Project Leader
Timo Hellenberg

Project Co-ordinator
Maarit Elo-Valente
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With financial support from the Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme of the European Union. European Commission - Directorate-General Home Affairs




Project Aether

The aim of the “Project Aether – Air passenger transport security in the case of CBRN threat by terrorists” was to investigate situation awareness and decision making at the European Union level in the case of a complex CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) threat-related crisis situation on board an airplane. The project also sought to identify prevention capacity against the use of CBRN material. These aims were achieved through a careful analysis and simulation of an open-ended scenario with several development lines.

The Project started in the beginning of April, 2009, and lasted for two years. It was funded by the European Commission Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security under the Programme for “Prevention of and Fight against Crime”. The Aether project was a continuation project for the former Aleksanteri Institute led project “Poseidon – Preventing Terrorism in the Baltic Sea Region”. See the Poseidon report here:

Two exercises (Table Top and Livex) were organised within the project in Finland in October 2010. Both the state authorities and private operators participated in the exercises.

Each project partner produced 2-3 working papers that also supported the organisation of two project exercises involving state authorities. The Aether project publication was released after the Brussels conference, in March2011.

The final publication can be found here.

The titles of the working papers can be found here.

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