News about Directed – a Horizon Europe Projec to revolutionize the governance and management of climate disasters across multiple civil society and emergency agencies

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Directed at ECCA 23.06.2023

Directed at ECCA

The 6th European Climate Change Adaptation Conference took place from June 19 to 21 in Dublin, Ireland around the theme of ‘Actionable Knowledge for a Climate Resilient Europe’. Directed partners Lydia Cumiskey from MaREI, University College Cork (UCC) and Rosie Witton, Stockholm Environment Institute were in attendance, interacting with over 400 representatives working on climate adaptation across science, policy and practice. 


Directed was presented during the interactive networking session Connect4 Adaptation, as an example of an engaged research project that connects scientific knowledge directly with practitioners and policymakers through knowledge co-production processes. During the session around 50 participants from government, academia, and NGOs engaged in ‘creative networking’ to explore what climate adaptation means to them and played Connect4Adaptation to identify challenges and opportunities for making connections across their climate adaptation work. The results demonstrated the need for building bridges across sectors, disciplines and levels of governance to connect knowledge and resources, and the need to continuously strengthen collaboration and learning towards transformational change. An online poster about Directed was also available online, highlighting Risk-Tandem, a framework being developed to help address this need for collaborative risk governance and knowledge co-production to enhance disaster and climate resilience.


The importance of engaging with the creative and arts community to enhance communication and engagement around climate adaptation was evident throughout the conference. Sessions brought to the forefront the value of storytelling through folk music, poetry, art and theatre, to connect on an emotional level and collectively encourage action to manage climate extremes. For example, during the Art and Adaptation session, Directed colleagues joined together with colleagues from a sister EU Horizon project ‘The Hut’ to create a visual representation of the interaction between lichen and asphalt up to 2050. These interactive and arts-based methods are expected to inspire the Directed knowledge co-production process in the Real World Labs. 

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DIRECTED at Tag der Hydrology 2023 in Bochum 02.01.2023

DIRECTED at Tag der Hydrology 2023 in Bochum

The DIRECTED team is going to introduce our project in session 5 of The Day of Hydrology – Tag der Hydrologie TDH 2023 taking place from March 21–23, 2023 at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. TDH 2023 focuses on “Sustainable Water Management – Regional and Global Strategies” and is hosted by the Chair of Engineering Hydrology and Water Resources Management of the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Hydromechanics of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

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DIRECTED is presenting at EGU 2023 in Vienna 02.01.2023

DIRECTED is presenting at EGU 2023 in Vienna

The DIRECTED team is going to introduce our project at the EGU 2023 in natural hazard session NH9.17 – Innovations for multi-sectoral impact assessment, risk modelling and management of natural hazards at The General Assembly 2023 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is taking place in Vienna, Austria and online, April 23–28, 2023. The annual EGU General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 14,000 scientists from all over the world in the year 2022.

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Directed Project Launch 29.11.2022

Directed Project Launch

New Horizon Europe Project set to improve climate disaster risk management across multiple civil authorities and first responders in Europe.

Summary points: 

  • 5.2 Million Horizon Europe Project (DIRECTED) aims to improve the interoperability of multiple European climate risk assessment and planning tools and bring them together in a manageable system (a data fabric) that enables better disaster risk assessment and management by European disaster protection authorities and first responders
  • Using ‘Real World Labs’ to critically analyse and improve current work-flows and governance linked to disaster risk management


A new €5.2 Million Horizon Europe Project, ‘Disaster Resilience for Extreme Climate Events providing Interoperable Data, Models, Communication and Governance (DIRECTED) Project’ was launched on the 29th& 30th November in Braunschweig, Germany and is set to revolutionize the governance and management of climate disasters across multiple civil society and emergency agencies. Physical, social and data scientists are coming together from across Europe with local authorities and first responders to design a new integrated system (a data fabric) that will bring together multiple climate risk assessment tools, disaster warning systems and disaster communication and organisation into one manageable system for use by on-the-ground disaster managers.

Four regional and municipal clusters from the Capital Region of Denmark, the Danube Region, Emilia Romagna Region, Italy and the Rhine-Erft District, Germany are coming together with academic researchers and specialist SME’s from the Technical University of Braunschweig, ETH Zurich, Danish Technical University, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, German Research Centre of GeoScience, University College Cork, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Environment Institute, 52 North Spatial Information Research, GECOSistema, Genillard & Co and Oasis Hub to participate in ‘Real World Labs’ analysing on-the-ground practices, governance and systems of multiple disaster practitioners involved in climate disaster planning and disaster management.

The collaboration is a rare opportunity to share disaster risk management practices and problems to enable more efficiencies across disaster protection networks to improve information flow and ability to respond to climate disaster events by providing tailored information to the many agencies involved in large scale disasters and disaster planning.

As well as designing the data fabric, the group will look at how to make multiple climate disaster assessment & planning tools ‘interoperable’ with each other, thus further enabling their functionality to enhance climate disaster risk assessment and on the ground planning and preparedness. 

In addition, social scientists will be drawing out how multiple agencies involved in preparing for any major climate emergency can better improve their joint working and understand the disaster authorities and first responders needs for relevant data to manage complex climate disaster risk assessment and resilience planning. The collaboration will also look at how work silos from the many different levels of administration can better work together for more efficient disaster management in the future.

Max Steinhausen, Project Coordinator for the DIRECTED Project states ‘we envisage the impacts that we will have building and combining information on climate extremes and adaptation to climate change will ultimatelygreatly reduce the damages and losses that face the European community in the future.’ 


About this Project:

[This project is an Innovation Action under the Civil Security for Society, Disaster-Resilient Societies programme of the Horizon Europe funded by the European Union. Project details and a full list of participant organisations can be found on the link: . Associate partners SEI Oxford and Oasis Hub are funded by Innovate UK and ETH Zurich is funded by The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), Switzerland]



Project Co-ordinator: Max Steinhausen

Technische Universitaet Braunschweig


Project Communications Lead: Tracy Irvine

Oasis Hub Ltd


What: DIRECTED Project Launch

Where: Braunschweig, Germany

When: 29th & 30th November, 2022

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