The ANYWHERE Final Conference consists in the 4th Project Workshop plus a Hands-on demonstration and was held in Brussels (Belgium) on 29th-30th October 2019. The selected venue was the SQUARE Brussels Convention Centre. The Final Conference was aimed for ANYWHERE Project Partners and for members of the Stakeholders’ Board, private companies belonging to the Commercial Associates’ Board, as well as for other invited organisations from various fields of civil protection and emergency management services.
Scope of the ANYWHERE Final Conference
The ANYWHERE Final Conference included a Hands-on demonstration (29th October 2019) as well as the 4th Project Workshop (30th October 2019).
The Hands-on demonstration of the ANYWHERE platforms and operational developments (29th October 2019) was open to everybody registered but restricted to a maximum of 100 participants due to space limitations (Stakeholders and Commercial associated had preference in the assignation). The activity showed project Stakeholders and the Associated enterprises the developments achieved by ANYWHERE through a hands-on demonstration using the operational platforms running in real-time in the project pilot sites, and on selected pre-recorded case-studies (relevant emergency events).
It represented a great opportunity to let interested new users to get a dedicated insight on the ANYWHERE platforms and impact forecasting products / services through the possibility to explore by themselves the operational versions running in real-time in 7 pilot sites across Europe. Participants joining the activity brought their own laptops.
The main purpose of the ANYWHERE 4th Project Workshop was to showcase the latest project advancements and to discuss them with the external institutions members of the Stakeholders’ Board along with the Commercial Associates of the project, as well as with the Advisory Board members. Round tables were foreseen for engaging the discussion, plus parallel live exhibits showing the ANYWHERE developments on large screens, as well as a space dedicated to posters.
Moreover, it was fostered generating an adequate atmosphere among the involved actors (RTD partners, developers, first-responders, stakeholders and technological enterprises) to ensure the success of the collaborative approach needed in the project. This is a key factor to effectively integrate the real-time operation requirements in the design and deployment of the systems and services tackling the societal challenges foreseen. Additionally, it is also sought to consolidate and enhance the collaboration between the European civil protection actors.
ANYWHERE in a Nutshell
To empower exposed responder institutions and citizens to enhance their anticipation and self-preparedness to face extreme and high-impact weather-induced events developing operational tools to support real-time coordination of the emergency response operations to face the challenge of the risks management during climate change adaptation.
To develop a pan-European multi-hazard platform for faster analysis and anticipation of the risk prior to event occurrence by means of cutting edge scientific developments and innovative technologies. To improve coordination of the emergency actions taken by Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) and to raise the self-awareness and self-preparedness of population at risk.
More effective early warning systems and decision-support systems, accompanied by tailored online services developed to support self-preparedness, self-protection, and self-response of citizens. Advanced technological innovations to assist Civil Protections, first responders and emergency authorities supporting them to achieve faster and more effective responses to Weather-and-Climate-induced disasters and emergencies.