The main focus of the discussions was how to reduce the gap between research and the market, so that innovative solutions can meet the needs of practitioners and other users. Participants included researchers, Industry representatives, public security providers and practitioners (i.e. fire departments, intelligence agencies, etc.) and policy makers from across Europe.
Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas opened the event and gave the welcoming speech emphasising the need to identify ways to improve innovation uptake.
Two l panels focusing on 'Conveying the future needs of Practitioners to the Research Community' and on 'The future of security research' took place following the welcoming speech.
The panellists focused on the fragmentation of the European security market and what European research in the security sector can do to increase competitiveness and offer harmonised solutions.