Hannover/Germany. The topic of civil protection has recently gained relevance, in some cases dramatically - and is more topical than ever. INTERSCHUTZ, which took place again in June 2022 for the first time after the pandemic, has renowned and highly competent partners in its network who have exceptional expertise in this subject area.

These two aspects have now been brought together and the corresponding considerations have given rise to the idea of a new event format, which will take place for the first time under the name "Civil Protection NetCon", or "CPNetCon" for short, on 23 and 24 November 2023.

"The name of the event illustrates the three central aspects that CPNetCon stands for," says Bernd Heinold, Senior Project Director of INTERSCHUTZ, Deutsche Messe AG. "Civil protection forms the major content bracket, under which topics from the areas of disaster, civil and fire protection or emergency care can be subsumed. Imparting knowledge, sharing experiences, professional dialogues and, last but not least, the joint development of sustainable solutions - all these will be elements of the two-day conference - the "Con" - as part of the new event."

The "Net" stands for network: CPNetCon will offer a highly attractive and efficient platform for exchange and networking on a national and international level. CPNetCon will take place at the Hannover Exhibition Centre, in the conference rooms of the Convention Center (CC).

The content of CPNetCon is designed and organized by a prominent circle: partners of Deutsche Messe AG are the German Red Cross (DRK), the Johanniter International Assistance (JUH), the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), the German Fire Brigades Association (DFV), the Fire Brigade Association of Lower Saxony (LFV-NDS) and the GFPA German Fire Protection Association (vfdb).

Also involved in the planning are the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs, the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior, the fire brigade of the city of Hanover and the akkon University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The international relevance of CPNetCon is underlined by the involvement of the EU Commission in the planning and program of the event.

"The current, often transnational challenges in civil protection call for an exchange and cooperation between many players. The creation of the international dialogue platform comes at the right time and is very welcome," says Dr. Jessica Däbritz, Head of the Crisis Management and Civil Protection Department at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community.