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H2020 BES Cluster’s Special Track “The Future of Border and external security: From Data to Policies” under the Data for Policy Conference


We are delighted and proud to announce our participation in the Data for Policy 2022 conference, “Ecosystems of innovation and virtual-physical interactions.”

The H2020 Border External Security (BES) Cluster coordinated by METICOS is leading Special Track 5: “The Future of Border and external security: From Data to Policies“.

Information about the conference: The seventh edition of the conference will embrace a hybrid physical-virtual format, with one-day, in-person conferences held in three regions: Asia (Hong Kong), America (Seattle) and Europe (Brussels). The Data for Policy conference series is the premier global forum for multiple disciplinary and cross-sector discussions around the theories, applications and implications of data science innovation in governance and the public sector. Its associated journal, Data & Policy, published by Cambridge University Press, has quickly established itself as a major venue for publishing research in the field of data-policy interactions. Data for Policy is a non-profit initiative, registered as a community interest company in the UK, supported by sustainer partners Cambridge University Press, the Alan Turing Institute and the Office for National Statistics.

Additional information can be found here!

H2020 BES Cluster Special Track: METICOS and the H2020 BES Cluster partners are leading Special Track 5: The future of border and external security: From Data to Policies.

METICOS project team, along with representatives from all BES Cluster members, have joined forces and created the “Future of border and external security: From Data to Policies”, a special track that will embrace a hybrid physical-virtual format on 13th December. In addition, a dedicated call for papers relevant to the areas of expertise is in order.

Special Track Chairing Committee: Pantelis Velanas (European University, Cyprus), Charalampos Chatzimallis (ViLabs, Greece), Christoph Busch (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), Luuk Spreeuwers (University of Twente, Netherlands), Eleftherios Ouzounoglou (ICCS, National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Stefanos Vrochidis (Center for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece), Peter Leškovský (Vicomtech), Vasilis Mezaris (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas).

All projects are represented in the Special Track’s organising/reviewing committee.

This special track will concern the role of data, new technologies and new approaches in order to strengthen EU security through border management. This includes both control and surveillance issues, on land and in the maritime domain. It contributes to the further development and enhancement of the use of new technology for border checks, also in relation to the Smart Borders legislative initiative.

The aim of this track is to present and bring forward the innovations, solutions and developments of technologies and capabilities which are required to enhance systems and their interoperability, equipment, tools, processes, and methods for rapid identification to improve border security, whilst respecting fundamental rights including free movement of persons, protection of personal data, and privacy. New technologies, capabilities and solutions are required to support the Union’s external security policies in civilian tasks, ranging from civil protection to humanitarian relief, border management, law enforcement, or peace-keeping and post-crisis stabilisation, including conflict prevention, peace-building and mediation.

Additional information can be found on the Conference website – here!

Important Dates:

  • 1st June – Deadline for Papers
  • 8th July – Peer review deadline
  • 29th July – Notification date
  • 16th September – Presenter registration deadline
  • 30th September – Presentation video submission deadline
  • 15th November – General registration deadline
  • 5th December – Hong Kong conference
  • 9th December – Seattle conference
  • 13th December – Brussels conference