Crisis Management Innovation

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Join the new Community of Practice in Crisis Management: the Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe !

The engagement of policy makers, researchers, practitioners, industry representatives and citizens in Crisis Management innovation is a key to reduce partition, create a common understanding and find better solutions smarter and faster.

The CMINE, supported by an online tool and in-person gatherings, will link and connect stakeholders dealing with Crisis Management and allow them to exchange on challenges at all levels of the Crisis Management cycle. This will facilitate the implementation of policies and the uptake of research and innovation by practitioners and other end-users.


Why a community like CMINE is needed?

Crisis Management is an intricate and multi-layered field, involving many different organisations and disciplines throughout its cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery). With newly arising, cross-border security threats in Crisis Management (natural disasters, terrorist threats, pandemics, mitigation), Europe is in need of a convergence of resources, but also of equipment and knowledge, to better manage those ever-changing risks and threats. Market fragmentation, lack of common certification, as well as common standards in the field, add to the challenges practitioners are facing. To overcome these limitations, and therefore to reach a shared understanding in Crisis Management across Europe, there is a clear necessity for the creation of a united ecosystem in Crisis Management, the establishment of common practices, the access to similar information and the set-up of mechanisms for exchanges on lessons learnt.

What is the CMINE?

The goal of the CMINE is not to create yet another Crisis Management network or platform, but to serve as an overarching body that aims to foster exchanges between diverse stakeholders active in crisis management innovation in various domains such as wildfires, volunteer management and floods.

How does the CMINE work?

The CMINE will be developed in-person, via chaired working groups and events, as well as virtually, via the Community Management Tool (CMT). Both instrument serve to reinforce one another to ensure that ongoing work maintains momentum and, whenever possible, best practices are brought to scale. The in-person aspect of the CMINE is at the core of the community and the meetings serve as the building blocks. The CMT will provide the cement of the community, holding together the building blocks and allowing the members of the community to communicate beyond the face-to-face events. The chaired working groups on the CMT are set up to discuss how to tackle current and future challenges. They develop approaches aimed at resolving pressing issues of practitioners involved in crisis management.

The CMINE will be supported by a certain number of tools, channels and forums aiming at facilitating in-person and online exchanges and cooperation between the members of the community.

Activities of the CMINE

The CMINE will meet regularly to discuss issues and exchange knowledge in the Crisis Management domain. These meetings will occur at regular intervals and provide a steady “rhythm” or pacing between reflexion and (inter-)action. This in-person aspect of the community is complemented by Community Management Tool (CMT) that allows members of the CMINE to connect, interact and exchange online, at any point in time and from any desire location.

Complementary to the in-person meetings, the CMINE will also support events organised for the Crisis Management community at the EU level:

  • Events aiming at addressing the Crisis Management practitioners and stakeholders needs at regional level: the Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) events
  • Events aiming at strenghtening  the Policy-Research Dialogue on research and demonstration activities in Crisis Management: the Policy Reasearch Dialogue Roundtables

The CMINE is structured along three core themes, although these will be expanded in the future to include other areas:

  • Floods
  • Wildfires
  • Volunteer management

Each thematic area has got a task group dedicated to a specific acute challenge. The task groups will meet virtually and will have three in-person meetings until February 2020. The outputs of the task groups will be presented during the DRIVER+ Final Conference.

CMINE will also establish links with other Crisis Management networks, projects or initiatives. Discussions are taken place with the DRMKC (Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Center). 

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Improve market uptake of crisis management solutions



Many initiatives and projects have already been launched in the field of Crisis Management. However, coordination and cooperation between the various entities often remain limited. On of the main objectives behind the creation of the CMINE is therefore to reduce and eventually overcome this fragmentation by acting as an umbrella and connecting the actors in the Crisis Management field.

Identifying challenges jointly is the first step towards solving them. To this end, the aim is to provide stakeholders with a fertile ground for new ideas, enabling them to work jointly on identifying needs, defining gaps and the sharing of lessons learnt. The synergies that stem from the CMINE offer stakeholders an excellent opportunity to discuss challenges on all levels and encourages them to come up with novel and innovative solutions.

For the time being, only a small number of solutions are transformed into actual services or products that can be used by Crisis Management practitioners. While the uptake of solutions in the security domain is better than elsewhere, it is still insufficient considering the investments made. By fostering the exchange of knowledge, insights, and best practices, the CMINE aims to reduce the gap in market uptake.

The synergies that stem from the CMINE offer stakeholders an excellent opportunity to discuss challenges at regional, national and European level and encourages them to come up with novel and innovative solutions that will contribute to mutual and cross-border benefits.




Crisis Management Networks

Connect your network to others, develop solutions faster and better, addressing acute challenges in a timely and effective manner.


Practitioners and Civil Society

Contribute to finding solutions to practical challenges through direct contact with the developers of new methods and tools.



Ensure faster uptake of research outputs by practitioners and industry.


Policy Makers

Retrieve insights from those working on the ground to improve the quality and efficiency of policies.


Solution Providers

Access to the end-users and conceptual developers of tools to identify needs, gaps and opportunities.





Close synergies amongst all actors of the Crisis Management ecosystem will help to ensure that the European dimension is appropriately addressed, thus spreading excellence and maximising the expected impact of European Research & Innovation in Crisis Management.

Your continued participation in the project activities is important to us and will help the CMINE to align with and to follow-up on relevant policies, challenges, gaps and community needs faced within the wide spectrum of thematic areas dealing with Crisis Management.

Your expertise, lessons learnt and best practices from past experience are of great value to us, so that we can jointly progress in the critical areas of Crisis Management and create acceptance for new solutions and approaches towards the successful introduction of innovation in the field.