MINDb4ACT kicks off

1 September 2017 marked the official launch of a new 3-year project that the IES is involved in as a beneficiary and Workpackage Leader: “MINDb4ACT - Mapping, IdentifyiNg and Developing skills and opportunities in operating environments to co-create innovative, ethical and effective ACTions to tackle radicalization leading to violent extremism”. This project, funded by the EU’s H2020 programme, gathers the forces of an 18-partner consortium, led by the Elcano Royal Institute. Coordination at the IES is ensured by Academic Director Christian Kaunert. MINDb4ACT has the objective to improve the current EU counter-violent extremism policies and to generate new ones. It will focus on four kinds of interventions (research actions, exchanges among law enforcement agencies, strategic-policy exercises, training courses and pilot projects). All actions will be developed within such collaborative ecosystems (‘Living Labs’) to facilitate stable collaborations (‘Knowledge partnerships’) that will improve current law enforcement techniques. The interventions will be developed in 5 specific domains: prisons and judiciary systems; immigration hotspots and asylum centres, schools, cities (peri-urban contexts) and the Internet and Media (TV, radio online).