Alexandra Tsvetkova, Director of LIBRe Foundation, participated in a workshop on SecurePART project aimed to identify best practices in the cooperation between civil society organisations and security research on a European level.

„SecurePART – Increasing the Engagement of Civil Society in Security Research” Project’s workshop took place on 15th and 16th September 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The workshop discussions covered the project progress as well as question on how CSOs could become more engaged with security research and gain more benefit from it.

Taking into consideration that security is important to everyone, SecurePART aims to increase the engagement and involvement of civil society organisations in security research in order to allow citizens to take more active role in security.

Throughout the project implementation, the SecurePART team finds a wide range of ways and technologies in which CSOs could be involved: individual and minority rights, privacy, environmental risks, cybersecurity, health risks etc. As for the security research areas, most interesting to the civil society organisations are found to be: crisis management, infrastructure security, fight against terrorism, physical security, and border defence.

Alexandra Tsvetkova was invited to share her experience within these areas gained through seven-year experience in NGO management and security research work. You could find a part of her interview on the role of civil society in the security research here.

The event took place within the Week of Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Germany, 11 – 20 September 2015.

More information on the project and upcoming events could be found at: http://www.securepart.eu/en/