Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities (SOAR) project held an online EU level Network Dialogue event on 24 October 2022 for network members, technical experts, agreed stakeholders, e.g., EU Commission, national government representatives, and identified academic institution representatives. The EU-funded project SOAR aims at increasing the awareness of, and capacity to prevent and mitigate physical and human security threats to places of worship through Security by Design (SBD). The concept of ‘Security by Design’ incorporates security features into the design and fabric of the building and its urban context. The project partners Enhancing Faith Institutions (EFI), the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) cooperate in this endeavour with an extensive network of professionals, including representatives from all majority and minority faiths practising within the EU. The project is supported by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations.

This network dialogue meeting brought together the sister projects SOAR, PROSECUW, Prosperes, PROTECTOR, and SHIELD, which were funded under the same call, in order to present results and find synergies for future collaborations.

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Veronika Schröpfer – (Introduction)
Kaashif Awan – SOAR
Andrew Staniforth – PROTECTOR
Melina Breitegger – SHIELD
Marcin Podogrocki – ProSPeRes
Panayiota Constanti – PROSECUW