Over the past seven years, CENTRIC has already seen its research and development portfolio increase rapidly,
and this capability is expected to grow significantly in the coming years owing to the culmination of several
successful EU-funded projects, new regional, national, and international collaborations, and also to the further
support of its current and future partners, as well as the continuing and significant support of the EU. CENTRIC
consistently brings research to reality and is committed to taking its solutions out of the lab, deploying and then
testing them in live environments for the benefit of LEAs and other security agencies. Furthermore, CENTRIC's work has
real impact on security in terms of research, technological capabilities, and expanding the knowledge of security
stakeholders in their mission to protect the citizens of the EU.
The event will showcase CENTRIC’s research into reality principles through four key thematic areas:
• Detection and disruption of serious and organised crime
• Counter terrorism and radicalisation
• Combating cyber-enabled crime
• Situational awareness and open source intelligence (OSINT)
The afternoon will begin with a short welcome address by Director of CENTRIC Professor Babak Akhgar followed by introduction to CENTRIC
by the Chair of the Advisory Board, John Parkinson OBE, who established the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in England. Following this,
William Wairoa-Harrison and Leonard Doyle will present a portfolio of applications developed in collaboration with CENTRIC that are delivering
real impact within IOM (the International Organisation for Migration - the UN Migration Agency).
The main session will include two facilitated interactive panel discussions on future contemporary security challenges. These discussions will
benefit from participants with live and recent experience in combatting crime and terrorism in an increasingly digital society. Both panels will
result in tangible and immediate outputs, such as live scribing and interactive note-taking, which capture future strategic security challenges
and their corresponding innovative solutions to be explored by the security research and development community.
The first session will focus on Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime, and covering topics such as the methods to disrupt such networks and the
growing nexus between terrorism and organised crime. The panel will include contributions from John Parkinson OBE, Dr Holger Nitsch (Head of Social Science,
College of the Bavarian Police), Johann Wagner (UN Counter-Terrorism Centre), and Arturo Laurent (UNODC).
The second panel session will centre on the growing concerns around Cybercrime and the use of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and situational awareness.
The panel will address the topics from multiple angles including policing, legal, prevention, and investigatory perspectives. The panel will consist of
Stuart Hyde QPM, Fraser Sampson (North Yorkshire Police), Francesca Bosco (UNICRI) and Leonard Doyle, William Wairoa-Harrison and Amy Rhoades from IOM.
Participants of CENTRIC workshops and panels will receive a CPD certificate on “contemporary challenges of policing and security” at the end of the workshops
and panel sessions.