June 2016, eRIC (expo Rampenbestrijding, Incidentmanagement & Crisismanagement; Disaster planning, Incident management & Early warning and response coordination fair) will throw open its doors at Enschede Airport Twente. For three packed days, the former military airbase will be transformed into the ultimate meeting place for product and service providers, operational relief workers and industry organisations. Guests will attend to forge networks and do business, creating public-private partnerships to work towards a safer country.
1-2 June 2016: Security Research & Innovation Event 2016, World Forum On 1 & 2 June 2016 the Security Research & Innovation Event (SRIE 2016), powered by HSD, will be held at The World Forum in The Hague. In addition to the conference, HSD organised an action-packed programme with workshops, debates, networking events and much more. And of course the Security Research & Innovation Event just wouldn't be the same without the HSD Innovation Room. 26-27 May 2016: Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference Nowadays, thousands of Unmanned aerial vehicles are in use worldwide. One fast growing application is in transportation / logistics: Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA).
It is clear that UCA can be cheaper and more productive than other means of transport, and are suitable for low-volume cargo streams for which the use of manned aircraft is uneconomical. But which developments can we expect in the near future? Which markets could benefit from UCA? What should a UCA look like? And will aircraft manufacturers invest in UCA technology?
The third international edition of the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference will bring specialists from all over the world together to assess the potential of UCA and discuss these questions. Professionals in logistics, aircraft manufacturers, regulators, system developers and airlines will be present at the conference, full of opportunities to network, share knowledge and create new partnerships. Many international speakers will present their views around all aspects of UCA.
25 May 2016: 20Creathon StartupFest Startup Fest Europe is a week long Festival that takes place during the European presidency. Each day events will take place that focus on startups in specific verticals. Here you can find the program.