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Strategies and technologies for united and resilient critical infrastructures and vital services in pandemic-stricken Europe


Project timeline
October 2022
36 months
September 2025
General Information
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the continuity of vital services, and has shown the need to work together for the common good. It has proven that a pandemic is not only a health crisis and that it does not only disrupt Critical Infrastructure (CIs), but that there is an extremely important link between the resilience of CIs and our societies. The economic crisis caused by the pandemic also provides a unique opportunity to jointly ‘build back better’ with the focus on sustainability and green recovery. SUNRISE will facilitate active collaboration of CIs across Europe to share best practices and jointly tackle future pandemics. By the second half of 2025, this collaboration will result in a new stable working group for resilience to pandemics with at least 100 members. With a group of CI authorities and operators, researchers and software developers, we will identify pandemic-specific vital services and CIs, their dependencies, risks, cascading effects, and effective measures to tackle them at European level; and develop a comprehensive strategy and innovative tools to ensure greater reliability, and continuity of pandemic-specific vital services in Europe.

Hereon will contribute to the analysis of extreme weather events and projected climate change, that puts a risk to CIs, but also influences the occurrence and of pandemic events, as well as demand side changes for several services. Such weather sensitive services include energy, drinking water supply, and transport. Together with partners, we will develop new tools and service products to forecast and assess these changes, and deliver tools to CI operators for their management. These methods and tools will include applications of AI and Machine Learning, to deriver patterns and decision indicators.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaHORIZON-CL3-2021-INFRA-01-02
Project TypeInnovation Action (IA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101073821
Co-ordinatorATOS IT Solutions and Services Iberia SL (ES)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Laurens Bouwer, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS, KGK), Phone: +49 40 226 338 447
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Worldwide Europe

Acosol SA (ES), Additess Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions & Services Ltd (CY), AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AT), ATOS IT Solutions and Services Iberia SL (ES), ATOS Spain SA (ES), CAFC S.p.A. (IT), CARR Communications Limited (IE), Consorcio Regional De Transportes Publicos Regulares De Madrid (ES), Elektroenergetski Koordinacioni Centar Doo (RS), Eles Doo Sistemski Operater Prenosnega Elektroenergetskega Omrezja (SI), Estonian Supply Chain Association PROLOG (EE), Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux (FR), Helmholtz Zentrum für Infektionsforschung Braunschweig GmbH (DE), Hermes Bay S. R. L. (IT), Hydro Dolomiti Energia SRL (IT), IDCQ Hospitales Y Sanidad SL (ES), INSIEL - Informatica Per Il Sistema Degli Enti Locali S.P.A. (IT), Institut für höhere Studien (AT), Institut Mikroelektronickych Aplikaci Sro (CZ), Institut Za Korporativne Varnostne Studije Ljubljana (SI), INTRASOFT International SA (LU), Istituto Superiore Di Sanita (IT), LISER - Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LU), Ministerio Del Interior (ES), Ministrstvo Za Infrastrukturo (SI), Municipality of Jerusalem (IL), Plinovodi D. o. o. (SI), Prometni Institut Ljubljana Doo (SI), QS Instituto De Investigacion E Innovacion SL (ES), Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia Giulia (IT), Slovenske Zeleznice Doo (SI), Slovenske Zeleznice Infrastruktura Druzba Za Upravljanje In Vzdrzevanje Zelezniske Infrastrukture Ter Vodenje Zelezniske (SI), Sqaredev (BE), Telefonica Investigacion Y Desarrollo SA (ES), Telekom Slovenue DD (SI), Trieste Trasporti SPA (IT), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ES), University of Warwick (UK), Univerzitetni Klinicni Center Ljubljana (SI), XLAB Razvoj Programske Opreme In Svetovanje Doo (SI)
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Last Update: 08. January 2024