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European university to head fire prevention project

The European University Cyprus’ centre of excellence is leading an innovative project on fire prevention in the south east Mediterranean.

Cerides – Excellence in Innovation and Technology at EUC – will work closely with other institutions to create a regional centre to promote disaster prevention and management with a focus on fires. The institutions concern the Hazelab at Imperial College London, the Pyreography Group at Wageningen University, Securite Civile of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of France, the Pau Costa Foundation in Spain and the Nimes Metropole in France.

Recently, Cerides won a “twinning” project under the Horizon Europe call for proposals.

This is the first project of this type for European University Cyprus and is expected to strengthen the research capacity of Cerides.

Twinning projects promote research excellence through networking and training activities. They develop excellence in a specific field of research and innovation, increase the visibility of research institutions and universities and upgrade their staff.

Twinning projects are designed to provide opportunities for the host organisation to further develop its research capacities both at innovation and management level. Through this three-year project, Cerides will have the opportunity to develop excellent research capacities in critical areas of disaster prevention and management (e.g. fire and evacuation modelling, community awareness programmes, etc.) as well as to obtain information and best practices in the research management level.

This project comes as a natural continuation of the previous projects of recent years that coincide with Cerides’ strategic objectives. Currently, Cerides participates in a number of Horizon 2020 projects and acts as coordinator in three of them. Respond-A focuses on the development of new technologies for first responders, FirEUrisk is a four-year project focusing on the development of a pan-European forest fire risk assessment framework. The fire-related projects in which Cerides is involved (funded by Horizon Europe, the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation) will also start in the coming months.

Cerides plays an active role in the disaster prevention and management ecosystem in the south east Med and currently has active disaster prevention and management projects in the Caucasus, Western Balkans and the Middle East.

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