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The Security Research Event (SRE) is the annual meeting where industry, governments and knowledge institutions come together to discuss the state of play and current challenges for security research in Europe. The SRE also features a large exhibition area dedicated to the EU funded security-related projects.

Security Research Event 2023

Security Research Event 2023

The Security Research Event 2023 (SRE 2023) was organised by the European Commission with the support of Spain and Sweden. SRE 2023 took place on 24 & 25 October in Brussels, Belgium and gathered over 1000 policy makers, security practitioners, researchers, industry and civil society representatives. In addition to the conference, an exhibition with over 40 EU-funded security research projects presenting their results was organised. This was complemented with demos from selected EU projects, the European Commission, JHA agencies, Spain and Sweden presenting their security research activities. The Security Innovation Award 2023 was given to the T4i DOVER, while two other finalists were Community Policing in Lisbon – Safer Communities and Cryptopol.

Watch the wrap-up video.

Security Research Event / Innovation Forum 2022

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The 2022 Security Research Event (SRE 2022), which was supposed to take place on 1-2 March 2022 in Paris, France, was cancelled.

26 OCTOBER 2022
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Security Research Event / Innovation Forum 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Security Research Event / Innovation Forum (SRE/IF 2020), which was supposed to take place on 25 - 26 November 2020 in Bonn, Germany, was cancelled.

Security Research Event 2019


The 2019 Security Research Event (SRE 2019) was organised by the European Commission and the Ministry of the Interior in Finland as a side event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It took place on the 6th and 7th of November at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, in Helsinki, Finland.

Building on the outcomes of the previous SRE that took place in Brussels in 2018, the main theme of the 2019 event was "Building Bridges: Promoting Market Uptake by Reinforcing Synergies Between Security Research and Other Funding Instruments ". The SRE 2019 emphasised the need to deepen collaboration between funding schemes to ensure a successful market uptake of the positive outcomes of security research. The event also focussed on the need for security research to keep up to speed with a fast-changing environment to fully exploit the opportunities, and addressed the threats, posed by new technological trends such as Artificial Intelligence.

For more details, please consult the sections below:

Security Research Event 2018


In 2018, SRE demonstrated the strength and inspiring results of security related research and innovation activities, under the theme "Making Europe a safer place - demonstrating the impact of EU-funded security research”. Dissemination and outreach of projects were the cornerstone of the conference's discussions, as these activities are among the main enablers of market uptake and are currently identified as a major challenge for security research by all relevant stakeholders.

Fore more details, please consult the sections below:

Proceedings and websites of the former SREs