At the beginning of June 2022, CyberSec4Europe, CONCORDIA, ECHO and SPARTA hosted CONVERGENCE NEXT online and at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, rue Montoyer 21, Brussels B-1000. It followed in the tradition set in the first CONVERGENCE event on 9-11 December 2020 which successfully presented results and demonstrations from the four pilot projects and the collaborative focus groups.
CONVERGENCE NEXT focussed on the future of the community, the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) and looked at the key issues for cybersecurity in the future.  This event was not to be missed for those interested in European cybersecurity issues.  High-level representatives from EU institutions discussed the role of the ECCC and that of the wider stakeholder community in the next stages. 

If you were there and would like to remember CONVERGENCE NEXT or catch up if you missed it, you can follow all three days of the event :

Wednesday, 1 June 2022


Thursday, 2 June 2022


Friday, 3 June 2022


Wednesday 1 June
Setting the Scene
11:00 Welcome
11:15  Highlights of the four pilots and ECSO

13:00  Lunch

14:00  Governance
About the Competence Centre
Work / results of the Governance Focus Group

Open floor discussion – Q&A
Session chair: Natalia Kadenko, CyberSec4Europe

15:15   Coffee break
15:45   Panel discussion: Situation in Europe (network and community)

16:45  Summary of the day: Gabi Dreo Rodosek, CONCORDIA

Evening Session

17:00  Social networking
18:00  Welcome
  • Frank Wamser, Head of Justice, Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU

Panel discussion: The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC)

19:30 Evening social event

Thursday 2 June
Research and Innovation

09:00  Welcome – Wim Mees, ECHO

09:15   Research results sessions and demonstrations

10:45   Coffee break

11:15    Verticals

12:45   Lunch

13:45   Perspectives from JRC ATLAS and ENISA

15:15    Coffee break

15:45   Roadmapping for the future

16:45   Daily summary – Augustin Lemesle, SPARTA

17:00-18:30  Social networking

Friday 3 June
Sustainability and Expanding the Impact
09:00 Welcome – Boning Feng, CONCORDIA

09:15  Capability building (education, skill sets, etc)

10:30  Coffee break

11:00  Evolution of the European cybersecurity ecosystem

12:15   Lunch

13:00  Panel discussion: What Next?

14:00  Summary of CONVERGENCE NEXT: Kai Rannenberg, CyberSec4Europe

14:15   Coffee & pastries