10th Research and Science Working Group Meeting

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21 September 2009

The 10th Research and Science Working Group meeting took place on 10-11 September 2009 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, providing the members with an opportunity to talk with the Working Group on Learning who was also had a meeting at the same location. At the same time, as Ljubljana was the place of the European Society of Criminology Conference, it allowed Working Group members to strengthen their links with this scientific knowledge network.

One session of the meeting was dedicated to facilitate the institutional knowledge networking of CEPOL. Guest Professor Nick Fyfe presented the work of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), a collaboration of a dozen Scottish universities, supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council. As SIPR is committed to a European agenda and CEPOL is interested in their research findings, it was agreed to establish further cooperation.

Jan Andersson, Director of the Swedish Crime Prevention Council (Brå), portrayed the history, structure and products of this well-known Swedish institution. Equally of interest for CEPOL, future closer cooperation was agreed. As a result, CEPOL will actively contribute to the 2010 Stockholm Criminology Symposium thematically focused on ‘Improving Policing’.

The Working Group discussed in detail the preparations of a number of CEPOL Research and Science activities in the 2009 and 2010; in particular, the forthcoming annual meeting of the Research and Science Correspondents in October and the Research and Science Conference taking place in November in the Netherlands.

It was also reported about the continued efforts to establish official links to the European Security Research and Innovation Forum.

Members were also updated about the progress of the e-Library and given a refresher demonstration of how to use Workspace (e-Net’s Document Management System).

The next Research and Science Working Group meeting will take place on 16-17 November near Amsterdam, the Netherlands.



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