www.risk-technologies.comwww.risk-technologies.comhttp://www.eu-vri.euhttp://www.steinbeis.de
 
 
May 18, 2017
 
 
The 5th SAF€RA Symposium in Bilbao, on May 18-19, 2017. more
 
   
 
 
February 7, 2017
 
 
Jointly organized by five major FP7 projects NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, SUN, NanoMILE and eNanoMapper, the NMSA conference will take place in Malaga on February 7-9, 2017. more
 
   
 
 
February 1, 2017
 
 

Submissions of full papers are due via Safety Science’s submission portal on February 1, 2017.

more
 
   
 
 
November 24, 2016
 
 
The European Project EDEN has recently published a press release "When numbers count". more
 
   
 
 
November 16, 2016
 
 

CEN and CENELEC together with SBS (Small Business Standards) would like to showcase how standards can help SMEs to reach new heights.

more
 
   
 
 
October 11, 2016
 
 

The CBRNE INNOVATION FAIR 2016 and the EDEN final conference will take place 11-12 October 2016 in Brussels.

more
 
   
 
 
June 29, 2016
 
 
The conference Resilience and Technological Risk: comparative experiences 40 years after the disaster in Seveso will take place June 29th, 2016 at Committee of the Regions in Bruxelles. more
 
   
 
 
March 18, 2016
 
 
CEN (European Committee for Standardization) is currently looking for experts to carry out the work under the Specific Grant Agreement SA/CEN/GROW/EFTA/000/2015-09 "Guidance for the security of CBRNE substances for healthcare facilities along their lifecycle".
 
more
 
   
 
 
December 18, 2015
 
 

In the new Horizon 2000 project caLIBRATe of Steinbeis R-Tech will play a key role in the development of the next generation EU tools for risk governance of nanomaterials. The main objective of caLIBRAte is to funnel the state-of-the-art in Nano safety research and merge it with state-of-the-art risk governance and communication. It will provide versatile risk governance tools and the framework for assessment and management of human and environmental risks of micronano and micronano-enabled products.

more
 
   
 
 
October 28, 2015
 
 

The Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies RBI system implemented in Eskom, Lethabo Power Station, in South Africa, was successfully certified by TÜV Rheinland South Africa. 

more
 
   
 
 
October 11, 2015
 
 

In connection that we obtained ISO 9001 certification, the re-certification audit on October 8-9, 2015, showed again that The Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technology Group duly improves the Quality Management System.

more
 
   
 
 
September 25, 2015
 
 

Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group was co-organizer of the 6th International Symposium on Industrial Engineering which took place on September 24-25, 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.

more
 
   
 
 
September 18, 2015
 
 

On Sept. 16-19, 2015, Beijing Academy of Sciences, European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group have organized the 5th China Europe Risk Forum. The Forum was devoted to: "Emerging risks and resilience of critical systems and infrastructures". 

more
 
   
 
 
September 10, 2015
 
 
The draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017 have been published. more
 
   
 
 
July 24, 2015
 
 

Prof. Jovanovic explains the Steinbeis vision and approach in his keynote at The World Congress of Risk in Singapore (July 19-23, 2015)

more
 
   
 
 
July 2, 2015
 
 
The 2015 edition of the nanosafety cluster compendium is now available more
 
   
 
 
April 20, 2015
 
 
This year annual meeting of ETPIS will be organized together with the General Assembly of EU-VRi and is accompanied by a Brokerage Event and a Cross-ETP Event. more
 
   
 
 
March 9, 2015
 
 

A forum for researchers, industry, and regulators on research findings on the interface between nanotechnology and sustainability.

more
 
   
 
 
January 16, 2015
 
 
The Third Joint Transnational Call 2014 of the ERA-NET SIINN has been opened on the 1st of October 2014. more
 
   
 
 
January 15, 2015
 
 
Global Reporting Initiative
Global Reporting Initiative - Organizational Stakeholder 2015
 
   
 
 
January 9, 2015
 
 
On September 24, 2014 the European Commission organised a Workshop on Industrial Safety in Brussels. more
 
   
 
 
December 2, 2014
 
 
"Lieferengpässe bei Medikamenten vorbeugen"
"The results of the successful project SafeMed, dealing with security of Drug Supply Chains, with participation of EU-VRi Founding Member ZIRIUS is being discussed in "Deutsches Ärzteblatt". See the Article here."
 
   
 
 
October 1, 2014
 
 
The 3rd Conference on Fire in vehicles will be held in Berlin, Germany, October 1-2, 2014. more
 
   
 
 
August 14, 2014
 
 

In its Final Assessment Report of iNTeg-Risk Project (www.integ-risk.eu) the European Commission flagged the project and the work of the consortium made up of 60 beneficiaries and 29 Third Parties as a "success story".

more
 
   
 
 
April 19, 2014
 
 
The STABALID project has launched a survey aiming at identifying existing regulations in force in EU on Li-ion battery systems. more
 
   
 
 
April 10, 2014
 
 
Ortwin Renn, President of EU-VRi, gave an interview with ZEIT about (incorrect) assessments of hazards. more
 
   
 
 
March 26, 2014
 
 
Info Day organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions. more
 
   
 
 
March 10, 2014
 
 
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will host the 2nd  Innovation Convention in Brussels on March 10 and 11, 2014. more
 
   
 
 
February 28, 2014
 
 
(SURVEY - 2nd round) You are invited to participate to the identification of the needs related to safe lifetime extension and aging management of infrastructures networks and industrial plants - Deadline: February 28, 2014 more
 
   
 
 
December 19, 2013
 
 
The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest for experts for the evaluation of proposals under Horizon 2020. more
 
   
 
 
November 5, 2013
 
 
In November, a HRO event connecting researchers and practitioners of High Reliability Organizations with the aim to exchange ideas and solutions across enterprises and industries will be organized in France. more
 
   
 
 
September 20, 2013
 
 

Following its 2nd General Assembly, NanoMILE is hosting a NanoSafetyCluster meeting on 20/9. This meeting is open for registration.

more
 
   
 
 
June 17, 2013
 
 
The 22nd SRA-Europe annual conference will be held 17-19 June 2013 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. more
 
   
 
 
June 10, 2013
 
 
The OECD Working party on nanotechnology developed a guide for planning outreach and public engagement in nanotechnology. more
 
   
 
 
May 20, 2013
 
 
The course 'ISO 31000 Principles and Management' was held just before the 5th iNTeg-Risk Conference 2013 on May 20, 2013. This course touched on the key elements in the International Standard of ISO 31000:2009; the complex relationship between risk management principles, frameworks and processes and the applications in industry and in general. more
 
   
 
 
April 22, 2013
 
 
The SHB/iNTeg-Risk course 'Decision Aid Approaches for Risk Management' is organized on April 22 - 26, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. The participants benefit from the course by acquiring the basic knowledge about 1) main concepts related to decision making in risk management; 2) key decision making moments of risk management frameworks; and 3) tools available to improve the way managers are dealing with decision making.
more
 
   
 
 
April 17, 2013
 
 
The course 'Business Communication and Management of Intercultural Differences' has taken place on April 17, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. The course stressed the importance of cultural differences and multilingual issues for the success of collaboration with partners from other cultural background, particularly in international projects. The course was organized to promote the results of the PROMISLingua project among SMEs. more
 
   
 
 
April 8, 2013
 
 
Two courses have been held in the first half of April on the topics of Risk Assessment techniques, frequency and consequence assessment, risk index calculations and advanced applications by case studies. The courses were lectured by recognized professors of chemical and safety issues from the CONPRICI group of Italian universities. For detailed description, click on more
 
   
 
 
January 18, 2013
 
 
The event was part of the series of courses belonging to the joint effort of iNTeg-Risk project (represented by EU-VRi and other partners) to set a modern, modular and distributed model of education and certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management, with particular emphasis on the issue of emerging risks. The HSSE course took place in Paris, January 14 - 17, 2013 and was hosted by the iNTeg-Risk partner, INERISmore
 
   
 
 
December 14, 2012
 
 
The SafeChina commencement ceremony and the company promotion event for 'Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies China' took place on Jan. 12, 2013, at BMILP in Beijing. more
 
   
 
 
November 30, 2012
 
 

This call for papers is intended to contribute towards making scientific foundations more explicit to the community of safety scientists.

more
 
   
 
 
November 25, 2012
 
 
Certification tracks and the SafeChina train-the-trainer exams were organized on November 15-24, 2012 in Beijing. more
 
   
 
 
November 15, 2012
 
 
The NANOSAFE project will organize the next edition of the International Conference on Safe production and use of nanomaterials Nanosafe 2012 on November 13-15, 2012, in Grenoble (France). more
 
   
 
 
November 12, 2012
 
 
The Steinbeis University Berlin/SafeChina course Emerging Risks was held on November 10 - 11, 2012 in Beijing. more
 
   
 
 
November 7, 2012
 
 
EU-VRi (www.eu-vri.eu) and iNTeg-Risk Consortium (www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu) prepared this workshop together with Science and Technology Option Assessment Committee of the European Parliament (STOA, http://europarl.europa.eu/stoa). Read more about the results of this workshop by clicking here to access the summary report! more
 
   
 
 
October 25, 2012
 
 
The "EU-U.S. Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts - A Joint Workshop2012" will take place on 25–26 October 2012 in Helsinki. more
 
   
 
 
October 23, 2012
 
 
Prof. Ortwin Renn, President of EU-VRi, has received several important awards, in particular the "Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany" (Bundesverdienstkreuz erster Klasse). more
 
   
 
 
October 12, 2012
 
 
The JRC has just released a reference report on the "Requirements on measurements for the implementation of the European Commission definition of the term 'nanomaterial'". more
 
   
 
 
October 11, 2012
 
 
EEAC and Rli organize the international conference "Keep Moving Towards Sustainable Mobility". This event will take place on October 11th, 2012, in Rotterdam. more
 
   
 
 
September 24, 2012
 
 

The SHB/iNTeg-Risk course I-R02 PETRO: Risk Analysis in Petrochemical Industry was held Sept. 24-28, 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany.

more
 
   
 
 
August 31, 2012
 
 
ENISFER is the European Network of Industrial Systems and Facilities for Exploration of Emerging Risks within the EU-VRi organization and tools. This network is in operation since the beginning of 2012, with large industrial companies and renown research organizations among its elite pool of partners. Hence, you are cordially invited to register yourself as an individual (Risk Expert) and/or your Organization/Company and/or Department/Facility and/or other entities. Click here to register for ENISFER now! more
 
   
 
 
July 30, 2012
 
 

The course on Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment was successfully concluded in Stuttgart, Germany.

more
 
   
 
 
July 17, 2012
 
 
The European project iNTeg-Risk was presented at World Congress on Risk (WCR) in Sydney, Australia organized by Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). more
 
   
 
 
May 24, 2012
 
 
Tecnalia is pleased to announce the Workshop “MANAGING OCCUPATIONAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH NANOMATERIALS” taking place on 24th May 2012 at Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao (Spain). more
 
   
 
 
May 23, 2012
 
 
Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, CEO of EU-VRi and Coordinator of the FP7 iNTeg-Risk Project, presented a paper at the OECD Workshop on Natech Risk Management which was held in Dresden (Germany) from May 23-25, 2012. The workshop draft proceedings can be downloaded from here. more
 
   
 
 
May 7, 2012
 
 

The second instance of the iNTeg-Risk course Introduction to Risk Management took place at the Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology.

more
 
   
 
 
May 1, 2012
 
 
The 2012 edition of the Compendium of the NanoSafety Cluster is now available. more
 
   
 
 
April 25, 2012
 
 
Following a successful meeting held on April 3, 2012 in Geneva, important observations and positive comments were received from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regarding EU-VRi's economic modeling developed within the ALFA-BIRD project. more
 
   
 
 
April 17, 2012
 
 

In order to understand European Standardization and be able to use it, CEN and CENELEC are organizing the StandarDays on April 17-18, 2012, in Brussels.

more
 
   
 
 
April 2, 2012
 
 

Risk Based Inspection - Petro was part of a course series organized through the joint effort of iNTeg-Risk project, University of Stuttgart and STI Advanced Risk Technologies.

more
 
   
 
 
February 23, 2012
 
 
The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) office jointly organised a conference on 'The Science of Innovation', whereby it contributed to the debate on EU innovation policy at a crucial time by presenting a range of thought-provoking insights. more
 
   
 
 
January 16, 2012
 
 
INERIS scientific report devoted attention to the results of iNTeg-Risk project. See more details in INERIS "Rapport Scientifique 2010/2011". more
 
   
 
 
January 14, 2012
 
 
The World Economic Forum's (WEF) "Global Risks Report 2012" which was presented by the Wharton Risk Center, an academic partner of the WEF since 2005, has garnered significant media coverage. Click here to watch the video (WEF). more
 
   
 
 
January 14, 2012
 
 
The Wharton Risk Center, an academic partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2005, is pleased to present the WEF’s Global Risks Report 2012, Seventh Edition. Click here to download this report. more
 
   
 
 
December 30, 2011
 
 
EU-VRi and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies have published a new brochure "Risk - we care®!" containing interesting information, events and projects about the past 10 years of R-Tech and the past 5 years of EU-VRi.
Link for download
more
 
   
 
 
December 19, 2011
 
 
Audit reports for projects:
*NANODEVICE
- Novel Concepts, Methods, and Technologies for the Production of Portable, Easy-to-Use Devices for the Measurement and Analysis of Airborne Engineered Nanoparticles in Workplace Air
*
Alfa-Bird
- Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development
* iNTeg-Risk - Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks)
formally accepted and approved by the European Commission (with less than 0.05 % adjustment needed!). more
 
   
 
 
November 30, 2011
 
 
Following the approved liaison between ISO 31000 and EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk (see news entry), a discussion between the iNTeg-Risk Project Coordinator and the CEO of EU-VRi, A. Jovanovic, and the Moderator of the LinkedIn ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard Group, A. Dali, took place. One of the main results, so far, would be the involvement of the EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk partners into the first global survey of ISO 31000–Risk Management Principle and Guidelines set to kick off on the 17th of October this year. more
 
   
 
 
November 27, 2011
 
 

(excerpt from the e-mail of the project officer)

Dear R-Tech PPP-China-Project-Team,

(...)
The interim report is excellent. It is very well structured, contains all necessary information and nicely sum up all relevant activities / findings or the project up to today.

more
 
   
 
 
October 18, 2011
 
 
What is a nanomaterial? European Commission brings a common definition of a nanomaterial, the definition will be now applied in all EU-VRi/R-tech projects dealing with nanotechnology (iNTeg-Risk, MUST, PARTICOAT, Nanodevice…) more
 
   
 
 
September 23, 2011
 
 
We are proud to inform that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has officially confirmed the liaison between ISO/PC 262 (Project Committee: Risk Management) and EU-VRi. more
 
   
 
 
September 19, 2011
 
 

The last call for proposals for the Cooperation NMP Programme of FP7 has been published on July 20, 2011. It includes the topic “NMP.2012.3.0-2 Total Safety Management for industrial organizations” promoted by ETPIS. To prepare the call, a workshop and brokerage event has been organized on September 19, 2011 in Brussels.

more
 
   
 
 
September 1, 2011
 
 
The CEN workshop "General Framework and Guidelines for Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging New Technology Related Risks (iNTeg-Risk)" (WS 67) has been announced on CEN websites (see CEN website here). more
 
   
 
 
August 9, 2011
 
 
Prof. Ortwin Renn, president of the EU-VRi (European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management), participated to an very important event which took place at the Beijing Normal University in the period August 01 - 12, 2011

2011 Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk,
Disaster, Risk, and Integrated Governance
more
 
   
 
 
July 20, 2011
 
 
EC has launched the current call for proposals under the 2011 and 2012 Cooperation work programme of Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007 to 2013) and amongst them is the Work Programme 2012 - Theme 4: Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP). Download the relevant published paper here. more
 
   
 
 
July 14, 2011
 
 
Extensive coverage in the international press was given to the report of OECD's FGS project which has come to a fruitful conclusion as the organisation presented the project findings on June 27, 2011. Click here to watch the news broadcast (Reuters). more
 
   
 
 
July 14, 2011
 
 
OECD's FGS project came to a fruitful conclusion whereby EU-VRi, together with University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) and Steinbeis R-Tech, contributed notably to the project with their work on one of the selected case studies (Social Unrest). Click to download FGS project report: 1. Executive Summary; or 2. Full report (preliminary version). more
 
   
 
 
June 21, 2011
 
 
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, has announced the new name of the future EU funding programme for research and innovation: "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation", which will enter into force on 1 January 2014, after the end of FP7 on 31 Dec 2013. Click here to read this statement. more
 
   
 
 
June 15, 2011
 
 
The 3rd iNTeg-Risk Conference 2011 took place in Stuttgart, Germany on June 6-10, 2011, in conjunction with the SRA-Europe 2011 Annual Meeting. The presentations are available for download. Further information have been sent to all participants via e-mail. more
 
   
 
 
April 12, 2011
 
 
Steinbeis Engineering Forum took place on April 12, 2011 in Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Ing. Theo Hack (EADS) and Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic (Steinbeis R-Tech) gave a speech with the title:

Produktrisiko - Sicherheit und Nachhaltigkeit von Neuen Technologien
Beispiel: Automobil- und Flugzeugtechnik

Further information can be found on the flyer and the website. more
 
   
 
 
March 21, 2011
 
 
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH and D’Appolonia S.p.A have finished the project Complex ecological examination of Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS) production facilities (EnvironNIS), whereby assessment done in 2010 had covered main environmental issues (air, soil, groundwater and waste water) on 12 selected facilities. The project results were presented at a press conference on March 17, 2011 and according to the words of Minister of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning, Oliver Dulić, EnvironNIS is "one of the best and the most comprehensive studies, ever performed in Serbia". more
 
   
 
 
March 16, 2011
 
 
A press release about the Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects" (Brussels, March 2, 2011) has been published in the last newsletter (March 2011) of the Italian Network on LCA.

The full newsletter can be found here (in Italian). more
 
   
 
 
March 13, 2011
 
 
EU-VRi President, Prof. O. Renn, speaks at German television about the Japanese multiple catastrophe (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accidents). Need to understand the concept of societal/political decision about "the acceptable remaining risk", relationship between alternatives (multiple risks and risk-risk tradeoffs!), inclusion of time into the considerations... Just as the disaster itself, the debate show that the topics dealt/tackled by the EU-VRi and its members (Steinbeis R-Tech, INERIS, Univ. of Stuttgart ZIRN, ... ) , and in particular iNTeg-Risk project (e.g. NaTech – Nature-technology risks) and this year's iNTeg-Risk Conference (Multiple risks, risk-risk-tradeoffs...) timely and important are.

The whole broadcast is to be seen using the link. more
 
   
 
 
March 2, 2011
 
 

The EU NMP Project MUST  (respective responsible partners: IST and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies) is organising, with the support of EU-VRi EEIG, KMM-VIN and EuMaT, a Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects", which will take place in Brussels, March 2, 2011.

For additional information and access to the available material, please click on the following link


more
 
   
 
 
January 28, 2011
 
 
The EU-VRi 7th General Assembly (GA) and related meetings took place on April 7-8, 2011 at Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia, Budapest more
 
   
 
 
January 26, 2011
 
 
The publication of this report marks the conclusion of the first phase of IRGC’s ongoing project on emerging risks. With this report, IRGC aims to raise awareness among professionals about the fact that risks emerge from a common ‘fertile ground’ cultivated by twelve generic factors which are described and illustrated in detail within the report. Click here to download this report. more
 
   
 
 
December 17, 2010
 
 
EU-VRi has received the certificate as an Official Partner of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011, which is co-ordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and its partners in the 27 EU Member States, supports a wide range of activities at the national and European level that promote safe maintenance. It will highlight the importance of maintenance (of plants, equipment, machines and workplaces) to eliminate workplace hazards, and to provide safer and healthier working conditions in workplaces throughout Europe. It is backed by the EU Presidencies of Spain and Belgium in 2010 and of Hungary and Poland in 2011, by the European Parliament and the European Commission, and by the European Social Partners. more
 
   
 
 
October 28, 2010
 
 
Workshop on Biogas - Safety & Regulations, on November 24th, 2010 in Paris more
 
   
 
 
October 13, 2010
 
 
The ESIG Award Winner Event was held in Nuremberg on 13 October, 2010. Prof. Jovanovic was invited as one of ETPIS´ senior representatives to give a keynote speech on this occasion. more
 
   
 
 
June 30, 2010
 
 
The EU-VRi Annual Report 2009 is now available more
 
   
 
 
June 30, 2010
 
 
EU-VRi has become a partner of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011 on Safe Maintenance, which is organised by EU-OSHA. more
 
   
 
 
June 28, 2010
 
 
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies and EU-VRi are looking for skilled and motivated professionals for EU and industrial projects in the area of Risk Engineering and Management. more
 
   
 
 
June 24, 2010
 
 
The INERIS which is one of the founding members of EU-VRi has published in its annual report of 2009 a presentation of EU-VRi with an interview of the Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, its CEO. more
 
   
 
 
June 24, 2010
 
 
Swiss Re has recently published its Corporate Responsibility Report of 2009, in which we can find information related to the partnership between Swiss Re and iNTeg-Risk. more
 
   
 
 
March 26, 2010
 
 
The EU-VRi 6th General Assembly took place on March 26, 2010 at INERIS, Verneuil-en-Halatte, France more
 
   
 
 
January 13, 2010
 
 
Global Risks 2010 - A Global Risk Network Report has been released more
 
   
 
 
November 27, 2009
 
 
The ZDH-ZERT audit on November 2, 2009 has proved that the Quality System of R-Tech / EU-VRi meets all requirements of the standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 – Quality management systems.
more
 
   
 
 
October 19, 2009
 
 
During the RACR-2009 on October 2009 at Peking University (China) the Associated Membership of Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection (BMILP) in EU-VRi was discussed. more
 
   
 
 
May 28, 2009
 
 
The EU-VRi Annual Report 2008 is now available more
 
   
 
 
May 8, 2009
 
 
On May 8, 2009 Bernard de Montferrand, French Ambassador in Germany, and Christian Dumon, French General Consul in Stuttgart, visited Steinbeis and EU-VRi. more
 
   
 
 
November 25, 2008
 
 
Start date of the project is fixed and agreed among partners and EU more
 
   
 
 
October 3, 2008
 
 
R-Tech was active at the joint ESREL 2008 and 17th SRA-Europe Conference, held on Sept. 22-25 in Valencia, Spain.
more
 
   
 
 
October 2, 2008
 
 
Steinbeis collaborates with DIN on standardization of "new technologies" more
 
   
 
The 5th SAF€RA Symposium
 
 
May 18, 2017
The 5th SAF€RA Symposium in Bilbao, on May 18-19, 2017.

         

 

The 5th SAF€RA Symposium will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on May 18-19, 2017. It is to present and discuss results from the first two SAF€RA joint calls, give an insight to research needs in industrial safety, and provide details of the 3rd SAF€RA joint call.

The draft programme is available here and the key information can be found hereunder:

  • Registration

Registration in the SAF€RA Final Conference has to be made before April 21, 2017:

http://safera-symposium.evenium.net

The registration is free of charge. Only the dinner on May 18 and the lunch on May 19 will be at your own cost.

  • Call for abstract

Presentations dedicated to scientific topics and with wish to open new collaborations are encouraged.

If you intend to make a presentation, please submit your abstract at the following link https://goo.gl/forms/nTbpYTxMdo4ACGGm1

Deadline to submit an abstract: April 7, 2017.

  • Proposed accommodation

HOTEL MIRÓ * * * *  -  160 m from IBERDROLA Tower

http://www.mirohotelbilbao.com/

HOTEL NH VILLA DE BILBAO * * * *  - 700 m to the IBERDROLA Tower

https://www.nh-collection.com/es/hotel/nh-collection-villa-de-bilbao

HOTEL NH DEUSTO * * * - 650 m from IBERDROLA  Tower (8 min)

https://www.nh-hoteles.es/hotel/nh-bilbao-deusto

HOTEL Ercilla **** , 15 min walking to the Iberdrola Tower

http://www.hotelercilla.com/

  • Contact

Ms. Maria Nieves de la Peña
Osalan - Instituto Vasco de Seguridad e Higiene Laborales
Camino de la Dinamita, s/n
48903 Barakaldo (Spain)
T: +34944032145 / E:
osalantpr16ba@euskadi.eus

  • Programme Committee

Olivier Salvi, EU-VRi, Germany, Symposium Chair

Maria Nieves de la Peña, OSALAN, Spain, Symposium Co-Chair

Carita Aschan, FIOH, Finland

Eric Marsden, FonCSI; France

Kai Holtappels, BAM, Germany

  • About SAF€RA:

SAF€RA originated as an ERA-NET project entitled 'Coordination of European Research on Industrial Safety towards Smart and Sustainable Growth' that was funded for three years by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme (Grant agreement no: 291812). Under the ERA-NET scheme it identified areas of joint interest and expected synergies of collaborative research, and stimulated transnational research on industrial safety.

SAF€RA brings dynamism into European research on industrial safety where it cannot be tackled at the national level. SAF€RA will continue in context of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety, ETPIS, which initiated the original SAF€RA project.

 

Former Chairman: Jürgen Lexow, juergen.lexow@bam.de

Vice-Chairman: Olivier Salvi, salvi@eu-vri.eu

 

SAF€RA homepage: http://www.safera.industrialsafety-tp.org/

Call Homepage: http://call.safera.eu/

ERA-NET scheme: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/coordination/about-era_en.html

European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS): http://www.industrialsafety-tp.org/

 
 
   
 
 
NMSA Conference in Malaga - Call for abstracts
 
 
February 7, 2017
Jointly organized by five major FP7 projects NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, SUN, NanoMILE and eNanoMapper, the NMSA conference will take place in Malaga on February 7-9, 2017.

New tools and approaches for nanomaterial safety assessment (NMSA conference)

Jointly organized by five major FP7 projects NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, SUN, NanoMILE and eNanoMapper, the NMSA conference will take place in Malaga on February 7-9, 2017. The conference aims at presenting the main results achieved in the course of the projects fostering a discussion about their impact in the nanosafety field and possibilities for future research programmes.

Target audience

The conference welcomes consortium partners from the organizing projects, as well as representatives from other EU projects, industry and government, civil society and media.

Conference highlights

  • 10 Scientific Sessions
  • 5 Keynote presentations
  • Stakeholders workshop
  • Over 300 attendees

Conference topics

  • Hazard assessment along the life cycle of nano-enabled products
  • Exposure assessment along the life cycle of nano-enabled products
  • Risk assessment & management
  • Systems biology approaches in nanosafety
  • Categorization & grouping of nanomaterials
  • Nanosafety infrastructure
  • Safe by design

Stakeholders workshop

The conference will be wrapped up with a stakeholder workshop which will provide a platform for an open discussion with interested stakeholders that could ultimately guide the research needs that should be addressed in future projects.

Call for abstracts

The Call for Abstract is open until the September 30, 2016.

 

Conference website: www.nmsaconference.eu

 

 

                     

 

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ELSEVIER - Special Issue: societal safety, critical infrastructure reliability and related intersectoral governance
 
 
February 1, 2017

Submissions of full papers are due via Safety Science’s submission portal on February 1, 2017.


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Special Issue: societal safety, critical infrastructure reliability and related intersectoral governance

Societal safety refers to the consolidation of society’s robust “normal” functioning and includes the prevention and absence of major disruptions within and across key sectors. When failures occur, societal safety incorporates the ability to respond to and cope with external or internal stresses, such as natural hazards, terrorism and major industrial accidents. Critical infrastructures are the lifelines of modern societies and their reliability is essential for societal safety. Sectors, organizations and populations are organized around the expectation that infrastructures function, typically with near 100 per cent reliability. Their success—their usefulness and high reliability —produces societal vulnerability and challenges in terms of governance, as dependence on them is engrained in the fabric of society.  Joint and coordinated efforts from different disciplines are required to maintain societal safety in general and critical infrastructure reliability in particular as both the vulnerabilities and the resources for resilience straddle organizational, sectoral, jurisdictional and national boundaries.

This Special Issue invites studies that advance our understanding of societal safety and our capability for preventive and responsive action. We seek to elaborate societal safety around two particular foci: as societal issues (matters concerning policy and regulation) and as operational issues (the operation and emergency management in infrastructure sectors along with their other key functions) and, importantly, how the two foci are intertwined. At least two important trends challenge both:

1) Neoliberal forms of governance have led to more fragmented organizations while sectors of society have become more tightly coupled.

2) Digitalization has introduced new, often intractable, interdependencies and couplings, increasing complexity and the potential for domino- or cascade effects. It opens up new vulnerabilities related to intentional and accidental events but also new means for risk monitoring and coordination in emergencies.

While the dependency on highly reliable critical infrastructures and digital technologies may invite models of societal safety based on strict rules and regulation, the last decades of safety and reliability theory has increasingly been concerned with how system variability is handled in dynamic ways and how situational adaptations and adjustments can be resources for resilience. Our Special Issue specifically encourages reflection on the boundaries of this adaptability, the managing of adaptability, and its regulation.

The special issue invites papers discussing societal safety as operational and societal issues. We are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in papers discussing the inter-organizational/inter-sectoral management of societal safety, case studies of critical infrastructures and organizations/agencies responsible for societal safety, resilience based perspectives on societal safety, perspectives on the management on the societal interconnectedness of risk and on the relationship between safety and security. We are also interested in theoretical and empirical contributions addressing the implications of digitalization and neoliberal governance (New Public Management, managerialism, public-private partnerships etc) for these topics. 

Submission Method

The length of submitted papers will be between 7,000 and 10,000 words. Submitted papers must be unpublished and not currently under review by other journals. Papers using previously published conference papers should not exceed 20% similarity.

All Full length papers should be submitted via the Safety Science submission system. While submitting a paper to the special issue, please choose the article type “Societal Safety” otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript. All submissions will go through the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit and relevance to the theme of the Special Issue. For author guidelines, please visit the website of the journal at http://www.journals.elsevier.com/safety-science

Deadlines:

Submissions of full papers are due via Safety Science’s submission portal on February 1, 2017. Papers must be in accordance with the ordinary format requirements of Safety Science.

We also invite interested authors to submit abstracts or extended abstracts (by email, max 1000 words) to the editors by October 15, 2016. This is not mandatory for full paper submission.

Managing guest editor:

Dr. Emery Roe, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California, Berkeley, US, emery.roe@berkeley.edu

Guest editors:

Dr. Petter G. Almklov, NTNU Social Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, pettera@svt.ntnu.no

Kristine V. Størkersen, NTNU Social Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, kristine.vedal.storkersen@apertura.ntnu.no

Dr. Stian Antonsen, Department of Safety Research, SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway, Stian.Antonsen@sintef.no

 
   
 
 
The European Project EDEN: when numbers count
 
 
November 24, 2016
The European Project EDEN has recently published a press release "When numbers count".
 

The European Project EDEN:

when numbers count

Fifteen demonstrations, 109 tools evaluated, more than 200 End-Users involved and 90 gaps addressed: these are the headline numbers presented by the Coordinator of the European Project EDEN, Clive Goodchild (BAE Systems), during the final conference held in Brussels on 11 and 12 October 2016.

These figures represent extensive work by 36 partners from 15 European countries who for more than three years developed innovative tools and procedures for preventing and responding to CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) threats and incidents with a focus on integration of capabilities, technologies and systems.

As part of the consortium development activities over 50 existing tools were developed and matured, including new methods for determining system resilience, hazard and population response modelling, remote sampling and detection, multi-level situational awareness systems and a European first (Nuclear Reactor core integrity sensing) and 10 new innovations were invented and developed during the Project, with 2 of them being taken to full commercial availability.  A new concept for allowing existing systems to be integrated with new innovations was demonstrated and implemented in all demonstrations.

The fifteen demonstrations were grouped into three scenario themes: firstly, emergencies arising from biological and chemical contamination in the food supply chain, secondly responses to chemical attacks and thirdly radiological and nuclear security. The demonstrations ranged from Large Scale Actions, with the active involvement in the field of hundreds of First Responders to Table Top Exercises carried out in simulated environments. The added value of the EDEN project was the deployment during the demonstrations of 109 tools and their evaluation by End-Users who assessed whether the tools were effective in addressing the gaps identified at the beginning of the project during a series of workshops and provided feedback on improvements that could be made to meet there operational needs. Great importance was set upon the constructive involvement of SMEs during the demonstrations who nowadays play an energetic and constructive role in R&D for the security sector and whose contribution to EDEN was coordinated by the SME Platform working closely with the Supplier Platform.

Two key elements of the EDEN Final Conference was the presentation of the final version of the EDEN STORE and the CBRNE FAIR 2016 held simultaneously with the Conference.

EDEN STORE is web accessible application providing stakeholders in the CBRNE sector a set of functions which include a catalogue of more than 270 tools with different capabilities and functionalities, a simulation and real time crisis management environment, a secure forum to allow practitioners to share information and expertise and a central repository to share training kits/modules and operating procedures. This achievement puts Europe ahead in the field of research and development in the CBRNE sectors of prevention and response. It is accessible through the link https://eden.astrium-eu-projects.eu after authentication.

The CBRNE FAIR 2016 was a two day exhibition held in Brussels where the Project EDEN partners and members of the SME and Supplier Platforms exhibited solutions developed during the project. Stakeholders and End Users had the opportunity to learn about the project and its results. The Fair was an important opportunity for the cross-fertilisation of research ideas including product development and an opportunity to boost collaboration between organisations thereby enhancing European liaison to tackle the CBRNE threats.

The legacy of Project EDEN is conspicuous and valuable providing a tangible impact for improving the security of European citizens and infrastructure.

Updates and reports on the EDEN project are available at the web address https://eden-security-fp7.eu/.

 
   
 
 
European SME week “Helping Europe’s entrepreneurs reach new heights” - How do SMEs benefit from standards?
 
 
November 16, 2016

CEN and CENELEC together with SBS (Small Business Standards) would like to showcase how standards can help SMEs to reach new heights.


 European SME week
“Helping Europe’s entrepreneurs reach new heights”
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How do SMEs benefit from standards?

 

Within a fortnight we will be celebrating the European SME week! A great opportunity to promote how standards help SMEs to do better business. This year’s theme is “Helping Europe’s entrepreneurs reach new heights”. CEN and CENELEC together with SBS (Small Business Standards) would like to showcase how standards can help SMEs to reach new heights.

Are you an SME, take this opportunity to promote your business! Send a quote (max. 100 words) and share why you use standards and/or why you are involved in standardization. Maybe you contributed to the development of a particular standard? Tell all about it! Your activities will be promoted through social media and on website to kick-start the SME week on 21 November.

Need inspiration for a quote? Maybe these tips will help:

1: There are many benefits that SMEs can gain from using standards. Knowing which standards to use, and how to apply them in the correct way, is vital for the success of your business.
Why do you use standards?  (e.g. to ensure quality/safety of products/services, compatibility between product/components, market access, meet legislation, ...)
Which standards are relevant to your company?

2: It is also important to understand how standards are made, and how SMEs can contribute to the standardization process.
Why did you get involved in European standardization?
What did you get out of this involvement? ?  (e.g.  networking, advance knowledge of new technologies and innovation, ...)

3: SMEs face specific challenges (problems, obstacles…) to participate in standardization (e.g. they often don’t have the time or resources to get as involved as they would wish)
What challenges if any did you meet?
How do you think the standards organizations (or anyone else) can help?

4: And, don’t forget to present yourself and your company (name, company name and main activity, number of employees). If you could add a picture, that would be nice too  

CEN, CENELEC and SBS are looking forward to receiving your quotes by November 16 at SME-NEWS@LISTSERV.CENCENELEC.EU.

Unless explicitly mentioned, CEN/CENELEC and SBS understand that they have agreement to publish and share the quotes/pictures received.

 

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CBRNE innovation fair 2016 & EDEN final conference
 
 
October 11, 2016

The CBRNE INNOVATION FAIR 2016 and the EDEN final conference will take place 11-12 October 2016 in Brussels.


 

 

The CBRNE INNOVATION FAIR 2016 will take place 11-12 October 2016 in Brussels and will bring together decision-makers, from government, operational units, industry, science and research in CBRNE and crisis management.

The industry’s top performing companies and organisations will present their products and innovations. Among the products presented a special focus will be on EDEN Store, tools developed by the EDEN project and constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to disaster risk management and crisis management.

The EDEN Consortium invites decision makers, operators and donors of CBRNE technologies to join its Final Conference on 11 October 2016 organised jointly with the CBRNE INNOVATION FAIR 2016 in Brussels.

During the event, EDEN partners will present their results and achievements obtained in the last years of work in terms of technology, procedures and methods for the management of CBRN accidents. The EDEN Store will be presented and the movies from the validation exercises displayed.

EDEN Final Conference | Tuesday 11 October 2016, 11:00–16:30

  • Project Results
  • EDEN Store
  • EDEN Demonstrations Results (food, chemical, radiological)
  • EDEN Trainings
  • End-users Assessment of EDEN Solutions
  • The Future

 

 

www.eden-security-fp7.eu

Registration at www.cbrne-fair2016.eu
Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required (number of visitors is limited).

EU-VRi (Operating Agent of ETPIS) is coordinating the project’s Supplier Platform that is reaching out for innovative solutions throughout the CBRNe security cycle. In addition, the institute is in charge of standardization aspects, acting as organization in liaison with CEN TC 391 on Societal and Citizen Security on behalf of the consortium
 
   
 
 
Resilience and Technological Risk: comparative experiences 40 years after the disaster in Seveso
 
 
June 29, 2016
The conference Resilience and Technological Risk: comparative experiences 40 years after the disaster in Seveso will take place June 29th, 2016 at Committee of the Regions in Bruxelles.

 

 

In the occasion of the "40 years anniversary of the disaster of Seveso*", The European Commission would like to invite you to the conference Resilience and Technological Risk: comparative experiences after the 40 years of disaster of Seveso to analyse in-depth the effectiveness of the adoption of the European Directives and by local governments and debate how “resilience actions” have been lasting uninterrupted for forty years. 

Experts of the European Commission and EU regional authorities will discuss how risk management and prevention have been improved thanks to the synergy between Institutional and socio-economics regional and local structures as well as the new perspectives: ranging from environmental restoration, scientific research and safety regulations. 

Confirmation to the participation is required by June 20th, 2016 to silvia.dognini@flanet.org (specifing surname, first name, date of birth, type and number of document, organization). 

*The accident of Seveso (July 1976) marked the start of a series of “resilience actions” which has been lasting uninterrupted for forty years thanks to an active participation of the civil society. 

 

Informations:

40°  Anniversary after Seveso: 
Resilience and Technological Risk: comparative experiences 40 years after the disaster in Seveso 
29/06 at Committee of the Regions 
Bâtiment Jacques Delors, Rue Belliard 99-101 - Bruxelles 
Room JDE53 (5th floor of the JDE building) 

 
   
 
 
OPEN CALL FOR TECHNICAL EXPERTS : CBRN substances in Healthcare facilities
 
 
March 18, 2016
CEN (European Committee for Standardization) is currently looking for experts to carry out the work under the Specific Grant Agreement SA/CEN/GROW/EFTA/000/2015-09 "Guidance for the security of CBRNE substances for healthcare facilities along their lifecycle".
 

OPEN CALL FOR TECHNICAL EXPERTS:
CBRN substances in Healthcare facilities

 

CEN (European Committee for Standardization) is currently looking for experts to carry out the work under the Specific Grant Agreement SA/CEN/GROW/EFTA/000/2015-09 "Guidance for the security of CBRNE substances for healthcare facilities along their lifecycle".

  • Project title: Guidance for the security of CBRNE substances for healthcare facilities along their lifecycle
  •  Looking for:
    •  Expert for the handling of CBRNE substances in healthcare facilities
    •  Expert in the legislation and administration of healthcare facilities
    •  Expert in the legislation and control of nuclear safety
  • New Deadline for applications: 18 March by midday (CET)

Further details are available at CEN website and UNMZ website. Interested experts are kindly requested to send the completed form in Annex 2 (Application Form) by 18th of March 2016 12:00 CET, to Mr. Stefan Krebs (krebs@unmz.cz ) by e-mail. Please duly fill in the Application Form when applying for one of the eligible positions.

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.


The selected experts are expected to start work late April and work together with the CEN/TC 391’Societal and Citizen Security’ to prepare a technical specification under the guidance of the CEN/TC 391 convenor.



 
 
   
 
 
R-Tech to help mapping and calibrating nanorisks in the EU!
 
 
December 18, 2015

In the new Horizon 2000 project caLIBRATe of Steinbeis R-Tech will play a key role in the development of the next generation EU tools for risk governance of nanomaterials. The main objective of caLIBRAte is to funnel the state-of-the-art in Nano safety research and merge it with state-of-the-art risk governance and communication. It will provide versatile risk governance tools and the framework for assessment and management of human and environmental risks of micronano and micronano-enabled products.


R-Tech is going to take a leading role in the project by developing the Nano-Risk for the identification and monitoring of nanotechnology emerging risks. In addition, R-Tech will consolidate the caLIBRAte Nano-Risk Governance framework by developing the System of Systems (SoS) platforms. The framework models will be linked to the 10 steps of the ERMF framework developed within the iNTeg-Risk project and support the Cooper-style stage gate innovation model as a special interface for different stakeholders.

 

The web-based “system-of-systems” will link different models and methods for: 1) screening of apparent and perceived risks and trends in nanotechnology, 2) control banding, qualitative and fully integrated predictive quantitative risk assessment operational at different information levels, 3) safety-by-design and multi-criteria decision support methods, 4) risk surveillance, - management and -guidance documents. Control banding tools and quantitative models will be subject to sensitivity analysis and performance testing followed by a revision as needed. After revision the models will again be analyzed by sensitivity testing, calibration, performance tested to establish the uncertainties. After calibration, the models will be part of the framework, which will be demonstrated by case studies. Stakeholders will be involved for defining the user requirements of the framework and will receive training in the framework at the end. The caLIBRAte project answers to the call of NMP30-2015: Next generation tools for risk governance of Micronanotechnologies. The project is specifically designed to address the key challenges defined in the scope of the call text. There is particular focus on model revision, calibration and demonstration of existing models and methods that support the risk governance framework in regards to safe innovation and already implemented nanomaterials. Next generation computational exposure assessment and -toxicology is anticipated in the framework.

 
   
 
 
Lethabo Power Station "RBI- certified"
 
 
October 28, 2015

The Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies RBI system implemented in Eskom, Lethabo Power Station, in South Africa, was successfully certified by TÜV Rheinland South Africa. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Thanks to the Lethabo Assessment team, especially Hari, for the dedication and commitment in assisting Lethabo throughout the RBI Certification process.

The risk assessment schedule was extremely tight to redo all the assessments, however with the commitment and dedication of the team we succeeded.

Thanks again for your support!

                                                  Anisha Ulassi
Lead Risk Engineer
Lethabo Power Station"

 
   
 
 
ISO 9001 Recertification Audit
 
 
October 11, 2015

In connection that we obtained ISO 9001 certification, the re-certification audit on October 8-9, 2015, showed again that The Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technology Group duly improves the Quality Management System.


 

Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technology Group is one of over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries where this standard was implemented.

Due to owning this certification, our company stepped to next level of activity with maintaining the highest quality of services which are provided.

               
 
   
 
 
6th International Symposium on Industrial Engineering
 
 
September 25, 2015

Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group was co-organizer of the 6th International Symposium on Industrial Engineering which took place on September 24-25, 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.


The regular event was hosted by the Mechanical Faculty of the University of Belgrade and co-organized by the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group.

The presentation and discussions during and between the different sessions at the SIE 2015 contributed to a better understanding of the important role of Industrial Engineering for an economic and environmental sustainable future of Serbia and other countries. The symposium provided insights into the scientific work and achievements of international researchers as well as interesting trends with respect to the challenges practitioners of the future will have to face.

From the side of Steinbeis Risk Technologies Group, Michael Löscher was invited to give a welcome speech for the opening of the event as well as a keynote on “Safe and Sustainable Innovation in Germany – The Steinbeis Approach”.

 
   
 
   
 
 
5th China Europe Risk Forum
 
 
September 18, 2015

On Sept. 16-19, 2015, Beijing Academy of Sciences, European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group have organized the 5th China Europe Risk Forum. The Forum was devoted to: "Emerging risks and resilience of critical systems and infrastructures". 


 

The Forum brought together the specialists in risk fields from different areas and countries from all over the World. The topics were presented by experts, not only from Europe or China, but also by representatives from United States, Singapore and Japan. Thanks to this, it was a very good opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge, how to deal with hazards which threaten the critical systems and infrastructures. 

 

 

 

 
   
 
 
HORIZON 2020 - Draft work programmes 2016-17
 
 
September 10, 2015
The draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017 have been published.

HORIZON 2020 - Draft work programmes 2016-17

The draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017 have been published.

These documents are being made public just before the adoption process of the work programme to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of the work programme 2016-2017. They are not yet endorsed by the Commission and they do not in any way prejudge the final decision of the Commission.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/draft-work-programmes-2016-17

 
   
 
 
Risks of Industry 4.0
 
 
July 24, 2015

Prof. Jovanovic explains the Steinbeis vision and approach in his keynote at The World Congress of Risk in Singapore (July 19-23, 2015)



"The overall theme of the 2015 World Congress was Risk Analysis for Sustainable Innovation, highlighting sessions that identified ways that risk analysis can assist private and public policy makers facing complex and uncertain challenges while maintaining innovation and development. Special emphasis was placed on the role of risk analysis as a tool for policy making and tradeoffs in situation of limited resources and extreme challenges that are characteristic of developing countries."*

Among speakers, who represented topics from fields of health, environment, agriculture, engineering, economics, decision-making, psychology, social & political sciences, communication, law & policy, Prof. Jovanovic "(…) explaining his concept of "Industrial Revolution 4.0". He particularly highlighted the difficulties laypeople have in grasping fundamental understandings of where technology is heading today, stating that with the advent of automation, "humans could go the way of the horse", and that the practice of human skills may be lost”**.

The congress is finished, but all new ideas which have arisen during that time will be expanded in the future.


Photos

Read more about The World Congress on Risk 2015


*  http://www.sra.org/worldcongress2015
**  http://www.sra.org/news/sra-world-congress-risk-2015

 
   
 
 
European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium
 
 
July 2, 2015
The 2015 edition of the nanosafety cluster compendium is now available

 European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium

As FP7 ends and Horizon2020 begins in earnest, the focus on nanosafety and responsible innovation continues, with significant investment throughout FP7 and beyond. About fifty nanosafety projects were funded under FP7, many of which are completed, but about 15 will continue well into 2017 producing important data and knowledge regarding the safe design of nanomaterials.  The first H2020 projects are just about to start (September 2015) and three are also presented in the 2015 Edition of the NSC Compendium.  The focus is shifting towards supporting industry, commercialisation and regulation, and addressing the major gaps that still exist, primarily in terms of prediction of impacts and read-across from existing materials to emerging ones.

Please click on the link below to view the latest version (June 2015) of the European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium, which contains information on all running or recently completed projects funded under the Seventh Framework Programme FP7, information on the 1st H2020 nanosafety projects and updates from the NSC Working Groups whose aim is to support collaboration and knowledge-sharing across the nanosafety projects. Information on older projects can be found in the previous editions.

 
 
   
 
 
EU-VRi & ETPIS events (GA, Brokerage event and Cross-ETP event)
 
 
April 20, 2015
This year annual meeting of ETPIS will be organized together with the General Assembly of EU-VRi and is accompanied by a Brokerage Event and a Cross-ETP Event.

EU-VRi & ETPIS events

This year annual meeting of ETPIS will be organized together with the General Assembly of EU-VRi and is accompanied by a Brokerage Event and a Cross-ETP Event.

All events EU-VRi and ETPIS are organizing on April 20-21, 2015 will take place at the European Commission premises Covent Garden in Brussels, Belgium.

  1. EU-VRi 11th General Assembly of All Members including ETPIS Members
    April 20, 2015, 12:00 - 14:00
    Agenda (for members only)
  2. Brokerage Event for H2020 calls in 2015
    April 20, 2015, 14:30 - 18:00
    Agenda (for members only)
  3. ETPIS Cross-ETP Event: Common challenges to safety, security and risk management
    April 21, 2015, 09:00 - 16:00
    Agenda

Condition of participation:
The participants have to be registered as EU-VRi member or ETPIS member.
If not yet done, send the registration form duly filled and signed to the ETPIS secretariat.
As soon as we have received your form, we will send you the official invitation.

 
   
 
 
SUN-SNO-GUIDENANO Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference 2015
 
 
March 9, 2015

A forum for researchers, industry, and regulators on research findings on the interface between nanotechnology and sustainability.


 SUN-SNO-GUIDENANO
Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference 2015

The SUN-SNO-GUIDENANO Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference 2015 is a forum for nanotechnology researchers, industry, and regulators to present and discuss research findings on the interface between nanotechnology and sustainability.

Our view of sustainability includes not only its environmental dimensions, but also the societal and economic ones. The conference program will address the critical aspects of sustainable nanotechnology such as life cycle thinking; environmental release and fate of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) ; environmental, occupational and consumer exposure to ENMs; environmental and human health impacts of ENMs; safe production, handling and disposal of ENMs; regulatory and industrial decision support for sustainable nanotechnology; nanotechnology applications for sustainability; societal implications of nanotechnology; curriculum and training for sustainable nanotechnology.

The conference will be held from 9-11 March 2015 in Venice, Italy. It is being jointly organized by the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO), a USA based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing sustainable nanotechnology, and two large EU FP7 nanosafety projects SUN and GUIDENANO. Perspectives on the implications and applications of nanotechnology will be provided by leading experts in EU and USA. We also hope to foster new multi-sector collaborations in nanotechnology.

Deadlines
Abstracts for Oral or Poster: December 10, 2014
Student Award: December 10, 2014
Conference Registration: January 12, 2015
Hotel Registration: January 9, 2015
Late Conference Registration: January 13, 2015

More information at:  http://www.susnano.org/conferenceOverview2015SNO-SUN-GN.html

 
   
 
 
3rd Joint Transnational Call 2014 of the ERA-NET SIINN
 
 
January 16, 2015
The Third Joint Transnational Call 2014 of the ERA-NET SIINN has been opened on the 1st of October 2014.
  3rd Joint Transnational Call 2014
of the ERA-NET SIINN

The Third Joint Transnational Call 2014 of the ERA-NET SIINN has been opened on the 1st of October 2014.

10 funding agencies from 8 countries including the United States of America participate in this joint call.
Funding will be offered to innovative projects focusing on:

  • Exposure Assessment
  • Toxicity Mechanisms
  • Effects of manufactured nanomaterials on human health
  • Environmental impacts of manufactured nanomaterials

The deadline for the online submission of electronic proposals is the January 16, 2015, 12.00 am CET (07.00 Washington D.C. time).

The electronic online submission system will be put into operation mid of October 2014 and will be available at: https://www.siinn-submission.eu/

Details about the call volume and the participating countries and regions are available on the SIINN Call 2014 website: 
http://www.siinn.eu/en/joint-calls/2014-third-siinn-call/,161

All call documents are published there.

It is strongly recommend that all applicants contact their regional/national funding agency for regional/national programme details. Details of the participating funding organizations and their national/regional regulations can be found in Appendix A and B of the Guidelines for Applicants: 
http://www.siinn.eu/bin/Annex_III_-_SIINN_3rd_Call_-_GfA_final_30.09.2014.pdf

Applicants are kindly invited to take this opportunity for realizing transnational projects in nanosafety and nanorisk research.

The FP7 NMPTeAm2 project offers a partner search tool for the SIINN Call 2014 at: 
http://www.nmpteam.com/

The ERA-NET SIINN is a European network of public funding organizations and funding programmes on nanosafety and nanorisk research, for the benefit of European industry and society. This EU funded project has been established to support and increase the coordination of national and regional funding and research to develop a strong European RTD community taking into account the global dimension of the addressed field.The ERA-NET SIINN network consists of 14 European countries and 19 funding organizations, of which 16 are national and 3 are regional. Between August 2011 and July 2015, the ERA-NET SIINN consortium aims to support the European and international research on potential impacts and risks of manufactured nanomaterials. Three US funding agencies participate in the third joint SIINN call.

For more information about ERA-NET SIINN and the third joint call, please visit http://www.siinn.eu/

 
   
 
 
Global Reporting Initiative
 
 
January 15, 2015
Global Reporting Initiative - Organizational Stakeholder 2015
 
   
 
 
Conclusions of the EC Workshop on Industrial Safety
 
 
January 9, 2015
On September 24, 2014 the European Commission organised a Workshop on Industrial Safety in Brussels.

Official communications on the Conclusions
of the EC Workshop on Industrial Safety

On September 24, 2014 the European Commission organised a Workshop on Industrial Safety in Brussels.

The aim was to discuss with the different industrial stakeholders the interest of taking safety into account as a cross-cutting issue in the different PPP topics, similarly to what is done with sustainability. Secondly to sensitise the audience about the safety issues which are an everyday concern to the safety research community, but less familiar to the stakeholders in charge of industrial R&D in their respective sectors.

Finally, bringing together different sectors also allowed addressing the question of sharing the best practices that have emerged (for instance in process industries). During this workshop, a number of presentations were made, some of which are available here. A report of the workshop (PDF version, 560KB) was written by an independent expert.

Other documents: Programme and presentations

 
   
 
 
"Lieferengpässe bei Medikamenten vorbeugen"
 
 
December 2, 2014
"The results of the successful project SafeMed, dealing with security of Drug Supply Chains, with participation of EU-VRi Founding Member ZIRIUS is being discussed in "Deutsches Ärzteblatt". See the Article here."
 
   
 
 
3rd International Conference on Fires in Vehicles (FIVE)
 
 
October 1, 2014
The 3rd Conference on Fire in vehicles will be held in Berlin, Germany, October 1-2, 2014.

3rd International Conference on Fires in Vehicles (FIVE)

The 3rd Conference on Fire in vehicles will be held in Berlin, Germany, October 1-2, 2014.

This event will bring together expertise in the field of Fires in Vehicles for 2 days of presentations and exhibits. The previous conferences in Gothenburg and Chicago were both a success with more than 160 delegates from countries all over the world.
Each day is opened by invited Keynote Speakers, leaders in their field, providing an overview of their topic of expertise as an introduction to the themes of the day.

FIVE 2014 has the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Serge Métral,
    SNCF Centre d'Ingénierie du Matériel, France
  • Steve Hodges,
    Alion Science and Technology, USA (Chairman - SAE Safety Committee)
  • Michael Försth,
    SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

You are welcome to submit a manuscript for presentation. Manuscripts will be reviewed on the basis of an extended abstract of not more than two pages.

Manuscript abstracts should be submitted to the Secretariat by email (five@sp.se) by December 1st, 2013.
For more information please see Call for Papers at the Conference website where you can find Author instructions.

Event website: http://www.firesinvehicles.com/en/conference/five2014/Sidor/default.aspx
 
   
 
 
Final Assessment Report flags iNTeg-Risk as Success Story
 
 
August 14, 2014

In its Final Assessment Report of iNTeg-Risk Project (www.integ-risk.eu) the European Commission flagged the project and the work of the consortium made up of 60 beneficiaries and 29 Third Parties as a "success story".


  

In its Final Assessment Report of iNTeg-Risk (www.integ-risk.eu) the European Commission flagged the project and the work of the consortium made up of 60 beneficiaries and 29 Third Parties as a "success story" (the Report is available for Project Partners at http://www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu/home.aspx?lan=230&tab=533&itm=534&pag=594).

The EC explicitly highlights EU-VRi's project management ("outstandingly effective and efficient") for this complex large collaborative project which has received more than 12.5 Million EUR funding from 2008 to 2013.

The follow-up initiatives, such as the European Emerging Risk Radar (E2R2) or the European Common House Safety are underway and we are looking forward to build up on the results that have been achieved in iNTeg-Risk.

 
   
 
 
Survey to identify existing regulations in force in EU on Li-ion battery systems
 
 
April 19, 2014
The STABALID project has launched a survey aiming at identifying existing regulations in force in EU on Li-ion battery systems.

 
 Survey to identify existing regulations in force in EU
on Li-ion battery systems

Period of consultation: From 02.04.2014 to 19.04.2014

Objective of the consultation:
In relation with the initiative developed by the EU FP7 project STABALID, you are invited to take part in this survey to provide information to identify existing regulations in force in EU on Li-ion battery systems.

Further information at the following link: http://stabalid.eu-vri.eu/Survey_Run.aspx?ID=563
 
   
 
 
"Das Fürchten lernen"
 
 
April 10, 2014
Ortwin Renn, President of EU-VRi, gave an interview with ZEIT about (incorrect) assessments of hazards.


  

EU-VRi President, Prof. Ortwin Renn, talked with the German national weekly newspaper ZEIT about the reasons why people assess the different hazards incorrectly.

The whole interview in German is to be seen using the link.


 
   
 
 
Joining forces through Smart Specialisation : Synergies between ESIF and Horizon 2020 for Key Enabling Technologies
 
 
March 26, 2014
Info Day organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions.