This section will provide you with the latest news around the S-HELP project.

January 23, 2017

312 UCC staff members
participated in an online survey which
tested the user interface design principles that have
been applied in the S-HELP Decision Support System.

January 20, 2017
There's just one week to go until the S-HELP Final Event featuring renowned disaster risk, impact and response expert 
December 16, 2016

S-HELP is currently planning its Final Event which will take place on Friday 27th January 2017 in Wood Quay Venue, Dublin. The event will provide a platform for the demonstration of the Decision Support System which has been developed by the project, in addition to providing a forum for speakers and attendees from across the disaster, risk and emergency management sector.

November 30, 2016

The final S-HELP test scenario, a simulated flood incident, took place on the 25th of November in the regional emergency co-ordination centre at Anglesea Street Fire Station, Cork. As in previous scenarios (chemical and biological) the intention of these simulated disasters is to reflect realistic threats, representative of the different categories of threats: natural, deliberate, accidental and/or technological will be used to achieve validation, to test the decision-making capability of participants using the S-HELP system, and how the system informs the user and facilitates better decisions.

November 21, 2016
S-HELP partners were in Sofia, Bulgaria last week for a two-day event organised by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).
November 16, 2016
Dr Nora McCarthy, UCC ASSERT, hosted a student workshop (in collaboration with UCC BIS, FAC and TUGraz) in UCC on Friday, 11th November 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the effect of training on decision-making capability, and participating students comprised a mix of both undergraduates and postgraduates from BIS and ISBP respectively. The students completed a specially designed training course, developed by Dr McCarthy, and subsequently answered questions and provided feedback about the content.
November 08, 2016
The second evaluation exercise to test the S-HELP Decision Support System (DSS) took place on 25th October, in the National Emergency Coordination Centre, Dublin. Emergency responders from both sides of the Irish border attended the simulated chemical explosion scenario, which demonstrated the capabilities of the tools within the DSS.
October 19, 2016

The S‐HELP project held the first of its evaluation exercises - a biological pandemic scenario - in the headquarters of partners Magen David Adom, Tel Aviv, Israel on 25th September 2016. Participants in the scenario were emergency managers and first responders; target end-users of the S-HELP system whose expertise in the field will provide the development team and researchers with valuable feedback.

September 12, 2016

The final general assembly meeting of the S-HELP project consortium was held in the premises of partner Future Analytics Consulting on the 6th and 7th September, 2016. 

August 31, 2016

Are you Competition Entry Number 194?
If so, you have won an iPad Mini! 

August 03, 2016

The second edition of the S-HELP newsletter is full of updates from all of our partners about the progress of the project to date. 

July 07, 2016

There is a recognised need to close the knowledge capacity gap between the scientific security research community, first responders, and related crisis and emergency management stakeholders. The DESTRIERO Dissemination Day, driven by Saadian Technologies and supported by Future Analytics Consulting, aims to help fill that gap. The event is designed to share knowledge and understanding between different parties involved in crisis and disaster management from a scientific and operational perspective.

June 10, 2016

Magen David Adom (MDA) arranged and hosted an end-user workshop for 22 public health masters students in Ben-Gurion University, Israel on 17th May 2016.

June 03, 2016

In the S-HELP project a Decision Support System (DSS) is being developed so that end-users can be better prepared, make better decisions, and perform better in emergency situations. University of Vienna has created a strategic disaster management wiki to classify disasters (disaster risk, disaster types, extent of event, vulnerability), to illustrate decision-making, and to explain the emergency management environment and the stakeholders involved. It also describes the phases of the emergency management cycle. This content was incorporated into the S-HELP DSS to enhance the semantic and organisational interoperability of end-users. 

May 31, 2016

S-HELP is holding a 'Decision Support Systems for Public Health Services' workshop as part of the IFIP WG 8.3 Decision Support Systems Conference in University College Cork.

May 26, 2016

'Can Data Cure You? The Clinical Impact of Health Information Systems' was the theme of the event held in  the business school of University College Cork on 20th May.


Dr Sheila O'Riordan of S-HELP delivered the presentation 'Addressing the Challenges of Emergency Management Decision-Making from an Information Systems Perspective' as part of the iHealth event.

May 26, 2016

“Integrating experience, education, and perception for effective risk communication: applying lessons learned from Cork’s flooding past towards the development of emergency management systems”

Dr Karen Neville and Dr Sheila O’Riordan of S-HELP gave the third talk in the 2016 Quercus Lecture Series on 1st February. 

January 28, 2016

S-HELP consortium members Dr Karen Neville, Dr Sheila O'Riordan and their UCC colleagues Dr Ciara Heavin and Dr Yvonne O'Connor have organised a workshop as part of the 24th European Conference on Information Systems in Istanbul, Turkey. 

January 22, 2016

In a disaster or crisis situation, it is important to communicate effectively in order to maintain calm among the public and the most effective response from the emergency services.

October 12, 2015

S-HELP consortium members from Ireland, the UK, Austria, Israel and Sweden met in Brussels last week for the project's Mid-Term Review.

August 31, 2015

Marion Rauner and Kristina Tomic from the University of Vienna attended the EURO  ORAHS Conference in Montreal in July 2015.

August 18, 2015

UCC-BIS researcher Alexis Amaye has shared the abstract for the paper – ‘Incorporating Mechanisms for Mindfulness in Designing Support Systems for Multiagency Coordination in Emergency Management’

April 17, 2015

Dr. Karen Neville (S-HELP project coordinator) will, on 21 September 2015, co-chair the mini track titled: "Managing emergencies through Decision Support Systems (DSS)" at the European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ECIME).

April 16, 2015

End user requirements form an essential component of the S-HELP holistic framework. Developing a Decision Support System (DSS) that will support and assist decision makers in mitigating and preparing for, responding to and recovering from a major emergency incident is the overarching objective of the project.

April 16, 2015

The S-HELP consortium will hold round table discussions on 6 May with external experts participating from areas such as standardisation, spatial mapping, real-time decision-making, scenario exercise design, risk communication and  emergency management.

April 16, 2015

The S-HELP tool is a holistic decision support platform aimed at strategic level decision makers. The modular design of the system incorporates tools to facilitate all stages of the emergency management lifecycle.

April 16, 2015

For a successful emergency management (EM) it is crucial that all stakeholders use the same taxonomy. The team from the University of Vienna, UNIVIE (Rauner, Niessner, Sasse, Tomic) developed the S-HELP UNIVIE wiki which is a collaborative platform.

April 15, 2015

Dr Nora McCarthy (WP5 Leader, ASSERT) and Dr Karen Neville (S-HELP project coordinator) will facilitate two expert ‘training the trainers’ sessions at the EuroS

March 09, 2015

The 9th European Conference on IS Management and Evaluation (ECIME 2015) hosted by the University of the West of England Bristol, UK will take place from 21-22 September 2015.

December 19, 2014

About 30 participants from different health responders in Israel, ranging from representatives of MDA (Israeli Red Cross), hospitals, the national Ministry and partners of the S-HELP project came together to discuss end-user requirements in decision support systems.

December 15, 2014

The 4th International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness and Response to Emergencies & Disasters will take place in Israel from 10-13 January 2016.

November 10, 2014

On Friday 31 October, Dr. William Hynes (FAC) - one of our S-HELP partners - presented at the 8th Irish Earth Observation Symposium at National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM).

October 14, 2014

Two S-HELP events took place at the International Workshop «Mega Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Subduction Zones - Forecasting Approaches and Implications for Hazard Assessment (METSZ)» held at the Rhodes Island, Greece,

August 07, 2014

After our successful first Consortium meeting in Dublin in June 2014, the next Consortium meeting is already set. It will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 4-5 November 2014.

June 17, 2014

During the IFIP WG 8.3 and the SIGDSS Open Conference “DSS 2.0 – Supporting decision making with new technologies” in Paris, France from 2-5 June 2014 a S-HELP workshop and panel took place.

June 11, 2014

Dr Karen Neville, the S-HELP project coordinator and lead author of the paper titled: Supporting cross border emergency management decision-making received the Best Paper Award at the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2013), in Utrecht, June 2013.

May 20, 2014

Future Analytics - one of our S-HELP partners - will host a workshop on stakeholder needs for emergency management. The whole-day workshop will take place in Dublin, Ireland on 25 June 2014.

April 02, 2014

HSE & UCC created a video on the importance of the S-HELP Project. The YouTube video provides a comprehensive and clear overview of the project and the Consortium, its objectives and explains how it will improve the coordination and cooperation in emergency situations.

March 26, 2014

The first S-HELP Consortium meeting will take place in Dublin, Ireland from 23-24 June 2014. The S-HELP partner Future Analytics will host this meeting, which is another important step for the successful implementation of this project.

March 21, 2014

The IFIP-SIGDSS Conference on Decision Support Systems 2.0 will take place in Paris, France from 2-5 June 2014.

February 10, 2014

From 6 to 7 February 2014 an exciting moment for the S-HELP project had arrived. For the first time the Consortium - consisting of 10 partners from 6 different countries - came together to get the S-HELP project started.