The PRIO coordinated SOURCE project “Virtual centre of excellence for research support and coordination on societal security" held its kick-off meeting on 28 January 2014 thereby officially launching the five-year project funded by the EU FP7 programme.

All 12 partners in the project were present at the meeting organised by PRIO in Brussels to discuss the work plan and lay the foundations of the project’s activities and management practices. The Research Executive Agency (REA) – delegated by the European Commission to be in charge of the project – was present at the meeting as well.

The SOURCE Network of Excellence will last until the end of 2018 and will run a variety of activities in connection to societal security, with the final aim to create a sustainable virtual centre of excellence capable of exploring and advancing societal issues in security research and development. The project is coordinated by J. Peter Burgess, research professor at PRIO’s Security Research Group.

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