Innovation and Acceptance

EvoCS - The evolving concept of security

  • Client: EU

  • Coordination: Fraunhofer INT (IFT & ÖFT)

  • Consortium: 9 partners from 7 countries

  • Budget:  € 1,046,888 EU funding, Fraunhofer INT: € 221,588

  • Term: 18 months, Start: June 2014

  • Objective: The EvoCS Project deals with the evolving concept of security, focusing on the European Union and its close neighbors. The project aims at providing a holistic view of the complex and somewhat diffuse concept of security by evaluating it across four dimensions:

  1. Core values: what aspects of security are taken into account?

  2. Perceptions of Security: from which perspectives is security considered?

  3. Areas of security: how is security perceived in various regions of Europe?

  4. Time: how does the concept of security evolve?

    Research will be substantial. It will be performed in four case studies which are expected to be sufficiently different from each other, but taken as a whole will be representative for the European Union:

    A) West-Mediterranean EU: a country cluster such as Spain, Italy, and (the south of) France.
    B) Eastern EU Border: a country cluster such as Finland, the Baltic States, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria.
    C) North-Western EU: a country cluster such as the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and France.
    D) South-Eastern Europe: a country cluster such as Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and the states of former Yugoslavia.

The four case studies are embedded in a set of three conceptual work packages carried out before, concurrent with and after the case studies. The goal is to identify the various concepts of European security which differ according to place and time, and to analyze similarities and differences between them. To achieve this, the EvoCS Project will bring together all relevant European stakeholders to discuss core values, threats to them and measures to be taken to protect them. The results of these discussions and analyses will be used to formulate recommendations for changes in the working parameters of various types of security end-users and will serve as guidelines for policy makers who are responsible for formulating measures that influence an evolving European concept of security.

  • INT tasks: coordination of the overall project and preparation of the case study for the Southeastern Europe region

  • Contact: Dr. Milos Jovanovic(IFT), Dr. Joachim Burbiel(ÖFT)

  • Link to project page: (under construction)

SOURCE - Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support & Coordination on Societal Security

  • Client: EU

  • Coordinator: PRIO

  • Consortium: 12 partners from 10 countries

  • Term: 5 years, Start: January 2014

  • Budget: € 5 million EU funding, Fraunhofer INT share € 280k

  • Objective: The main objective of the project is the creation of virtual pan-European "Networks of Excellence" in societal security. Through a comprehensive set of coordinated activities, the center will bring together experts and stakeholders from all levels of the security chain (science, industry, politics, civil society, end users and citizens), in order to analyze and understand the link between security and society. By means of various network activities, meetings, scientific and general publications (film, press and social media), a scientific journal and the establishment of an international association for research and improvements in societal security, SOURCE will achieve the following objectives:  

    • Increasing the awareness of policy makers and end-users regarding societal security

    • Increasing the competitive strength of the security industry by closing security gaps

    • Improving the wellbeing and security of European citizens.



ETTIS – European Security Trends & Threats in Society

  • Client: EU

  • Coordinator: PRIO

  • Consortium: 10 partners from 10 countries

  • Term: 3 years, Start: January 2012

  • Budget: € 2.3 million EU support, Fraunhofer share (INT and ISI) € 400,000

  • Objective: the aim of the ETTIS Project is
    - to use a scenario approach to identify, understand and estimate future threats and the future demand for solutions for societal security, i.e. a security approach that includes all dimensions of a democratic society;
    - the development and testing of a methodological approach for an iterative process of identifying priorities in security research, thereby involving the social dimension of security research;
    - deriving basic principles for future procedures in security research and research priorities, reflecting the needs of end-users.

  • INT Tasks: analysis of the results of previous safety research projects, with respect to future threats and the needs of society and possible security solutions; conducting and analyzing interviews with experts on nuclear material, Cyber and environmental protection, with regard to future threats, the needs of society and possible security solutions

  • Results: published under

  • Contact: Dr. Sonja Grigoleit (ÖFT)

  • Link to project page: http: //