ASIS International’s flagship Europe event for 2019 explores ‘Cities of the Future’

ASIS International is now in full preparation mode for the next edition of its flagship event in Europe. ASIS Europe 2019 ‘From Risk to Resilience’ – for which Risk Xtra is an Official Media Partner – takes place on 27-29 March in Rotterdam and begins with a morning focused on ‘Cities of the Future’.

Theo Veltman, innovation rainmaker at the municipality of Amsterdam, will set the scene for the conference by sharing Amsterdam’s vision ‘From Smart City to Smart Society’. Veltman will afford some insight into quality of life issues addressed by smart approaches, where the city is in its strategy implementation, how the roles of citizens, public and private companies and Government interact with one another and also address key technology concerns.

Veltman will be followed by Arnoud Molenaar, chief resilience officer for the city of Rotterdam, who’ll cover how Rotterdam is implementing ‘Resilient City’ methodology, what the related technologies are, how they are changing day-to-day and business life in the city and what developments are expected in the next three years.

The two Keynotes will then join a panel chaired by 2019 ASIS International president Christina Duffey CPP and which will explore the cities’ visions from the perspective of security leaders. The panel will address key questions around the role of security and how security leaders – and their teams – will need to adapt as our cities evolve.

Across more than 50 educational sessions, the programme will cover technology as a friend and foe including focused sessions on Artificial Intelligence and drones and critical and emerging risks (with a focus on training for dealing with chem-bio terrorism).

Leadership and management topics also feature strongly with sessions on soft skills and securing an innovation culture and panel discussions on constructing teams as well as working in collaboration with consultants.

Eduard Emde CPP, head of the Health, Safety and Security Section at the ESA/ESTEC and ASIS Europe 2019 conference chairman informed Risk Xtra: “Rapid and interconnected change, as well as shifting perceptions of risk and value, are undoubtedly key challenges for us as security practitioners. We will examine evolving security challenges from the perspective of leaders tasked with protecting their host organisations’ reputation and most precious assets in a manner that drives business, organisational and cultural goals.”

The event will feature an exhibition and Innovation Track presenting solutions for today’s complex and connected challenges. There’s a Careers Centre for coaching, skills and career advice, plus exclusive networking opportunities for CSO Centre members.

There are three ways for interested security professionals to attend:

*Leadership Pass with full conference access

*Professional Pass providing great learning at a budget price

*Free Show Pass offering access to the Careers Centre and Innovation Track in addition to visiting the exhibition

Visit asiseurope.org for full programme and registration details

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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