04 Jun
€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.
30 May
SmartResilience Open Workshop and CIRAB Meeting
News Photo SmartResilience Project Partners, Members of Critical Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Board, insurance experts, 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 line of action for the remaining 11 months of the Project duration.

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 have been presented. Project Partners higlighted the specific issues tackled by theirs Case Study, showed indicators which they have selected for the assessment as well as their contribution to the integerated network/ tool developed within the 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, chair of Critical Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Board Prof. Claudio Rolandi and coordinator of the project, Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic led the fruitful panel discussion about the challenges related to resilience management, perspective on enterprise resilience and engagement of the relevant politicians. 

28 May
EU-VRi releases the Annual Report 2017
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The report contains the representative running projects of EU-VRi, and introduces the new model of "Membership-as-a-Service".

The EU-VRi management has been reorganized, newpersons got involved. While maintaining ALL the main benefits for the current membership model starting with the project acquisition and including proposal preparation, project management, liaisoning and networking, dissemination, exploitation & implementation, standardization and education & training, the new model of “Membership-as-a-Service” has been introduced.

The new model of “Membership-as-a-Service” means that the members can now choose between the fixed membership fee and “paying-per-service” and can, thus, participate in, e.g.:
1. Setting up new EU and industrial projects (large proposals prepared in 2018 e.g. for DRS calls)
2. Preparation of the new ISO 31050 standard (“Emerging risks and resilience”) and other standards
3. Collaboration agreements with leading US, Chinese and Japanese institutions (e.g. with Argonne NL or Beijing Academy of Science and Technology)
4. Sharing tools and resources developed by EU-VRi (databases, project results, reports…) free of charge.

This course will be pursued also in 2018 and this opens new horizons for further scientific and business activities for EU-VRi and all its members.

28 May
SmartResilience workshop and third review meeting taking place in Potsdam on May 29-30, 2018!
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SmartResilience workshop and third review meeting will be taking place in Potsdam on May 29-30, 2018! On Day 1, all project partners would meet to discuss project activities. Also, an Open workshop with the stakeholders and end-users from re-insurance sectors, Critical infrastructure operators, research and industry will be organized.

On Day 2, reviewers from the European Commission would review the progress of the SmartResilience project to set the next steps for the last year of the project.

20 May
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 lead 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


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 lead 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, followed by Swedish SIS ( - other national bodies will follow shortly.

The standard continues the new directions in the area of RBI, established already by the pre-standard CWA 15740:2008/2011, it 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 the more efficient and effective inspection and maintenance planning in industry (power, process, other). At the same time, the standard improves risk management and, thus, 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, "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, pls feel free to contact us (


14 May
NanoFASE Hands-on Stakeholder Consultation
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Stakeholder Consultation, May 14, 2018 in Rome, Italy (SETAC Meeting)

Help shape the NanoFASE Framework! The NanoFASE integrated environmental Exposure Assessment Framework applicable to engineered nanomaterials will enable understanding and prediction on the "exposure" side of the risk assessment equation (Risk = Exposure x Hazard). 

If you are attending SETAC Rome – SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting, come learn about concepts and approaches underpinning our "Exposure Assessment Framework" and help us tailor it to be even more suited to your specific needs in the Regulatory, Industrial or Research sector.

  NanoFASE Hands-on Stakeholder Consultation

Announcement and Call for Participation

Ancillary Workshop at SETAC Rome – May 14, 2018

Meeting Room 10, Cloud, New Rome-Eur Convention Centre
Viale Asia, 40
00144 Rome, Italy

Progress is needed in the prediction of environmental distribution, concentration and form (speciation) of nanomaterials, to allow early assessment of potential environmental and human exposure and risks, to facilitate safe product design and to include these aspects in nano regulation.

The NanoFASE project coordinated by Claus Svendsen (NERC) aims to address these needs principally through the delivery of an integrated Exposure Assessment Framework (protocols, models, parameter values, guidance etc.) that:

  • Allows all stakeholders to assess the environmental fate of nano releases from industrial nano-enabled products,
  • Is acceptable in regulatory registrations and can be integrated into the EUSES model for REACH assessment,
  • Allows industry a cost-effective product-to-market process, and
  • Delivers the understanding at all levels to support dialogue with public and consumers.

NanoFASE seeks to provide a level of engineered nanomaterial fate and exposure assessment at least comparable with that for conventional chemicals. For that, our 35 partners are developing a set of novel concepts and approaches, which underpin the Framework and accompany your assessments.

Our stakeholder consultation to bring the Framework to a new level will take place in the conference center at SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Rome – SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting. Sign on to explore the scope and practicalities of the NanoFASE Exposure Assessment Framework and influence its form and applicability.

The 2-hour consultation on the afternoon of Monday, 14 May is a hands-on guided tour through the NanoFASE Clickable Exposure Assessment Framework using case study particles as exemplars. These include metal and metal oxide materials used in products such as antifouling paints, textiles, photocatalytic coatings for roads, inks, waste water treatment additives, and ground water and soil remediation products. Our approach encompasses value chain pathway analysis, transport and transformation processes throughout air, soil, freshwater, marine and biotic environmental compartments.

By participating in the consultation workshop, you will learn about concepts and approaches underpinning the NanoFASE Exposure Assessment Framework, and shape the interface to make it applicable in your own stakeholder context.


 Start: May 14, 2018 16:30 - Refreshments provided

Welcome & Scientific Introduction


Three parallel expert group discussions (regulators, industry/consultants, researchers and standardization bodies) working through selected case studies under NanoFASE scientists' guidance


Mixed group discussions


Reporting and summarizing of stakeholder feedback


Conclusion & Closure

 End: May 14, 2018 18:30

Meeting Type:
Selected participants only, to ensure representation of the full scope of stakeholders. Max no. of participants: 24. For stakeholders who cannot attend the event at the venue or in case of  more participants than we can accommodate in Rome, a "reporting and follow up" webinar will be organized in June 2018. Please select separately for the webinar in the registration link.

Target Audience:
Regulators, industry and consultants, academics and standardization bodies.

Organizers: C. Svendsen & L. Walker (NERC), C. Mays (Symlog), G. Balachandran & A. Jovanovic (EU-VRi).



Registration Deadline: April 20


NOTE: As the number of participants is limited to 24, a final confirmation regarding the acceptance will be provided by April 23, 2018.

Contact: Ms. G. Balachandran at:


NanoFASE Exposure Assessment Framework


The project has received funding from the European Union's H2020 research and innovation programme (call H2020-EU. - Ensuring the safe and sustainable development and application of nanotechnologies; grant n° 646002).

Participation in the workshop is free of charge for SETAC attendees and also for webinar participants, but registration is mandatory!

30 Apr
ResiStand project finished
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The H2020 project ResiStand (Increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support Standardisation of technologies and services, was successfully finished end of April 2018.

ResiStand is a two-year project (May 2016 - April 2018) that aims to identify new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and individual Member States through standardisation. Whilst standardisation is a powerful tool with the potential to maximise technical, procedural, operational and semantic interoperability, there is a need to overcome apathy and limited participation from stakeholders. ResiStand contributed to an improved disaster resilience by identifying and analysing the drivers, constraints and expectations of three main stakeholder communities: Standardisation Organisations, End-Users, and Suppliers, consisting of researchers, industry and SMEs.


ResiStand’s partners worked with these communities to identify standardisation gaps and to create a prioritised roadmap for new initiatives. The roadmap was complemented by a critical evaluation of standards as a tool to improve disaster resilience. Additionally, ResiStand implemented a pre-standardisation process that supports the development of standards.

The overall objective of ResiStand was to identify new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and of individual Member States through standards. This objective was achieved by:

  • Proposing new standardisation activities that can advance and improve disaster resilience.
  • Providing a better understanding of the potential of standardisation as a tool for improving disaster resilience.
  • Presenting a new, sustainable process for better and faster capitalizing on the potential of standardisation.
EU-VRi was co-coordinating the project and lead the development of the ResiStand Process, which aims at improving the coordination of activities at EU and international levels as well as cross-fertilization among different sectors. In addition, EU-VRi was leading the Workpackage that had the goal to perform of the Gap Analysis of Standardization Needs in the area of Crisis Management and Disaster Resilience. EU-VRi members DIN, Fraunhofer, Steinbeis R-Tech and D’Appolonia are part of the project consortium.
05 Apr
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.    
19 Mar
MoU with ANL on resilience of critical infrastructures
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EU-VRi and Argonne National Laboratory (US) sign a MoU in the field of resilience of critical infrastructures !

Early 2018, the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi)  and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of strengthening their collaboration in the field of resilience of critical infrastructures.

Argonne National Laboratory is a science and engineering research national laboratory operated by the University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the United States Department of Energy.

This new collaboration aims to develop the mechanisms and processes to promote research, academic exchange and cooperation for the mutual goal of improving safety, security and sustainability aspects of resilience of critical infrastructures. This exchange of information will include resilience related indicators, assessment methods, tools, auditing for the improvement of protection of critical infrastructures.

12 Feb
Seveso Monitoring systems - SURVEY
News Photo A questionnaire focusing on the monitoring and reporting requirements as described in the Directive has been launched.




Seveso Monitoring systems - SURVEY 

The European Commission, DG Environment, has awarded a study contract [1] to Amec Foster Wheeler (study lead), the Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS) and the European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) to support the review of the current monitoring system established under Directive 2012/15/EU, the Seveso III Directive [2].

The Seveso-III-Directive concerns the control of major industrial accidents involving dangerous substances and provides a benchmark for industrial accidents policy in the EU and beyond. The Directive applies to establishments where dangerous substances are used or stored in large quantities.  The aim of the Directive is to prevent accidents and, where they do occur, to effectively minimise their consequences. 

The current monitoring system has now been in use for many years. While the overall current monitoring system is deemed appropriate, with the increased knowledge, experience gained and general political developments as well as more modern reporting standards it is appropriate to assess whether the monitoring system can be further improved. Considering that during 2018 and 2019 the updates of the relevant Commission Implementing Decisions are due; it is particularly important to ensure that the right data is being collected with an adequate level of administrative burden before preparing the new Decisions. Furthermore, the responses to the questionnaire will be used to identify whether an adaptation of the data collected might be necessary to allow the establishment of policy indicators to better monitor and communicate on the achievements of the Directive. Overall, the aim of this questionnaire is to gather feedback and insights from a range of stakeholders on the usefulness of the current monitoring system and, if appropriate, possible ways to improve it. The questionnaire focuses on the monitoring and reporting requirements as described in the Directive.

Prevention and control of accidents is achieved through specific requirements placed upon operators storing or handling certain dangerous substances above a threshold quantity. There are requirements for both operators and Member State competent authorities.

Please complete all of the sections / questions that you are able to. Where you are not able to answer any of the questions – either through lack of data or because it is not relevant to you/ your organisation – there is no need to provide a response. If you would prefer to discuss the questionnaire over the phone rather than draft a written response do not hesitate to contact the contractors. We would also welcome any additional supporting documentation you are able to provide.

Please fill in this survey by March 28, 2018. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

[1] Terms of reference available at:



21 Nov
Fourth SAF€RA joint call on the themes "New technologies and the effects of major changes in industry" and "Measuring and monitoring safety performance"
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SAF€RA has launched its fourth joint call for transnational, collaborative research projects. The call aims to foster collaboration between researchers from different countries in Europe and from different scientific disciplines, in order to improve safety and the management of technological risks


SAF€RA has launched its fourth joint call for transnational, collaborative research projects. The call aims to foster collaboration between researchers from different countries in Europe and from different scientific disciplines, in order to improve safety and the management of technological risks.

The call topics are:

  • T1: New technologies and the effects of major changes in industry
  • T2: Measuring and monitoring safety performance


Funding available

The total available budget for the 2018 call is approx. 1.6 M€. Two forms of funding are available:

  • research grants for researchers from universities, institutes, research organizations and public firms;
  • person-months for personnel from certain participating institutes and research organizations.

Most projects funded within this call will include 2 to 4 partners, for a duration between 12 and 36 months and funding between 20 and 150 k€ per project partner. The call aims to fund mainly applied research carried out in universities or research institutes, though contributions from industry are also eligible. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Cooperation and joint activities between different consortia funded within the call will be encouraged.


Call timeline

The 2018 joint call will use a two-stage application process with a pre-proposal mechanisms for the first stage. The calendar of the various stages is shown below.

Publication of the call November 20 2017
Deadline for submissions of pre-proposals January 25 2018
Information sent to applicants on results of the first stage. Requests for full proposals are sent to selected applicants, and collaborations proposed to single-nation applicants. January 31 2018
Deadline for submission of full proposals March 22 2018
National funding decisions transmitted to applicants September to October 2018
Projects start October to December 2018


Call documentation

The following documents are available:

  • The Guidelines for proposers contains a description of the topics covered by the 2018 joint call, information on the participating funding organizations and the budgets available, and other important information for researchers wishing to submit a proposal.
  • The Guidelines for evaluators are written for the experts who will evaluate the projects, but will be useful to researchers who wish to understand the evaluation criteria.
  • The pre-proposal form is available in Microsoft Word (.doc) or OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.odt) formats.
  • Templates for the SAF€RA progress reports, which must be sent to the SAF€RA Call Secretariat by the project coordinator on behalf of the project consortium. The mid-term reporting template should be submitted halfway through your project, assuming the project has a duration greater than 18 months. A final administrative report should be sent by all projects, within three months of the end of the project. (This report is distinct from the final scientific report which most projects will be producing as one of their deliverables.)

A web-based matchmaking facility is available to help researchers wishing to submit projects as a consortium to find partners.


Contact information

For general queries concerning the 2018 joint call, please email the call secretariat at Make sure you read the call documents above and check the list of frequently asked questions first.

If you have questions concerning the eligibility criteria of specific funding organizations, please check the contact information provided in the Guidelines for proposers document, which can be downloaded above.


For more information, please visit the call website at

18 Oct
EU-VRi Annual Report 2016
News Photo The EU-VRi Annual Report 2016 is now available. For download please click here

After the challenging year 2015 and a lot of effort invested into new topics (security & resilience) and collaboration with industry, the year 2016 was marked by the actual start of the corresponding projects. The new wave of projects resulted in the consolidation of the overall situation and has allowed to more than compensate the losses of 2015.

In addition, the consolidation helped to strengthen the leading role of EU-VRi in the European and internationals risk-related activities, initiatives and projects. Keynotes, contributions, papers and presentations at meetings and conferences have clearly confirmed this. As “broker and coordinator” EU-VRi has continued its activity as Operating Agent of the European Technology Platform Industrial Safety (ETPIS), Operating Agent of the SRA-Europe (Society for Risk Analysis Europe) and the Operating Agent of the European Safety and Reliability Association.

As the “project leader and coordinator”, EU-VRi has contributed to safety-security EU integration through the EU projects like SmartResilience (“Smart Resilience Indicators for Smart Critical Infrastructures”) and ResiStand (“Increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support Standardisation of technologies and services”), as well as through the industrial projects like PSMS (“Implementation of the Process Safety Management System into NIS j.s.c. Novi Sad”).

In the 10th full year of operation of EU-VRi, one should recall the overall balance expressed in terms of the “key performance indicators" of EU-VRi:

·       Full 10 years of sustainable operation (as an SME, losses in one year only)

·       Over 50 members (under 5% of annual fluctuation in membership, 2-3 members leaving/joining annually)

·       Over 80 projects successfully finished or under way

·       Over 50% of success rate in projects (the EU-average well below 20%)

·       Over 20 Mio € in projects for EU-VRi members

·       Over 4.5 Mio € in EU-VRi turnover.

Finally, in 2016, the construction of the “bridge” between safety and security, announced already in 2014 has been successfully realized in large European projects. This will be pursued also in 2017 and this certainly opens of new horizons for further scientific and business activities for EU-VRi and all its members.

15 Sep
Resilience-Related projects met in EC premises in Brussels in order to align further activities
News Photo Workshop entitled: ''Aligning the resilience-related research efforts in the EU DRS Projects'' took place in BAO Centre in Brussels on September 13-14.  

Resilience Workshop organized by DRS-7&14 Projects (Darwin, Improver, Resilens, Resolute, SmartResilience, SMR) in conjunction with CoU meeting had been finished. More than 140 participants gathered during 2-day Resilience Workshop discussed the following items:

Session 1: Towards the aligned European Resilience Management Guidelines: How to achieve alignment and interoperability?

Session 2: Resilience assessment method and indicators: How to define them? How to monitor them? How to implement them?

Session 3: Tools & methods for resilience operationalization

Session 4: Application cases – are the newly developed methods, guidelines & tools implemented/analyzed? 

Session 5: Importance of international/global cooperation in the area of resilience – How to enhance it in the future?

Session 6: Alignment of the Resilience Workshop findings/items with IMG-S - EARTO WG Security Research approach

Furthermore, in the Interactive Space audience had an opportunity to become familiar with projects' outcomes and dissemination materials. Also, thanks to presence of Nexus Perspectivity Challenge Game, experts had a chance to be put in the shoes of key decision makers. 

The most important findings of the workshop agreed among projects coordinators have been summarized and can be found here

In order to download the book of abstracts please click on the picture below.


Below are uploaded presentation slides as .pdf files for sessions held during the Resilience Workshop. The content, style or layout of the slides should not be changed without the permission of the authors.

Session 1: Towards the aligned European Resilience Management Guidelines: How to achieve alignment and interoperability?
1) J.M. Sarriegi: European Resilience Management Guideline (SMR)
2) S. Jacobzone: Achieving Resilience: sharing best practice, value and limit of guidelines (OECD) - not yet available
3) D. Lange: Integration of risk and resilience management (IMPROVER) - not yet available
4) W. Hynes: European Resilience Management Guidelines (ERMG) for the operators and owners of Critical Infrastructure (CI) (RESILENS)
5) M. Branlat: Practical interventions to support critical infrastructures in enhancing their resilience (DARWIN) - not yet available
6) E. Gaitanidou: European Resilience Managment Guidelines and their adaptation for UTS (RESOLUTE) - not yet available

Session 2: Resilience assessment method and indicators: How to define them? How to monitor them? How to implement them?

1) R. Almeida: Assessing resilience based on the ISO/IEC 33000 standard series (IMPROVER)
2) A. Jovanovic & L. Bodsberg: Which indicators can tell us if critical infrastructure is resilient? How do we know the ‘’quality of indicators?’’ (SmartResilience)
3) J.M. Sarieggi: Indicators for assessing the resilience-building process in cities (SMR)
4) D. Verner, F. Petit: Assessing Resilience: from Facilities to Regions (ANL)
5) E. Bellini: Exploiting SmartResilience indicators in RESOLUTE Resilience Assessment Framework (RESOLUTE)  

Session 3: Tools & methods for resilience operationalization

1) G. Rafaeli: The RESILENS Toolkit – Decision Support for CI operators and owners (RESILENS)
2) R. Almeida: A web tool for assessing resilience using any framework (IMPROVER) - tool presented online:
3) P. Nesi, A.Drosou: Evidence-driven Collaborative Resilience Assessment and Management Support System for Urban Transport System, A VA Platform for Personalized Crowd, Fleet & Resources Management (RESOLUTE)
4) U. Barzelay: Why and how to use Interactive data visualization in resilience related projects? (SmartResilience)
5) C. Grimes: Overview of the resilience tools developed and their intersections (SMR) - not yet available
6) I. Kozine: Capabilities-based approach to building and maintaining resilience

Session 4: Application cases – are the newly developed methods, guidelines & tools implemented/analyzed?

1) A. Corrigan: The RESILENS Pilot Demonstrations – Testing the Toolkit across three CI Sectors in Ireland, Portugal and Germany (RESILENS) 
2) E. Bellini: Florence pilot case (City of Florence) (RESOLUTE)
3) Z. Szekely, I. Macsári: Case study DELTA and the significance of the SmartResilience project for the aviation security sector (SmartResilience) - will be published later
4) V. Latinos: Local Resilience Planning: A review of methodologies adopted for the SMR pilot implementation process (SMR)
5) P. Berggren: DARWIN - Pilot application in Sweden involving among others health care, public sector and transport services (DARWIN)

Session 5: Importance of international/global cooperation in the area of resilience – How to enhance it in the future?
1) W. McNamara: US DHS views on critical infrastructure resilience - not yet available
2) S. Jacobzone: Application of resilience concepts: the case of critical infrastructure - not yet available
3) I. Linkov: Resilience: State of Science and State of Applications in the USA
4) F. Petit, D. Verner: Resilience Indicators and Interdependencies: Need to Promote a Global Approach
5) C. Grimes: The role of local and regional networks and partnerships in resilience-building (SMR) - not yet available
6) J. Kieran: Enhancing International Collaboration through DARWIN’s Community of Practitioners (DARWIN) & movie (click here)

Session 6: Alignment of the Resilience Workshop findings/items with IMG-S - EARTO WG Security Research approach

1) C. Fuggini: Joint Position Paper on Resilience in Security Research


13 Sep
Resilience Workshop - Brussels
News Photo Resilience Workshop will take place in Brussels on September 13-14, 2017.

Joint Workshop DRS-7&14 in conjuction with the CoU - Community of Users ( meeting of Sept. 12, 2017:


Aligning the resilience- related research
efforts in the EU-DRS projects


September 13-14, 2017

BAO Congress Centre
rue Félix Hap 11
1040 Brussels, Belgium

Following the initiatives coming from several DRS-projects and support expressed by the European Commission, this joint workshop is organized with the goal to ensure collaboration and alignment among the projects, especially in the areas related to methods, guidelines and tools developed in the projects. The challenges related to aligning experience, findings and lead to research in single project towards a ''common approach'' will be tackled during this workshop and the possibilities for joint practical actions examined.
The format of the joint workshop will include plenary sessions devoted to alignment of:

  • Methods & Guidelines for resilience assessment
  • Resilience Indicators
  • Tools, operationalization, application
  • International/global collaboration in the area of resilience involving international organizations (OECD, EU), ISO and partners from USA and China (ytbc)

as well as the 

  • Infobooths of single projects
  • Posters & demonstrations
  • Serious gaming (related to resilience, ytbc)

The registration web-page will contain book of abstracts and presentations (after the workshop)

Program in a nutshell:

 Start: September 13, 2017 11:30
Session 1:  Towards the aligned European Resilience Management Guidelines: How to achieve alignment and interoperability? 
Session 2:  Resilience assessment and indicators: How to define them? How to monitor them? How to implement them?
Session 3:  Tools and methods for resilience operationalization
Session 4:  Application cases: Where the newly developed methods, guidelines & tools have been implemented / analyzed?
Session 5: Importance of international/global cooperation in the area of resilience
  Final discussion
 End: September 14, 2017 14:00

Indicator-based resilience assessment for critical infrastructures - the Smart Resilience methodology and tools
A. Jovanovic & K. Øien
September 14, 2017 14:00 - 16:30
Max no. of participants: 25 (first registered - first served)

Program Committee: E.Bellini* (RESOLUTE), I. Herrera (DARWIN), W. Hynes (RESILENS), A. Jovanovic* (SmartResilience), S. Jacobzone (OECD), D. Lange (IMPROVER), I. Linkov (OECD), P. Nesi (RESOLUTE), J. M. Sarriegi Domínguez (SMR); * - organizers

Interested in submitting a contribution? Contact


NOTE: Registration remains open by until the workshop date or until reaching the capacity limits of the venue (max. no. of participant for the workshop 120, for the course 25)

Contact: K.Tetlak at:

The projects above have received support from the EU DRS project line - the support is gladly acknowledged 

Partners from the EU-DRS projects are specifically invited and encouraged to participate,
all other interested Community of Users (CoU) members and external parties are cordially invited.
Please, register online (room limitations: 120 participants).
Contact organizers: Ms. K. Tetlak at

Participation in the workshop and the course is free of charge, but registration is mandatory!

18 May
The 5th SAF€RA Symposium
News Photo 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:

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

Deadline to submit an abstract: April 7, 2017.

  • Proposed accommodation

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

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

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

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

  • 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:

  • 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,

Vice-Chairman: Olivier Salvi,


SAF€RA homepage:

Call Homepage:

ERA-NET scheme:

European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS):

07 Feb
NMSA Conference in Malaga - Call for abstracts
News Photo 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:





With the support of

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01 Feb
ELSEVIER - Special Issue: societal safety, critical infrastructure reliability and related intersectoral governance
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Submissions of full papers are due via Safety Science’s submission portal on February 1, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Method

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

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


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,

Guest editors:

Dr. Petter G. Almklov, NTNU Social Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway,

Kristine V. Størkersen, NTNU Social Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway,

Dr. Stian Antonsen, Department of Safety Research, SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway,

24 Nov
The European Project EDEN: when numbers count
News Photo 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 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

16 Nov
European SME week “Helping Europe’s entrepreneurs reach new heights” - How do SMEs benefit from standards?
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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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11 Oct
CBRNE innovation fair 2016 & EDEN final conference
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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

Registration at
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
29 Jun
Resilience and Technological Risk: comparative experiences 40 years after the disaster in Seveso
News Photo 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 (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. 



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) 

18 Mar
OPEN CALL FOR TECHNICAL EXPERTS : CBRN substances in Healthcare facilities
News Photo 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".

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 ( ) 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.

18 Dec
R-Tech to help mapping and calibrating nanorisks in the EU!
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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.

28 Oct
Lethabo Power Station "RBI- certified"
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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"

11 Oct
ISO 9001 Recertification Audit
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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.

25 Sep
6th International Symposium on Industrial Engineering
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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”.

18 Sep
5th China Europe Risk Forum
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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. 




10 Sep
HORIZON 2020 - Draft work programmes 2016-17
News Photo 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.

24 Jul
Risks of Industry 4.0
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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.


Read more about The World Congress on Risk 2015


02 Jul
European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium
News Photo 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.

20 Apr
EU-VRi & ETPIS events (GA, Brokerage event and Cross-ETP event)
News Photo 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

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.

09 Mar
SUN-SNO-GUIDENANO Sustainable Nanotechnology Conference 2015
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A forum for researchers, industry, and regulators on research findings on the interface between nanotechnology and sustainability.

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.

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:

16 Jan
3rd Joint Transnational Call 2014 of the ERA-NET SIINN
News Photo The Third Joint Transnational Call 2014 of the ERA-NET SIINN has been opened on the 1st of October 2014.