The Network of Excellence is based on 5 activities:

  1. Network-building
  2. Research
  3. Education and training
  4. Documentation
  5. Dissemination

Each activity is reflected in one workpackage, with the research component having four:

  1. Workpackage 2 = Network-building
  2. Workpackages 3, 4, 5 and 6 = Research
  3. Workpackage 7 = Education and training
  4. Workpackage 8 = Documentation
  5. Workpackage 9 = Dissemination

Network-building is one of the core activities of the network as it is laying the foundation of the future Centre of Excellence which is the overall aim of the SOURCE project. The network represents actors involved with societal security in different ways. They are therefore divided in five sectors: Academia, the security industry, policy makers, the civil society and end-users. The purpose of the activities in WP2 will be to bring these sectors together, talk to each other, and understand each other when they talk.

The education activities are geared towards these five sectors: a PhD course for the academia, training for the industry, course material for policy makers and a handbook and video for first responders and the police and security agencies.

The joint research activities aiming at forming the state-of-the-art knowledge on societal security are focusing on four different topics: the perceptions on societal security (WP3), the institutions working with societal security (WP4), the relation between societal security and economics (WP5) and finally the ethical and legal frameworks surrounding societal security (WP6).

The results from these research will feed in the documentation activities of the project which is an information hub gathering four types of raw information which will result in a web cartography of the online debate on societal security: research results (both from the project and from other sources), bibliographical indexing, media data and general web data.

Finally, the results of the project will be lead to the dissemination activities through this website, newsletters and briefs, policy seminars and international conferences, a special journal, films and scenarios and a visualisation tool.

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