On October 30 and 31 and November 1, the Kennemerland Security Region organized a conference as part of the European Miracle Project. Resilience was the central theme.
The conference was held in the context of the MIRACLE project and programme of work (www.miracle-fp7.eu), and was originally designed as a one-day event to allow examination of the early views of critical stakeholders participating along with project partners. This focus and scope was extended and elaborated, due to the wider interest and enthusiasm of stakeholders. Expansion allowed the MIRACLE initiative to more rapidly explore the key themes of its study through presentations by stakeholders, open discussion, collaboration to investigate identified issues, plus a variety of workshops, round tables, video recorded interviews, and key CIP/R site visits for development of contacts for in-depth investigation in future.
The conference attracted more than 160 participants from Europe and overseas.The feedback during the event shows that the successful organisation and facilities ensured exposure to ideas, current practice, and operational pilots of critical infrastructure protection in a way that has stimulated debate and exchange of experience in fulfilment of the conference objectives.The conference, despite being the first MIRACLE project workshop, was entitled the 3rd conference in recognition of the fact that MIRACLE is an initiative designed to continue the work of the critical infrastructure protection community who previously established the basis of the Europe-wide study via conferences in Milan 2011, and then Edinburgh 2012. The on-going work of this group is accelerated and further elaborated by the conference summarised in this brief report.