The specific activities of EU-VRi include, but not limited to:
- Facilitation of cross-sectorial collaboration and coordination of the research activities.
- Promote a strategic vision between the companies in the cluster.
- Disseminate and promote the innovative capabilities of cluster companies worldwide.
- Support of technology transfer.
- Developing of products and services in the main area of activities, such as
- e-services: e-learning, on-line modeling, data bases, software development …
- consulting & other Members’ services: e.g. risk assessment and resilience, education and training, analyses of risks for and impacts on health, safety and environment, analyses according to EU directives (e.g. ATEX, SEVESO, machinery, critical infrastructure directive).
- methodologies and tools in the areas like chronic risks, accidental risks, risk of new technologies, resilience of critical infrastructures, etc.
- embedded/applied AI in the above areas
The priority activities for 2019-2020 are:
- New projects in the area of Risk & Resilience, in particular in the area of “Horizon Europe”: In this area, EU-VRi plays already an important role as the coordinator of the projects and/or the main project partner in the projects, but new projects and activities should remain in the focus of our efforts in 2020-21 (cf. https://ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-europe-next-research-and-innovation-framework-programme_en ).
- Industrial projects: Further setting-up industrial projects (e.g. refineries, power plants and other industrial plants, involving more members of EU-VRi in one team) and PPP (public-private-partnership) projects
- Products & Services (ERRA): Increased use of products for particular services based on them, e.g. “risk-assessment-as-a-service” or “resilience-assessment-as-a-service”, e.g. those based on the SmartResilience “Resilience Tool” or the PSMS safety evaluation system, using the experience from the EU-VRi projects and activities. The ERRA initiative is expected to play a special role in this process.
- Standardization: The work in the EU research projects led to the standardization actions and documents such as ISO 31050 (“Guidance for management of emerging risks for enhanced resilience”) and the EN standard in the area of RBI (Risk-Based Inspection Framework – EN 16991:2018). This work will be pursued further in 2020-21.
- Consolidate and further develop international collaboration and presence: China, India, South Africa, USA, Japan, Canada… EU-VRi has members or partners in all the parts of the world. Some of them have specific opportunities where risks have to be tackled such as the initiative leading to the “Road & Belt” Risk and Resilience Radar.
- Education and training: Continuous collaboration with universities and educational institutions in the area of risk management/engineering education, both those within EU-VRi and those outside of EU-VRi (e.g. Uni Torino, SUPSI,…).
- Mobility: Development of a coordinated mobility program for young scientists within EU-VRi grouping and the partnerships in projects (e.g. in the new Marie-Currie project DECODE).