Cybersecurity Research National Conferences (JNIC)

The Cybersecurity Research National Conferences (JNIC) are the meeting point where different actors working in the field of cybersecurity research (universities, technological and research centres, companies and public authorities) can exchange knowledge and experience with the shared goal of strengthening research in the Cybersecurity field at the national level.

Why are these Conferences run?

The need to run these kind of conferences was identified during the drafting of the Summary report of the feasibility study and design of a network of centers of excellence in R & D in cybersecurity, with the consensus of participants.

The strategic plan of the Spanish Network of Excellence on Cybersecurity Research included in measure 17 the creation of national cybsersecurity R&D+i conferences, intended to be the scientific meeting point in which both the Network of Excellence in particular and the research ecosystem in general could demonstrate their capacities, both in terms of knowledge and talent and in terms of research findings and their potential for transference to market.

Equally, measure 12 of the study proposed awarding grants for research excellence, designing an open call for proposals with mechanisms to evaluate and select candidates.

Who organises the conferences?

Each edition of the conferences is organised by the institution selected according to the procedure laid out in the regulation of the JNIC.

An organising committee is named based on the regulations established for the JNIC, with the General chair of the committee being the representative from the organising institution who is responsible for the event.

The Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE) in its mission to support research in cybersecurity for strengthening the cybersecurity industry, participates in the organization of this conference.

What editions have been held?

The first national conferences were held in León on 14, 15 and 16 September 2015 (JNIC2015), the second edition in Granada on 15, 16 and 17 June 2016 (JNIC2016) and the third in Madrid on May 31, June 1 and 2, 2017 (JNIC2017).

Which is the next edition? Mondragón Unibertsitatea

The organization of the JNIC2018 will be carried out by Mondragón Unibertsitatea, at Donostia - San Sebastián.

How can I participate?

Researchers interested in participating in the next JNIC edition will be able to send their papers according to the calls for papers (or CFP) that will be published at the JNIC’s available website for current edition.

What awards are there?

Each edition presents its call for awards. The next edition will publish the expected awards and their categories in the web that will enable for the event.

How can I register to attend?

Attendance at the conference is done through the registration process that will be enabled on the available website for next edition. The details of the registration process will be published in that, before mentioned, website.

How can I be the organiser for next edition?

JNIC can be organized by universities, research centers and technology centers conducting research in cybersecurity, as long as they are established in spanish territory.

The period for the registration of candidates to organise the next edition opens two months before the current edition of the conference is held, and closes a week before it finishes.

Candidate organisations must supply the following basic documentation: venue, budget, dates, individual responsible for organising the event, infrastructure and services, and other details, filling and submitting the application form to host the next edition.

The executive committee for the present JNIC analyses and discusses the information received from the candidate applications presented and selects the one it considers the most suitable on objective grounds.

With the intention of reinforcing the national decentralised character of this event, priority will be given to candidate centres based in cities where none of the previous five editions of the JNIC has been held in.

What are upcoming dates to make a note of?

For the 2018 edition, the important dates will be defined soon. The expected phases are:

  • (Pending): Reception of research and training and educational innovation works.
  • (Pending): Notification to Authors.
  • (Pending): Registration to the Conference.
  • (Pending): Deadline for applications to host JNIC2019.
  • (Pending): Celebration of the Conference.

What other related initiatives are there?

The Cybersecurity Research National Conferences are part of the measures established in the Spanish Network of Excellence on Cybersecurity Research. The Network’s strategic aims include strengthening the transference of technology from research to market, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Cluster.

With the objective of making JNICs a scientific forum of excellence in the field of cybersecurity at national level that fosters innovation, a complete Technological Transference Program has been designed, which will allow the contact of end users (companies, organizations, Etc.) and researchers with the aim of solving cybersecurity problems that are currently unresolved, formulated as scientific challenges.