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Nicosia Risk Forum 2022 #NRF2022 programme update

Nicosia Risk Forum 2022 #NRF2022 programme update

Nicosia Risk Forum, since 2018, is a merging point for Civil Protection the area of South-Eastern Europe, which brings together academic, industrial, governmental, policy and other societal stakeholders with a significant interest in societal safety.

This year’s theme of #NRF2022 will focus on “Challenges of the Effects of Climate Crisis”. As disasters have always been and will always be part of our lives, the way societies respond to them is certainly of critical importance. However, preventing such disasters from occurring, preparing for their possible occurrence, and mitigating their potential effects, is a matter of life and death. In these testing times, we have experienced unprecedented international initiatives to provide support to affected countries. Manmade and natural disasters will continue to occur; societal safety and national security become an absolute necessity and international collaboration a supporting net.

Man-made and natural catastrophes know no borders and the aim of this year’s #NRF2022 aims to be the catalyst for the promotion of innovative actions and initiatives fostered by governmental organizations, universities and research organizations interested in promoting societal safety.
For any further information, including registration, please visit
the Nicosia Risk Forum webpage.




DAY-1 - 15 November 2022 - The European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM): Current Activities & Future Challenges
Slot Activity Title Presenter
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:00
Welcome Speeches
Welcome to #NRF2022: An Introduction to the Forum CERIDES - Director Prof. George Boustras
Opening Speech  HE the President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus, Ms Annita Demetriou
10:00 - 11:30
Keynote Speeches
Managing Natural Disasters: the European Perspective HE Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection of the Hellenic Republic, Mr.Christos Stylianides 
European Civil Protection Cooperation Strategy in the Mediterranean, Current and Future Perspectives DG-ECHO - Chef de secteur - Team Lead International Civil Protection Cooperation, Mr. Tristan Simonart
11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 - 13:30
Parallel Sessions - facilitated by Guillermo Griem (DG ECHO)
Networking World Cafe & Exhibition - Day-1
Breakout Session 1 - DG-ECHO Exercises & Related Projects Breakout Session 2 - DG-ECHO Knowledge Networks & Related Projects
FORMATEX National Observatory of Athens - Seismic & Tsunami Monitoring
COAST-WAVE  More to be announced
More to be announced  
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 17:00
Round Tables
Networking World Cafe & Exhibition - Day-1
Exercise Evaluation Professional Dialogue
Civil Protection for People with Disabilities CIP & Natural Disasters




DAY-2 - 16 November 2022 - Organizational & Operational Considerations in Civil Protection 
Slot Activity Title Name
08:45 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:30
Welcome Speeches
CERIDES New Vision & Mission as a EuroMed and Global Focal-Player  CERIDES-Director Prof. George Boustras
Cyprus Fire Service: New Developments and Future Milestones CFS Chief Fire Officer Mrs. Polyvios Hadjivasileiou
09:30 - 09:50
Keynote Speeches
Union-for-the-Mediterranean Working Group on Civil Protection: the EuroMediterranean Challenges and Way Forward UfM Secretariat (tbc)
09:50-10:20 The role of NEMA in Disaster Prevention and Management  Kobi Wimisberg, Director, Strategic Cooperation and Assistance, NEMA, State of Israel
10:20-10:40 Recovery from Large Scale Disasters; the case of North Euboea HE the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Christos Triantopoulos
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 - 13:00
Challenges and Opportunities in Research in Disaster Prevention and Management 
Networking World Cafe & Exhibition - Day-2
The Greek Disaster Prevention and Management Ecosystem HE the Deputy Minister for Research and Innovation of the Hellenic Republic, Dr Christos Dimas
CLIMPACT - the Greek National Network of Research in Climate Change  Professor Manolis Plionis, President and Director of the National Observatory of Athens and Head of CLIMPACT
Securite Civile France  Director General, Securite Civile, Alain Thirron (tbc)
Cyprus Ministry of Interior - the Cypriot Civil Defence System HE the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Nouris
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Capabilities and Technologies for First Responders - Special Session on EU funded actions and projects
Networking World Cafe & Exhibition - Day-2
Organised by H2020 RESPOND-A - Next-generation equipment tools and mission-critical strategies for First Responders
ONELAB DRS Mobile Labs for Pandemics
DRS Mobile Labs for Pandemics
15:45 - 18:15
Closing Plenary
Towards a more resilient and regional approach in the Mediterranean Area (Morocco, Israel, Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, DG ECHO - Dionysios Stottis) Facilitated by Capitaine Laurent Alfonso, UfM & Securite Civile, Tristan Simonart (DG ECHO)
Whole of Community Response to Disasters Lamar Medlock (FEMA), Veronica Rojas (CP Mexico), Kobi Wimisberg (NEMA), George Boustras (CERIDES - EUC)
Closing Remarks and Looking Forward to next #NRF…! Director, CERIDES - Excellence in Innovation and Technology, Prof. George Boustras