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400 experts discuss in Helsinki the challenges for European security

The topics to be discussed are border security, terrorism, hybrid threats and how to benefit from technologies such as artificial intelligence.
400 experts discuss in Helsinki the challenges for European security

Helsinki hosts on 6 and 7 November 2019 the Security Research Event (SRE). The event will be attended by about 400 security experts, including researches, policy-makers, businesses and internal security actors such as the police, the rescue services and border security authorities. During two days, they will analyze the state of play and challenges of security research in Europe.

The SRE is a side event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is co-hosted by the Finnish Ministry of the Interior and the European Commission. One of the keynote speakers is Finland’s Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo.

"In a rapidly changing environment, security research must keep up with the latest developments to enable us to use research outcomes to their full potential. We need a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach in order to deal with increasingly complex and diverse threats and, at the same time, benefit from opportunities created by novel technologies, such as artificial intelligence," says Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo.

Anticipating hybrid threats

The topics of the panel discussions –border security, terrorism, hybrid threats and artificial intelligence- will be addressed from the research perspective.

"We need close cooperation and exchanges of information between politicians, businesses, research communities and the rest of society to be able to counter hybrid threats and understand the linkages between seemingly disconnected events. The ‘comprehensive security’ concept, developed in Finland, has been recognised internationally as an exemplary model for anticipating hybrid threats," says Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Ilkka Salmi.

Salmi will be one of the speakers in the panel discussion on hybrid threats.

Deepening synergies

The seminar will focus on the importance of deepening the synergies between the different internal security funding schemes. Stronger collaboration is designed to facilitate a better uptake of the outcomes of research and innovation projects and bring them to efficient use by public authorities and other security actors.

The Security Research Event will present the outcomes of EU-funded projects in the field of security, financed from sources such as the Horizon Europe research and innovation framework programme and the Internal Security Fund (ISF).

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