Content and method trainings for teaching staff (WP2)

Associated partner Hybrid Strategies Lab of TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) held 2 sessions of on-line trainings (due to the pandemic restrictions) for WARN partners. Training was developed especially for WARN project as a part of Course “Gaming Hybrid conflict”. During training project members exercised in applying Matrix and Dilemma games for the decision of the complex issues with hidden – hybrid threats using various cases. Applying the gamifying approach allows revealing a multidomain context of the considered use cases and caused issues. It facilitates responsible decision makers to generate the adequate response to the threats and to increase the resilience of the controlled structures.

On-line format as well as requirements to keep training interactive  didn’t allow to train more then 10 players per 1 session. Visit of TNO Lab experts in Ukraine is expected after ending the quarantine restrictions to train more Ukrainian team members.

20 teachers were trained during 2 online interactive trainings on 9th and 16th Dec of 2020 and took Certificates.

Trained project team prepared the analysis of the given methodologies to use it for development of the methodology for teachers (Repository TNO training) (dev. 2.3).

The next opportunity for training was the Summer School of the University of Jyväskylä, which was also held online in August 2021. Experts from the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) were involved in the development and teaching of the course “Changing Security and Hybrid Threats” delivered during the Summer School of the University of Jyväskylä.

The Summer School granted 3 free places to the Ukrainian participants to take the course, which provided insight into the current state and trends of changes in the security environment of Europe, of which Ukraine is an integral part, and which became the target of hybrid attacks, as noted by the course organizers. As a final task, our colleagues prepared a comprehensive analysis of new and understudied hybrid attacks and proposed methods of proactive defense against them in the relevant fields, including the use of artificial intelligence. Upon completing the training and final task, the representatives of the project team received certificates. The next step will be to transfer the acquired knowledge and skills to other project members at a seminar scheduled for October 2021.

The first training abroad for the Ukrainian team, which was conducted offline, was the training from the University of Tartu, Estonia, taking place in May 2022. According to the project plan, this training was originally supposed to occur in the spring of 2020, but it was delayed due to the pandemic and the full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine. The subject of the training focused on researching hybrid vulnerability in media and cultural policy, as well as Russian influence on the Baltic states. Additionally, it covered prospects and challenges to digital democracy and cyber security. Despite hostilities and transport restrictions in Ukraine caused by the war, 25 members of the consortium were able to attend this training in person and received certificates based on its results. Video report of the training:

Details of the training results can be found here: