• University of Žilina
  • European Severe Storms Laboratory
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • TU Delft
  • Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
  • Dragados
  • Hellenberg International
  • Istituto di Sociologia Internazionale di Gorizia I.S.I.G
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  •  Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO)
  • Aplicaciones en Informatica Avanzada
  • Trinity College of Dublin

The Faculty of Special Engineering of the University of Žilina (FSE) is an educational institution with a long-term tradition. It exists for more than 60 years as a part of the University of Žilina. In the course of years, the objectives and contents of the study changed according to requirements of the society.

At present, FSE has managerial and technological orientation; it focuses on solution of risk and crises phenomena in various spheres of public, social, natural and economical environments as well as on solution of tasks of internal security, protection of inhabitants and property and critical infrastructure protection.

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The European Severe Storms Laboratory (ESSL) is a non-profit research institute located in Wessling, Germany.

ESSL's mission is to make Europe more resilient to severe weather. We carry out research on all aspects of extreme weather including climate research.

ESSL supports the research community by operating the European Severe Weather Database ( and (co-) organizing the European Conferences on Severe Storms (

In addition, ESSL provides a platform for training to Europe's weather forecasters and evaluates tools and techniques for severe weather forecasting at the ESSL Testbed.

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The Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) is one of the largest universities in Germany, awarded the status of Excellence by the German Research Funding organization, DFG.

The main research areas of the Institute for Meteorology (IfM) are weather forecasting, climate research, environmental impacts, remote sensing and the stratosphere.

It is contributing to the national initiative on decadal climate forecasting (MiKlip) with several projects in the fields of validation, climate processes and regionalization.

Two members of the initiative steering board (Ulrich Cubasch and Uwe Ulbrich) are full professors at the institute. IfM has been contributing to several EU projects on climate modelling and impacts, such as ENSEMBLES and CIRCE.

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With its unique technology infrastructure, broad knowledge base, high international reputation and many successful alumni, TU Delft is doing much to find responsible solutions to the urgent societal issues facing today’s world.

TU Delft addresses its mission by developing new, cutting-edge scientific insights which underpin the necessary technological breakthroughs. Our product is knowledge. We conduct multidisciplinary research and design projects at the very highest international level, with a particular focus on sustainability. TU Delft’s faculties and unique research facilities are key components of our success.

TU Delft disseminates new knowledge by training highly qualified ‘knowledge workers’ and encouraging the application of knowledge in practice. Knowledge is strength! Our educational programmes attract students from all parts of the world. Further to our vision, we wish to develop a diverse talent pool and put that talent to use worldwide. Education and research are inextricably linked and form a strong basis for knowledge valorisation.

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GDG is a specialist research intensive geotechnical engineering consultancy, providing innovative geotechnical solutions to a broad range of engineering problems. GDG has developed from a strong background in geomechanics and through application of these skills, we offer progressive and reliable geotechnical designs across a range of industry problems.

We are involved in a diverse range of international projects ranging from major civil infrastructure projects, development of offshore oil/gas fields, onshore and offshore windfarms, and commercial structures. Our clients include large civil and building contractors, project developers and engineering consulting firms.

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DRAGADOS (ACS Group) has been one of the leading multi-national contractors worldwide for over 70 years now. With an annual turnover of over 2000 M€, the company is specialized in the execution of all types of infrastructure and has extensive history in carrying out projects in Spain and continues to expand its international activity being currently present all around the world: United States, Canada, Poland, UK, Australia, Colombia, Peru, etc.

DRAGADOS is a reference partner in national and European R&D construction projects having participated in many initiatives tackling different fields such as energy efficiency technologies development, software tools development, quality and environmental impact, process improvement, industrialization of construction, etc.

Besides, DRAGADOS is one of the key drivers (having presided, chaired, co-lead) of all construction-related European RTD forums (ENCORD, ECTP, E2B PPP and the reFINE – Research for Future Infrastructure Networks of Europe).

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Roughan & O’Donovan is an SME and recognised as one of the leading Civil Engineering Consultancies in Ireland, having been involved in projects with a combined value of €3 billion over recent years.

Areas of expertise include bridges, transportation, environmental (including Geotechnics and Hydrology), and building structures.

The subsidiary company, Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative Solutions (ROD-IS) focuses on the latest research developments in advanced structural design and assessment and ROD-IS staff have developed software and published extensively on probabilistic approaches to bridge safety assessment (Risk Based Asset Management), Structural Health Monitoring, bridge dynamics, bridge traffic loading and bridge Weigh-In-Motion.

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Hellenberg International Ltd (HI), Finland – Hellenberg is an international crisis management advocacy based in Helsinki and Hong-Kong.

With a compact and flexible in-house research unit, it challenges mainstream solutions in critical infrastructure protection (CIP).

Besides successfully serving several governmental clients, the Hellenberg team has provided security advocacy in world´s recent hotspots including Somalia, Syria and Ukraine.

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ISIG is an independent research institute recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research and has a status as special adviser to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

Our main areas of study are cross-border cooperation, international relations, ethnic relations and minority rights, peace and conflict resolution, society and social policies, economy and local development, democracy and civil society, land use and environmental risk management.

Today the originality of ISIG develops through its many activities of research, consulting and planning, together with the organisation of conferences and training.

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PSJ is involved in the field of integral safety and security management and vital infrastructure protection on a strategic and tactical level and has developed the Objective Ranking Tool (ORT) application as a dedicated decision support tool.

PSJ is currently developing a security handbook for High Speed Rail for the European Commission and a security handbook for the Dutch Road administration and acts as project manager and expert consultant in the judgment of risks for Vital Infrastructuresm, conducting scientific research on ORT for the National Coordinator of Counter Terrorism and Protection of Vital Infrastructures, the aim of which is to prioritize high risk locations for all vital infrastructures for the risk of terrorism.

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The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a research and service agency under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The main objective of the FMI is to provide the Finnish nation with the best possible information about the atmosphere above and around Finland, for ensuring public safety relating to atmospheric and airborne hazards and for satisfying requirements for specialized meteorological and climatological applications.

visit this partner websiteCLOSE GEIE is an independent non-profit media agency promoting the leading-edge European innovation via TV media and the web. designs and implements media communication strategies for large research organisations and EU-funded projects and is able to establish permanent links between the research communities and the media.

To date, more than 120 EU-funded projects and research organisations successfully exploited the platform to implement their communication strategy towards the general public. media products cover a wide spectrum of research areas including ICT, Environment, Energy, Health, Transport, Nanotechnologies, Food, Society, Gender and many others and are designed for large-scale distribution world-wide.

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The Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO or ADMIE) S.A. was established in compliance with Law 4001/2011 and European Union Directive 2009/72/EC regarding the adoption of common rules in the organization of EU electricity markets. 

Although a wholly owned subsidiary of PPC S.A., ADMIE is entirely independent from its parent company in terms of its management and operation, retaining effective decision-making rights, in compliance with all relevant independence requirements of Law 4001/2011 and Directive 2009/72/EC.

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Aplicaciones en Informatica Avanzada, S.L. (AIA), founded in 1988, is a Spanish company working in the Consulting and Engineering of Software and IT Systems that strongly emphasizes innovation.

The objective of the AIA Group is the transformation of information into knowledge; this is achieved through innovation using basic science methods, particularly coming from Physics and Artificial Intelligence backgrounds.

AIA has a long experience in power grid analysis and management, providing services and products for analysis and optimization of grid operation, and support for grid restoration. AIA has been involved in several national and European projects mainly related to Power grids and security of infrastructures: ENERGOS, iTesla, EXAMINE, EMILI, HEMOLIA, IRRIIS, SAFEGUARD and PREEMPTIVE.

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Trinity College Dublin was founded by royal charter in 1592 and is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university. Approximately 1,500 research staff are employed with the number of postgraduate students in the region of 3,800. Trinity College has been an active participant in Framework Programmes dating back to the very first programmes. Participation in FP6 included 50 RTD contracts (total €28.6m) and in FP7 76 RTD contracts (total €28.8m). It is the only Irish university ranked in the top 100 internationally (52nd in the world) and in the top 25 European Universities (15th in Europe) by the 2010 THES World University rankings. It is ranked 52nd worldwide for Arts and Humanities and 99th for Engineering and Technology.

The Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, Trinity College comprises 18 academic staff, 6 experienced researchers and over 60 Ph.D students. The research conducted in the Department is internationally recognised and its publication rate and success in attracting research income has been benchmarked internally and is comparable with the output of five rated research groups in the UK (under the RAE exercise).

Professor Alan O’Connor holds a PhD in degree from Trinity College Dublin where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. He has authored over 120 technical papers. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He is the Research Coordinator for Ireland in the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL).

Professor Brian Caulfield is an Assistant Professor in transport engineering in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College. He has published over 80 technical peer reviewed conference and journal papers on various aspects of transportation engineering and economics. He also sits on a number of national and international committees in the areas of transportation engineering and economics.

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a multi-disciplinary approach for an even greather efficiency!

The ability of RAIN’s response plan to transcend borders is guaranteed by the multi-disciplinary consortium. The project grouping has expertise in climatology, operational analysis, transportation economics, risk analysis and mitigation, emergency planning, transportation engineering as well as engineering design and assessment. The outputs from the project will result in enhanced safety and reliability of critical infrastructure networks in the case of major weather induced disruptions and will address European policy in the areas of safety and security, inter-modality and emergency response planning.