SOURCE project conference: Managing Societal Security in the European Union: policy-makers as securitizing actors

2 Dec 2016 10:00
2 Dec 2016 15:30

Venue: European Commission, Berlaymont building (New meeting room: Walter Hallstein), 200 Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat – 1000 Brussels

The event is going to be webcasted. Please follow the link:

The conference brings together academics and policy makers working in various fields of Societal Security. During one day, we will address some of the most critical policy issues in today’s EU policies. Specifically, we will discuss policy-relevant research and its implementation at the European Union level regarding: 1) Privacy and data protection; 2) Health, epidemics and environment; 3) Terrorism and counter radicalization; and 4) The EU’s role in reinforcing cultural diplomacy for sustaining peace and security. The event aims to provide an overview on the complexity and interlinkages among various areas of societal security, societal resilience and policy-making, with a special emphasis on the actors involved. All together we will try to find the answers to these and other questions: What do the EU does to protect our data and privacy? How do the EU tackle the global epidemic threats? Are there preventive counter-terrorism policies developed by the EU actors and do they work? How does cultural diplomacy contribute to maintenance of the current peace and security agenda?
This event is organized by the Institute for European Studies (IES) under the auspices of the SOURCE project and the SOURCE network of excellence. The aim of the SOURCE Network of Excellence is to create a robust and sustainable virtual centre of excellence capable of exploring and advancing societal issues in security research and development. This project is s financed by the European Union FP7 programme. This event is part of a larger effort to produce and disseminate learning materials on societal security. Therefore, it will be filmed and shared publically.
Participation is free of charge and open to everybody interested in security, social affairs and EU policies. Coffee and lunch will be provided during the conference. Due to the limited space, registration is mandatory. To register, please kindly fill in the online registration form: You will receive a confirmation letter requesting more information concerning the entrance to the European Commission conference venue.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Irina van der Vet

Conference program
10:00 – 10:15 – Welcoming words by SOURCE representatives:
Prof. Dr. Christof Roos and Dr. Irina van der Vet - Institute for European Studies (IES)
Pr. Dr. Peter Burgess, SOURCE project Coordinator (video greetings)
Ms. Hanna Yousef, SOURCE project manager (Arttic)
Ms. Klaudia Tani, European Organization for Security (EOS)
10:15 – 10:40 – Keynote: Prof. Dr. Jaap de Wilde, University of Groningen - Societal security in World Society: Avoiding Voluntary Apartheid
Panel 1. Data protection, surveillance and privacy
Chair: Ms. Klaudia Tani, Project Manager in Crisis management, European Organisation for Security (EOS)
10:40 – 11:00 – Dr. Rocco Bellanova, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Norway
11:00 – 11:20 – Ms. Aleksandra Oczko-Dolny, Policy Officer, Innovation and Industry for Security, DG Migration and Home Affairs
11:20 – 11:35 – Q&A
11:35 – 11:45 – coffee break
Panel 2. Environmental security and epidemics
Chair: Dr. Irina van der Vet, Project Researcher, Institute for European Studies (IES), VUB, Brussels
11:45 – 12:05 – Prof. Dr. Helmut Brand, head of the Department of International Health at Maastricht University, the Netherlands
12:05 – 12:25 – Ms. Svetla Tsolova, Senior Expert in Monitoring and Evaluation, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
12:25 – 12:40 – Q&A
12.40 – 13:20 – lunch
Panel 3. Terrorism and counter-radicalization
Chair: Prof. Dr. Christof Roos, Institute for European Studies (IES), VUB Brussels
13:20 – 13:40 – Dr. Corinne Torrekens, Uuniversité Libre de Bruxelles
13:40 – 13:50 – Mr. Jorge Bento Silva, Deputy Head of Unit: “Terrorism and Radicalisation”, DG Home, European Commission
13:50 - 14:00 –  Dr. Christiane Höhn, Principal Adviser to the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, Council of the European Union
14:00 – 14:15 – Q&A
Panel 4. Cultural diplomacy and societal security
Chair: Dr. Georgios Kolliarakis, University of Frankfurt, Cluster of Excellence
14:15 – 14:35 – Mr. Diego Marani, Desk Officer, European External Action Service, Brussels
14:35 – 14:55 – Prof. Dr. Richard Higgott, Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy, University of Warwick, Research Professor, Institute for European Studies (IES) and Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Vesalius College VUB, Brussels
14:55 – 15:10 – Q&A
15:10 – 15:15 – Concluding remarks by Dr. Georgios Kolliarakis, University of Frankfurt, Cluster of Excellence
15:15 - 15:30 –  General discussion