The NOTIONES kick-off meeting
was held on September 13th, 2021 as an online event. The Project Coordinator Mrs. Concepción Cortes Velasco (TECNALIA) welcomed the participants and gave an overview over the whole project structure, consisting in subsequent conceptual steps encased into eight project Work Packages (WPs) throughout the project duration which will be 5 years, from September 2022 to August 2027.
The European Commission (EC) was represented at the meeting by the Project Officer Mrs. Cristina Longo, Research Programme Administrator. She provided advices and recommendations for the success of the project.
The Scientific and Technical Coordinator (Zanasi & Partners) then proceeded with a presententation on the specific challenges and scope of the project, considering the call description, the expected impact and the requirements. As such, the NOTIONES project answers the H2020 SU-GM01-2020 Option 1 Call, which addresses the problem that Security and Intelligence practitioners have few opportunities to monitor useful research and innovation, and to interact with academia and industry. Thus, the Call required to build a network of security and intelligence practitioners that has the objective to support the needs of the security and intelligence services for future security research programming.
The NOTIONES consortium, which includes many practitioners from intelligence, military, civil, financial, judiciary, local, national and international polices, experts in security research programming, as well as representatives of academy and industry, for a total of 20 countries covered among EU Members States, Associated Countries and other Countries.
During the kick-off meeting all WP leaders presented in detail the activities foreseen in each work package, providing early indications for a smooth beginning of the work, considering that the project is expected to deliver more than thirty reports just in the first year. Indeed, NOTIONES is a very vital, living project, with a huge number of work products, meetings, working groups, and events (workshops and conferences).
The NOTIONES kick-off meeting was a success and all partners showed excitement for the beginning of the project, under the guidance of the project Coordinator and EC Project Officer.