Jorma Kauppinen, Finnish National Agency for Education

Director of general education and early childhood education and care 

Ari Evwaraye, Ministry of the Interior, Finland

evwaraye_ari.jpg Head of internal security strategy 

Ari Evwaraye from the Ministry of Interior speaks about safety strategies and policies in Finland. The presenttion will be held in English.


Sirpa Virta, University of Tampere

sirpa_virta.JPGSirpa Virta is professor of security management and policing. Responsible for the Master's Programme of security management and policing at the University of Tampere. Published about security, policing, management and governance. Director of the Tampere Security Research (TASER) group and leader of several school and university safety research projects.

Professor Virta will talk about security, preparedness and resilience in schools and universities. The presentation deals with the feelings of insecurity and individual resilience of teachers, researchers and other staff, and organisational resilience and capacity building in schools and universities. The presentation will be held in English.

Sami Julin, Finnish Education Evaluation Centre KARVI Senior advisorjulin_sami.jpg

Sami Julin from KARVI  will present about learning environment and how to enhance  safety. The presentation will be held in Finnish.


Sabine Distl, Safe Kids Austria

sabine_distl.jpgGrosse schützen Kleine, Safe Kids Austria is a non-governmental organization that has been an expert in child injury prevention in Austria for 35 years. The organization works in close collaboration with pediatric surgery and clinic, Safe Kids Austria is able to conduct child injury research and develop prevention tips and projects based on these results. As program manager for safe children communities and safe schools Sabine Distl is responsible to spread the idea and importance for child safety in Austria and, as representative of Safe Kids Austria as International Safe School Certifying Center.

In her presentation she will tell about development and implementation of Safe Schools in Austria. The presentation includes an overview of how to motivate schools and responsible stakeholders of the communities to care especially for child safety and injury prevention: from the establishing of a Safe School Steering Committee to developing individual child safety plans for schools and best practice examples of special safety activities and projects. The presentation will be held in English.

Wolfgang Hochbruck, Albert Ludwigs University


Wolfgang Hochbruck has been involved in the voluntary fire department and a fire safety educator for 12 years and has conducted several workshops at the annual federal German fire safety symposium. As chairperson of the Emmendingen county task force, and serving on both the Baden-Württemberg state and the federal boards of fire safety program officers, he is responsible for curriculum and methodology development. He works for the Albert Ludwigs University as a professor and head of Department of English as well as in the Centre Centre for Security and Society.

In his presentation he will talk about educating for emergency competence. He states that the child care institutions, schools, and universities all share several demographic features: large quantities of pupils and students, very few trained first responders interspersed among them, and a high degree of vulnerability to both man-made and climate change, natural disasters and extreme violence. The presentation will be held in English.

Mike Hagen, European Fire Safety Alliance (EUroFSA)

mike_hagen.pngMike Hagen worked for more than 33 years in the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK. For 9 years he was Deputy Chief in the Metropolitan area of Merseyside, near Liverpool. The core of the philosophy was that a fire service has unique access to those most vulnerable to fire by virtue of the position of trust a firefighter has in local communities; they can visit people in the home to help apply simple measures to reduce risk.

EuroFSA is a project to reduce the risk from fire in the home and is delivered by an Alliance of Professionals from within the European Fire Sector. EuroFSA believes the vast majority of fire deaths that occur following an accidental fire in the home are preventable the most vulnerable areas of society. The EuroFSA is a project of the Dutch Burns Foundation (BWS) and is supported by the Institute of Physical Security (IFV) in the Netherlands.
Mike Hagen will present about Anti-Social Fire Behaviour by Young People – Who’s Problem? In his presentation he will describe the challenges faced by the behaviour of young people. In the context of rising numbers of deliberate fires, nuisance emergency calls and violence directed to firefighters, he will describe the strategy of youth engagement carried out by Fire and Rescue Service. The results showed reductions in fire related anti-social behaviour but also wider benefits to local communities.