DITAC stands for "Disaster Training curriculum"and proposes to develop a holistic Training Curriculum for first responders and strategic crisis managers dealing with international crises. The DITAC Curriculum will address the key challenges for the management of disaster incidents.

The project started in January 2012 and is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. DITAC brings together scientists from various academic institutions and SME's, across Europe as well as the Turkey, Switzerland and Croatia and is primarily coordinated by the University Clinic Bonn (Dr. Philipp Fischer).

We will develop a standardised strong, comprehensive and efficient EU-wide approach to crises and disasters to feature the added value by EU co-ordinated actions in the field of crisis response. The Curriculum will improve the preparedness and availability of trained personnel by providing a common language, common objectives and common tools leading to better results in the protection and assistance of people confronted with large-scale crises.

The focus lies on international crisis management, but the benefit of a standardised training programme in crisis and disaster response can also be used to increase Europes resilience in facing disasters and crises within the European Union. Establishing a curricular training on how to respond to an international crisis and making it accessible to pertinent organisations throughout the EU will be a first step towards building a European Emergency Response Centre. Collaboration of specialists for disaster response as single experts in the field of international crisis management with local, regional and international authorities, NGOs, training institutes, scientific societies, research institutes and the co-operation of experts with backgrounds in medical, psychological and technical emergency assistance, logistics, knowledge management, collaborative network development, conflict analysis and security challenges will create synergies towards improved disaster response capacity in the European Union.