To carry out its missions, the Intelligence College in Europe organises for its Members three types of activities in close cooperation with Academia: thematic seminars, outreach activities and an academic programme.

The activities proposed by the College are developed in close cooperation with Members. They comply with the rules of ethics and security common to our intelligence services. So far, the College organised over 40 activities. In the academic year 2022-2023 alone, 24 Activities have been organised, thus more than in the three previous academic years together.

The Intelligence College in Europe offers its Members thematic seminars on various subjects of interest to European national intelligence communities. Through workshops, discussions and roundtables, these seminars are an opportunity to exchange views between intelligence services, as well as with experts from the public sphere.

Seminars take place in the host member country. However, the College has also started organising webinars due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

Since its launch, the College organised 14 Thematic seminars and webinars.

Last seminar

French seminar on open-source intelligence (OSINT)

From 1st to 3rd of March 2023, France welcomed in Paris an Intelligence College in Europe seminar on open-source intelligence (OSINT). During this event, the six main French intelligence services, as well as academics, EU and European member states services representatives and civil society members have been able to dialogue on their views and concerns as far as challenges and developments of OSINT are concerned.
Even if OSINT is still delicate to define in a homogenous way all over Europe and beyond, a few consensuses arose thank to the various presentations. OSINF (Open Source Information) is one part of the scene, it encompasses commercial data basis or available in open data, accessible to the public for any kind of purpose (research, watch). On the other hand, OSINT covers more targeted field. It is concrete and actionable intelligence collected on precise target, with complex techniques from screening to de-anonymisation. The purpose of the collection makes the difference between OSINF and OSINT.

Previous seminars

“Psychology in the Service of Intelligence” Seminar

Seminar on “Intelligence Services and Society”

ESDC Doctoral School Conference, Brussels 11th July 2022

Intelligence Cooperation in the 21st Century

Anticipation by Intelligence, Seminar in Vienna

Intelligence and Space Seminar in Paris

Seminar “The Societal Response To Radicalisation And The Role Of The Security Environment”

Webinar “Hybrid Threats and their Impact on European Security”

Webinar “European security challenges”

The College’s outreach scope includes every non-operational subject of interest to European national intelligence communities, and relating to general methodology and specific strategic issues. These actions, carried out through an academic prism, can be initiated by the College or at the behest of the European institutions and academic partners.

The outreach sessions organised by the College are mainly intended for national and European decision-makers, employees of European institutions, as mentioned in Article 13 of the Treaty of the European Union, as well as members of the academic world. Broader civil society, such as students and researchers, can take part in outreach sessions, under certain conditions.

Outreach sessions can also take the form of professional and academic publications produced by academics or intelligence professionals, and published in academic journals or online.

Since its launch, the College organised 15 outreach events.

The Intelligence College in Europe offers to intelligence officers of member countries a range of specific courses and education training developed in close partnership with Academia, to help build better mutual understanding.

The College’s Academic Programme does not promote a single vision, but can facilitate contact with different strategic cultures and completes training offers developed at the national level.

The Academic Programme aims at providing flexible and professional training to College Members. The courses are organised in modules and meet the concrete needs of intelligence professionals.

It exists in two formats: a yearly executive education programme and post-graduate courses.

Since its launch, the College organised 13 education and training sessions.