Radicalisation: final conference of the European PRACTICIES project on the occasion of Efus’ General Assembly in Riga

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RigaParis, France, January 2020 – Led since May 2017 by the University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail, the European PRACTICIES (Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in Cities) project will conclude this trimester and hold its final conference at Efus’ General Assembly, on 25-26 March in Riga (LV).


> 25 partners from various European countries and Tunisia

A particularly sensitive issue, the fight against all forms of extremism and radicalisation requires the participation of citizens and relevant professionals from across Europe, including those involved in the fields of academia, research and technology.

The PRACTICIES project was designed on this basis and in response to a European call for projects following the January 2015 terrorist attacks around Paris. It gathered more than 25 partners from various European countries (Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain) as well as Tunisia, all experts in the humanities, political science, information sciences or information technology.

Over a period of three years, the project organised a range of activities to better understand the risk factors and mechanisms of violent radicalisation and to characterise them from the origins to the violent act. It has conducted in-depth, cutting edge qualitative and quantitative studies into risk factors for and trajectories of radicalisation processes, and developed a wide range of prevention tools, including civic education methodologies, media education trainings, a serious game and content detection software.

> Rich exchanges with professionals on the prevention of violent extremism

The final conference will be an opportunity to learn about the project’s result, to take part in rich exchanges with leading experts in radicalisation processes and, for the project’s promoters and partners, to disseminate it to the European and international community of stakeholders and professionals in the prevention of violent extremism.

The three organising bodies – University of Toulouse – Le Mirail, city of Riga and Efus – are calling all interested Efus members to take part in this event that will conclude a far-reaching, unique European project.

Séraphin Alava, professor at the University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail, said that the project has enabled “deep research into the human drivers of radicalisation processes and their tipping points as well as the development and the testing of a broad range of concrete prevention tools with and for cities across Europe.”

Elizabeth Johnston, Efus Executive Director, said that “over the last five years, local and regional authorities have assumed a key role in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism across Europe. Projects such as PRACTICIES have made an important contribution to reinforcing the links between mayors, local security practitioners, European institutions, researchers, enterprises and educators. Organising the final conference in conjunction with Efus’ General Assembly provides an important opportunity to broaden this mobilisation and bring on board more cities and regions from our European network.”

For the preliminary programme and to register for the conference (admission free, registration mandatory), click here