Invitation to the ProSPeReS Final Conference – Łódź, November 22, 2023

This is a warm invitation to all first responders, academia, individuals working for NGO’s concerned with the protection of Places of Worship, as well as staff at Places of Worship to attend our final conference on 22 November 2023. The event will be held in Łódź, Poland.

This day will host various speakers from EU Commission (DG HOME), EU-funded sister projects, religious leaders and congregation representatives, first responders, and international security specialists. We will introduce the ProSPeReS project, discuss how EU funding can contribute to public safety and security, explore partner projects related to the security of Places of Worship, and pay special attention to the security of religious communities.
This event can be attended both online through our livestream, or in person. Please be advised that in person attendance is available by invitation only. Full agenda can be found below.

To attend the livestream of this event, please register by filling out this form.  Link to the livestream will be shared with registered participants shortly before the livestream starts.
In person (by invitation only)
To attend this event in person, please register by filling out this form. Kindly be advised that this form is only intended for guests who have received a personal invitation from the ProSPeReS consortium. As spaces are limited, please wait with making travel and other arrangements until your attendance has been officially confirmed by the consortium. Together with this confirmation you will receive more information on the exact location as well as recommendations on travel and accommodation.

Agenda (all times in CET)

8:45 – 9:30  Registration and welcoming coffee
9:30 – 9:40  Opening of the Conference: UL
9:40 – 10:10  ISF projects & synergy: EU DG Home
10:00 – 10:20  Supporting public safety by EU funds: MSWiA (TBC)
10:20 – 10:40 ProSPeReS Project information: Marcin Podogrocki, UL

10.40 – 11.00  Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00  Panel discussion on projects related to PW’s security. Moderator: Vivian
Gravenberch, Dutch Institute for Safe & Secure Spaces (DISSS).
12:00 – 13:00  Panel discussion on religious communities’ security. Moderator: Konstantinos
Apostolou, Center for Security Studies (KEMEA).    Panellists: religious leaders and congregations’ representatives

13-00 -14.00  Lunch
14.00 – 14:30  Keynote speeches: Polish Police & Fire Service (TBC)
14:30 – 15:30   Final Panel discussion on ProSPeReS results & general recommendations.
Moderator – dr Rafał Batkowski, University of Łódź (UL).
Panellists: consortium partners
15:30 – 16.00  Discussion

16:00 – 16:30 Summary, conclusions & closing speech
16:30 – 17:30 Coffee break & Networking
19:00 – 22:00 Official dinner & music performance