Around 13pm dr. Nils Rosmuller en prof.dr.ir Genserik Reiniers (TUD) opened the LDE CSS conference in the Wijnhaven building (Leiden University) at The Hague. They briefly introduced the LDE CSS mission and the goal of this annual conference: meting scientists form the LDE universities and getting to know the activities and projects within the centre.
After the introduction Mirella Tijhaar from The Hague Security Delta (HSD) introduced HSD with a short movie and presented the over 40 apparent scientists more about the pillars of the HSD. Emeritus Professor Ben Ale (TUDelft) followed her with an interesting presentation about ‘What are willing to pay for safety’.
After these key-note presentations, the LDE CSS project leaders gave 15 minute-pitches were given regarding their projects, the results and the cooperation between the scientists from two or three of the LDE-universities. LDE CSS granted their budgets. Prof.mr.dr. Hendrik Ploeger (TUD) presented the opportunities and threats of the blockchain in E-conveyancing, Drs. Mr. Jos de Lange (TUD) presented the results of security risks (terrorism) of flood defences and the way how to assess this type of vulnerability. Dr. Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko (EUR) introduced her research about the perceived Risk of Terrorism and the methodology she applies to assess this perception. Dr. Jason Pridmore (EUR) informed the audience the struggle for EU funding and the added value of multidisciplinary research teams. And last but no least, Prof.dr. Margreet Vos (Erasmus MC) introduced her research about the safety of bathrooms in health care centres. The latter is a project within the newest research theme of the LDE CSS called microbial safety and security. All speakers were warmly thanked for their interesting contributions. As a sign of our gratitude we provided them the safety atlas of the Netherlands in which for all kind of safety items, the numbers and trends are presented.
After the break small groups were formed to discuss (possible) research topics within one of the five LDE CSS themes. The discussion were facilitated by the theme coordinator. It is up to the theme coordinator to use this input for her/his annual (2018) action plan. After the discussions the attendants where directed to the ‘Spanish Traps’ of the Wijnhaven-building. In this beautiful part of the building, Dr. Marieke Liem (University Leiden) officially launched the MOOC Risk in Modern Society. Professors and lecturers from the LDE universities present the state-of-the-art in safety and risk knowledge and education. Students may follow this MOOC by signing up and follow the lectures in this MOOC. For now more than 650 students already did sign up. This MOOC is also one of the projects that was financially supported by LDE Centre for Safety and Security. While enjoying a drink and a snack, networking took place and the afternoon was evaluated. Further information concerning the MOOC, and all the other LDE CSS projects are presented on our very up-to-date and informative website.
We were happy to see that everyone participated actively during the day. We invite you to keep track for our activities on our website, newsletter and email messages. For example, we invite you for the workshop "The future of scientific research on security of hazmat transportation in Europe". Prof. Reniers (theme Industrial Safety and Security) organizes this international workshop on Thursday 15 February.