16 Oct
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

06 May
Highlights from the Joint Final Conference of SmartResilience and SAYSO
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From Monday, April 15, 2019, through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the SmartResilience team was pleased to collaborate with fellow EU Horizon 2020 project SAYSO in hosting their projects' Joint Final Conference in Budapest, Hungary, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institution for Social Sciences.

The conference, entitled An EU Intiative Towards Advanced Situational Awareness and Enhanced Resilience, involved more than 90 practitioners, developers, technology suppliers, and standardization and procurement specialists, as well as decision-makers, from over 20 different countries. These individuals gathered to share results and collaborate toward finding the best ways to harmonize, integrate, and enhance the projects’ outcomes in order to achieve tangible impact at the European level.

The three-day program included both integrated and project-specific sections to discuss not only the results achieved in the projects but also how their legacies will continue into lasting future impacts. The conference presented a unique opportunity to share experiences in areas including resilience and risk governance, situational awareness systems, cross-border issues, communication, and analysis and management, both among already involved and newly-engaged project stakeholders and experts. As co-conference organizers, we want to thank all those who attended and assisted with the preparation and execution of this impactful event and look forward to future collaborations.


Above: Attendees being introduced to using the interactive audience feedback tool Slido

Above: The conference's Poster and Tradeshow session featured posters and information from multiple EU projects, researchers, and suppliers, as well as short courses related to the SmartResilience tool and educational platform

22 Feb
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.

This event is open to all interested stakeholders, contributors, and participants from other projects and institutions and is free of charge. Register here:

  • 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 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 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.


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
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
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 It is also a great achievement for both Steinbeis  Novi Sad and for Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group (

28 Jan
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:

23 Jan
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 ( 

09 Jan
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
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:

20 Dec
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


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
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
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
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 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: 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
SmartResilience highlighted on WaterBriefing website
News Photo A recent article on the UK-based website 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:

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.

05 Nov
EC4SafeNano Day - 3 Open Workshops
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EC4SafeNano Day, November 5, 2018 in Grenoble, France (nanoSAFE 2018 Conference)

Let us work together to build the EC4SafeNano Centre! The EC4SafeNano project aims to bridge the gaps in sustainable production and use of nanotechnologies by understanding the safety and health risks of the technology and its end-products, and to implement practical strategies to manage the emerging risks. This is done by setting up an independent, science-based, managed Centre (hub) linked with several networks (spokes) to act at the interface between research organisations, industry, regulatory bodies, and civil society

If you are attending nanoSAFE 2018 – The Sixth International Conference organised by nanoSAFE, come join us for our one day event and get a say in building the EC4SafeNano Centre.




EC4SafeNano Day

Announcement and Call for Participation

3 Open Workshops at nanoSAFE 2018 – November 5, 2018

Maison MINATEC, Parvis Louis Néel, 38054 Grenoble, FRANCE

The overall objective of the EC4SafeNano project is to develop a distributed Centre of European organisations for Risk Management and Safe Innovation for Nanomaterials & Nanotechnologies. The operational objectives are therefore:

  • To understand the needs of the various stakeholders.
  • To identify the resources and capabilities available inside/outside the consortium to address the stakeholder needs.
  • To provide solutions and build a range of services.
  • To develop mechanisms and operating procedures.
  • To test and benchmark the services.
  • To develop a sound exploitation plan and business plan.

The project is structured around a core project partners and an enlarged community of associate partners (APs). The main objective of the open focus network is to design subject-specific focus groups. The Focus Network is accessible to everyone upon becoming a registered member by joining as an associated partner.

The EC4SafeNano Day will be organised as satellite meeting during nanoSAFE 2018. The event consists of three workshops. By participating in the event, you will learn more about our project and help us develop the centre to make it applicable in your own stakeholder context. The details of the event is given below:


Workshop 1: Establishment and operation of Focus Network, EC4SafeNano

(Organised by Geethu Balachandran,, EU-VRi)

Aim: Discussing the already proposed concepts of the centre, exchange of information and services, promote the centre, collecting feedback and check the willingness of external participants to join as APs.

09:00 – 09:05


Geethu Balachandran (EU-VRi)

09:05 – 09:25

Focus Group Governance - Presentation of already proposed concept and organisation of the centre

Emeric Frejafon (INERIS)

09:25 – 09:50

Focus Group Research

Iseult Lynch (UoB)

09:50 – 10:15

Focus Group Standardisation and certification

Patrick Berghmans (VITO)

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 10:55

Focus Group Regulation and policy

Anthony Bochon (ULB)

10:55 – 11:20

Focus Group Safe technological innovation

Thies Oosterwijk (TNO)

11:20 – 11:45

Focus Group Education and training

Albert Duschl (PLUS)

11:45 – 11:55

General Open Discussion

Emeric Frejafon (INERIS)

11:55 – 12:00


Geethu Balachandran


Expected Outcome: Use the feedback to adjust the centre and its functioning.

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break


Workshop 2: Blueprint for National Nanosafety Platform Development & Sustainability - BNP-DS

(Organised by Neeraj Shandilya,, TNO)



Aim: BNP-DS will focus on the production of a blueprint (a set of guidelines for do’s and don’ts) for the development and sustainability of a nanosafety platform. It will be an interactive session between the representatives of various nanosafety platforms and other stakeholders. It is a first step towards the development of EC4SafeNano network for nanosafety platforms.



Thies Oosterwijk (TNO)


Importance of nanosafety platforms network and its potentials from European Commission perspective
Georgios Katalagarianakis (EC)


Critical elements for the organizational model of a nanosafety platform  


Interactive session among the participants  


One to one discussion/help desk  


Wrap up and concluding remarks  


Expected Outcome: Determination of organisational elements necessary for the development, sustainability and networking of a nanosafety platform.

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break


Workshop 3: Overcoming barriers to making data FAIR – integrating data management into data generation workflows-a joint workshop with H2020 NanoCommons

(Organised by Iseult Lynch,, UoB)



Aim: The workshop aims to gain feedback on utility and user acceptability of proposed solutions to knowledge management and FAIR data and based on the user / stakeholder feedback to develop recommendations regarding solutions to maximise data sharing and data accessibility for the entire community and all stakeholders. Among the barriers to be considered, and for which best-practice solutions will be developed, are: Primary publication of data before the data are made available in a database; Labelling of the data (ontology); Confidentiality of the data; Security of the data storage and access (trust that the data are protected); Format of the data for long-term accessibility and sharing etc.

15:30 – 16:00

Opening and introduction to the data life cycle and the NanoCommons solution – online notebooks and their applicability to experimental scenarios of increasingly complexity up to mesocosms

Iseult Lynch & Anastasios Papadiamantis (UoB)

16:00 – 16:20

ACEnano approach integrating and streamlining data analysis and output formats for nanomaterials characterisation

Thomas Exner (Douglas Connect)

16:20 – 16:40

Adapting data management tools and platforms to industry stakeholders – stand-alone versus cloud applications

Antreas Afantitis (NovaMechanics)


16:40 – 17:00

NanoReg2 activities on data management beyond the project supporting FAIR approach  

Emeric Frejafon (INERIS)

17:00 – 17:20

Discussion on the solutions presented and other key barriers – suggestions to improve / adapt etc. Collection of other examples of low-cost / Open Source tools for data management / data sharing from the stakeholder community.

Facilitated by Iseult Lynch and Anna-Kaisa Viitanen (FIOH)

17:20 – 17:30

Wrap-up and key recommendations

Iseult Lynch (UoB)


Expected Outcome: A set of recommendations for EC4SafeNano data providers on how to capture, process and share their data to maximise its FAIRness, i.e., its Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Re-useability, which is essential to enable EC4SafeNano partners to provide their proposed services. Potential case studies where solutions are still missing will also be identified, which could be taken up within NanoCommons, e.g. with EC4SafeNano as the “User” of the NanoCommons research infrastructure expertise. Feedback to NanoCommons and ACEnano on their tools and services will also be provided.


Event Type: Open for all but registration is mandatory.

Participants: Consortium members, Associated Partners and open to all interested parties

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

Organisers: E. Frejafon (INERIS), N. Shandilya (TNO), I. Lynch (UoB), A. Jovanovic & G. Balachandran (EU-VRi).






Location: Maison MINATEC

Participation in the event is free of charge and is open for all, but registration is mandatory due to limited capacity of the meeting room!

The project is funded by the European Union's H2020 research and innovation programme (call H2020-EU. - Ensuring the safe and sustainable development and application of nanotechnologies; grant n° 723623).
30 Oct
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: 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
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.


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

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



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
• 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

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)

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

01 Oct
EU-VRi and Steinbeis R-Tech jointly commenced the ERRA initiative
News Photo

ERRA - The European Risk & Resilience Assessment and Rating Agency

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


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


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


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

National Organizations

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


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


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



13 Sep
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
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
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

TC262 Risk Management – WG8

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.

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); R. Civet, AFNOR (secretariat)

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


2. Canada


3. Colombia


4. Finland


5. France


6. India


7. Indonesia


8. Ireland


9. Italy


10. Japan


11. Malaysia


12. Mexico


13. Portugal


14. Spain


15. Switzerland


16. United Kingdom


17. United States


Liaison: TC251 Asset Mgmt.


Liaison: EU-VRi (Convener)






Contact details:

TC262 Chairperson: J. Brown

TC262 Secretariat: N. Zgavc

TC262 TG2 Communication: N. Lynch, NSAI,

TC262 WG8 Chairperson: A. Jovanović, EU-VRi,

TC262 WG8 Secretariat: R. Civet, AFNOR),

14 Jun
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
€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, 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. 

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.

Downdload the Annual Report at

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.

Downdload the Annual Report at
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
News Photo

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

 Elsevier Wordmark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Method

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

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


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?
News Photo

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
News Photo

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.