What is the i-LEAD Research Day?

For 2020 as well as the Industry Day i-LEAD will also run a separate ‘Research Day’. The event is organised in association with the Europol Innovation Lab and “The Hague Security Delta” (HSD). The event provides a space for research initiatives and researchers to deliver presentations directly to security practitioners and procurement specialists from European law enforcement agencies (LEAs). The goal of the meeting is to foster cooperation, supporting an ongoing dialogue between LEAs and the research market. The dialogue combines several topics directed at the known gaps and needs of practitioners identified in practitioners’ workshops organised through i-LEAD.

The themes for this year’s event include –

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The research of technologies and novel approaches to combat them is deeply embedded in the i-LEAD project. The team responsible for monitoring the Research sphere is compiling reports dedicated to LEAs and the European Commission to inform them of the relevant work being executed.

We encourage you to participate in the i-LEAD Research Day, which is free of charge. The registration form for participants can be found here.

How the event will work

The Research projects, technology concepts and ideas will present their work directly to LEAs and members of Industry. An opportunity for dialogue and dedicated Q&A will accompany the session with the goal of covering the most pertinent topics.

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To bring extra value from the day and support the overall goal of fostering dialogue, there will be a separate session dedicated to known problems/scenarios to be discussed during the event. Prior to the meeting, we will release 5 short introductions to issues within a crime domain – for example, Drug Crime, Digital Forensics, etc. The idea is to encourage ideas and suggestions for cooperation between parties and discuss possibilities for dealing with the situations. Before the event, interested parties can release suggestions and during the online meeting these ideas, along with the issues, will be introduced and summarised. The audience will then vote for the ideas that should be covered in detail. We will use the time slot to cover as many topics in detail, brainstorming the suggestions and creating a mind-map of the ways we can deal with the challenges. The outcome from this part of the event will be summarised and included in the official Research Day report.)

What Technologies interest i-LEAD?

Although the crime areas differ in practicality, many of the technologies that could help support Law Enforcement and improve the fight against criminals are cross-sectional. Moreover, due to the demand for innovative solutions, technologies that offer wider coverage and that can integrate with existing systems are very attractive.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions that supplement other technologies or can integrate with other solutions are a key focus area in 2020. The Technology Gaps and Needs covering the Crime Areas, regularly mention these requirements.

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Contact Details

Twitter – @i_LEAD_Project

The Polish Platform for Homeland Security organises the i-LEAD Research Day; if you have any questions or aspects you would like to discuss, please reach out to steven.ormston@ppbw.pl.

What is i-LEAD?

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An EU funded project running under the H2020 initiative. i-LEAD brings together Law Enforcement Agencies from across Europe, working together to unravel many of the complex issues faced across numerous crime topics.

As well as the lasting network, the project outputs include recommendations on the EU level; connected to technology, standards and procurement opportunities that can boost the uptake of innovations and the interoperability between LEAs. Thus, enhancing the success of law enforcement investigations – especially in cross border crimes.

Many of the challenges and issues faced by LEAs are uncovered in i-LEAD through a series of yearly workshops covering 5 thematic areas managed by 5 practitioner groups (PG), located across Europe.


To exploit the information and data gathered and analysed through the workshops, the Industry Days model was formed.

In 2019, the i-LEAD project launched the first ‘Industry Day’ – an event dedicated to Industry, Security Practitioners and Procurement. The goal of the event was to provide an atmosphere and environment conducive for collaboration and deep discussion about technology and the real-world issues facing Law Enforcement.

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In addition to the main programme, three research projects were included in the agenda. Although the event, on the whole, was a relative success, the small portion of the day dedicated to research initiatives did not provide a suitable space. Therefore, for 2020 as well as the Industry Day – i-LEAD will also run a separate ‘Research Day’. The event is organised in association with “The Hague Security Delta” (HSD).

The goal of Research Day is to review the opportunities and possibilities for tackling current problems of LEAs with new and novel approaches. This dialogue is a primary part of the i-LEAD project; thus, we connect LEAs, tech providers and research to discuss some of the known issues faced by forces across Europe. It is important to note that the issues have been elicited during the project through deep discussion and workshops conducted with LEAs and run by the UK’s Home Office. The outputs of these gatherings are detailed reports that are shared with LEAs and the European Commission. Also, condensed versions of the official reports are created and distributed through Industry (download reports:20182019).

As with the Industry Day, the Research Event will run online as the risk of organising a physical meeting was deemed too high.