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We bundle Austria’s expertise in the field of security- and disaster research

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About DCNA

Disaster Competence Network Austria is a cooperation platform of universities and research institutions in the field of security and disaster research.


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Vulkano: Looking for initiatives and projects concerning the protection of vulnerable groups

By Isabel Anger

As part of the Vulkano project, national emergency and disaster protection plans are screened in order to identify the current status of the consideration of vulnerable groups (including older people, people with disabilities, migrants, single parents, etc.). The project consortium is therefore looking for initiatives and projects related to the protection of vulnerable groups.


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New DCNA-project: Wanzendrohne

By Johanna Zweiger

We are delighted to share that DCNA has been part of a new research project funded by FFG KIRAS since December 2023: Wanzendrohne will develop a system to mechanically control invasive stink bugs. These bugs cause great damage, especially in fruit farming, making up to 200 types of fruit (especially apples and pears) inedible and unsellable. Controlling them, thus, helps to ensure food supply for the general public. 

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Welcome to the network: University of Vienna

By Isabel Anger

We are pleased to announce that the University of Vienna is now part of the DCNA network as an ordinary member. The university has been dealing with the subject areas of civil defense and disaster control, risk governance, risk perception and communication and risk-based disaster management from a wide range of disciplines (including economics, law, social and natural sciences) for many decades.

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New project: CERTIFIER

By Isabel Anger

CERTificate For Integrated Emergency Response (CERTIFIER) aims to improve the integration of informal offers of help into crisis and disaster management by developing a digital competency certificate for volunteers.

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