European projects on societal security and extremism: exchanging ideas and practices

5 Dec 2018 09:30
5 Dec 2018 18:00

Venue: VUB, U-residence (room tbc), Bld Géneral Jacques 271, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels

In the realm of the fact that the EU funds hundreds of projects under different financial frameworks, with overlapping scopes and themes, often there is little dialogue and open exchange between project actors involved in similar research activities. This, on the one hand, can lead to redundancy in project outputs, inefficient dissemination, or skepticism from the community of practice to be involved in another similar initiative and, on the other hand, vague prospects for the future use of the project deliverables. Some projects might also cope with fragmentation by trying to connect various work packages and tasks into the organic whole.

As one of the final steps to finalize the FP7 SOURCE project activities, VUB-IES is aiming at bringing together ongoing and recently finalized European projects related to societal security and extremism. The representatives of relevant European projects will exchange their most impactful deliverables, share good practices and discuss the critical points emerged in the course of their project work. The SOURCE project will cover travel cost of participants travelling from Europe.


Chair: Irina van der Vet, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Institute for European Studies, Belgium

  • 9:30 - 10:00 – Coffee and croissants
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and introduction. Prof. J. Peter Burgess, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Scientific Coordinator for FP7 SOURCE project

Session 1. Presentations of key deliverables: sharing good practices and unique approaches

  • 10:30 - 11:00 – Building resilience to violent extremism as part of Strengthening Resilience in MENA programme. Sheelagh Stewart, British Council Lead on Conflict and Stability, UK.
  • 11:00 - 11:30 – Public-Private Cooperation beyond barriers (Projects: DERAD, DG Justice and Training Aid, DG HOME). Sergio Bianchi, Director of Agenfor International, Researcher on radicalisation and de-radicalisation policies at the Ministry of Justice, Italy.
  • 11:30 - 12:00 – Shedding light on criminal organisations with social and computer sciences (H2020 “Proton” Project). Giulio Mazzolo, Project Manager at Fondazione iCons/, Italy. 
  • 12:00 - 12:30 – Radicalisation in the online sphere (H2020 Red Alert Project). Uri Ben Yaakov, Director of Development and Senior Researcher at ICT, Israel. 
  • 12:30 - 13:30 – Networking lunch

Session 2. Project design vs fragmentation

  • 13:30 - 14:00 – Towards a new generation of CVEs in Europe: Challenges and obstacles (H2020 Mindb4Act). Francisco Andres, Project Coordinator at Elcano Royal Institute, Spain.
  • 14:00 - 14:30 – Developing a societal approach to radicalisation research (H2020 DARE). Prof. Hilary Pilkington, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.

Session 3: Maximizing impact of project outcomes during funding and in the aftermath

  • 14:30 - 15:00 – From FP7 VALCRI to H2020 MAGNETO: Project outcomes and legal practices.Thomas Marquenie, Researcher at CiTiP, KU Leuven, Belgium. 
  • 15:00 - 15:20 – SOURCE project: Experimenting on how to create use value from research for different communities (FP7 SOURCE project). Ólöf Söebech, project researcher, VUB-IES, Belgium. 
  • 15:20 - 15:35 – Coffee

Session 4. Overview of the day and mapping exercise

  • 15:35 - 16:10 – Conclusions, discussion and remarks. Irina van der Vet & Ólöf Söebech. VUB IES, Belgium. 
  • 16:10 - 17:00 – Closing drinks and refreshments


For more information, please contact: Irina van der Vet and Olöf Söebech.