Disaster Competence Network Austria

 

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

Photo: Martin Edlinger

Disaster Research Days

 

THE networking event for disaster research in Austria.

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Networking science and practice

 

We bring together Austria’s expertise in security and disaster research.

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Technical Infrastructure

 

We facilitate technical infrastructure for research activities and operations.

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Photo: Scott Kieffer, TU Graz

Evaluation & Training

 

We evaluate disaster management exercises and training concepts.

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Facilitation

 

We design processes of participation and change.

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Risk and disaster communication

 

We analyze and optimize crisis and risk communication.

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Research

 

We are research partners in the field of disaster prevention and management.

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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.

20

Ordinary Members

8

Associate Members

16

Current projects

12

DCNA employees

What we do

Our goal is to transfer scientific insights into practice through collaborative research and education activities with stakeholders, as well as providing information to decision-makers in the event of a disaster.

Networking

Technical Infrastructure

Evaluation

Facilitation

Risk and disaster communication

Research

Projects

Current projects

HEUREKA

RoboNav

GAIA

ROBO-MOLE

Ordinary Members

Associate Members

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DCNA News

B.PREPARED Workshop

First joint workshop in the B.PREPARED project

By Isabel Anger

On March 22nd and 23rd, 2022, the first workshop in the KIRAS-funded B.PREPARED project – aimed at emergency planning and decision support system for accidents involving hazardous substances – took place in the premises of the Upper Austrian provincial fire brigade command in Linz. The aim of this workshop was to work on central issues of the work packages together with the entire project consortium and external stakeholders and thus to consolidate the basis of the project. The workshop was held in a hybrid form, which worked excellently thanks to the infrastructure of the venue.

 

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Forest fires

Press release DRYADS project

By Isabel Anger

DRYADS, a large-scale EU Green Deal project, brings together a consortium of 46 partners from 13 European countries and Taiwan, in the fight against wildfires.  DRYADS will increase the effectiveness of enhanced sustainable fire and forest management under changing climate conditions, by building upon state-of-the-art high TRL products and latest innovations in fields covering all three stages of fire management -namely fire prevention and preparedness, detection and response, restoration and adaptation - and uniting them under the umbrella of a holistic Fire Management Platform Ecosystem. DRYADS will capitalise on expert knowledge and EU initiatives, but also address the need for proactive governance, change of forest management practices, community-based awareness and preparedness activities, where local communities and bio-economy sectors will play a central role.

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DCNA project EASIER

New project: EASIER

By Isabel Anger

 

Another new project is EASIER - Enabling and Assessing Trust when Cooperating with Robots in Disaster Response. 

EASIER (funded by FFG KIRAS) investigates the interaction between humans and robots (Human Robot Interaction, Human Machine Teaming) in crisis management. An interdisciplinary team of psychologists, visualization experts, roboticists and emergency responders is investigating how the cognitive load on emergency responders can be reduced and how trust in robotic systems can be increased.

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