The DRIVER+ Advanced Crisis Management Conference was a very successful event which brought together over 220 Crisis Management specialists, academics and technology developers from throughout Europe and beyond. The event was the culmination of several years of work involving Trials, demonstrations, technology assessments and research to help improve crisis management throughout Europe, in particular in connection with climate change related events such as wildfires and flooding.
The conference provided a unique overview of how crisis management organisations can use the project’s outputs to select and evaluate solutions addressing identified crisis management gaps on a thorough, methodological basis. It constituted an invaluable opportunity to access cutting-edge research, Trial feedback and technological solutions, with assessment insights from leading researchers and practitioners.
In a series of keynotes, plenaries and specialist demonstrations, the participants learnt about, and actively experienced the work and lessons learned of the DRIVER+ project teams:
The development of a scientifically based trial methodology, the DRIVER+ Trial Guidance Methodology for conducting trials of Crisis Management solutions and the Test-bed Technical Infrastructure that underpins it.
Reports on the large-scale Trials based on the Trial Guidance Methodology and Test-bed Technical Infrastructure conducted in Poland, France, The Netherlands and Austria set up to assess technological and other crisis management solutions in realistic scenarios.