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Rationale
 
 

In a global economy, the challenges faced by our society in the different part of the world are similar or interconnected. This is also true for the risk issues which require most of the time global solutions.

EU-VRi leadership is convinced that Europe has to develop a close partnership with China on risk analysis and risk management in particular when the risks under consideration are related to sustainable production, clean transport, impact of climate change, impact of the world demography, sustainable energy use, safety and security of critical infrastructures.

Partnership and cooperation is seen as a two ways process. China quick development asks for effective solutions for risk management, which should benefit from the European experience. The leaders in China know what the best practices are and how to implement them, but they might wish external support from European resources to enhance the quick transfer and to adapt new solutions to the local market and the local culture. Europe sees in China the opportunity to share investment in research, development and innovation for more effective risk management solutions. Joint research programmes should be elaborated, common projects developed look for synergies and mutual fertilization both on methodological and technological aspects to build approach and tools that will be global.

In concrete, the partnership is intended to cover the 3 aspects:

-       Projects, funded by the European Commission, international organizations, or by national countries (China and states which have an interest in such a cooperation)

-       Education (academic and professional education)

-       Dissemination and implementation of best practices, including consulting activities

 

With the objective to develop a strong partnership with Chinese risk analysis experts, EU-VRi managers decided to play an active role in the 2 most important events that took place in China in 2009:

-       The 2nd International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (RACR-2009)

-       The 1st China-Europe Risk Forum

 
   
 
 
2nd International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (RACR-2009)
 
 

See RACR 2009 Website

 

The Conference took place on October 19-21, 2009 in Beijing, hosted by the Peking University (PKU) and organized by the Risk Analysis Council of China Association for Disaster Prevention (RAC), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Chongfu Huang, President of Risk Analysis Council of China Association for Disaster Prevention.

 

EU-VRi managers had a very prominent role during the conference with plenary speeches and special sessions.

Aleksandar Jovanovic and Olivier Salvi introduced a special session on iNTeg-Risk project to seek for cooperation on the integrated risk management. The following presentations were delivered:

-       Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic: iNTeg-Risk project: Providing the basis for a harmonized EU response to the challenges of New Technologies.

-       Olivier Salvi: Convergence towards integrated risk management: From SHAPE-RISK to iNTeg-Risk

-       Prof. Chongfu Huang: Links between iNTeg-Risk and Chinese Programs

In addition, Olivier Salvi, who was acting as co-chair of the RACR 2009 programme committee, gave a plenary speech entitled How to improve the Control of Major Accident Hazards?

The conference was a great success with almost 150 participants, from which half were from China, and the other half from more than 30 countries (with a great majority of European participants). Several topics were well covered, in particular the NaTech issues, environmental risks, and the risks related to nanotechnologies and to transport.

An important outcome if the conference was the official creation of SRA China, which means the affiliation of a Chinese group of risk analysts to the Society for Risk Analysis. This was declared during the opening ceremony by Jonathan Wiener (SRA Past President) and the SRA Risk Leader Summit ended with the Beijing Declaration, which identify the directions for cooperation between SRA Regions.

 
   
 
 
The 1st China-Europe Risk Forum (22-23 October 2009)
 
 

EU-VRi was a sponsor and co-organizer of the 1st China-Europe Risk Forum that took place just after the RACR conference, on 22-23 October 2009. The Forum was hosted by the Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection, represented by Prof. Bin Zhang, Director of BMILP. SRA Europe was also a sponsor of this event.

The European Programme Committee of the Risk Forum was composed by:

  • Bastien Affeltranger, INERIS
  • Lars Bodsberg, SINTEF
  • Roberto Bubbico, Univ. Roma (“La Sapienza”)
  • Aleksandar Jovanovic, EU-VRi / Univ. Stuttgart
  • Olivier Salvi, EU-VRi / INERIS
The China-Europe Risk Forum aims at developing partnerships between Chinese and European scientists in the field of risk analysis. It involves exchanging results of on-going research programmes, jointly defining research programmes and preparing common projects and short term initiatives. The Forum lasted 2 days and dealt with the general theme of Emerging Risks. The focus was upon Emerging Risks related to New Materials, Technologies and Products, as well as New Production Processes and Complex Industrial Systems, and Transport Systems and Networks.

On each topic, a group of scientists drawn from both regions presented the regional point of view and challenges. This gave the opportunity to start working together on the selected topics:

 

1. Risks related to hazardous substances and processes in the industry: Roberto Bubbico

2. Risks related to Transport Systems and Networks, including "life line" transporting utilities, products and information: Olivier Salvi

3. Risks triggered by natural disasters: Bastien Affeltranger

4. Methods and approaches for risk assessment and management: Aleksandar Jovanovic

5. Risk Policies, Monitoring, Governance and Communication: Lars Bodsberg

 

The programme of the Forum can be downloaded here.

 

A total of 50 experts participated in the Risk Forum. Participants from Europe were:

  • Marc Poumadère, Simlog, FR
  • Francesco Di Maio, Politec. Milano, IT
  • Germano Resconi, Catholic University de Brescia, IT

 

After the success of this Forum, the organizers decided to continue the initiative and to prepare actively joint project and the next session of the forum, planned in 2011 in Europe.
 
   
 
 
Partnership development – On-going activities
 
 

BMILP as EU-VRi Associated Member

A major outcome of the visit in Beijing in October 2009 was the interest from BMILP to become an associated member of EU-VRi. Prof. Bin Zhang, Director of BMILP, deputized Prof. Wang Tong, the Vice-Director of BMILP, to become the representative of BMILP in EU-VRi.

With this membership, EU-VRi expects generating new initiatives between BMILP and other EU-VRi members.

 

China-Europe Workshop at the 2nd iNTeg-Risk conference, on June 18, 2010 in Stuttgart (Germany)

In order to develop the dialog between Chinese and European experts in risk analysis, EU-VRi has organized a workshop in the framework of the 2nd iNTeg-Risk conference.

The objective of the workshop is to develop cooperation between Europe and China on emerging risks, as a follow up of the 1st China-Europe Risk Forum that took place in October 2009 in Beijing, hosted by BMILP and sponsored by SRA-Europe and EU-VRi.

The workshop will enable to review existing cooperation and initiate new ones on the selected topics:

1. Risks related to hazardous substances and processes in the industry: Roberto Bubbico

2. Risks related to Transport Systems and Networks, including "life line" transporting utilities, products and information: Olivier Salvi

3. Risks triggered by natural disasters: Bastien Affeltranger

4. Methods and approaches for risk assessment and management: Aleksandar Jovanovic

5. Risk Policies, Monitoring, Governance and Communication: Lars Bodsberg

In particular, in order to stimulate the cross participation in projects, prior to the workshop, the participants of the conference will be asked to fill in a form presenting project opportunities, with a specification of the profile of the partners expected.

The outcome of the workshop will be the creation of partnership to submit proposals for collaborative research or scientific activities in European or Chinese programmes.

 

Expand the group of interested stakeholders

The visibility of the initiative of the China-Europe Risk Forum has to be increased in order to reach a critical mass and obtain interest from programme owners. Therefore, EU-VRi manager intend to develop cooperation with other initiatives such as China-Europa Forum (http://www.china-europa-forum.net) and the European Risk Forum (http://www.euportal2.be/index.php).

Of course, the partnership with SRA Europe will continue so that SRA Europe members can play an active role in the scientific cooperation.

 

2nd China-Europe Risk Forum in 2012

The European Committee will organize the 2nd edition of the China-Europe Risk Forum in 2012. The local organizing committee as well as the venue has still to be defined.

 

 
   
 
China-Europe Risk Forum 2015

Gallery from the latest China-Europe Risk Forum 2015