www.risk-technologies.comwww.risk-technologies.comhttp://www.eu-vri.euhttp://www.steinbeis.de
 
 
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.


 Elsevier Wordmark

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”
-
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.


Joining forces through Smart Specialisation :
Synergies between ESIF and Horizon 2020
for Key Enabling Technologies

Info Day organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions will take place on March 26, 2014 in Brussels.

In view of the upcoming publication of the guidelines on synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds and Horizon 2020, the information day aims to continue raising awareness on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) as drivers for industrial competitiveness in regions. It aims to stimulate regions to take-up KETs that are relevant for their smart specialisation strategies and operational programmes, and to promote synergies and interregional cooperation between national/regional authorities and industrial, research and innovation stakeholders.

Registration and agenda are available at http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/joining-forces-through-s3

 
   
 
 
European Innovation Convention 2014
 
 
March 10, 2014
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will host the 2nd  Innovation Convention in Brussels on March 10 and 11, 2014.

European Innovation Convention 2014

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will host the 2nd  Innovation Convention in Brussels on March 10 and 11, 2014.

Already established as Europe’s leading innovation event, the Convention will bring together a unique gathering of world-class visionaries and innovators, including CEOs from some of Europe's top companies, young innovators and net-entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Prezi and Storify.

It will explore innovation in all its facets and cover a variety of themes with more than 2000 visitors expected to attend to hear a range of speakers including: the CEOs of Telefonica, Jaguar Landrover, Airbus, Bayer, Nokia, Safran Group and Sanofi Aventis, Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche, Professor Athene Donald from Cambridge and Lord Patten from Oxford, among many others.

Join the innovation debate and register for free on the event website: www.ec.europa.eu/euic2014

 
   
 
 
Consultation - Identify the needs related to safe lifetime extension and aging management of infrastructures networks and industrial plants
 
 
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

CONSULTATION

In relation with the initiative developed by the EU FP7 project SafeLife-X coordinated by EU-VRi, you are invited to take part in the second round of the survey to provide information to identify the needs related to safe life extension management of aged infrastructures networks and industrial plants, as expressed by the various stakeholders involved in the project, i.e. the industry from various sectors (construction, transport, energy, industrial plants, pipeline networks…), from service to industry companies dealing with inspection and certification, from public authorities and from research organizations.

http://www.safelife-x.eu-vri.eu/Survey_Run.aspx?ID=557

We draw your attention on the "Suggestion" columns that are the most important aspect of this survey.
We kindly ask you to provide your inputs by February 28, 2014.

Don't hesitate to contact us at SafeLifeExtension@eu-vri.eu if you have any question.

 
   
 
 
Call for expression of interest for experts
 
 
December 19, 2013
The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest for experts for the evaluation of proposals under Horizon 2020.

Call for expression of interest for experts for the evaluation of proposals under Horizon 2020

The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest for experts for the evaluation of proposals under Horizon 2020, the EU new funding instrument for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), and for other tasks as described in the call.

Experts can register in the database on their own initiative or be named by organisations. 

EC is looking for experts specifically for the Horizon 2020 part "Industrial Leadership - Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies" (LEIT), and therein for the Key Enabling Technologies (KET), notably for:

  • Nanotechnologies,
  • Advanced materials,
  • Advanced manufacturing and processing
  • Biotechnology

and for cross-cutting and interdisciplinary questions.

If you are already registered in the FP7 experts' database and you are interested to continue under H2020, you are invited to update your profile on the Participant Portal.

Other interested experts are welcome to register new on the Participant Portal.

Registered and new experts should tick the Horizon 2020€ box, and indicate their fields of expertise related to the NMP+B part of H2020.

You are invited you to pay particular attention to the following 2 sections of the registration process:

- Area of expertise, section C "Open Keywords": please make sure that your keywords adequately reflect your area of expertise. These open keywords will be an essential tool for EC staff to identify relevant experts for specific calls for research proposals.

- Professional experience, section C "publications and achievements": if not all your publications can be referred to, make sure that you select the most important ones and those that demonstrate best your expertise in the open keywords chosen previously.  Please do similarly for your achievements.

All details on this call for experts can be found on the Participant Portal.

 
   
 
 
European Conference HRO
 
 
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.

 European Conference HRO

 

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.

High Reliability Organizations (HROs) are a subset of organizations that exhibit continuous, nearly error-free operations, even in multifaceted, turbulent, and dangerous task environments. The Conference’s purpose is to disseminate the most recent findings in HRO theory, find cross-pollinations with related disciplines and share practical experiences, in order to provide new avenues for research and new long-term solutions for practice.

 

Participants:

This Conference invites interaction between researchers, practitioners (from front-end operators to top managers), and regulators to characterize, deepen and spread these approaches.  Members of organizations not operating in dangerous task environments can also benefit from the lessons learned by HROs, in order to become more reliable, to reach for higher quality standards and, more broadly, to develop capacities for detecting and responding to situational changes.

 

Programme:

Highly interactive presentations and discussions will address key issues of high reliability organizing, such as learning from near misses, making sense of early warnings, real-time response, humans as the last barrier, and HRO based change. Discussions will be consolidated from the following perspectives:

  • Theory: The aim is to present the latest theoretical developments in HRO theory and to explore the potential cross-pollinations between HRO and related disciplines such as resilience engineering, communication, ergonomics, cognitive psychology, neurosciences and philosophy.
  • High reliability in critical industries: Practitioners will be encouraged to consider HRO ideas to describe their operations in terms that help diagnose problems or improve performance. A special focus is placed on the petro-chemical, aviation, nuclear and healthcare industries. Participants from other sectors are also welcome, as they will benefit from cross-industry learning opportunities. 
  • Societal resilience: The common assumption to all proposed panels is that HRO ideas can contribute to anticipate, avoid or mitigate disruptions to our societies. Specifically, HRO precepts will be mobilized in the perspective of new emerging risks, risk management methodologies and enhanced societal response.

 

Sitting in the “hot seat:” Top Executives as Incident Commanders

SDIS13 will host the Conference in its newly-built training facilities. They include a virtual reality based training platform, used by France’s civil protection to train the highest levels of Incident Management Teams. We will give the opportunity to top executives to successively stand in the shoes of an Incident Commander (IC) during a high tempo, risky and complex operation. In a plenary session, all participating executives will reflect on their experience and, more broadly, the lessons they learned about Crisis management.

 

Technology and Services for High Reliability

A permanent exhibition room will showcase innovative products and services that contribute to helping individuals and teams operate more reliably. Examples include eye tracking systems, biosensors, training simulators or situational awareness enhancing tools. This exhibition room is seen as a venue to encourage researchers and larger industries to engage with startup entrepreneurs and to think of innovative projects. 

Poster session
Research posters from both academia and industry will be displayed during the conference. They will describe findings of recently completed projects, encouraging preliminary results of ongoing projects and innovative ideas for future research, to be discussed with other researchers or potential SME/Industry partners. 

website: http://hro.pole-risques.com/

Email:  info.hro2013@gmail.com / scientific.hro2013@gmail.com

 
   
 
 
NanoMILE hosts NanoSafetyCluster meeting: 20/9 Birmingham
 
 
September 20, 2013

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


 
                hosts               

Location: University of Birmingham.

Please register to the meeting by using this link.

Please find here the Agenda of the NSC meeting.

The meeting of the Working Group 7 (Dissemination) will focus on standardization: landscape, process, improvement through the nanoSTAIR service: please find the agenda here.

 
   
 
 
22nd SRA-Europe annual conference
 
 
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.

22nd SRA-Europe annual conference

The 22nd SRA-Europe annual conference will be held 17-19 June 2013 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

The special theme of the conference is «Safe societies – coping with complexity and major risk», concerning challenges related to our society’s vulnerability to major risk of natural and industrial disasters, malicious attacks, financial breakdowns, and epidemic diseases.

The conference endeavors to facilitate cross-disciplinary research and collaboration across actors in the risk field to create safer societies by strengthening our ability to govern major risks and ensuring balanced development in a complex and uncertain world.

The conference is open to all interested researchers and experts in the various fields of risk analysis. Industry representatives are also encouraged to participate.

The Society for Risk Analysis - Europe
SRA-Europe aims to bring together individuals and organisations interested in risk assessment, risk management and risk communication in Europe. SRA-Europe is a regional section of the Society for Risk Analysis, which is an international society that provides an open forum for all those who are interested in risk analysis, including risk assessment, characterization, communication, management, and policy across all sectors and societal levels.

The 22nd Annual conference of SRA-E in 2013 is arranged by the ROSS Geminisenter which is a strategic network between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and SINTEF. ROSS endeavors to develop knowledge, methods, and tools to prevent major accidents through interdisciplinary studies on risk and vulnerability.

Key note speakers
The following have tentatively accepted to give keynote presentations:

  • Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, Stanford University, USA
  • Nick Pidgeon, Cardiff University, UK
  • David D Woods, Ohio State University, USA

Spesific topics and call for abstracts
The special theme of the conference, «Safe societies – coping with complexity and major risk», is reflected in this list of specific topics. Abstracts and symposia within these topics are wanted before February 15, 2013.

Conference pamphlet
Download conference pamphlet here.

Book of abstracts
The book of abstracts can now be downloaded at http://www.srae2013.no/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=abstracts_v2.pdf

Further information available at the following web address: http://srae2013.no/

 
   
 
 
OECD - PLANNING GUIDE FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH
 
 
June 10, 2013
The OECD Working party on nanotechnology developed a guide for planning outreach and public engagement in nanotechnology.

 
OECD - PLANNING GUIDE FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH

The OECD Working party on nanotechnology developed a guide for planning outreach and public engagement in nanotechnology.

This guide identifies key issues to be considered by policymakers involved as organisers, commissioners, or funders of public engagement activities in nanotechnology.

http://www.oecd.org/sti/biotech/49961768.pdf

 
   
 
 
Accompanying course to the 5th iNTeg-Risk Conference on the topic of ISO 31000
 
 
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.
V-R32 ISO31000: 'ISO 31000 Principles and Management'
on May 20, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted and organized by R-Tech

Lecturer: Prof. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic, STI R-Tech

Venue: Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advanced Risk TechnologiesHaus der Wirtschaft, Willi-Bleicher-Str. 19,
70174 Stuttgart, Germany

At the end of the course, students are expected to have basic knowledge about:

  • main principles of the ISO 31000 standard
  • ISO 31000 framework for managing risk
  • implementation principles of the ISO 31000 standard
  • related standards
  • open issues in ISO 31000
  • further development of ISO 31000 (ISO 31004, new revisions)

Course content by Units

Unit 1: Introduction to the ISO 31000 philosophy and principles

Duration
(minutes)

Explanation on the philosophy and basic principles of ISO 31000

60

Review and conclusions of the Unit 1. Questions and answers.

15

 

Unit 2: ISO 31000 Framework

Duration

Overview of the ISO 31000 framework for risk management

60

Review and conclusions of the Unit 2. Questions and answers.

15

 

Unit 3: Implementation principles of ISO 31000

Duration

Explanation on implementing the ISO 31000 risk management framework

60

Review and conclusions of the Unit 3: Questions and answers

15

 

Unit 4: Practical aspects of implementation

Duration

Elaboration on the practical aspects of implementing ISO 31000

60

Review and conclusions of the Unit 4: Questions and answers

15

 

Unit 5: Review and final discussion

Duration

Review of main course issues and final discussion

30

Closing the course

-


Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

 

Register before April 15, 2013 and you will receive a 10% discount from the registration fee! Final application deadline: May 6, 2013.

The course is intended for:

  • professionals responsible for developing risk management policy within their organization
  • professionals accountable for ensuring that risk is effectively managed within the organization as a whole or within a specific area, project or activity
  • developers of standards / guides / procedures / codes of practice that, in whole or in part, set out how risk is to be managed within specific context(s)
  • other professionals (engineers, managers, inspectors, legislators, etc.) who wish to deepen their knowledge in the field of risk management standardization
  • individuals with no previous experience in the field of risk management standardization, but willing to extend their knowledge and take up new roles in this field within their companies
  • university student
 

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

Mr. Andras Veres
Tel: +49 711 1839 647
av@risk-technologies.com

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

Tel: +49 711 1839 616
rk@risk-technologies.com

 
   
 
 
Learn about robust decision making in risk management
 
 
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.

VF-R39 DAA: 'Decision Aid Approaches for Risk Management'
on April 22-26, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted by the International Center for Culture and Technology Research at the University of Stuttgart and organized by R-Tech

Lecturer: Dr. Chabane Mazri, INERIS - Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (France)

Venue: Internationales Zentrum für Kultur- und Technikforschung (IZKT), Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 24, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany

Decision making is a process where multiple factors interact to shape the final outcome. Those factors can be technical, informational, emotional/psychological, cultural… Nevertheless, the limited rationality of economic operators makes the decision exercise more and more difficult in a more and more complex world. Safety management requires short, mid and long term decisions that may highly influence the ability of the organization to cope with its risks.

Course content by Units

Unit

Title & contents in brief

1.           

Introduction to decision making in risk management

  • Present how decision making may shape the way organization deals with risk. Through the study of various risk management frameworks (IRGC, ISO31000).
  • Stakes and challenges associated to those critical phases will be highlighted.

2.           

Reference models

A global presentation of the way decision making is considered through different disciplines and theoretical frameworks. At the end of this second phase, the students will develop a good overview of the reference models and theories related to decision making.

3.           

Methods and tools

The scope of decision support tools is large. This section will introduce the most frequently used tools and methods within organizations dealing with risks.

Highlights will be given to:

  • Multicriteria approaches like ELECTRE and Multi Attribute Utility Theory.
  • Methods to elaborate and choose Key Performance Indicators for risk management.
  • Uncertainties management in decision making.

 

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

The registration is free of charge, anyone interested in the topic are welcome on the course. Please note, however, that the course is intended for 20-25 participants. The registrations will be processed on the first-applied-first-served basis. Final application deadline: April 15, 2013.

The course targets attendees with inimum mathematical background and openness to psychological and behavioral approaches of decision makin.

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

Mr. Andras Veres
Tel: +49 711 1839 647
av@risk-technologies.com

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

Tel: +49 711 1839 616
rk@risk-technologies.com

 
   
 
 
SHB/PromisLINGUA course on Intercultural Management & Communication
 
 
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.
IVC-R19 BC&M: 'Business Communication and Management of Intercultural Differences'
on April 17, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted and organized by R-Tech

Lecturer: Prof. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic, STI R-Tech

Venue: Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT), Filderhauptstraße 142, 70599 Stuttgart (Plieningen), Germany

The purpose of this course is exactly to assure that engineers, managers and IT experts can understand the importance of these aspects for the success of their collaboration with partners from other cultural background. It will address issues such as

  • Intercultural value systems
  • Differences in cultural practices
  • Cross-cultural project management
  • Individualism vs. Teamwork
  • Successful management of cultural differences as a factor of success in international projects
  • What one should know, do or not do in an EU project
  • Case studies: US, Japan, India, China ...
Course content by Units

Unit 1: Successful management of cultural differences as factor of success of IT and other projects

Unit 2: Multicultural contexts – what you should know, what you should do, what you should not do…

Unit 3: Multilingual environments in international projects

Unit 4: Essentials of Business communication & Elements of Human Resources Management in multinational projects

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

Among others, the course is intended to promote the results of PROMISLingua project among SMEs. Due to these promotional purposes, the registration for PROMISLingua members and for SMEs is free of charge. For any other individuals and organizations (not SMEs), the registration fee is EUR 500. 

Register before March 27, 2013 and you will receive a 10% discount from the registration fee! Final application deadline: April 14, 2013.

The course targets attendees such as:
  • Engineers
  • Managers of IT and other companies
  • Project managers

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

Mr. Andras Veres
Tel: +49 711 1839 647
av@risk-technologies.com

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

Tel: +49 711 1839 616
rk@risk-technologies.com

 
   
 
 
SHB/iNTeg-Risk: 'Quantitative- and Transportation Risk Assessment' courses in April
 
 
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
VD-R26 QRA&A: 'Quantitative Risk Assessment and Advanced Applications'
on April 8-12, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted and organized by STI R-Tech.

Lecturers: Prof. Valerio Cozzani, University of Bologna; Dr. Ernesto Salzano, CNR - Combustion Research Institute; Dr. Alessandro Tugnoli, University of Bologna

Venue: Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT), Filderhauptstraße 142, 70599 Stuttgart (Plieningen), Germany

The course presents an introduction to Quantitative Risk Analysis, thus illustrating the necessary steps for the calculation of risk indexes. Practical approach to frequency calculation and consequence assessment, including vulnerability models, will be discussed. A specific focus on domino effect and accidents triggered by Natural-Technological (Na-Tech) events will be presented.

Course content by Units

Unit

Title & contents in brief

Duration (minutes)

1.           

Definitions and risk metric

  • Basic definitions
  • Risk indexes: definition and use
  • Risk tolerability and acceptability criteria

180

2.           

Basic elements for risk calculation: scenario selection, frequency and consequence assessment

  • Scenario selection from hazard identification. Parameters needed for the quantitative assessment of a scenario. Assumptions needed for the analysis of a scenario.
  • Frequency calculation: use of results from fault tree analysis; parts count.
  • Consequence assessment: use of models for consequence assessment.

240

3.           

Risk calculation

  • Vulnerability models. Vulnerability maps and influence of meteorological conditions.
  • Simplified examples of risk calculation: individual risk, IRPA, societal risk, example of risk-based decision making;

120

4.           

Quantitative assessment of domino effect

  • Examples of approach to quantitative assessment (threshold models, probabilistic models, advanced deterministic models)
  • Analysis of domino effect in complex industrial layouts
  • Simplified examples of risk calculation

300

5.           

Assessment of the industrial risk induced by natural events (Na-Tech)

The main steps of the procedure developed for the assessment of Na-Tech accidents will be presented:

  • Characterization of the natural event
  • Identification of target equipment, damage states and reference scenarios
  • Estimation of the damage probability, detailed fragility models
  • Consequence evaluation of the reference scenario, identification of credible combinations of events
  • Frequency/probability and consequence calculation for each combination
  • Calculation of risk indexes, Early warnings

 

420

6.           

Case-studies and use of risk results

  • Simplified assessment of an Oil&Gas installation: simplified calculation of risk indexes and risk-based decision making;
  • Example of domino effect and Na-Tech implementation in risk assessment

420

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

Register before March 22, 2013 and you will receive a 10% discount from the registration fee! Final application deadline: April 1, 2013.


VD-R35 TRA: 'Transportation Risk Assessment'
on April 15-19, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted and organized by STI R-Tech.

Lecturers: Prof. Giuseppe Maschio, University of Padova; Dr. Giacomo Antonioni, University of Bologna; Dr. Gabriele Landucci, University of Pisa

Venue: Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT), Filderhauptstraße 142, 70599 Stuttgart (Plieningen),
Germany

The aim of the course is the introduction to transportation risk analysis. The risk assessment of road, rail and pipeline transportation of hazardous substances will be illustrated. The approaches to frequency calculation, consequence assessment and risk assessment will be discussed. Case-studies will be analyzed to illustrate the calculation and the use of individual, societal and other advanced risk indexes.

Course content by Units

Day

Title & contents in brief

Duration

Lecturer

1.

(UNIT 1) Hazards in the land transportation of hazardous substances

  • Relevant past accidents in road, rail and pipeline transportation of hazardous substances. Statistical data and relevance of the problem.
  • Characterization of risk sources.
  • Applicable standards and legislation (ADR, RID, voluntary agreements, etc.)

5 h

Prof. Maschio

(UNIT 2) Basic elements for risk calculation: scenario selection, frequency and consequence assessment

  • Scenario selection from hazard identification. Parameters needed for the quantitative assessment of a scenario. Assumptions needed for the analysis of a scenario.

2 h

2.

(UNIT 2 - continued)

  • Frequency calculation: accident statistics, failure data.
  • Consequence assessment: use of models for consequence assessment.

(UNIT 3 – part 1) Risk for the environment and tunnel fires

  • Tunnel fires. Analysis of past accidents. Complicating phenomena. Modeling tools.

3.5 h

 

Prof. Maschio

(UNIT 3 – part 2 continued ) Risk for the environment and tunnel fires

  • Scenarios causing environmental damage. Modeling tools and approach to risk assessment. Magnitude of environmental damage. Parameters needed for the quantitative assessment of a scenario.

3.5 h

 Dr. Antonioni

3.

(UNIT 4 - introduction)

  • Frequency calculation: accident statistics, failure data
  • Representation of linear risk sources
  • Calculation of damage and risk. Simplified and detailed approaches.

3.5 h

Dr. Antonioni

 

(UNIT 4 – continued) Basic elements for risk calculation: scenario selection, frequency and consequence assessment

  • Examples of risk calculation

3.5 h

4.

(Unit 4 – continued)

  • Examples of risk calculation

3.5 h

Dr. Antonioni

(Unit 5) Use of risk results

  • Examples of risk-based decision making. Direct calculation of risk for different routes.
  • Cost benefits Analysis of passive protections.
  • Routing

3.5 h

 Dr. Landucci

5.

  • Tutor day - Self learning
  • Test

5.5 h

1.5 h

Dr. Landucci

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

Register before April 1, 2013 and you will receive a 10% discount from the registration fee! Final application deadline: April 8, 2013.

 

Both courses are dedicated to participants interested in advanced applications of risk assessment:

  • Professionals dealing with risk issues on management and operational level
  • Individuals with experience in industrial safety and risk assessment
  • Students of mater courses in Process, Industrial, Risk engineering or similar courses

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

Mr. Andras Veres
Tel: +49 711 1839 647
av@risk-technologies.com

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

Tel: +49 711 1839 616
rk@risk-technologies.com

 
   
 
 
SHB/iNTeg-Risk course HSSE: Health, Safety, Security and Environment successfully concluded
 
 
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, INERIS
The SHB/iNTeg-Risk course HSSE: Health, Safety, Security and Environment provided the participants with the essentials of HSSE management in Europe by giving an overview of EU regulation in the field of HSSE, explaining the objectives and requirements as well as the state-of-the art in the implementation including constraints and advantages. Special focus was also given to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) directive, Industrial Emission Directive (IED) and the directive on prevention of major accidents (Seveso). Click here to see details about the course. 

This course took place in Paris from January 14 - 17, 2013 and was hosted by the iNTeg-Risk partner, INERIS. The course was led by Mr. Olivier Salvi (INERIS/EU-VRi) as the main lecturer.

Check out also our calendar of courses to find other topics which may be of interest for you!

   
 
   
 
 
SafeChina project: Commencement ceremony on Jan. 12, 2013
 
 
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.

SafeChina project:
Commencement ceremony Jan. 12, 2013

Beijing Municipal Institute of Labour Protection
No. 55 Taoranting Road, Beijing, 100054

The SafeChina project (http://www.safechina.risk-technologies.com) approaches its planned end in February 2013. The project main aim has been to build a sustainable education service in China offering the engineers and relevant professions the possibility to learn about the EU safety practices and regulation, and qualify as Environmental- and Safety engineers according to EU criteria, guidelines and practice. The project has been financed by DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (German Investment and Development Agency) and realized by Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB) represented by Steinbeis Transfer Institute Advanced Risk Technologies and Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection BMILP (www.bmilp.com), as the main strategic partner of Steinbeis in China.

The SafeChina project has created:

a) a curriculum of courses in Risk Engineering and Management adapted to the needs of Chinese beneficiaries,

b) a pattern for on-the-job training in EU/Germany and 

c) a certifications scheme for Chinese professionals.

So far, the project has already achieved most of its goals, so far namely:

  • performed a large-scale survey of Chinese needs in the area of industrial safety
  • signed cooperation agreements with 17 Chinese partners
  • signed cooperation agreements with INERIS, France and DEKRA, Germany
  • prepared the curriculum of 12 full courses, fully translated in Chinese
  • organized 14 instances of the above courses, attended by almost 500 participants
  • certified over 400 professionals (passed various levels of exams)
  • had already 14 short and 3 long on-the-job-trainings for Chinese professionals in Germany 
  • qualified 18 Chinese trainers in the framework of the train-the-trainer measures
  • incorporated courses from the project in the curricula of one of the Chinese top-class universities, CUEB
  • negotiates incorporation of the courses into one of the Chinese top universities, Tsinghua
  • negotiates incorporation of the courses into the professional education in Chinese companies (Sinopec, Ping An, etc.)
  • prepares an independent German-Chinese joint venture ("Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Beijing") which will continue project activities after the official DEG-project end, i.e. after February 2013.

The project activities performed so far have been evaluated as "excellent" or "very good" by approx. 90% of all the Chinese stakeholders/participants in the project.

The event of January 12, 2013 was the occasion to award certificates to the Chinese professionals who have earned them as Risk Examiners and Risk Assessors, as well as Chinese trainers for the Safe-China courses (certified in the train-the-trainer program).


Draft Agenda

 

8:30 – 9:00

Registration

 

9:00 – 9:40

Welcome

9:00 – 9:20

Brief introduction of the speakers attending the ceremony and welcome address (Prof. Zhang Bin, General director of BMILP)

9:20 – 9:30

Welcome DEG officer (Ms. Veth [ytbc])

9:30 – 9:40

Welcome Steinbeis (Prof. Johann Löhn, President of Steinbeis University Berlin and former Government Commissioner for Technology Transfer in the State of Baden-Württemberg / Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic, SafeChina Project Coordinator)

9:40 – 11:00

Presentations / Guest and keynote speeches

9:40 – 10:00

Presentation of the SafeChina project and its results / Presentation of the joint venture “Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Beijing” (A. Jovanovic)

10:00 – 10:15

Keynote speech (Officer of Beijing Administration of Work Safety)

10:15 – 10:30

Keynote speech (Officer of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs)

10:30 – 11:00

Guest speech: Globalized Innovation and the Role of BRIC Countries (Prof. Manuel Heitor, former Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal)

 

11:00 – 11:15

Short break

 

11:15 – 12:30

Guest and keynote speeches

11:15 – 11:30

Keynote speech (Officer from one department of State of Administration of Work Safety)

11:30 – 11:45

Keynote speech (Officer from another department of State of Administration of Work Safety)

11:45 – 12:15

Guest speech: Global education for global risks (Prof. Ortwin Renn, Member of the German Federal Government Ethics Committee on Energy Future)

12:15 – 12:30

Keynote speech (Mr. Ding Hui, President of Beijing Academy of Science and Technology)

 

12:35 – 13:00

Awarding the certificates

 

In two tracks (A-M and N-Z, handed out by Prof. Ding Hui, Prof. A. Jovanovic, DEG officer and Mrs. M. V. Florin [IRGC])

 

13:00

Closing announcement (Prof. Zhang Bin)


NOTES:

1.    The event will be take place in conjunction with the IRGC International Conference in Beijing, on the topic of “From crisis management to risk governance” on 9-11 January 2013.

2.    Possibility of establishing a cross-link to the EU project 2011/S 112-183587 will be explored.


About the hosting institution:

The Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection was established in 1956 and is one of the first research institutes in China to carry out scientific research on security and environment. The institute has built many research institutes of professional techniques and test centers in the following three fields: urban security hygiene, work safety and labor protection and human living environment, which have laid solid foundation for a basic, applied and foresighted research. In the latest 50 years, it has achieved more than 500 scientific and technological results and won more than 200 awards for scientific and technological achievements and progress. It has stipulated more than 100 standards in labor protection and environment protection.
 
   
 
 
SAFETY SCIENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS
 
 
November 30, 2012

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


SAFETY SCIENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue on the foundations of safety science

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

Safety as a particular science can be claimed to have emerged in relation to social ambitions for increased safety and security – developing, experimenting and testing practical methods, tools and models with the aim of understanding and managing unwanted actions or events. However, being “applied” in nature does not mean that safety science is philosophy-free. All knowledge claims about safety are based on some form of foundational assumptions, rationality and logics. The ‘science’ part of ‘safety science’ seeks to ensure rigorousness of theories and methods for research, while providing credibility for the field and the community of people contributing to the domain. 

This call for papers is intended to contribute towards making scientific foundations more explicit to the community of safety scientists. The aim of this special issue is to facilitate an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of safety science and the construction of a more systematic view on the foundations of safety science.
Original contributions are invited that deal, for example, with the following questions:

  • Key concepts and underlying assumptions affecting safety science
  • The object of study and the aim of safety science
  • Moral implications of the philosophical foundations of theories of safety science
  • Explanation and causality in safety science
  • Prediction in safety science
  • Duality of subjective and objective in safety science
  • The question of emergence in safety science
  • Philosophical underpinnings of Resilience Engineering, Behaviour Based Safety, Safety Culture, High Reliability Organisations, etc.
The deadline for receipt of papers is November 30th, 2012, with publication expected for the second quarter of 2013.
All papers will be subjected to the standard peer-review procedures of the journal.
Papers should be submit