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- August 2023 -

Welcome to the TRANSCEND Newsletter!

In October 2022, the TRANSCEND project kicked-off in Dublin. In TRANSCEND, we explore new ways to foster the involvement of civil society in the development and deployment of security research and technologies. To that end, we will propose, test and evaluate methodologies to actually address the needs and values from both society and security actors. TRANSCEND seeks not only to provide existing or new methods for societal engagement but also to pave the way for the effective and meaningful utilization of these methods in real-world contexts to produce security solutions and technologies that are transparent, privacy-sensitive, open source, friendly and easy to use.

In this first newsletter you can find out about the progress of our research in the different areas of our work.




Stakeholder Mapping, Networking, Mutual Learning and Training

In February 2023, TRANSCEND completed its first deliverable report, Landscape of security research: CSO Mapping, Strategies and Best Practices for Citizen and Societal Engagement. This report focuses on mapping the landscape of security research, with a special focus on civil society organisations. The mapping exercise, as well as the analysis provided, enables an identification of potential partners in civil society, contributes to different TRANSCEND tasks, and engages with some lessons learned from previous research. The report advances the state of the art by providing a mapping of civil society engagement with security research and by opening avenues for future research, within and beyond the TRANSCEND project. 

The document concludes with a set of best practices of civil society engagement with security research. 

At the same time, we are continuing our work on the creation of the TRANSCEND Network. This Network includes CSOs at national and EU-level, key security research policymakers, impact assessment organisations, security practitioners, security research projects and research community experts.

Piloting Stakeholder Engagement in Security Research

Developing a toolbox with suitable processes, techniques and a set of assessment criteria is not enough to make sure that people’s voices are heard in the course of security research. This is because security research is very broad and covers areas as diverse as protection against natural and man-made disasters ("disaster resilient societies"), the fight against crime and terrorism, border security and cyber security. These have different impacts on people’s lives and civil rights, the accessibility and comprehensibility of the measures taken and technologies used, and the governmental and industrial actors involved. This has implications for the way civil society can be involved. On the one hand, it is relatively easy to talk to civil society about disaster preparedness and disaster relief, because everyone has an idea of what it is. On the other hand, cyber security measures are mostly invisible to citizens and technically complex and difficult to understand.
For this reason, the TRANSCEND project is conducting pilot studies in four different areas of security research to test which tools and techniques are particularly suitable for the engagement of civil society and which are the potentially critical issues that need to be discussed and at which stage/s of the technology development. 

In this way, we hope to generate empirically based guidance for stakeholders seeking to effectively take into account civil society’s perspectives in the development of security technologies, applications and practices in order to improve their social acceptability.

Create Impact

Last March the consortium partners successfully developed the project’s Communication and Dissemination Plan. The Communication and Dissemination Plan is based on a multi-dimensional approach and was designed with the aim to define the objectives of the strategy, to identify the relevant audiences and their needs, and to develop a consistent tailored method to engage the different stakeholders. 
We have also launched the TRANSCEND website and social media accounts. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with our latest news.


The TRANSCEND Website is now online

Click on the link below for details and the latest updates



Join our network

The TRANSCEND Consortium team is pleased to invite you to join the TRANSCEND Network, a network of different actors (civil society, security practitioners, researchers) that are interested in security research. As a part of the TRANSCEND network, you will have the following opportunities: 
  • Be a part of a larger community of researchers and practitioners engaged in the field of security research and innovation; 
  • Be on a curated mailing list and receive up-to-date developments on the TRANSCEND project; 
  • Have access to TRANSCEND project results and latest research, with the opportunity to provide inputs,  shape TRANSCEND project initiatives and inform research outputs; 
  • Be invited to discussions, Webinars, and questionnaires focusing in the four project’s main domains: cyber security, disaster resilient societies, fighting crime and terrorism, and border management.
Broadly, the Network will give you an opportunity to network with experts and community members with an aim to collectively enable and empower individuals and organisations to participate actively and creatively in iterative processes of design and deployment security technologies.
We believe that communication between experts in different security technology domains will be beneficial for everyone, and will result in more inclusive, reliable and effective project results

Join the TRANSCEND Network!



TRANSCEND Consortium Meeting in Brussels .

After our Kick-off meeting in November in Dublin, the TRANSCEND Team met in Brussels in May, at the Philanthropy House, for their annual gathering. Meeting regularly online every month, both via small groups and as a full team and sharing ideas ensure the project is progressing! In Brussels, the Team discussed the steps ahead: the TRANSCEND Network, and the pilots, which start soon. Important decisions were made, such as the pilots order, and the team had the opportunity to participate to a role-play, critical to their design. 


Project 2 Policy Seminar 2023

On the 14th and 15th of July, TRANSCEND was invited to the Project 2 Policy Seminar (P2P) co-organised by the EUropean Commission and the Research Executive Agency. 

The purpose of the seminar was to explore potential challenges TRANSCEND may address and its policy context. To that end, Leanne Cochrane and Guillaume Brumter who attented the event on behalf of the Team, presented the project and discussed with various stakeholders, such as policy makers, executive bodies and end-users, and researchers and industries.


The European Commission has presented various tools to support projects in their communication and outreach activities. The CERIS Network, was also introduced, as well as the Network of Practitioners and the Innovation Lab & Innovation Hub. 

Finally, the TRANSCEND Team was also able to liaise with other EU funded intitative, such as the MultiRATE and EU-CIP projects, to explore synergies and complementarity between our rescpective objectives. Thus, the collaboration will benefit all our actions to foster effective, meaningful and transparent security research. 

Project Management

We are working to ensure that the project's research data benefits other researchers beyond the project and that the processing of all personal data and the conduct of future piloting activities are planned to the highest ethical standards.

Have a look at our deliverables and key readings or at our first blog post!


Funded by the European Union. UK participants in Horizon Europe Project TRANSCEND are supported by UKRI grant number 10041916 (Trilateral Research). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or UKRI. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority nor UKRI can be held responsible for them.


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