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

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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DCNA project B.PREPARED

New project: B.PREPARED

By Isabel Anger

The next exciting project is called B.PREPARED: B.PREPARED has set itself the goal of designing an emergency planning and decision-making support system for accidents involving hazardous substances for the decision-makers in the authorities, which is supported by preparatory data collection, ongoing updating of the threat profile based on reference scenarios, information exchange risk forecasts prepared with on-site personnel and using model calculations based on the current state of information for decision-making.

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