08 Apr
2022
Steinbeis EU-VRi co-chairing AssureMOSS workshop at ARES 2022 in Vienna
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Steinbeis EU-VRi will be co-chairing the Workshop on Continuous Software Evaluation and Certification (IWCSEC 2022) at ARES 2022





Join us for the upcoming International Workshop on Continuous Software Evaluation and Certification (IWCSEC 2022) to be held in conjunction with the 17th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2022 – http://www.ares-conference.eu).

When?
August 23 – August 26, 2022

Where?
Vienna, Austria.

Find out more including call for papers at: www.ares-conference.eu/workshops-eu-symposium/iwcsec-2022/

 

10 Mar
2022
Steinbeis EU-VRi at ECSCI 2nd workshop on critical infrastructure protection
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This workshop will present the different approaches on integrated cyber and physical security in different industrial sectors, such as energy, transport, drinking and waste water, health, digital infrastructure, banking and financial market, space and public administration . The peculiarities of critical infrastructure protection in each one of these sectors will be discussed and addressed by the different projects of the ECSCI cluster that will present their outcomes, discussing the technical, ethical and societal aspects and the underlying technologies.

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01 Feb
2022
New premises and merger into Steinbeis EU-VRi GmbH
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We are glad to share with you that Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) GmbH and the European Risk and Resilience Institute (EU-VRI) EEIG have united as Steinbeis EU-VRi GmbH, as of January 1, 2022, and have moved to their new offices in the Steinbeis House for Management and Technology (SHMT) in the Plieningen-area of Stuttgart.

31 Jan
2022
Internationale Zusammenarbeit für Innovatives Life-Long-Learning
News Photo Steinbeis EU-VRi, HRV.SWISS und NOOVLE International bündeln ihre Kräfte, um ein innovatives Modell des lebenslangen Lernens vorzuschlagen



Bündelung der Kräfte mit dem Ziel, die Bildungszusammenarbeit zu fördern, um eine auf Unternehmen und Unternehmen zugeschnittene Weiterbildung insbesondere im Hinblick auf die Digitalisierung der Wirtschaft zu fördern: Dies ist das Ziel der von Steinbeis EU-VRi (dem Steinbeis EU-VRi European Risk and Resilience Institute der Steinbeis-Hochschule), HRV.SWISS und NOOVLE International unterzeichneten Vereinbarung. Die drei Partner werden spezielle Schulungen für Unternehmen entwickeln, die deren Personal für den zukünftigen Bedarf umschulen müssen.

EU-VRi, ein führendes Unternehmen auf dem Gebiet der kritischen Infrastruktur, wird entsprechende Kurse weiterführende Lehrpläne anbieten und durchführen. Laut Professor Jovanović, dem CEO von EU-VRi, "steht diese Wahl im Einklang mit der Mission von EU-VRi, die durch kontinuierliche Weiterbildung und Aktualisierung von Fachkenntnissen von Angestellten in o.g. Unternehmen und Organisationen anbietet –vor allem im deutschsprachigen Raum".

Alberto Ciardelli, Lead Trainer, Axelos SME (Subject Matter Expert) und Berater der „NOOVLE SPA società Benefit“, ein Promoter der Initiative HRV.SWISS, im Kanton Tessin, das berechtigt ist, Schulungen und entsprechende Zertifizierungen anzubieten (ATO: Accredited Training Organization), sagt: „Ausbildung ist heute mehr denn je ein wesentlicher Faktor in regionalen Wettbewerbsstrategien. Die Besonderheit dieser Partnerschaft zwischen internationalen Instituten besteht darin, den Wert der angebotenen Studiengänge und der White Papers, die aus den Erfahrungen der besten Abschlussarbeiten der Studenten gewonnen wurden, zu fördern und die von den Teilnehmern erworbenen Fähigkeiten zu garantieren".

NOOVLE International (ein Unternehmen mit Sitz in der Schweiz) wird die Rolle des strategischen Technologiepartners der Initiative spielen. Als auf die Bereitstellung von Cloud-Projekten und -Lösungen spezialisiertes Unternehmen, verfügt NOOVLE International über sehr hohe Kompetenzen in der technologischen Entwicklung von Anwendungen, IT-Verfahren und Prototypen sowie in der Beratung und Verwaltung von EDV-Daten. Durch seine hochqualifizierten Mitarbeiter, wird NOOVLE die Durchführung von Schulungen unterstützen, indem es über praktische und anwendungsbezogene Aspekte im Zusammenhang mit dem Einsatz neuer Technologien informiert, Erfahrungen, s.g. Testimonials, Fallstudien und Workshops anbietet.

„Wir sind sehr stolz, unseren Beitrag in einem Bereich wie der Ausbildung zu leisten, der entscheidend für die Transformation von Technologie in ein Gestaltungselement ist: NOOVLE International begleitet seit jeher Hochschulen und alle ihre Kunden im Prozess der technologischen Innovation mit strukturierten Beratungs- und Kommunikationskonzepten und Schulung, parallel zur technischen Entwicklungsphase“, so Valentino Benicchio, General Director - NOOVLE International Sagl.

Die Umsetzung der Vereinbarung soll im Oktober 2022 mit der ersten Ausgabe des Executive Master in Lean Digital Business Transformation beginnen.

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31 Jan
2022
International Collaboration for Innovative Life-Long-Learning
News Photo Steinbeis EU-VRi, HRV.SWISS and NOOVLE International: join forces to propose an innovative model of Life-Long Learning 



Steinbeis EU-VRi together with HRV Swiss and Noovle International signed a strategic collaboration agreement on innovative lifelong learning.

The goal of the initiative is to promote educational collaboration through continuous training courses in the area of business digitalization tailored to the requirements of technology-driven companies and businesses. Under the agreement, the partners will develop dedicated training courses for companies that require retraining their internal staff for future needs and challenges across business functions.

Steinbeis EU-VRi, a leader in supporting the country's critical infrastructure, will develop and provide respective courses and graduate advanced curriculum degrees. According to professor Jovanović, the CEO of EU-VRi "this choice is in line with the mission of EU-VRi, which, through continuous training, provides the professional updating of the technical skills in critical infrastructure-related companies and organizations especially those active in the German-speaking countries".

Alberto Ciardelli, Lead Trainer, Axelos SME (Subject Matter Expert) and consultant of “NOOVLE SPA società Benefit”, promoter of the initiative representing HRV.SWISS, a company in the Canton of Ticino authorized to provide training and related certifications (ATO: Accredited Training Organization), says: “Today, more than ever, training is an essential factor in regional competitiveness strategies. The distinctive feature of this partnership agreement among international institutes is to promote the value of the courses provided and the White Papers drawn from the experience of the students' best theses, guaranteeing the skills acquired by the participants".

Based in Switzerland, NOOVLE International will play the role of a strategic technological partner of the initiative. The company specializing in the supply of cloud projects and solutions, NOOVLE International is adept in the technological development of applications, IT procedures and prototypes and in the consulting and management of IT data. Through its highly qualified staff, it will contribute to the implementation of training courses by providing information on practical and applied aspects related to the use of new technologies, offering experience, testimonials, case studies and workshops.

"We are very proud to provide our contribution in an area, such as training, which is decisive for transforming technology into an enabling element: NOOVLE International has always accompanied universities and all its customers in the process of technological innovation with structured consulting and communication plans and training, parallel to the technical development phase”, stated Valentino Benicchio, General Director - NOOVLE International Sagl.

The first edition of the Executive Master in Lean Digital Business Transformation is expected to launch in October 2022.

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28 Jan
2021
3 Steinbeis Innovations in the EU Innovation Radar
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Steinbeis R-Tech's Innovations are included in the EU Innovation Radar:

Innovation 1

Horizon Scanning Tool: Nano-Risk Radar for identifying emerging nanosafety trends - See details

Innovation 2

Risk governance framework for nanomaterials - See details

Innovation 3

Integrated Computational Heart Model for Virtual Clinical Trials - See details





Steinbeis Innovation

Partners

Market Maturity

Market Potential

Innovation 1

Horizon Scanning Tool: Nano-Risk Radar for identifying emerging nanosafety trends

The Nano Risk Radar supports the horizon scanning process, the harvesting of early signals and the crafting of risk notions by a tailor-made, semi-automated search engine scrolling internet blogs.

Website: https://e2r2.risk-technologies.com/

R-Tech

Tech Ready

Note-worthy

 

 

 

 

Innovation 2

Risk governance framework for nanomaterials

A highly flexible Nano-Risk Innovation framework supported by Governance project portfolio management tool building on the nano-risk governance framework and Risk Governance Portal to guide innovators towards pre-risk assessment and safety by design.

Website: http://www.nanoriskgov-portal.org/

R-Tech

NRCWE

MISVIK

Exploring

Moderate

 

 

 

 

Innovation 3

Integrated Computational Heart Model for Virtual Clinical Trials

Under the helm of BioIRC, SILICOFCM is a multi-modular, innovative in silico clinical trials (ISCT) solution for the design and functional optimization of whole heart performance and monitoring effectiveness of pharmacological treatment.

Website: https://silicofcm.eu/

BioIRC

R-Tech

Uni. Ljubljani

Tech Ready

High

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Jan
2021
Horizon Europe: The new EU framework program for Research and Innovation
News Photo EU institutions reach a political agreement on Horizon Europe on 11 December 2020 with a budget of €100 billion foreseen from 2021 to 2027. 



The new Horizon Europe program follows on from the current Horizon 2020 program and aims to promote research on important societal issues such as health, the environment and traffic. 

Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to increase the effectiveness of funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. Leveraging a 3-pillar structure, Horizon Europe imbibes Excellent Science, Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, and Innovative Europe with a horizontal layer for widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area (ERA).

With Health, Civil Security for Society, Digital Industry and Space, Climate, Energy and Sustainability at the core of Horizon Europe program, Steinbeis R-Tech and EU-VRi along with its partner network will be at the frontier of knowledge in the fields of applied AI, Sustainability, Risks & Resilience (advanced material, infrastructure), Life-cycle (cost) analysis (LCA).

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17 Nov
2020
ImprESS project milestone: Steinbeis submitted final report to the Coordinator
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As a big milestone of ImprESS project, Steinbeis completed submitting the final report to the Project Coordinator. The content can be found by click to LINK

The report are also available on the ImprESS project website by the Coordinator. The detail can be found through LINK

25 Sep
2020
EU-VRi publishes new Annual Report 2019-2020
News Photo EU-VRi's Annual Report 2019-2020 is out. Download here.



The newly published Annual Report focuses on the topic of security & resilience and further collaboration with industry.

The role of EU-VRi in the European and internationals risk-related activities is further strengthened with various initiatives and projects. Keynotes, contributions, papers and presentations at meetings and conferences have clearly confirmed this. New addition to the report is also the European Risk & Resilience Assessment and Rating Initiative (ERRA) following the successful completion of the SmartResilience[1]. The concept is intended to provide services that include education (e.g. certified course in the area of risk and resilience), certification and management of auditors (certification scheme to be accredited), managing/facilitating ad-hoc consultancy (e.g. the consultancy provided by the members) and research coordination to cluster members and other organization.



 

[1] http://www.smartresilience.eu-vri.eu/

10 Sep
2020
HARVEST project succeeded in manufacturing of HIERARCHICAL CARBON FIBERS
News Photo Roll-to-roll (r2r) bath coating and slot-die coating/printing technologies of carbon nanomaterial thermoelectric inks have been successfully processed using the unique r2r pilot coating and prepreger line at the University of Ioannina (UOI) – Composite and Smart Materials Laboratory (CSML), due to the high operating performance machinery developed by FOM Technologies A/S partner in our H2020 HARVEST Project CSML coordinates.



Hierarchical carbon fiber (CF) unidirectional (UD) fabric towards the final hierarchical and multi-scale nanoenabled 3R resin CFRP prepreg has been a reality!!! Of course, all these thanks to the excellent cooperation of all partners of the consortium, namely CIDETEC for the 3R and 3R nanoenabled resin – Nanocyl SA for the carbon nanomaterials – IVW for the advanced NDT testing, as well as all HARVEST end-users (SonacaAIRTIFICIALB&T Composites) guiding our work and setting the required specifications for the final thermoelectrically enabled structural FRPs. For move information, visit HARVEST website.
12 Jun
2020
EU-VRi article on #COVID-19 published in the “Environment Systems and Decisions" Springer edition
News Photo EU-VRi is proud to announce the publication of the its article “Assessing resilience of healthcare infrastructure exposed to COVID-19: emerging risks, resilience indicators, interdependencies and international standards" in the Springer edition “Environment Systems and Decisions". This article has been prepared in close collaboration with several EU-VRi partners, namely Steinbeis R-Tech, MUW, SWICA, SINTEF, DRK and BJAST.



 

Authors: A. Jovanović, P. Klimek, O. Renn, R. Schneider, K. Øien, J. Brown, M. DiGennaro, Y. Liu, V. Pfau, M. Jelić, T. Rosen, B. Caillard, S. Chakravarty & P. Chhantyal

Abstract:

In the moment of preparation of this paper, the world is still globally in grip of the Corona (COVID-19) crisis, and the need to understand the broader overall framework of the crisis increases. As in similar cases in the past, also with this one, the main interest is on the “first response”. Fully appreciating the efforts of those risking their lives facing pandemics, this paper tries to identify the main elements of the larger, possibly global, framework, supported by international standards, needed to deal with new (emerging) risks resulting from threats like Corona and assess the resilience of systems affected. The paper proposes that future solutions should include a number of new elements, related to both risk and resilience. That should include broadening the scope of attention, currently focused onto preparation and response phases, to the phases of “understanding risks”, including emerging risks, and transformation and adaptation. The paper suggests to use resilience indicators in this process. The proposed approach has been applied in different cases involving critical infrastructures in Europe (energy supply, water supply, transportation, etc., exposed to various threats), including the health system in Austria. The detailed, indicator-based, resilience analysis included mapping resilience, resilience stress-testing, visualization, etc., showing, already before the COVID-19, the resilience (stress-testing) limits of the infrastructures. A simpler (57 indicator based) analysis has, then been done for 11 countries (including Austria). The paper links these results with the options available in the area of policies, standards, guidelines and tools (such as the RiskRadar), with focus on interdependencies and global standards—especially the new ISO 31,050, linking emerging risks and resilience.

 

Download the article at the following link: https://rdcu.be/b4I4q

How to cite this article: Jovanović, A., Klimek, P., Renn, O. et al. Assessing resilience of healthcare infrastructure exposed to COVID-19: emerging risks, resilience indicators, interdependencies and international standards. Environ Syst Decis (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10669-020-09779-8

02 Jun
2020
2020 CBRN Stakeholder survey
News Photo ENCIRCLE launched the "2020 CBRN Stakeholder survey" covering CBRN specific areas and also general questions concerning standards and procurement so are applicable to not just the CBRN community, an additional area included is hybrid-threats.



The ENCIRCLE project ran a number of surveys concerning the market, standards and interoperability in Years 1 and 2. These surveys have been combined so we can compare any progress and changes against the original results. The survey takes the form of 18 multiple choice questions and two open questions, which should not take long to complete and are provided in English, French, German and Italian. The questions cover CBRN specific areas and also general questions concerning standards and procurement so are applicable to not just the CBRN community, an additional area included is hybrid-threats. The survey results are anonymous and it will be open until July 31st. We will then publish and present the results in September 2020.

The survey can be found at the following: https://www.sli.do/

 

  • CBRN Stakeholder Survey – English: Event code: #ENCIRCLE-P1
  • CBRN Stakeholder Survey – French: Event Code #ENCIRCLE-FR1
  • CBRN Stakeholder Survey – Italian: Event Code #ENCIRCLE-IT1
  • CBRN Stakeholder Survey – German: Event Code #ENCIRCLE-DE1

 

13 Apr
2020
EC4SafeNano proposal for the creation of a self-sustainable European-wide virtual Centre for risk management and safe innovation in nanomaterials and nanotechnology
News Photo The H2020 project is now completed, with a concrete proposal for the creation of a self-sustainable European-wide virtual Centre for risk management and safe innovation in nanomaterials and nanotechnology.



EC4SafeNano

European Centre for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in Nanomaterials & Nanotechnologies

The H2020 project is now completed, with a concrete proposal for the creation of a self-sustainable European-wide virtual Centre for risk management and safe innovation in nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

What is the EU project about?

  The EC4SafeNano project objective was to build a distributed Centre of European organizations offering services for Risk Management and Safe Innovation for Nanomaterials & Nanotechnologies. EC4SafeNano aimed to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge on hazard and risk, and ‘fit-for-purpose’ risk management tools and strategies supported by measurement and control methods. The consortium comprises 15 partners from 11 European Member States with significant expertise on risk assessment and management, who already provide knowledge and technical services to public and private organizations, to industry and to public authorities and regulatory bodies.

What are the main outcomes?

  • Mapping of the needs and resources available
  • Fit-and-gap analysis tool to match the customer needs with the available resources, and identify uncovered or poorly-covered customer demand.
  • Inventories of available tools, methods, training courses, standards and standard operating procedures (SOPs), guidance documents and best practices
  • Catalogue of services: methods, guidance, studies, standards, training or  certification, helpdesk, support for the development of national expertise centres...
  • Robust collaborative open structure and network, gathering and sharing the best available resources and knowledge from Europe and beyond, with a governance, a business model, and evaluation and update mechanisms and operating procedures.

What will be the benefit as a member of the EC4SafeNano Center?

  • Access to the worldwide available information on institutes, projects and experts in the field of nanosafety and nanotechnologies
  • Access to highly qualified services providers and a higher guarantee of the quality of the services provided thanks to a collective service review
  • Opportunities to promote and participate in initiatives for harmonization of methods & services
  • Active involvement at an early stage in the debate on highly strategic topics
  • Enhanced opportunities to establish quicker contact with other partners and reach the critical mass on a given priority topic
  • A bigger voice speaking to the institutions
  • Reducing the effort and cost of development and harmonization at EU level of approaches for risk assessment & management in nanosafety

What are the services offered by the center?

  • HELP DESK to create an efficient interface with external customers and facilitating access to technical information and the available Catalogue of Services
  • PROVISION OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND SCIENCE-BASED ADVICE to questions (simple and complex demands, review of services) raised by stakeholders, including regulatory bodies and competent authorities
  • ANNUAL JOINT PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES (JPA) to organize activities, collectively agreed by the members of the Centre, such as interlaboratory studies, expert group meetings on high-priority topics selected by members, position papers, guidance documents, etc.
  • DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF HARMONIZED SERVICES by the creation and promotion of EU certification of marked services and the training of service providers.
  • REGULAR PROMOTION OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRE to provide an overview of research projects, standardisation activities and other relevant initiatives in the field of nanosafety in Europe and beyond.

Role of EU-VRi

Besides the support to the coordinator (INERIS) for the project management, monitoring and reporting, the main contributions of EU-VRi were the analysis of the needs of the civil society, the collective development of the business model and business plan of the center and the development of the online version of the catalogue.

 

More information on the project, the public deliverables and the current Catalogue of Services can be found at the project website http://ec4safenano.eu/. The site also posts an open invitation for research labs or companies providing NanoSafety services to join the future Centre and/or promote their resources and expertise through the Centre.

Duration: 36 Months / Partners: 15 / Programme: Coordination & Support Action in H2020 / Budget-EC Grant: approx. 2-2 Million Euro

13 Apr
2020
AssureMoss selected for funding!
News Photo EU-VRi is glad to announce that the AssureMoss H2020 project has been selected for funding and is expected to start by the end of 2020.



  AssureMoss
Assurance and certification in secure Multi-party Open Software and Services

 

 

EU-VRi is glad to announce that the AssureMoss H2020 project, coordinated by UNITN, has been selected for funding and is expected to start by the end of 2020.

AssureMOSS in a nutshell

Continuous, distributed changes rule today's European Digital Single Market as no single company does master its own national, in-house software. Software is mostly assembled from “the internet” and more than half come from Open Source Software repositories (some in Europe, most elsewhere). Security & privacy assurance, verification and process certification techniques designed for large, controlled updates over months or years, must now cope with small, continuous changes in weeks, happening in sub-components and decided by third party developers one did not even know they existed.

AssureMOSS addresses these challenges to the fullest extent: «Open Source Software - Designed Everywhere, Secured in Europe».

AssureMOSS proposes to switch from process-based to an artefact-based security evaluation by supporting all phases of the continuous software lifecycle (Design, Develop, Deploy, Evaluate and back) their artefacts (Models, Source code, Container images, Services). The key idea is to support mechanisms for light weight and scalable screenings applicable automatically to the entire population of software components by:

  • Machine intelligent identification of security issues across artifacts,
  • Sound analysis and verification of changes by tracing the security and side effects,
  • Business insight by risk analysis and security evaluation.

This approach supports fast-paced development of better software by a new notion: continuous (re)certification.
The project will generate not only a set of innovative methods and open source tools but also benchmark datasets with thousands of vulnerabilities and code that can be used by other researchers.

In CI/CD (continuous integration / continuous delivery), on any given sprint (e.g., a two-week dev cycle), dev teams pull in new open source libraries, the open source community produces security updates for those libraries, dev teams make decisions that impact the (security) architecture of the systems, new features (and their associated security bugs) are deployed to the customers, and so on. There is a continuous and high-volume stream of security-relevant events that are generated both internally (because of own development and operation) and externally (because of the dependencies to multi-parties).This figure shows thee security events, both internal and external, that are of interest in AssureMOSS.

Main contribution of EU-VRi

EU-VRi will adapt to AssureMoss needs the methodology based on multi-level dynamic checklists, initially developed and applied in the ANL systems in the US and then developed further and extended in the EU projects SmartResilience and InfraStress.

The set of about 1,000 indicators will be created for the assessment of risks and resilience in different configurations and situations, as well as for the prediction of whether a MOSS project has a vulnerability in its third-party components or own code.
EU-VRi will provide a large-scale empirical evaluation of the methodology on the set of Maven-based free open-source software libraries that are relevant from an industrial perspective in presence of continuous changes. The evaluation is planned to demonstrate the impact of the methodology for an individual software developer of a MOSS project, as well as for a free open-source ecosystem of software projects.

 

Duration: 36 Months / Partners: 11 / Programme: Research and Innovation Action in H2020 / Budget-EC Grant: approx. 4.7-4.7 Million Euro

11 Mar
2020
Bio4Self wins techtextile innovation Award
News Photo Our project, BIO4SELF won the prestigious techtextil innovation award in the category sustainable solution in Frankfurt on May 14, 2019.



The project, consisting 16 consortiums focuses on developing biobased and easy-to-recycle self-reinforced composites based on PLA fibers. Dr. Parva Chhantyal from Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) is responsible for the workpackage that evaluates the environmental and economic impact of the project. Congratulation to the whole team!

09 Mar
2020
Nano-Risk Radar considered for EU Innovation Radar
News Photo At the end of the EU H2020 project caLIBRAte, the technical reviewer appointed by the EC gave a "Thumbs Up" to the the Nano-Risk Radar tool, a Horizon scanning tool developed by Steinbeis R-Tech for identifying, analyzing and monitoring emerging risks in the field of nanotechnology.



The Nano-Risk Radar is an Horizon Scanning tool for identifying emerging nanosafety trends. The tool can be used for the identification and location of emerging perceived and real nano-related risks. In addition, the tool can assess the identified risks according to their criticality based on current trends within social media and also on expert judgement and scientific publications.

The Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. The Innovation Radar assessement is based on structured information captured via a questionnaire. The questionnaire is filled in by an independent innovation expert contracted by the European Commission. After a thorough analysis of the project outcomes deliverables and results, the expert identifies the innovations (technology, product, service, methodology) emerging from the project . All required information about these innovations and their market readiness is captured during an interview with consortium representatives usually during a review meeting. This structured information is then automatically analysed via a methodology developed be the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

06 Dec
2019
Steinbeis R-Tech Senior Project Manager Prof. Maile publishes new book
News Photo Steinbeis R-Tech Senior Project Manager Prof. Dr. Karl Maile, along with Herr Rudi Scheck, have recently published the book Metallographie in Qualitätssicherung und Schadensanalyse (Metallography in quality assurance and damage analysis - see the two-page flyer for more details: Metallographie in Qualitätssicherung und Schadensanalyse - Flyer).



Review the following two-page flyer for more details:

Metallographie in Qualitätssicherung und Schadensanalyse - Flyer

Metallography in quality assurance and damage analysis 

This book provides a brief introduction to materials science and describes the influence of manufacturing and processing on metal microstructure. The location and orientation of samples to produce polished sections from is a critical parameter which affects the conclusions of each and every metallographic analysis. This is where targeted action must be taken to ensure that manufacturing and operational defects in metal components are reliably detected.

Evaluating the acceptability of irregularities in a metal sample requires proper preparation, experience in macroscopic and microscopic evaluation of textures and knowledge of the relevant standards and guidelines. Numerous documentations and case studies exist to provide assistance in the practical procedure. The authors explain characteristic features of different types of defects and suggest optimized procedures or alternative preparation methods.

Assessing damage and material failures is a particularly difficult task for metallographers. The decisive factor for success is the correct analytical approach, the proper choice of the grinding position and its correct orientation. Practical instructions to tackle these task are presented and explained using practical, real life examples. A glossary of relevant terms is presented in the appendix to close gaps in knowledge in the adjacent fields of science, metallurgy and production engineering, so that the instructions for practical work presented in this book can put to use without consulting further literature.

14 Nov
2019
Updated ImprESS project website now available
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The project website for the EU Erasmus+ project ImprESS has recently been updated to highlight the completed and ongoing work and initiatives within the project. The updated website can be found here: http://impress.kpu.edu.rs/





ImprESS - which stands for "Improving Academic and Professional Education Capacity in Serbia in the area of Safety & Security (by means of strategic partnership with the EU)" - includes 11 partners from 6 countries: Serbia, France, Italy, Poland, Germany, and Greece. Steinbeis R-Tech participated in the project as a Transfer Institute of Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB). 

The ImprESS project aims to enhance education capacity in Serbia in the field of academic and professional education, specifically in the area of Safety & Security (S&S). To this end, by means of strategic partnership, the ImprESS project is working to establish a model for improving the educational capacity in the area of ’’sector skill alliance’’ for Safety & Security. Based on this model, a sample educational infrastructure (curriculum, modules, courses, academic and para-academic educational activities) will be established and implemented in Serbia. The infrastructure will be used to improve the current educational capacity of the participating Serbian universities.

The improved capacities. together with those at the supporting EU academic education institutes, will be integrated into a Regional Center for Training & Education in area of Safety & Security (TESS). Within Serbia, the project will have broad impact beyond the educational infrastructure, which will be achieved through a) alignment with EU practices and b) including the most advanced state-of-the-art studies. In terms of impact within the EU, the participating European institutions will benefit and learn from gaining first-hand experience with safety & security education-related issues in a country beyond EU-borders.

The ImprESS project, Contract no. 586410-EPP-1-2017-1-RS-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP, has been funded with support from the European Commission within the ERASMUS + program.

07 Nov
2019
Steinbeis R-Tech hosts visiting delegation from Beijing, China
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On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) had the pleasure of hosting a visiting delegation from Beijing, China, for a meeting in Stuttgart.





Prior to the meeting, the participants spent the preceding week in Cologne, Germany, participating in course on the topics of resilience and smart cities, which was organized by the Steinbeis R-Tech Transfer Institute as part of Steinbeis University Berlin. Over the course of 10 years, the R-Tech group led by Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic has worked with the Beijing Academy of Science and Technology on more than 14 strategic projects; this meeting provided a valuable opportunity to reflect on and discuss past, present, and future opportunities for collaboration.

16 Oct
2019
A. Jovanovic teaching upcoming course on Risk Based Inspection (RBI) in Amsterdam
News Photo Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanović will be leading a MasterClass on RBI from October 22-23, 2019, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.



RBI, as an approach initially developed in and for Oil and Gas Industry has changed a lot in the year 2019. New industrial and international/European standards (such as EN 16991:2018 or new ISO standards, or the less recent API and ASME standards) have been brought into the modern practice. New tools corresponding to these documents and the overall Industry 4.0 trends have been developed, and, last but least; the application area has been broadened to areas such as power and paper industry. Read more about RBI and this upcoming course in the PDF course agenda linked here: RBI 2019 Course Agenda

21 Mar
2019
Bio4Self wins JEC Innovation Sustainability Award
News Photo Our project, BIO4SELF won the prestigious Sustainability Innovation award at JEC World fair in Paris on March 13, 2019.



 

The project, consisting 16 consortiums focuses on developing biobased and easy-to-recycle self-reinforced composites based on PLA fibers. Dr. Parva Chhantyal from Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) is responsible for the workpackage that evaluates the environmental and economic impact of the project. Congratulation to the whole team! For more information, click here.

22 Feb
2019
Register now for the Joint Final Conference of SmartResilience and SAYSO projects!
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The SmartResilience and SAYSO H2020 projects are excited to announce their Joint Final Conference entitled "An EU Initiative Towards Advanced Situational and Enhanced Resilience." The conference will take place from April 15-17, 2019, in Budapest, Hungary.





 

 

Event Details

 
The joint final conference of the SmartResilience and SAYSO projects will be hosted by the National University of Public Service in Budapest. The objectives of the joint conference are to present and discuss their respective outcomes as well as to discuss next steps. The conference will involve practitioners, developers, technology suppliers, and standardization and procurement specialists, as well as decision-makers, to find the best ways to harmonize, integrate, and enhance the projects’ outcomes in order to achieve tangible impact at the European level.
 
Registration

This event is open to all interested stakeholders, contributors, and participants from other projects and institutions and is free of charge. Register here: http://www.sr-sayso-conference.evenium.net

  • Registration Fee: None (includes lunch and coffee breaks during the conference)
  • Additional Costs: Conference participants are responsible for covering their own travel, lodging, and associated costs.

 

Deadline: March 31, 2019
 
 
Call for contributions/presentations

The SmartResilience and SAYSO projects are seeking contributions/presentations related to critical infrastructure resilience and protection and to situational awareness systems in civil protection.
 
Proposals for contributions, including title, authors' names, and a short abstract (max. 1500 characters) should be sent to SAYSO-SmartResilience-Conference@eu-vri.eu using the application form available for download below.
 
Deadline: March 7, 2019
Accepted Notification: March 2019
 
*Please Note: Contributors/presenters should also register for the days of the conference which they will be attending!
 
 
Call for posters

Poster presentations will be displayed during a 90-minute poster session with the attendant author(s) available to discuss and present the poster (e.g. from EU or other projects). These will be scheduled on the afternoon of Monday, April 15, 2019.
 
Abstracts for posters should be sent to SAYSO-SmartResilience-Conference@eu-vri.eu using the application form available for download below.
 
Deadline: March 7, 2019
Accepted Notification: March 2019
 
*Please Note: Poster presenters should also register for the days of the conference which they will be attending!
 
 
  Conference program

The final program is available for download here.
  
 
The projects

The SmartResilience project provides a new indicator-based methodology for assessing and measuring the resilience level of critical infrastructures, such as energy and water supply, transportation networks and similar.
 
The SAYSO project aims to allow European civil protection and emergency responder organisations to procure, at a competitive price, innovative Situational Awareness systems and tools matching their needs. The production of the specifications of such solutions in SAYSO also involves suppliers, public procurement authorities and policy makers.
 
 
 
Access map

For information on how to reach the venue, click HERE.

Lodging

 
The conference organizing committee is not recommending any specific hotels for conference attendees, as we have decided this is best left to the personal tastes and preferences of each participant. However, there are many good options available near the venue, and any hotel in or near the city center should also be close to either a direct or connecting public transit line with a stop close to the conference center.
 
An example of hotel options available near the venue is available through Google's hotel search tool.

 
 
 
 
 
The SmartResilience and SAYSO projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under the Grant Agreement Numbers 700621 and 740872, respectively. The support provided by the European Commission for these projects and for their joint final conference is acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

 

14 Feb
2019
Steinbeis R-Tech and EU-VRi successfully passed the ISO 9001:2015 audit
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Steinbeis R-Tech and EU-VRi passed the ISO 9001 audit based on the 2015 revised version of the standard which is focusing on risk thinking and strategic planning.





The ZDH-ZERT audit took place on February 7-8, 2019 and showed again that the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technology Group and EU-VRi duly improves and complies with the requirements of ISO 9001 Quality Management. The audit has covered the areas of integrated risk management and industrial safety with multidisciplinary, global and holistic approach, including education and training, information providing, innovation, professional services and consulting, products and software, project management.

10 Feb
2019
Paper on energy indicators in Springer Journal of Thermal Science
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Steinbeis Center for Energy Technologies increased its visibility by achieving a milestone: The paper on "Evaluation of Electricity Generating System’s Technology Mix Using 3E Indicator" appeared in Journal of Thermal Science published by Springer. See more at https://rdcu.be/bjPQZ. It is also a great achievement for both Steinbeis  Novi Sad and for Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group (www.risk-technologies.com).

28 Jan
2019
SmartResilience referenced as part of the new ISO 31050 standard
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SmartResilience is referenced in a recent update to an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) webpage highlighting the work being done for the new standard ISO 31050 - Guidance for managing emerging risks to enhance resilience. The standard and will provide the guidance needed to deal with the "new, previously unknown or not considered, 'emerging' risks [which] can pose the greatest challenges to resilience, safety and operational and business continuity" and draws upon the work of organizations and projects including SmartResilience.





This standard is currently under development by ISO/TC (Technical Committee) 262 ‘Risk Management,’ which "develops international standards in the field of risk management to support organizations in all their activities including making decisions to manage and minimize the effects of accidents, disasters and faults in technical systems as well as response and recovery from major disruptive risks."

To learn more about the new ISO 31050 standard, visit: https://committee.iso.org/sites/tc262/home/projects/ongoing/iso-31022-guidelines-for-impl-2.html

23 Jan
2019
Somik Chakravarty receives the Jean Bricard Prize 2019
News Photo Somik Chakravarty (R-Tech) was awarded the Jean Bricard prize 2019 at the 32nd French Congress on Aerosols (CFA) in Paris on 22 January 2019.



Somik Chakravarty, Project Manager at Steinbeis R-Tech received the Jean Bricard Prize 2019 for his PhD thesis in Mechanical properties of cohesionless and cohesive bulk solids: transition from non-cohesive to cohesive powders. The PhD was supported by European Union Marie Curie Actions FP7 T-MAPPP and conducted at the Sorbonne Universités - UTC and INERIS, France.

 

 

Association Française d'Etudes & de Recherches sur les Aérosols (ASFERA) as a part of its mission to promote research in the field of aerosol science, awards each year the Jean Bricard Prize to a young researcher in France. More information on the prize can be found on the ASFERA website (https://www.asfera.org/fr/prixjeanbricard/presentation) 

09 Jan
2019
Participate in our stakeholder survey for the development of risk assessment tools!
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Within the framework of H2020 project PANBioRA, the consortium is developing new techniques and instruments for biomaterial risk assessment. In this regard, Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) is carrying out a stakeholder survey for the development of risk assessment tools. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey.

We would very much appreciate your input and expertise!





 Survey for identifying the stakeholder needs and perspectives

"Personalised and Generalised Integrated Biomaterial Risk Assessment''

Are you an expert working in the field of "biomaterials", "implants", "medical devices", "risk analysis", "multiscale modelling", "policies & regulations" or related fields?

Help us develop an integrated risk governance framework for biomaterials and related devices/products by participating in the survey.

Participate in our survey and receive feedback!

07 Jan
2019
SmartResilience article in Safety Science journal
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The SmartResilience project is highlighted in the recently released Safety Science journal article "Quantitative resilience assessment in emergency response reveals how organizations trade efficiency for redundancy." SmartResilience Project Coordinator Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanović is one of the article's co-authors.





The authors note that their "results open the obvious possibilities for optimization along several lines that could be explored in future research," including comparison of "'big-data-based indicators'...This option would open up a completely new way of looking onto the monitoring of resilience in real time, which was exactly the idea promoted by the SmartResilience project."

Read the full article at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753518312013

20 Dec
2018
SmartResilience project announces joint final conference with SAYSO H2020 Project
News Photo The SmartResilience project is excited to announce it will be hosting its final conference in joint collaboration with the SAYSO Horizon 2020 Project from April 15-17, 2019, in Budapest, Hungary. Registration will open in early 2019. More information is available in the "save the date" invitation below.



Invitation for the Joint Final Conference
of the SmartResilience and SAYSO H2020 projects

April 15-17, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

 

The joint final conference of the SAYSO and SmartResilience projects will be hosted by the National University of Public Service in Budapest on April 15-17, 2019. The objectives of the joint conference are to present and discuss their respective outcomes as well as to discuss next steps! The conference will involve practitioners, developers, technology suppliers, standardisation and procurement specialists, as well as decision-makers to find the best ways to harmonise, integrate, and enhance the projects’ outcomes and achieve tangible impact at the European level.

 

If you wish to participate as a speaker, please contact us before January 31, 2019, at SAYSO-SmartResilience-Conference@eu-vri.eu.

 

The e-registration for all participants will open early 2019.

To be among the first informed, follow us on Twitter!

@SmartResilience and @SAYSO

 

Contributors and participants from other projects and institutions are welcome to attend.

                                                                                                                               

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest!

 

Kind regards,

A. Jovanovic & H. Burkow

on behalf of the SmartResilience and SAYSO Consortia

 

 

11 Dec
2018
SmartResilience public deliverables D3.6 and D4.4 now available
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The SmartResilience project recently published two more public deliverables in the Results section of its public-facing website.





27 Nov
2018
SmartResilience project team to participate in upcoming international events
News Photo The SmartResilience team will be attending and participating in several upcoming international events for promotion and dissemination of the project.



These events include:

December 2-6, 2018:

Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (USA) – Professor Jovanović will be sharing the following presentation related to SmartResilience:

Analyzing Interdependencies Among Infrastructures Based on Big Data and Resilience Indicators (Jovanovic AS, Klimek P)

 

 

  

 

December 4, 2018:

Second Project SAYSO Public Workshop, Brussels, Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 5-6, 2018:

Security Research Event (SRE) 2018, Brussels, Belgium

26 Nov
2018
SmartResilience project: Web updates
News Photo The SmartResilience project is excited to share several recent updates related to its web tools, including the launch of the MySmartResilience and updates to the Welcome web page of the tool.



 

MySmartResilience Tool

A recent update to the SmartResilience web interface includes a new section of the tool called MySmartResilience that enables personalized data entry, analysis, and saving.

Project stakeholders should contact smartresilience-core@eu-vri.eu to gain access to this section of the tool.

 

 

 

 


 

SmartResilience Welcome Web Page Updates

Two recent updates have been made to the Welcome web page of the SmartResilience tool:

1. Testimonials have been added to share end-user and project participant experiences with and impressions of SmartResilience.

2. A Feedback Survey is now available via the “Tell us your opinion” button and directly via this link: http://www.smartresilience2.eu-vri.eu/Survey_Run.aspx?ID=978. We ask that interested parties please help us by taking some time (estimated 10-15 minutes) to complete this survey to help us improve the SmartResilience tool and potential applications. This survey can be distributed to anyone who may be interested in providing feedback. There is also an opportunity included in this survey to provide a testimonial for the project.

 

 

23 Nov
2018
SmartResilience highlighted on WaterBriefing website
News Photo A recent article on the UK-based website WaterBriefing.org highlights the SmartResilience project's use of a virtual smart city model to gauge resilience of smart critical infrastructures. The full article, published on November 8, 2018, can be found here: https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/technology-focus/item/15613-eu-project-uses-virtual-smart-city-model-to-gauge-resilience-of-smart-critical-infrastructures



As stated on its website, WaterBriefing is "an information service, delivering daily news, company data and product information straight to the desks of purchasers, users and specifiers of equipment and services in the UK water and wastewater industry." The article describes SmartResilience's series of real-life based case studies, such as the FOXTROT case study focused on assessing the resilience of drinking water supply in Swedish cities.

22 Nov
2018
PANBioRA Stakeholder survey is online!
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With this survey stakeholders needs and perspectives with respect to the development and use of an integrated risk governance framework for biomaterials and biomaterial based devices and products will be identified. The output from this survey will be used in developing a web-tool to enable horizon scanning of “hot spots” and monitoring of risks based on a web-based analysis.

We are looking forward to your contribution!





 Survey for identifying the stakeholder needs and perspectives

"Personalised and Generalised Integrated Biomaterial Risk Assessment''

Are you an expert working in the field of "biomaterials", "implants", "medical devices", "risk analysis", "multiscale modelling", "policies & regulations" or related fields?

Help us develop an integrated risk governance framework for biomaterials and related devices/products by participating in the survey.

Participate in our survey and receive feedback!

30 Oct
2018
Prof. Jovanović interviewed regarding risk standardization
News Photo Prof. Aleksandar Jovanović recently gave an interview for the leading German economic newspaper Wirtschaftswoche, recognizing the importance of standardization work in the area of risks. EU-VRi, Steinbeis, and Prof. Jovanović are long-time active leaders in the area of standardization related to emerging risks, currently working on a new ISO standard, ISO 31050 Guidance for Managing Emerging Risks to Enhance Resilience.



The original article is available in German here: http://www.inpactmedia.com/wirtschaft/risikomanagement/wir-brauchen-standards-fuer-globale-risiken#2287. A translated version in English is provided below:

»We need standards for global risks«
Globalization is driving forward world networking. But with complexity also comes risks. How can you correctly assess a threat situation? Are we even worried about the "right" things?

Klaus Lüber, Editorial Staff

And how can you handle risks that have global implications? An interview with Prof. Aleksandar Jovanović, Head of the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi).

KL: Mr. Jovanović: natural disasters, infrastructure damage, political imponderables, supply chain disruption, piracy, sabotage, cybercrime - the number of risks in international business seems to be growing. Is that really the case, or is it just because we know more and more about risks?
AJ: That's not so easy to answer. What does "growing" mean? What we do know is that the present has become more complex and often entails new risks. As a system becomes more complex, in general, the risks become more complex, and the number of potential and new risks increases. The problem is that in order to really assess a threat situation, we need reliable reference points. At the “regulars” table you can talk about the real dangers of climate change at length, but as long as you do not have a reliable framework to define priorities, criteria and decision-making processes (when it comes to risk assessment) all remain just a roundtable discussion.

KL: You could consult experts.
AJ: Yes, of course you could, and of course you do, but that does not really make you “pass.” For example, if every expert has a different opinion, we get a collection of responses in silos. This is a very unfavorable situation, especially when dealing with complex risks, because here [with complex risks] it is particularly important to act interdisciplinary and to see the "big picture."

KL: Do you mean [to imply] action guidelines for companies and institutions?
AJ: Right, and here comes the next challenge: the classification of responsibilities - "mandates" - has also become more complex. As a result, it is often the very institutions that are supposed to exercise these mandates globally, such as the UN or the EU, which become increasingly powerless or unfree in doing so. At the national level, it is often not much better. Although consensus on dealing with complex and systemic risks is certainly very important, as well as [achieving] the acceptance of as many people as possible, the reluctance of an institution [to act], such as a competent ministry which actually has power to act on an issue such as “coal exit,” is out of place.

KL: What is the general policy in the area of risk management?
AJ: In my opinion, there is definitely room for improvement. Many authorities and institutions have long lost much of their expertise and have many specialist personnel issues. Take the cybercrime field: since it is often impossible for authorities to engage the right IT professionals to provide the TVL-like conditions, many “cybersecurity centers” lack the right professionals or expertise.

KL: What about the situation with companies? Do they usually have more financial leeway?
AJ: That's right, but they have the problem of having to decide whether to invest long-term or short-term. For example, insurers who have been dealing with risk management issues for years often have to balance the investments they have in short or long-term risks because they cannot always afford the required research on the long-term, more complex risks. As in politics, they are simply less and less interested in long-term planning. It's worth less or even nothing at all.

KL: Let’s speak [more] concretely about the risks that we are dealing with in business and society. The sociologist and risk researcher Ortwin Renn, with whom you have worked for many years, sees the greatest danger in so-called systemic risks.
AJ: Yes, Mr. Renn means risks that can have global implications, are closely networked with many functional areas of the economy and society, and have cause-and-effect chains where we cannot get by with a classic, statistic-based approach. Here we need a fundamental change of perspective.

KL: What do you mean?
AJ: One should say goodbye to the idea that one could simply avoid or combat systemic risks like an external disturbance. The truth is that it is no longer about avoiding risks but understanding them as best as possible and preparing for them in the best possible way [in order] to ensure the resilience of the systems. That's one thing. The other is that solving complex and global problems usually has to be complex and global. Global also in the sense of "integrative" and "integrated".

KL: You have to explain that, please.
AJ: The decisive factor is the integration of various solutions into integrated risk management. That is exactly what we are doing at the EU-VRi, [the Virtual] European Institute for Integrated Risk Management. In doing so, one must try to consider all the different sources, including those, for example, that can cause or promote the misperception of risks in social networks. Nowadays, you have to be able to analyze the large amounts of data available – “Big Data” -, to be able to analyze new methods and have new analysis software. This is the only way to detect new trends in risks in good time: by observing them in real time and to derive recommendations for action from them. It is very useful to compare these results, which you can get without experts, with expert opinions.

KL: So risk analysis tools alone are not enough [to avoid risks]?
AJ: No, because even with these tools you will hardly be able to avoid them; new solutions also generate new risks. A classic example is the risk of Alzheimer's disease. That [risk] is one in a hundred at the age of 65 but one in six at the age of 85. One could say: by avoiding the risks that lead to an early death, at the same tome you increase the risk of developing [other] diseases that increase [in risk] with age. That this pattern is repeated in other fields, such as the exit from coal, autonomous driving, or Industry 4.0, is to be expected.

KL: These are topics in each of which the aspect of social acceptance plays a role. Now many of your colleagues say that we often cannot assess risks properly. Isn’t it first of all a matter of distinguishing "real" from "fake" risks?
AJ: Of course you can do that, but you should be careful not to take so-called "false" risks less seriously. For a long time, insurers have had their own term: phantom risks. Although they have no material, statistical basis, they should still play an important role in a risk analysis. To perform a full risk analysis, one must consider factors such as risk perception and social acceptance. If technology is accepted in one corner of the world and not in another, it is important to understand why.

KL: Like, for example, the Transrapid?
Exactly. A cutting-edge technology that has not found social acceptance. Not least of all because the risks associated with the Transrapid in Germany and the classic train have been considered and categorized. Then it would be, as in every train, an emergency brake would be required on the Transrapid, while nobody would think of installing one in an airplane.

KL: What recommendations do you give to politics and business?
AJ: It's all about recognizing the importance of frameworks for efficient risk management. Just as we have agreed in many countries to drive to the right or measure speed in km/h, we also need more commonly accepted risk and resilience management standards in risk research - such as the new ISO 31050. That's because we need maximum clarity and the above framework in the implementation. Only then will we have a chance to prepare efficiently for the challenges of old and new risks.
16 Oct
2018
Workshop on Risk Based Inspections (RBI) and the new EU standard EN16991
News Photo On October 16, 2018, Steinbeis R-Tech and EnBW organized a workshop devoted to the new EU standard on Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) EN16991:2018, published on May 1, 2018. Participation in the workshop was free of charge.



Heading

Workshop
Risk Based Inspections (RBI)
and the new EU standard EN16991
Concept and application

October 16th, 2018
EnBW City, Schelmenwasenstraße 15, 70567, Stuttgart-Fasanenhof, Germany

Steinbeis EnBW GKM MPA EU CEN

 

Main topic:
On May 1st, 2018 the new EN16991:2018 standard was approved. It establishes the basis for application of European standardization in the area of RBI in Europe and worldwide. Following the pre-standard CWA 15740:2008/2011, the new EN16991 is aligned with API RPs and supported by national documents such as VGB 506-S. Already mentioned in the legislation of several countries, the standard supports a more efficient and effective inspection and maintenance planning in the industry (power, process, other). At the same time, it improves risk management and thus, safety, of the plants and their operation, including all aspects of improved environment and business management. This workshop is designed to present detailed information about the standard and its present and future applicability in industry.

Goals of the workshop:
• Understand the basis for Risk Based Inspection methodology, in particular in power and process
industry
• Understand the new EN16991:2018 standard, its details and implications
• Show how the standard is practically used
• Insights into other RBI standardization efforts such as the German VGB 506-S

Workshop program:
09:00 - 09:30 Registration and introduction
09:30 - 10:45 RBI Introduction
- General principals of risk assessment and management (ISO, EN, national)
- General approaches to Risk Based Inspections (world, EU, Germany andcompanies)
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 RBI application
- Practical assessment of Probability of Failure (PoF) and Consequence of Failure(CoF)
- Implementation of tools and systems
- Application examples in the power and process industries
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:00 Presentation of the new EN16991 standard
14:00 - 15:00 EN16991 - Concept and requirements
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 16:45 EN16991 - practical applications
16:45 - 17:00 Final discussion and closure
EnBWKraftwerk









Register here for the workshop, free of charge:

Risk Based Inspections (RBI) and the new EU standard EN16991 Concept and application



EnBW City
How to reach EnBW City


Main Speakers:

A. Jovanovic, R-Tech
J. Bareiß, EnBW
K. Metzger, GKM
A. Carlebur, NEN (tbc)

Note
The event is organized back-to-back to the 44th MPA seminar - "Fit for Future":
MPA seminar - October 17-18, 2018

Participation in the workshop is free of charge and is based on limited free seats; therefore, registration is mandatory!

Contact the organizers at RBIworkshop@risk-technologies.com

01 Oct
2018
EU-VRi and Steinbeis R-Tech jointly commenced the ERRA initiative
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ERRA - The European Risk & Resilience Assessment and Rating Agency






ERRA
The European Risk & Resilience Assessment and Rating Agency:
going beyond compliance

Why ERRA?

In the spirit of new policies (e.g. the EU directive on non-financial reporting), ever increasing social responsibility and awareness, and the needs of globalized economies (e.g. overcoming differences in compliance rules in different countries), the need to prove that one is investing efforts in “SAFETY BEYOND LEGAL COMPLIANCE” and “STAYING RESILIENT WHEN AFFRONTING NEW RISKS” will increase.

The ERRA Agency, proposed here and based on the outcomes of the EU project SmartResilience, intends to help prove the effectiveness of the above effort, e.g. by means of RECOGNIZED VOLUNTARY AUDITING performed by the network of partners acting through the Agency.

ERRA Agency and the SmartResilience project

Ensuring sustainability of the SmartResilience project results after the project ends in April 2019 was one of the major triggers for the ERRA initiative. ERRA would thus be one the three main sustainable and lasting results of the project after the project ends:

1. Encoding the project approach and the main results in an ISO standard (ISO 31050)

2. Leaving the 2,500+ indicators, the methodology, and the software tool (web) as an “open system,” possibly on the EU/JRC platform

3. Creating a business model based on the project and its results – both for project partners and the community: The “European Risk & Resilience Assessment and Rating Agency” (ERRA).

The ERRA concept is being elaborated (2018/19) by EU-VRi as a part of the SmartResilience project deliverables.

ERRA concept cornerstones

The concept of ERRA relies on the following main documents:

i. SmartResilience resilience-indicator-based methodology documents and checklists (project deliverables)

ii. ISO 31000/31050 and 223xx-series

iii. EU Directive on non-financial reporting

iv. Cooperation agreement with key risk and resilience institutions worldwide (e.g. EU, JRC, ANL, PSC, BJAST…)

v. Cooperation agreements with Agency service-sub-providers

and on the following main tools:

i. SmartResilience system (open/free)

ii. Optional: Agency members’ tools as options (the respective network member’s conditions)

ERRA Services:
Risk and resilience “Assessment-as-a-Service”

The main ERRA service (risk and resilience “Assessment-as-a-service”) will be performed by the Agency together with and subcontracting by Agency member organizations (organizational members AND individuals) having the different competencies needed to meet the specific needs of specific industry branches or application areas (e.g. critical infrastructures or new technologies). In the most general terms, ERRA would contact and negotiate with the customers, engage the experts among the Agency members, process the contracts with the customer and guarantee the quality of assessment provided by the Agency. Main service provided to the Agency clients would be:

1. SELF-ASSESSMENT – free service
The customer registers at the page, submits request for using the online ERRA (SmartResilience) tool and, request approved, get the access to the tools and supporting documents. There are no fees, but the assessment (anonymized) remains in the pool and can be analyzed (big data) or viewed by other users.

2. AUDITED SELF-ASSESSMENT – auditing fees
The self-assessment report is audited by the ERRA appointed auditors. The fee for the audit apply. ERRA issues an audit certificate.

3. ERRA-performed AUDIT – full audit fees apply
ERRA appoints assessors/auditors, they do the assessment and produce the report. ERRA issues the full audit certificate.

Supporting services of the Agency

1. Education
(e.g. including certified courses in the area of risk and resilience)

2. Certification and management of auditors
(certification scheme to be accredited)

3. Managing/facilitating ad-hoc consultancy
(e.g. the consultancy provided by the members)

4. Research coordination and facilitation, as well as other actions which may arise from the Agency client’s needs

Members, in the due course, may also offer further member-specific service through the Agency.

Basic rule of engagement for the Agency members

The Agency itself is envisaged to be registered in Germany as a service-oriented company. EU-VRi, its members and the SmartResilience project partners will be offered the first “say” in the process of establishing the Agency. After that, the access to Agency membership should be open to all interested parties, signing the agreement) with the Agency. Agency members can be both institutions/organizations/companies and individuals. The possibilities for obtaining the start-up support of the EU-ESA will be explored.

Contact: : A. Jovanović, EU-VRi and B. Caillard, EU-VRi at erra@eu-vri.eu

 

The ERRA initiative for creating the European Risk & Resilience Assessment and Rating Agency is supported by the following potential stakeholders (The “support’’ means the stakeholders have explicitly confirmed interest being in favor of the effort to explore the needs and opportunities for creation of the European Risk and Resilience Assessment and Rating Agency in the framework of the WP9 of the SmartResilience project; this implies that the stakeholder will be regularly informed about the progress of the initiative and be given a possibility to contribute to the definition of its outcome.):

International Organizations

  1. EPFL IRGC, Switzerland
  2. ESA-NTTI, Hungary
  3. ESA-BIC, Hungary
  4. EU-VRi, Germany

Industry

  1. NIS, Serbia
  2. Steinbeis StC, Germany
  3. Technologica Group, Belgium

National Organizations

  1. City of Edinburg, Scotland
  2. VTT, Finland

Research

  1. IBM, Israel
  2. SINTEF, Norway
  3. Steinbeis R-Tech, Germany

Academics

  1. BUW, Germany
  2. KU Leuven, Belgium
  3. Medical Uiniversity Vienna (MUW), Austria

 

 

13 Sep
2018
SmartResilience Selection of CORE DCL ISSUES & INDIA Workshop in Brussels
News Photo SmartResilience Project Partners met in Brussels on September 11-12, 2018, in order to discuss the CORE list of issues and the INDIA case study. On the first day, Prof. Jovanović introduced the concept of the CORE dynamic checklist (DCL) and presented the SmartResilience tool. During this day, the workshop participants also reviewed the issues and finalized the CORE DCL. On the second day, a tabletop exercise was conducted to simulate cascading and ripple effects on combined scenarios (CASE STUDY INDIA).
16 Aug
2018
Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, Steinbeis, R-Tech, and EU-VRi sign a collaboration agreement in the area of Risk Management.
News Photo On August 16, 2018, Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST), Steinbeis, Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech), and the European Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) signed a collaboration agreement in the area of Risk Management.



The delegates from the Beijing Academy of Science and Technology participated in a meeting with Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) and the European Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) in Stuttgart, Germany on August 16, 2018. They discussed possible projects in the area of emerging risks, risk management and resilience. During the meeting they officially signed the future framework collaboration agreement between Steinbeis, EU-VRi and BJAST.

01 Aug
2018
The work on the new ISO 31050 Standard started
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On July 27, 2018, the ISO Technical Committee TC26 approved work starting on the development of the new standard ISO 31050 Guidance for Managing Emerging Risks to Enhance Resilience, under the convenership of EU-VRi.

Download the leaflet at https://www.eu-vri.eu/filehandler.ashx?file=16526.






ISO31000
TC262 Risk Management – WG8

ISO31050
Guidance for Managing Emerging Risks to Enhance Resilience: Thriving in a World Growing in Uncertainty

Why ISO31050?

At the current pace of change, the world in the 21st century will experience 20,000 years of advancements, in just one 100 years (WEF, 2016). This is changing the risk landscape and bringing in an avalanche of new uncertainties and new emerging risks the management of which is essential for the society.

The new ISO31050 standard will provide the much needed foresight and insight to deal with these risks. It will also provide new ways for enhancement of organizational resilience and new capabilities to deal with new challenges, helping, at the same time, to increase the level of trust in management of risk.

ISO31000:2018 as a “generic standard”

The newly revised and published International Standard on Risk Management ISO31000:2018 is created, monitored and supplemented (with supporting documents) by ISO Technical Committee TC262. ISO31000 standard is one of the few ISO Standards (of the several thousand promulgated by top experts in their fields) that is qualified as a "generic ISO standard" – this means that all other standards must accommodate and align to its provisions.

Therefore, it is mission critical for every entity utilizing ISO Standards, to address and strategically approach risk management and, when doing so, to follow ISO31000.

New (“emerging”) risks

New, previously unknown or not considered, “emerging” risks can pose the greatest challenges to resilience, safety and operational and business continuity. These “new and/or increasing” risks can be related to different areas of activities, such as new processes, new technologies, new types of workplace, or social or organizational change.

They can also be some long-standing issue, newly considered as a risk due to a change in social or public perceptions or due to new scientific knowledge. The increasing behavior of these risks means that the number of hazards leading to the risk may be growing, or that the exposure to the hazard leading to the risk is increasing, or that the effects/impacts of the hazards are getting worse (e.g. seriousness of effects and/or the number of people affected). These risks will interrelate with the processes like globalization, digitalization, innovation, cross boundary operations and many others, inextricably, directly or indirectly influencing each other, being interconnected, systemic and/or interdependent.

ISO31050:
A new member of ISO31000 family

Starting from the ISO31000 definition of risk (“effect of uncertainty on objectives”) and understanding risk management as significant contributor to value creation and preservation, the new

"ISO31050 Guidance for Managing Emerging Risks to Enhance Resilience"

will contribute to the further development of integrated management processes that provide insight into how risk may affect the achievement of organization objectives. The development of the standard is assigned to the Work Group 8 (WG8) of the Technical Committee TC262. The work started in June 2018, taking DIN SPEC 91299 (CWA 1664), the work of the ISO TC292 (ISO 223xx standards) and the works of organizations such as OECD, SRA, WEF and EU (projectsiNTeg-Risk and SmartResilience project, ResiStand) as its main reference.

The main calling is to provide universal, yet meaningful guidance on developing new competencies and business models to create relevant and realistic recommendations in an ever-changing uncertain world, to facilitate best practices, enhance resilience, promote agility, assist transformation, deliver insight, insure foresight, establish value and integrate resources.

With ISO31050, the decision makers in organizations will be better equipped to manage both known (ISO31000) and emerging risks (ISO31050) with confidence. To this aim, ISO31050 will, deliver:

  • Structured context (e.g. definitions, drivers, metrics, …) for dealing with emerging risks
  • Emerging risk management framework
  • Process
  • Guidance for

o Common format(s) for interoperability

o Common/agreed indicators

o Considerations related to emerging risks in resilience assessment

  • Emerging Risk application examples
    (informative annexes, exact list yet to be defined)

The work plan foresees to:

  • deliver the 1st WD (working draft) on Sept 30, 2018
  • prepare the CD (committee draft) by January 2019 for the ballot in February – March 2019
  • finalize DIS (draft international standard) by March 2020 and
  • publish the standard in June 2021.

Contact: A. Jovanović, EU-VRi (convener) jovanovic@eu-vri.eu; R. Civet, AFNOR (secretariat) rodolphe.civet@afnor.org

ISO31050
Guidance for Managing Emerging Risks to Enhance Resilience

TC262 Risk Management – WG8: Members (as of July 27, 2018)

 

Countries, Liaisons, NSBs

Number of persons

1. Argentina

1

2. Canada

1

3. Colombia

1

4. Finland

1

5. France

4

6. India

1

7. Indonesia

1

8. Ireland

3

9. Italy

1

10. Japan

3

11. Malaysia

1

12. Mexico

1

13. Portugal

1

14. Spain

1

15. Switzerland

1

16. United Kingdom

2

17. United States

2

Liaison: TC251 Asset Mgmt.

1

Liaison: EU-VRi (Convener)

1

NSB: AFNOR

1

Total

29

Contact details:

TC262 Chairperson: J. Brown https://www.iso.org/committee/629121.html

TC262 Secretariat: N. Zgavc https://www.iso.org/committee/629121.html

TC262 TG2 Communication: N. Lynch, NSAI, Niamh.Lynch@nsai.ie

TC262 WG8 Chairperson: A. Jovanović, EU-VRi, jovanovic@eu-vri.eu

TC262 WG8 Secretariat: R. Civet, AFNOR), rodolphe.civet@afnor.org


14 Jun
2018
SILICOFCM Kick-off meeting, Kragujevac, Serbia 14-15 June 2018
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SILICOFCM project officially started on June 1, 2018 and the duration of the action is 42 months. The Kick-off meeting was held in Kragujevac, Serbia on June 14-15, 2018.

During the meeting, participating partners presented their institutions and experience relevant for the SILICOFCM project implementation. Also, the action plan for each work package for the first six months of the project was presented and discussed.





  

 

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Familial cardiomyopathies (FCM) are most commonly diagnosed, or progress of the disease is monitored, throughin vivo imaging, with either echocardiography or, increasingly, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The treatment of symptoms of FCM by established therapies could only in part improve the outcome, but novel therapiesneed to bedeveloped to affect the disease process and time course morefundamentally.
SILICOFCM project will develop in silico computational cloud platform which will integrate from stopped-flowmolecular kinetic assays to magnetic resonance imaging of the whole heart, bioinformatics and image processing toolswith state of the art computer models with the aim toreduce animal and clinical studies for a new drug developmentandoptimized clinical therapy of FCM.
 
The developed system will be distributed on the cloud platforms in order to achieve efficient data storage and highperformancecomputing, that can offer end users results in reasonably short time. Academic technical partners IIT, UOI, UL and BSC will be responsible for developing and integration of in silico cloud computational platform with multi-scale cardiac muscle modelling which include experiments on protein mutation in vitro from UNIKENT, UNIFI and UW. Bioinformatics tools will be integrated by US company SBG. Clinical partners UNEW, ICVDV and UHREG will do retrospective and prospective studies. R-Tech will be incharge of regulatory issues andreports and BIOIRC will do the exploitation of the project.
04 Jun
2018
€100 billion for FP9 "Horizon Europe"
News Photo The EC announced the proposed budget of €100 billion and the name of the next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme: Horizon Europe (2021-2027)



 €100 billion for FP9 "Horizon Europe"

The EC announced the proposed budget of €100 billion and the name of the next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme: Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

In his blog, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation, explains the rationale for the new name:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/moedas/blog/horizon-2020-horizon-europe_en
30 May
2018
SmartResilience Open Workshop and CIRAB Meeting
News Photo SmartResilience Project partners, members of Critical Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Board, insurance experts, and representatives of different research institutes, as well as end-users, met in Potsdam on May 29, 2018, in order to discuss the progress of the work done in the project and align the further actions needed for the remaining 11 months of the project.



Around 40 participants from all over the world (China, USA, France, etc.) gathered together in the premises of Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. During the 1-day workshop, the most tangible results of the work done in the project were presented. Project partners higlighted the specific issues tackled by their case studies, showing the indicators which they have selected for the assessment as well as their contribution to the integrated network/tool developed within SmartResilience. Furthermore, application of SR Tool on other EU DRS project has been presented by dr Emanuelle Bellini, coordinator of RESOLUTE.  

In the second part of the meeting, Frederic Petit from Argonne National Laboratory presented the need to promote a global approach to resilience.

At the end, the Chair of Critical Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Board, Prof. Claudio Rolandi, and coordinator of the project, Prof. Aleksandar Jovanović led a fruitful panel discussion about the challenges related to resilience management, perspectives on enterprise resilience, and engagement of relevant politicians. 

           
           
20 May
2018
New EU standard on Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) EN16991 published on May 1, 2018!
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After several years of intensive technical and organizational work, performed and financially supported by a group of industrial and other organizations (TÜV SÜD, TÜV Austria, EnBW, MAN, Shell, TÜV Rheinland SA, Bayer TS, BMILP China, DNV, Lloyd's and others), and led by Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (convener A. Jovanović, project manager F. A. Quintero), the new EU standard on Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) EN16991:2018 was published on May 1, 2018, by NEN (The Netherlands)! (see https://www.nen.nl/NEN-Shop-2/Standard/NENEN-169912018-en.htm).





 

After several years of intensive technical and organizational work, performed and financially supported by a group of industrial and other organizations (TÜV SÜD, TÜV Austria, EnBW, MAN, Shell, TÜV Rheinland SA, Bayer TS, BMILP China, DNV, Lloyd's and others) and led by Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (convener A. Jovanović, project manager F. A. Quintero),

 the new EU standard on Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) EN16991:2018 was published on May 1, 2018!

The standard was published by the Dutch Standardization Body NEN on May 1, 2018 (see https://www.nen.nl/NEN-Shop-2/Standard/NENEN-169912018-en.htm), followed by Swedish SIS (https://www.sis.se/api/document/preview/80003807/) - other national bodies will follow shortly.

The standard continues new directions in the area of RBI, established already by the pre-standard CWA 15740:2008/2011, and is aligned with the concepts of API and will be further supported by the national documents such as VGB 506-S. The standard is already mentioned in the legislation of a number of countries and supports more efficient, effective inspection and maintenance planning in industry (power, process, other). At the same time, the standard improves risk management and, thus, improves the safety of the plants and their operation, including all aspects of improved safety, environment, and business management. The concepts in the standard have been already applied in practice in many countries and, thus, have been "combat-tested".

The standard will be presented in detail on the

EN16991:2018 Workshop - Concepts, details, applications
at premises of EnBW in Stuttgart on
October 16, 2018

"Pencil" the day of the workshop; the details about the workshop will follow in the due course. For questions or queries, please feel free to contact us (rbi@risk-technologies.com).

 

05 Apr
2018
SmartResilience Newsletter - 3rd issue
News Photo Approaching the end of its second year, SmartResilience has released its 3rd newsletter!



Approaching the end of its second year, SmartResilience has released its 3rd newsletter!

This newsletter gives some hints about the project progress and results as well as information about the use of big data in the project, and the short information for MCDM & Dashboard.