The “Centre of Excellence for Security and Technology” (07/2013-12/2016) aimed to pool the expertise in the German security sector and to improve the initial position of German enterprises (in particular SMEs) for participating in European security research projects. Within fit4sec the work of BIGS focused on three key components: the socio-scientific aspects in civil security research, in particular in the field of societal resilience; on how security research findings can be applied efficiently in academic and vocational training, in order to help counteract the future shortage of qualified personnel in the civil security sector; as well as the knowledge transfer to strengthen the scientific community in the respective field and improve networking opportunities with European partners.
The overall key findings are documented in the final report on “Capacity Building for European Security Research”. The findings on the key topics “security education” and “societal resilience” in the field of civil security were published as follows:
- Baban, Constance P. (2014): Gesellschaftliche Resilienz – Grundlagen für die zivile Sicherheitsforschung, BIGS Standpunkt zivile Sicherheit Nr. 6, Potsdam: Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit.*
- Below, Alexis (2016): Scanning the Landscape of Security Management Education in Europe, BIGS Policy Paper No. 6, Potsdam: Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit.
- Below, Alexis (2015): Berufliche Aus- und Weiterbildung in der zivilen Sicherheit, BIGS Standpunkt zivile Sicherheit No. 2, Potsdam: Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit.*
*Publications are in German