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Our Rada... IN MEMORIAM 
March 05, 2014

Radmila Guntrum, Rada
1951 - 2014

Rada's great, generous and brave heart stopped beating the late afternoon of March 3, 2014. But we are sure that all who knew Rada can still hear the echo of that beat. Just be silent, think about Rada and you will hear. Just as we, her friends and colleagues from Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies and EU-VRi, will do. 
Stuttgart, March 2014  

 
November 04, 2013
During a ceremony on November 4, 2013, Prof. Dr. Michael Auer, chairman of the Steinbeis Foundation, and Mr. Manfred Mattulat, member of the executive board of Steinbeis Foundation awarded Prof. Jovanovic the "Steinbeis Medal". more
 
May 20, 2013
The course 'ISO 31000 Principles and Management' was held just before the 5th iNTeg-Risk Conference 2013 on May 20, 2013. This course touched on the key elements in the International Standard of ISO 31000:2009; the complex relationship between risk management principles, frameworks and processes and the applications in industry and in general. more
 
April 22, 2013
The SHB/iNTeg-Risk course 'Decision Aid Approaches for Risk Management' is organized on April 22 - 26, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. The participants benefit from the course by acquiring the basic knowledge about 1) main concepts related to decision making in risk management; 2) key decision making moments of risk management frameworks; and 3) tools available to improve the way managers are dealing with decision making.
more
 
April 17, 2013
The course 'Business Communication and Management of Intercultural Differences' has taken place on April 17, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. The course stressed the importance of cultural differences and multilingual issues for the success of collaboration with partners from other cultural background, particularly in international projects. The course was organized to promote the results of the PROMISLingua project among SMEs. more
 
April 08, 2013
Two courses have been held in the first half of April on the topics of Risk Assessment techniques, frequency and consequence assessment, risk index calculations and advanced applications by case studies. The courses were lectured by recognized professors of chemical and safety issues from the CONPRICI group of Italian universities. For detailed description, click on more
 
December 14, 2012
The SafeChina commencement ceremony and the company promotion event for 'Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies China' took place on Jan. 12, 2013, at BMILP in Beijing. more
 
December 04, 2012

Prof. Dr. Michael Auer, Chairman of the Steinbeis Foundation, and Mr. Manfred Mattulat, Member of the executive board of Steinbeis Foundation, have congratulated the executives of the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH on the fifth anniversary.

more
 
November 25, 2012
Certification tracks and the SafeChina train-the-trainer exams were organized on November 15-24, 2012 in Beijing. more
 
November 12, 2012
The Steinbeis University Berlin/SafeChina course Emerging Risks was held on November 10 - 11, 2012 in Beijing. more
 
November 07, 2012
EU-VRi (www.eu-vri.eu) and iNTeg-Risk Consortium (www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu) prepared this workshop together with Science and Technology Option Assessment Committee of the European Parliament (STOA, http://europarl.europa.eu/stoa). Read more about the results of this workshop by clicking here to access the summary report! more
 
August 31, 2012
ENISFER is the European Network of Industrial Systems and Facilities for Exploration of Emerging Risks within the EU-VRi organization and tools. This network is in operation since the beginning of 2012, with large industrial companies and renown research organizations among its elite pool of partners. Hence, you are cordially invited to register yourself as an individual (Risk Expert) and/or your Organization/Company and/or Department/Facility and/or other entities. Click here to register for ENISFER now! more
 
July 30, 2012

The course on Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment was successfully concluded in Stuttgart, Germany.

more
 
July 17, 2012
The European project iNTeg-Risk was presented at World Congress on Risk (WCR) in Sydney, Australia organized by Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). more
 
May 23, 2012
Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, CEO of EU-VRi and Coordinator of the FP7 iNTeg-Risk Project, presented a paper at the OECD Workshop on Natech Risk Management which was held in Dresden (Germany) from May 23-25, 2012. The workshop draft proceedings can be downloaded from here. more
 
May 07, 2012

The second instance of the iNTeg-Risk course Introduction to Risk Management took place at the Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology.

more
 
April 25, 2012
Following a successful meeting held on April 3, 2012 in Geneva, important observations and positive comments were received from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regarding EU-VRi's economic modeling developed within the ALFA-BIRD project. more
 
April 02, 2012

Risk Based Inspection - Petro was part of a course series organized through the joint effort of iNTeg-Risk project, University of Stuttgart and STI Advanced Risk Technologies.

more
 
February 23, 2012
The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) office jointly organised a conference on 'The Science of Innovation', whereby it contributed to the debate on EU innovation policy at a crucial time by presenting a range of thought-provoking insights. more
 
January 16, 2012
INERIS scientific report devoted attention to the results of iNTeg-Risk project. See more details in INERIS "Rapport Scientifique 2010/2011". more
 
January 14, 2012
The World Economic Forum's (WEF) "Global Risks Report 2012" which was presented by the Wharton Risk Center, an academic partner of the WEF since 2005, has garnered significant media coverage. Click here to watch the video (WEF). more
 
January 14, 2012
The Wharton Risk Center, an academic partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2005, is pleased to present the WEF’s Global Risks Report 2012, Seventh Edition. Click here to download this report. more
 
December 30, 2011
EU-VRi and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies have published a new brochure "Risk - we care®!" containing interesting information, events and projects about the past 10 years of R-Tech and the past 5 years of EU-VRi.
Link for download
more
 
December 21, 2011
Audit reports for projects:
iNTeg-Risk - Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks)
MUST - MULTI-LEVEL PROTECTION OF MATERIALS FOR VEHICLES BY “SMART” NANOCONTAINERS
Alfa-Bird - Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development
formally accepted and approved by the European Commission (with less than 0.05 % adjustment needed!). more
 
December 17, 2011

The course opened a series of courses to set a modern, modular and distributed model of education and certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management.

more
 
December 13, 2011
Bayer Technology Services GmbH has certified to Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (group) that in the scope of activities: RBI (Risk-Based Inspection), RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance), RCFA (Root-Cause Failure Analysis) and HSE (Health Safety, Environment) as well as the relevant consulting, professional services, training and education, the iRiS-Petro System meets all requirements of: CWA 15740:2008 and API-RP 580/581 (RBI). more
 
November 30, 2011
Following the approved liaison between ISO 31000 and EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk (see news entry), a discussion between the iNTeg-Risk Project Coordinator and the CEO of EU-VRi, A. Jovanovic, and the Moderator of the LinkedIn ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard Group, A. Dali, took place. One of the main results, so far, would be the involvement of the EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk partners into the first global survey of ISO 31000–Risk Management Principle and Guidelines set to kick off on the 17th of October this year. more
 
November 27, 2011

(excerpt from the e-mail of the project officer)

Dear R-Tech PPP-China-Project-Team,

(...)
The interim report is excellent. It is very well structured, contains all necessary information and nicely sum up all relevant activities / findings or the project up to today.

more
 
October 18, 2011
What is a nanomaterial? European Commission brings a common definition of a nanomaterial, the definition will be now applied in all EU-VRi/R-tech projects dealing with nanotechnology (iNTeg-Risk, MUST, PARTICOAT, Nanodevice…) more
 
September 23, 2011
We are proud to inform that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has officially confirmed the liaison between ISO/PC 262 (Project Committee: Risk Management) and EU-VRi. more
 
September 01, 2011
The CEN workshop "General Framework and Guidelines for Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging New Technology Related Risks (iNTeg-Risk)" (WS 67) has been announced on CEN websites (see CEN website here). more
 
August 09, 2011
Prof. Ortwin Renn, president of the EU-VRi (European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management), participated to an very important event which took place at the Beijing Normal University in the period August 01 - 12, 2011

2011 Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk,
Disaster, Risk, and Integrated Governance
more
 
July 20, 2011
EC has launched the current call for proposals under the 2011 and 2012 Cooperation work programme of Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007 to 2013) and amongst them is the Work Programme 2012 - Theme 4: Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP). Download the relevant published paper here. more
 
July 14, 2011
Extensive coverage in the international press was given to the report of OECD's FGS project which has come to a fruitful conclusion as the organisation presented the project findings on June 27, 2011. Click here to watch the news broadcast (Reuters). more
 
July 14, 2011
OECD's FGS project came to a fruitful conclusion whereby EU-VRi, together with University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) and Steinbeis R-Tech, contributed notably to the project with their work on one of the selected case studies (Social Unrest). Click to download FGS project report: 1. Executive Summary; or 2. Full report (preliminary version). more
 
June 21, 2011
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, has announced the new name of the future EU funding programme for research and innovation: "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation", which will enter into force on 1 January 2014, after the end of FP7 on 31 Dec 2013. Click here to read this statement. more
 
June 15, 2011
The 3rd iNTeg-Risk Conference 2011 took place in Stuttgart, Germany on June 6-10, 2011, in conjunction with the SRA-Europe 2011 Annual Meeting. The presentations are available for download. Further information have been sent to all participants via e-mail. more
 
May 31, 2011

News release about the workshop that brought together over 60 experts on “Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects” (Brussels, March 2, 2011) have been published in the Material Blog of the European Commission.

Please click on the following link to go to the EC Material Blog.

more
 
April 12, 2011
Steinbeis Engineering Forum took place on April 12, 2011 in Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Ing. Theo Hack (EADS) and Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic (Steinbeis R-Tech) gave a speech with the title:

Produktrisiko - Sicherheit und Nachhaltigkeit von Neuen Technologien
Beispiel: Automobil- und Flugzeugtechnik

Further information can be found on the flyer and the website. more
 
March 21, 2011
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH and D’Appolonia S.p.A have finished the project Complex ecological examination of Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS) production facilities (EnvironNIS), whereby assessment done in 2010 had covered main environmental issues (air, soil, groundwater and waste water) on 12 selected facilities. The project results were presented at a press conference on March 17, 2011 and according to the words of Minister of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning, Oliver Dulić, EnvironNIS is "one of the best and the most comprehensive studies, ever performed in Serbia". more
 
March 16, 2011
A press release about the Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects" (Brussels, March 2, 2011) has been published in the last newsletter (March 2011) of the Italian Network on LCA.

The full newsletter can be found here (in Italian). more
 
March 13, 2011
EU-VRi President, Prof. O. Renn, speaks at German television about the Japanese multiple catastrophe (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accidents). Need to understand the concept of societal/political decision about "the acceptable remaining risk", relationship between alternatives (multiple risks and risk-risk tradeoffs!), inclusion of time into the considerations... Just as the disaster itself, the debate show that the topics dealt/tackled by the EU-VRi and its members (Steinbeis R-Tech, INERIS, Univ. of Stuttgart ZIRN, ... ) , and in particular iNTeg-Risk project (e.g. NaTech – Nature-technology risks) and this year's iNTeg-Risk Conference (Multiple risks, risk-risk-tradeoffs...) timely and important are.

The whole broadcast is to be seen using the link. more
 
March 02, 2011

The EU NMP Project MUST  (respective responsible partners: IST and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies) is organising, with the support of EU-VRi EEIG, KMM-VIN and EuMaT, a Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects", which will take place in Brussels, March 2, 2011.

For additional information and access to the available material, please click on the following link


more
 
January 26, 2011
The publication of this report marks the conclusion of the first phase of IRGC’s ongoing project on emerging risks. With this report, IRGC aims to raise awareness among professionals about the fact that risks emerge from a common ‘fertile ground’ cultivated by twelve generic factors which are described and illustrated in detail within the report. Click here to download this report. more
 
October 13, 2010
The ESIG Award Winner Event was held in Nuremberg on 13 October, 2010. Prof. Jovanovic was invited as one of ETPIS´ senior representatives to give a keynote speech on this occasion. more
 
September 01, 2010
Steinbeis Institute Advanced Risk Technologies (Steinbeis Hochschule Berlin) has registered as user of STATISTA site on Sept. 1, 2010. more
 
June 30, 2010
EU-VRi has become a partner of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011 on Safe Maintenance, which is organised by EU-OSHA. more
 
June 28, 2010
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies and EU-VRi are looking for skilled and motivated professionals for EU and industrial projects in the area of  Risk Engineering and Management. more
 
June 24, 2010
The INERIS which is one of the founding members of EU-VRi has published in its annual report of 2009 a presentation of EU-VRi with an interview of the Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, its CEO. more
 
June 23, 2010
Swiss Re has recently published its Corporate Responsibility Report of 2009, in which we can find information related to the partnership between Swiss Re and iNTeg-Risk. more
 
November 27, 2009
The ZDH-ZERT audit on November 2, 2009 has proved that the Quality System of R-Tech / EU-VRi meets all requirements of the standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 – Quality management systems.
more
Our Rada... IN MEMORIAM 
March 05, 2014

Radmila Guntrum, Rada
1951 - 2014

Rada's great, generous and brave heart stopped beating the late afternoon of March 3, 2014. But we are sure that all who knew Rada can still hear the echo of that beat. Just be silent, think about Rada and you will hear. Just as we, her friends and colleagues from Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies and EU-VRi, will do. 
Stuttgart, March 2014  

 
Prof. Jovanovic was awarded the "Steinbeis Medal" 
November 04, 2013
During a ceremony on November 4, 2013, Prof. Dr. Michael Auer, chairman of the Steinbeis Foundation, and Mr. Manfred Mattulat, member of the executive board of Steinbeis Foundation awarded Prof. Jovanovic the "Steinbeis Medal".

Together with the medal also a certificate with the following text was presented:

„Steinbeis ehrt Professor Dr.-Ing. Aleksandar Jovanovic mit der Steinbeis-Medaille. Sie zeichnet Steinbeiser aus, die sich durch besondere Projekterfolge, eine besondere Persönlichkeit, Grundhaltung oder Vorbildfunktion herausragende Verdienste um Steinbeis erworben haben.“

(Steinbeis honors Professor Dr.-Ing. Aleksandar Jovanovic with the Steinbeis Medal. It distinguishes “Steinbeiser” who have, through their extraordinary project successes, their excelling personality, their attitude or model role function, provided outstanding contributions to Steinbeis.)


More details about the medal and the ceremony can be found at www.stw.de.

As decided by the awardee and the Steinbeis team, the financial part of the prize will be invested into “Steinbeis Risk Research Fund”.

 
Accompanying course to the 5th iNTeg-Risk Conference on the topic of ISO 31000 
May 20, 2013
The course 'ISO 31000 Principles and Management' was held just before the 5th iNTeg-Risk Conference 2013 on May 20, 2013. This course touched on the key elements in the International Standard of ISO 31000:2009; the complex relationship between risk management principles, frameworks and processes and the applications in industry and in general.
V-R32 ISO31000: 'ISO 31000 Principles and Management'
on May 20, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted and organized by R-Tech

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

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

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

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

Course content by Units

Unit 1: Introduction to the ISO 31000 philosophy and principles

Duration
(minutes)

Explanation on the philosophy and basic principles of ISO 31000

60

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

15

 

Unit 2: ISO 31000 Framework

Duration

Overview of the ISO 31000 framework for risk management

60

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

15

 

Unit 3: Implementation principles of ISO 31000

Duration

Explanation on implementing the ISO 31000 risk management framework

60

Review and conclusions of the Unit 3: Questions and answers

15

 

Unit 4: Practical aspects of implementation

Duration

Elaboration on the practical aspects of implementing ISO 31000

60

Review and conclusions of the Unit 4: Questions and answers

15

 

Unit 5: Review and final discussion

Duration

Review of main course issues and final discussion

30

Closing the course

-


Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

 

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

The course is intended for:

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

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

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

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

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

 
Learn about robust decision making in risk management 
April 22, 2013
The SHB/iNTeg-Risk course 'Decision Aid Approaches for Risk Management' is organized on April 22 - 26, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. The participants benefit from the course by acquiring the basic knowledge about 1) main concepts related to decision making in risk management; 2) key decision making moments of risk management frameworks; and 3) tools available to improve the way managers are dealing with decision making.

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

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

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

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

Course content by Units

Unit

Title & contents in brief

1.           

Introduction to decision making in risk management

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

2.           

Reference models

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

3.           

Methods and tools

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

Highlights will be given to:

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

 

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

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

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

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

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

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

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

 
SHB/PromisLINGUA course on Intercultural Management & Communication 
April 17, 2013
The course 'Business Communication and Management of Intercultural Differences' has taken place on April 17, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. The course stressed the importance of cultural differences and multilingual issues for the success of collaboration with partners from other cultural background, particularly in international projects. The course was organized to promote the results of the PROMISLingua project among SMEs.
IVC-R19 BC&M: 'Business Communication and Management of Intercultural Differences'
on April 17, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted and organized by R-Tech

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unit 3: Multilingual environments in international projects

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

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

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

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

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

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

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

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

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

 
SHB/iNTeg-Risk: 'Quantitative- and Transportation Risk Assessment' courses in April 
April 08, 2013
Two courses have been held in the first half of April on the topics of Risk Assessment techniques, frequency and consequence assessment, risk index calculations and advanced applications by case studies. The courses were lectured by recognized professors of chemical and safety issues from the CONPRICI group of Italian universities. For detailed description, click on
VD-R26 QRA&A: 'Quantitative Risk Assessment and Advanced Applications'
on April 8-12, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany hosted and organized by STI R-Tech.

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

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

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

Course content by Units

Unit

Title & contents in brief

Duration (minutes)

1.           

Definitions and risk metric

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

180

2.           

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

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

240

3.           

Risk calculation

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

120

4.           

Quantitative assessment of domino effect

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

300

5.           

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

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

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

 

420

6.           

Case-studies and use of risk results

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

420

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

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


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

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

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

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

Course content by Units

Day

Title & contents in brief

Duration

Lecturer

1.

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

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

5 h

Prof. Maschio

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

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

2 h

2.

(UNIT 2 - continued)

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

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

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

3.5 h

 

Prof. Maschio

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

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

3.5 h

 Dr. Antonioni

3.

(UNIT 4 - introduction)

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

3.5 h

Dr. Antonioni

 

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

  • Examples of risk calculation

3.5 h

4.

(Unit 4 – continued)

  • Examples of risk calculation

3.5 h

Dr. Antonioni

(Unit 5) Use of risk results

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

3.5 h

 Dr. Landucci

5.

  • Tutor day - Self learning
  • Test

5.5 h

1.5 h

Dr. Landucci

Announcement / Course Profile / Registration

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

 

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

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

Direct contact: sti889@risk-technologies.com

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

Ms. Roswitha Kokejl

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

 
SafeChina project: Commencement ceremony on Jan. 12, 2013 
December 14, 2012
The SafeChina commencement ceremony and the company promotion event for 'Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies China' took place on Jan. 12, 2013, at BMILP in Beijing.

SafeChina project:
Commencement ceremony Jan. 12, 2013

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

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

The SafeChina project has created:

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

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

c) a certifications scheme for Chinese professionals.

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

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

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

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


Draft Agenda

 

8:30 – 9:00

Registration

 

9:00 – 9:40

Welcome

9:00 – 9:20

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

9:20 – 9:30

Welcome DEG officer (Ms. Veth [ytbc])

9:30 – 9:40

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

9:40 – 11:00

Presentations / Guest and keynote speeches

9:40 – 10:00

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

10:00 – 10:15

Keynote speech (Officer of Beijing Administration of Work Safety)

10:15 – 10:30

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

10:30 – 11:00

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

 

11:00 – 11:15

Short break

 

11:15 – 12:30

Guest and keynote speeches

11:15 – 11:30

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

11:30 – 11:45

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

11:45 – 12:15

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

12:15 – 12:30

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

 

12:35 – 13:00

Awarding the certificates

 

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

 

13:00

Closing announcement (Prof. Zhang Bin)


NOTES:

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

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


About the hosting institution:

The Beijing Municipal Institute of Labor Protection was established in 1956 and is one of the first research institutes in China to carry out scientific research on security and environment. The institute has built many research institutes of professional techniques and test centers in the following three fields: urban security hygiene, work safety and labor protection and human living environment, which have laid solid foundation for a basic, applied and foresighted research. In the latest 50 years, it has achieved more than 500 scientific and technological results and won more than 200 awards for scientific and technological achievements and progress. It has stipulated more than 100 standards in labor protection and environment protection.
 
5 Years of Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH 
December 04, 2012

Prof. Dr. Michael Auer, Chairman of the Steinbeis Foundation, and Mr. Manfred Mattulat, Member of the executive board of Steinbeis Foundation, have congratulated the executives of the Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH on the fifth anniversary.


Prof. Dr. Michael Auer and Mr. Manfred Mattulat pointed out the importance of the R-Tech activities and appreciated the previous engagement and look forward to the future cooperation: "With your Steinbeis Unit you contribute to the implementation of the Steinbeis thoughts: current research results, scientific findings and professional expertise in all fields of technology and management are made accessible to the economy in a practical way."

 
Certification activities in China 
November 25, 2012
Certification tracks and the SafeChina train-the-trainer exams were organized on November 15-24, 2012 in Beijing.

Certification for Risk Examiners and for Senior Risk Assessor both on the tracks Plant/Asset/Equipment and HSSE, as well as train-the-trainer oral exams have been organized between November 15 and 24, 2012 in the Beijing Municipal Institute of Labour Protection.

 The certification process, per candidate, went as the following: 

  1. Presentation of a project done relevant for the title Risk Examiner/Risk Assessor (the candidate has to prepare a presentation in MS Power Point, 15 minutes/candidate)
  2. Discussion about the project presented (15 minutes/candidate)
  3. Conclusion related to the presented work 

In addition to the certification, oral exams were organized for the candidates who have passed the written exams in order to become a SafeChina trainer. The oral part of the train-the-trainer exam consisted of:  

 

  1. Presentation of a selected part of the training material for the SafeChina course (the candidate has to prepare a presentation in MS Power Point, 15 minutes/candidate)
  2. Questions and answers related to the course topics (15 minutes/candidate)
  3. Conclusion related to the presented work 
The certification activities were supervised by Dr. Daniel Balos from STI Advanced Risk Technologies.
 
SHB/SafeChina course 'Emerging Risks' concluded in Beijing 
November 12, 2012
The Steinbeis University Berlin/SafeChina course Emerging Risks was held on November 10 - 11, 2012 in Beijing.
The course IV-R17 EmRISK: Emerging Risks has been taken place on November 10 - 11, 2012 at the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing.

The main objective of the course was to introduce the concept of "emerging risks" and explain to the students the issues of early recognition, classification and monitoring of emerging risks. In addition, the course presented frameworks, procedure and factors of emerging risks.

Emerging Risks was dedicated to professionals and students in the field of risk engineering and management. The structure of the course units and tutoring style allowed to understand and adopt the main topics even to beginners in this field.

The participants of the course have particularly benefited from the lecturing done by Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic from STI Advanced Risk Technologies/EU-VRi, who is leader of some of the most important research and development projects in the EU dedicated to emerging risks (e.g. iNTeg-Risk).

For further information, see the announcement of the course.

 
STOA Workshop on E2R2 Initiative gained very positive support from the industry, academia and public sector 
November 07, 2012
EU-VRi (www.eu-vri.eu) and iNTeg-Risk Consortium (www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu) prepared this workshop together with Science and Technology Option Assessment Committee of the European Parliament (STOA, http://europarl.europa.eu/stoa). Read more about the results of this workshop by clicking here to access the summary report!

STOA Workshop on E2R2

STOA Workshop on E2R2
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3Cs,3Ts,3Is
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Results of STOA Workshop
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The STOA workshop on European Emerging Risk Radar (E2R2) Initiative, which took place on November 6, 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels, successfully concluded with very positive support from the industry, academia and public sector. EU-VRi (www.eu-vri.eu) and the iNTeg-Risk Consortium (www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu) prepared this workshop together with Science and Technology Option Assessment Committee of the European Parliament (STOA, http://europarl.europa.eu/stoa) as an important follow-up to ensure the sustainability of the iNTeg-Risk results. Below are some of the key results from this workshop:

  • Notable representatives from the industry, academia and public sector (see short profiles of the speakers and panelists) each presented and/or shared their perspectives regarding their support for the E2R2 Initiative. In summary,

    1. the Industry is in favor of E2R2 because the initiative could serve as a European reference source for emerging risk information and this will be of huge benefit for the EU industry as well as enhance its competitiveness;

    2. the Academia is in favor of E2R2 because, in view of the challenges for risk management in a fragmented environment with respect to European risk activities, the initiative poses as a strategic global advantage as well as a way to increase credibility and popularity for Europe; and

    3. the Public sector is in favor of E2R2 because the initiative promotes efficient use of available resources, enlarge the scope as well as increase the quality of results for governments, in particular, those which are already carrying out similar activities.

  • Inspiring discussions across the various sectors during this workshop can be considered as an endorsement of the E2R2 Initiative and that all comments received at this workshop pertaining to this initiative will certainly be taken into account for future developments.

  • Drawing from all important suggestions on the E2R2 Initiative made during the presentations and discussions of this workshop, the following “3Cs, 3Ts, 3Is” approach was proposed whereby E2R2 should be:

    • Competent, Complete and Co-evolutionary;
    • Trustworthy, Transparent and Transferrable; and
    • Independent, Integrative and Inclusive.

    In view of the above, E2R2 could thus serve very well as a decision aid tool.

Full summary report comprising results of this workshop can be downloaded on the STOA website at: http://europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/home/events/workshops/integ.

 
Register for ENISFER & reap the benefits of this network! 
August 31, 2012
ENISFER is the European Network of Industrial Systems and Facilities for Exploration of Emerging Risks within the EU-VRi organization and tools. This network is in operation since the beginning of 2012, with large industrial companies and renown research organizations among its elite pool of partners. Hence, you are cordially invited to register yourself as an individual (Risk Expert) and/or your Organization/Company and/or Department/Facility and/or other entities. Click here to register for ENISFER now!

EU-VRI ENISFER

ENISFER is the European Network of Industrial Systems and Facilities for Exploration of Emerging Risks within the EU-VRi organization and tools.

The aim of ENISFER is to have a network of relevant and representative organizations/companies, departments/facilities or persons to continuously innovate and improve management of emerging risks. Therefore, this network will have a structuring effect for all the stakeholders concerned by technology related emerging risks at a regional, national, European or international scale (read more about ENISFER).

In view of the above, you are thus cordially invited to register:
  • yourself as an individual (Risk Expert); and/or
  • your Organization/Company; and/or
  • your Department/Facility; and/or
  • other entities.
Follow this link for ENISFER registration*: http://www.eu-vri.eu/fwlink/?LinkID=381

By means of this online registration, all (prospective) ENISFER partners will make available their contact and information to others who are looking for solutions to specific issues related to (emerging) risks. Furthermore, the benefits for joining this network are the ease of:
  • finding experts in various areas of (emerging) risk management and engineering;
  • finding companies/organizations and their research facilities relevant for your work;
  • contacting other ENISFER partners for partnership opportunities.


* Please note that registration to ENISFER is not a membership and at this stage there are no obligations and/or financial contribution foreseen. In addition, the main benefits at this stage are as described above.

 
Course on LCA 
July 30, 2012

The course on Life Cycle Analysis and Assessment was successfully concluded in Stuttgart, Germany.


 

The course was open both for students of the universities participating in the project and for the external participants.

In the course the participants gained a comprehensive overview of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC), International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) and European Reference Life Cycle Data System (ELCD).

The course is part of the European Master and Certification Program in Risk Engineering and Management, therefore as such, it enabled the participants to earn European ECTS credit points (see http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/ects_en.htm). 


Read more about the course!
 
iNTeg-Risk was presented at World Congress on Risk in Sydney 
July 17, 2012
The European project iNTeg-Risk was presented at World Congress on Risk (WCR) in Sydney, Australia organized by Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

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The coordinator of iNTeg-Risk project, Aleksandar (Sasa) Jovanovic, gave a presentation on iNTeg-Risk project at WCR in Sydney Australia. The presentation informed participants from all over the world about the main results achieved thus far before the project ends in May 2013. Furthermore, the presentation addresses follow-up initiatives, in particular, the "European Emerging Risk Radar (E2R2)" (click here for more information about E2R2).

Details of the SRA event:

World Congress on Risk (WCR)
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sydney, Australia
July 18-20, 2012

The overall theme of the WCR 2012 was Risk and Development in a Changing World, and the three daily sub-themes were:
1.        Disasters and Resilience;
2.        Global and Emerging Risks; and
3.        Risk and Sustainable Development.

Alternatively, visit the SRA WCR webpage at http://sra.org/worldcongress2012 for more information.

 
OECD Workshop on Natech Risk Management, May 23-25, 2012 in Dresden (Germany) 
May 23, 2012
Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, CEO of EU-VRi and Coordinator of the FP7 iNTeg-Risk Project, presented a paper at the OECD Workshop on Natech Risk Management which was held in Dresden (Germany) from May 23-25, 2012. The workshop draft proceedings can be downloaded from here.

 

 

 

This first ever event entirely dedicated to Natech was organized by the OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents and sponsored as well as hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU) and the Government of Saxony. The German Federal Minister of BMU, Ms. Ruth Oldenbruch, and the Minister for the Environment and Agriculture of the free State of Saxony, Mr. Frank Kupfer also participated at the event.

The workshop represented the culminating event of a four year OECD Natech project to which also the DG Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has participated.

The workshop investigated specific elements related to the prevention of, preparedness for, and response to chemical accidents caused by natural hazard or natural disaster. The venue of the workshop was at the Internationales Congress Center Dresden of the Maritim Hotel.

More details about the programme and other practical information on the venue, accomodation and travelling can be found at the following links:

 
Second event of Introduction to Risk Management 
May 07, 2012

The second instance of the iNTeg-Risk course Introduction to Risk Management took place at the Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology.


The course is part of the series of courses which all belong to joint effort of iNTeg-Risk project (represented by EU-VRi and other partners), University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) and Steinbeis University Berlin (STI Advanced Risk Technologies) to set a modern, modular and distributed model of education and certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management with particular emphasis on the issue of emerging risks, in particular those related to new technologies.

The event took place on May 2-5, 2012 at the Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT). This specialist course was organized in conjunction with the 4th iNTeg-Risk Conference 2012.

Participants of the course had opportunity to extend their knowledge in the area of industrial safety, starting with different aspects of risks and terminology used in the field, with special focus on major accident prevention and related process safety risk assessment methodology. The participants came from different countries (Spain, Serbia, Germany, China, France, etc.) possessing different profiles (PhD, MSc and BSc students, professionals), thus allowing them to enjoy and profit from a real international environment during the course.


 
IATA made positive comments on EU-VRi's economic modeling in the Alfa-Bird project 
April 25, 2012
Following a successful meeting held on April 3, 2012 in Geneva, important observations and positive comments were received from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regarding EU-VRi's economic modeling developed within the ALFA-BIRD project.
                                                                                    The EU-VRi team presented its economic model for the implementation of alternative fuel in the aviation sector to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at a meeting held on April 3, 2012 in Geneva. Positive comments made by IATA during the presentation support the work developed and encourage further extension of the economic modeling within the ALFA-BIRD project.

“This model is flexible enough to include modules describing the behavior of relevant stakeholders. The team has the skills needed to create realistic models of relevant human behavior. The model development is still in progress and would need the inclusion of further modules, mainly for the description of other production pathways as well as different variants of incentivizing policy instruments. Also the inclusion of exogenous factors such as the influence of other industry sectors competing for resources would be needed. The current stage of development appears appropriate for a decision on such model enhancements, and IATA is happy to support this process further and also to provide relevant data.”

Thomas Rötger, Brian Pearce and Julie Perovic - IATA 
 
RBI-PETRO was successfully concluded in Rotterdam 
April 02, 2012

Risk Based Inspection - Petro was part of a course series organized through the joint effort of iNTeg-Risk project, University of Stuttgart and STI Advanced Risk Technologies.


 

The iNTeg-Risk Course II-R4a "RBI-PETRO: Risk Based Inspection - Petro", which is part of the announced series of SHB/iNTeg-Risk courses, took place on March 27-30, 2012 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

During the 4-day course, 12 participants from Germany, Romania, China, Italy, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Serbia had opportunity to learn more about Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) in general, its application in industry using different tools as well as to understand RBI technologies, procedures, and working processes in compliance with the main reference documents.

This series of courses is proudly organized through the joint effort of iNTeg-Risk project, University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) and Steinbeis University Berlin (STI Advanced Risk Technologies) to set a modern, modular and distributed model of education and certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management with particular emphasis on the issue of emerging risks, especially those related to new technologies.

Furthermore, the course is a part of the European Master and Certification Program in Risk Engineering and Management.

 
ESF-STOA Conference 'The Science of Innovation' was held on February 28, 2012 at the European Parliament, Brussels 
February 23, 2012
The European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) office jointly organised a conference on 'The Science of Innovation', whereby it contributed to the debate on EU innovation policy at a crucial time by presenting a range of thought-provoking insights.
  The Science of Innovation is an important, growing field of research and this ESF-STOA joint conference presented state-of-the-art insights from the cutting edge of 'the science of innovation' on crucial issues for today's policy makers.

Among other questions addressed were: Is innovation always good? How will the financial crisis impact innovation? Does innovation lead to inequalities? Do we really understand innovation?

Keynote speakers included:
  • Alan Hughes, Professor of Enterprise Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR)
  • Merle Jacob, Professor in Research Policy at Lund University and UNESCO Chair in Research Management and Innovation Systems
  • Luc Soete, Director of UNU-MERIT and Professor of International Economic Relations at Maastricht University
  • Barry Bozeman, Professor of Public Policy at Arizona State University, Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes
  • Mariana Mazzucato, R.M. Phillips Professor of Science and Technology at the University of Sussex (SPRU)
For more information on the conference including brochure, programme, etc., click here.
 
iNTeg-Risk in INERIS "Rapport Scientifique 2010/2011" 
January 16, 2012
INERIS scientific report devoted attention to the results of iNTeg-Risk project. See more details in INERIS "Rapport Scientifique 2010/2011".
INERIS scientific report devoted attention to the results of iNTeg-Risk project. See more details in INERIS "Rapport Scientifique 2010/2011".
 
Media coverage on World Economic Forum's "Global Risks Report 2012" 
January 14, 2012
The World Economic Forum's (WEF) "Global Risks Report 2012" which was presented by the Wharton Risk Center, an academic partner of the WEF since 2005, has garnered significant media coverage. Click here to watch the video (WEF).
In the video which is produced by WEF, Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Managing Director of the Wharton Risk Center, examines the main findings of the Global Risks 2012 report and discusses its relevance to the private and public sectors. Click here to watch this video.

Other relevant media coverage can be accessed below:

  • Pfanner, E. (January 11, 2012) Economic Troubles Cited As the Top Risks in 2012. The New York Times.

     

  • Video: Howard Kunreuther, Co-Director of the Wharton Risk Center, addresses globalization and the results of interconnectedness in this interview for CBC Toronto. Click here to watch this video.

    CBC Toronto interview video

     

  • Handley, M. (January 17, 2012) Top 5 Global Risks for 2012. U.S. News and World Reports.

     

  • Video: Erwann Michel-Kerjan discusses some of the report’s findings with Erik Schatzker in Bloomberg Television's "Inside Track" on January 20, 2012. Click here to watch this video.

    Bloomberg Television video

     

  • Lu, K., & Michel-Kerjan, E. (January 21, 2012) Is Income Disparity Slowly Fueling the Next Global Crisis?. The Wall Street Journal (Asia).
 
Global Risks Report 2012 - Wharton partnership with the World Economic Forum 
January 14, 2012
The Wharton Risk Center, an academic partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2005, is pleased to present the WEF’s Global Risks Report 2012, Seventh Edition. Click here to download this report.

The WEF’s Global Risks Report 2012 has identified chronic fiscal imbalances and severe income disparity as the most prevalent risks over the next 10 years. These risks in tandem threaten global growth as they are drivers of nationalism, populism and protectionism at a time when the world remains vulnerable to systemic financial shocks, as well as possible food and water crises. These are the findings of a survey of 469 experts and industry leaders, indicating a shift of concern from environmental risks to socioeconomic risks, compared to a year ago.

Read more about the Global Risks Report here.

 

* For nearly three decades, the Wharton Risk Center has been at the forefront of basic and applied research in promoting effective corporate and public policies for low-probability events with potentially catastrophic consequences. Listed below are some of the media coverage on the Risk Center's research:
 
Risk - we care! - New brochure of EU-VRi and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies 
December 30, 2011
EU-VRi and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies have published a new brochure "Risk - we care®!" containing interesting information, events and projects about the past 10 years of R-Tech and the past 5 years of EU-VRi.
Link for download

EU-VRi and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies have published a new brochure "Risk - we care®!" containing interesting information, events and projects about the past 10 years of R-Tech and the past 5 years of EU-VRi.

For downloading the brochure please use the following link: http://www.eu-vri.eu/filehandler.ashx?file=9243
 
CFS Audit closed 
December 21, 2011
Audit reports for projects:
iNTeg-Risk - Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks)
MUST - MULTI-LEVEL PROTECTION OF MATERIALS FOR VEHICLES BY “SMART” NANOCONTAINERS
Alfa-Bird - Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development
formally accepted and approved by the European Commission (with less than 0.05 % adjustment needed!).
Audit reports for projects
  • iNTeg-Risk - Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks)
  • MUST - MULTI-LEVEL PROTECTION OF MATERIALS FOR VEHICLES BY “SMART” NANOCONTAINERS
  • Alfa-Bird - Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development
formally accepted and approved by the European Commission (with less than 0.05 % adjustment needed!)
 
The course Introduction to Risk Management took place in Stuttgart 
December 17, 2011

The course opened a series of courses to set a modern, modular and distributed model of education and certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management.


 
The course Introduction to Risk Management has taken place between December 12 and 16, 2011 in Stuttgart. It opened a series of courses which all belong to joint effort of iNTeg-Risk project (represented by EU-VRi and other partners), University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) and Steinbeis University Berlin (STI Advanced Risk Technologies) to set a modern, modular and distributed model of education and certification in the area of Risk Engineering and Management with particular emphasis on the issue of emerging risks, in particular those related to new technologies.

The course is also a part of SHB's European Master and Certification Program in Risk Engineering and Management.

During five days of the course, 20 participants from Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Serbia and United Arab Emirates had opportunity to learn and extended their knowledge on the main topics of risks related to the general use of the chemicals by a modern society and related industrial sectors (hazards, related risks, and due legislative safety measures considering accidental and chronic risks within life cycle of hazardous materials, major accidents prevention and related process safety risk assessment methodology).

 
Bayer Technology Services GmbH has certified iRiS-Petro System 
December 13, 2011
Bayer Technology Services GmbH has certified to Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (group) that in the scope of activities: RBI (Risk-Based Inspection), RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance), RCFA (Root-Cause Failure Analysis) and HSE (Health Safety, Environment) as well as the relevant consulting, professional services, training and education, the iRiS-Petro System meets all requirements of: CWA 15740:2008 and API-RP 580/581 (RBI).
Bayer Technology Services GmbH has certified to Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (group) that in the scope of activities: RBI (Risk-Based Inspection), RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance), RCFA (Root-Cause Failure Analysis) and HSE (Health Safety, Environment) as well as the relevant consulting, professional services, training and education, the iRiS-Petro System meets all requirements of: CWA 15740:2008 and API-RP 580/581 (RBI).
 
Involvement of the EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk partners into the first global survey of ISO 31000–Risk Management Principle and Guidelines 
November 30, 2011
Following the approved liaison between ISO 31000 and EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk (see news entry), a discussion between the iNTeg-Risk Project Coordinator and the CEO of EU-VRi, A. Jovanovic, and the Moderator of the LinkedIn ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard Group, A. Dali, took place. One of the main results, so far, would be the involvement of the EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk partners into the first global survey of ISO 31000–Risk Management Principle and Guidelines set to kick off on the 17th of October this year.
Following the approved liaison between ISO 31000 and EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk (see news entry), a discussion between the iNTeg-Risk Project Coordinator and the CEO of EU-VRi, A. Jovanovic, and the Moderator of the LinkedIn ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard Group, A. Dali, took place.

One of the main results, so far, would be the involvement of the EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk partners into the first global survey of ISO 31000–Risk Management Principle and Guidelines set to kick off on the 17th of October this year. The aim of the survey is to gauge how ISO 31000 is perceived by risk practitioners across all sectors and to provide input for the preparation of the ISO 31004 guide, due out in 2013.

Members of more than 70 risk management associations around the world are invited to participate in the study which is being run through an initiative by the LinkedIn discussion group on ISO 31000. Issued in November 2009, ISO 31000 provides principles and generic guidelines on risk management. It can be used by any public, private or community enterprise, association, group or individual and is not specific to any industry or sector. "This is the first time the global risk management community active across all fields, sectors, industries and services is being invited to participate in an international survey on ISO 31000. It is a great opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns about the ISO standard on risk management" said Alex Dali.

The survey will run from

Oct. 17, 2011 to Nov. 30, 2011. (extended deadline)

 

You will be encouraged to participate through EU-VRi/iNTeg-Risk sites or the LinkedIn group. You can join the discussion forum preparing the survey at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1834592.

We encourage your participation and will gladly support it.
 
Interim report on SafeChina project accepted  
November 27, 2011

(excerpt from the e-mail of the project officer)

Dear R-Tech PPP-China-Project-Team,

(...)
The interim report is excellent. It is very well structured, contains all necessary information and nicely sum up all relevant activities / findings or the project up to today.


(excerpt from the e-mail of the project officer) 

Dear R-Tech PPP-China-Project-Team,

(...) The interim report is excellent. It is very well structured, contains all necessary information and nicely sum up all relevant activities / findings or the project up to today. (...)

For me, the interim report shows that the project now is on a very good way and it looks like you are on a good way to surpass the overall number of participants. It is very good to see that we have already 138 participants successfully passing a final examination. (...)

In any case, i can already confirm the acceptance of the interim report which also contains all necessary documentation to "approve" the achievement of the relevant indicators. Supplemented by the excellent data bases in the internet the project process is perfectly documented.  (...)

Thank you very much for the really good work! (...)

Best regards from Cologne

Volker Schwab,
DEG - Special Programs - Cologne


 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - PRESS RELEASE - What is a nanomaterial?  
October 18, 2011
What is a nanomaterial? European Commission brings a common definition of a nanomaterial, the definition will be now applied in all EU-VRi/R-tech projects dealing with nanotechnology (iNTeg-Risk, MUST, PARTICOAT, Nanodevice…)
 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - PRESS RELEASE

What is a "nanomaterial"? European Commission breaks new ground with a common definition

Brussels, 18 October 2011 – "Nanomaterials" are materials whose main constituents have a dimension of between 1 and 100 billionth of a metre, according to a recommendation adopted by the European Commission today. The announcement marks an important step towards greater protection for citizens, clearly defining which materials need special treatment in specific legislation.

European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "I am happy to say that the EU is the first to come forward with a cross-cutting designation of nanomaterials to be used for all regulatory purposes. We have come up with a solid definition based on scientific input and a broad consultation. Industry needs a clear coherent regulatory framework in this important economic sector, and consumers deserve accurate information about these substances. It is an important step towards addressing any possible risks for the environment and human health, while ensuring that this new technology can live up to its potential."


Nanomaterials are already being used in hundreds of applications and consumer products ranging from toothpaste to batteries, paints and clothing. Developing these innovative substances is an important driver for European competitiveness, and they have significant potential for progress in areas like medicine, environmental protection and energy efficiency. But as uncertainties remain about the risks they pose, a clear definition is needed to ensure that the appropriate chemical safety rules apply. The definition will help all stakeholders including industry associations, as it brings coherence to the variety of definitions that are currently in use in different sectors. The definition will be reviewed in 2014 in the light of technical and scientific progress.


The recommendation also delivers on a commitment made in 2009 to the European Parliament to issue a single definition that is broadly applicable to all EU legislation concerned by nanomaterials.


The definition adopted today is based on an approach considering the size of the constituent particles of a material, rather than hazard or risk. The wording describes a nanomaterial as "a natural, incidental or manufactured material containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for 50% or more of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1 nm – 100 nm."


The definition is based on scientific advice from the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). A draft version of the definition was subject to a public consultation.


Background

Nanomaterials are currently governed by a variety of legislative instruments at EU and national level. However, definitions have been developed on a case-by-case basis and vary across sectors, creating unnecessary burdens for industry and hampering public debate about risks and benefits of these substances. This recommendation gives EU legislators a legal reference for nanomaterials, when adopting new or implementing existing legislation.

The experience of the first registration deadline (30 November 2010) under REACH, the EU's overarching chemicals policy, showed that companies needed more clarity about their obligations with regard to nanomaterials. REACH has a key role to play in generating information about the properties of nanomaterials as chemical substances. With the adopted definition it will be easier for companies to assess their registration dossiers and determine exactly when they should consider their products as nanomaterials.


Further information:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/nanotech/index.htm
MEMO/11/704


Contacts:
Joe Hennon (+32 2 295 35 93)
Monica Westeren (+32 2 299 18 30)
 
ISO confirmed the liaison between ISO/PC 262 and EU-VRi 
September 23, 2011
We are proud to inform that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has officially confirmed the liaison between ISO/PC 262 (Project Committee: Risk Management) and EU-VRi.

TC 262 - Project committee: Risk management

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has officially confirmed the liaison between ISO/PC 262 (Project Committee: Risk Management) and EU-VRi. The ISO/PC 262 members, comprising 31 participating countries and 6 observing countries, have kindly accepted the liaison application of EU-VRi.

EU-VRi and its members are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration and exchange on standardization activities in the field of ISO 31000 family of standards, and ISO 31004 in particular.

Find out more about ISO/PC 262 by following this link.
 
New CEN Workshop announced at CEN websites 
September 01, 2011
The CEN workshop "General Framework and Guidelines for Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging New Technology Related Risks (iNTeg-Risk)" (WS 67) has been announced on CEN websites (see CEN website here).
We are pleased to inform you that the CEN workshop "General Framework and Guidelines for Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging New Technology Related Risks (iNTeg-Risk)" (WS 67) has been announced on CEN websites (see CEN website here).

We would like to thank all persons involved in WP4.9, which is dedicated to the development of CWAs in iNTeg-Risk project, for their valuable contributions and we are looking forward to creating interesting and useful pre-standadization documents under the umbrella of this workshop by taking into account the results of iNTeg-Risk project.

The draft Business plan
The draft Business Plan for the new CEN Workshop is available via the link above.

Kick-Off Meeting
The Kick-Off Meeting of the workshop will take place in Brussels on Friday, 4 November 2011 at CEN-CENELEC Meeting Centre, Avenue Marnix 17, 1000 Brussels (see Project Calendar).

Secretariat
DIN has volunteered to provide the secretariat.

Chairmanship
A Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen have been nominated for the Workshop (CVs are as well available on CEN website). Their appointment will be confirmed at the Kick-Off Meeting.

For any question regarding the workshop, do not hesitate to contact integrisk@eu-vri.eu.
 
Important event at Beijing Normal University 
August 09, 2011
Prof. Ortwin Renn, president of the EU-VRi (European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management), participated to an very important event which took place at the Beijing Normal University in the period August 01 - 12, 2011

2011 Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk,
Disaster, Risk, and Integrated Governance

Prof. Ortwin Renn, president of the EU-VRi (European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management), has participatedto an very important event which took place at the Beijing Normal University in the period August 01 - 12, 2011

2011 Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk,
Disaster, Risk, and Integrated Governance

(http://www.espre.cn/111/newsview.asp?id=6)

The 2011 Summer Institute is the third of the summer institute series, organized by the State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology at Beijing Normal University, the Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Education, and the Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Natural Disaster of the Ministry of Education of China.

The Summer Institute series is implemented in collaboration between the 111 Project/HRSB at Beijing Normal University and the IHDP/IRG-Project. Starting summer 2009, three consecutive summer institutes are to be organized (2009-2011), covering a different thematic focus each year in addition to the essentials in the filed of hazard and risk study. The primary goal is to attract and train young scholars who have both background and strong interest in the field of hazard and risk study, and through which, to improve and strengthen education, research, as well as international communication and cooperation capacity in China in the field of disaster and risk sciences. In the long-term, the summer institutes seek contribution to laying a solid foundation for a state-of-the-art hazard and risk science base in China.

Core faculties Invited

  • David Alexander, University of Florence, Italia
  • Carlo Jaeger, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, German
  • Roger Kasperson, Clark University, USA
  • Nick Pigeon, Cardiff University, UK
  • Otwin Renn, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Peijun Shi, Beijing Normal University, China
 
European Commission launches the call for proposals in the thematic priority NMP of FP7 
July 20, 2011
EC has launched the current call for proposals under the 2011 and 2012 Cooperation work programme of Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007 to 2013) and amongst them is the Work Programme 2012 - Theme 4: Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP). Download the relevant published paper here.
With the unveiling of multiple calls for proposals for all FP7 programmes, this new call invites applicants to present their interesting proposals.

All current call publications as well as related information can be found here.
 
Extensive media coverage on the report of OECD's "Future Global Shocks" (FGS) project  
July 14, 2011
Extensive coverage in the international press was given to the report of OECD's FGS project which has come to a fruitful conclusion as the organisation presented the project findings on June 27, 2011. Click here to watch the news broadcast (Reuters).
    
Source: Reuters news broadcast

List of FGS media coverage
 
EU-VRi, together with University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) and Steinbeis R-Tech, made exemplary contribution to the OECD project “Future Global Shocks” (FGS) 
July 14, 2011
OECD's FGS project came to a fruitful conclusion whereby EU-VRi, together with University of Stuttgart (ZIRN) and Steinbeis R-Tech, contributed notably to the project with their work on one of the selected case studies (Social Unrest). Click to download FGS project report: 1. Executive Summary; or 2. Full report (preliminary version).
FGSreport   OECD proudly presented the findings of its two-year "Future Global Shocks" (FGS) project on June 27, 2011.

While discussing a wide range of future shock scenarios, much of the project's focus was set on five highly disruptive future shock events, namely:
  1. Systemic Financial Risk;
  2. Pandemics;
  3. Cyber Risks;
  4. Geomagnetic Storms; and
  5. Social Unrest.
Steinbeis will also be publishing the reports of these five case studies.
 
Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 
June 21, 2011
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, has announced the new name of the future EU funding programme for research and innovation: "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation", which will enter into force on 1 January 2014, after the end of FP7 on 31 Dec 2013. Click here to read this statement.
  The new name, "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation", is an important symbol of a new departure and a new adventure whereby the cutting-edge, integrated funding system will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) as well as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). With this system, redundant red tape will be eliminated and access to the programs as well as participation will be made easier and simpler.

Moreover, in an effort to further boost excellence as well as ensure that good ideas reach the market and generate sustainable economic growth and new jobs, the different types of the aforementioned funding will be brought together in a coherent and flexible manner so as to support researchers and innovators in Europe. These research and innovation funding will focus clearly on addressing global challenges.
 
3rd iNTeg-Risk Conference 2011 - Presentations available! 
June 15, 2011
The 3rd iNTeg-Risk Conference 2011 took place in Stuttgart, Germany on June 6-10, 2011, in conjunction with the SRA-Europe 2011 Annual Meeting. The presentations are available for download. Further information have been sent to all participants via e-mail.
Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management
of Emerging, New Technology Related, Risks
www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu
 




3rd iNTeg-Risk Conference 2011

"Risk vs. Risk: Managing Emerging Risk-Benefit Tradeoffs in Complex Systems"

took place in

Stuttgart, Germany on June 6-10, 2011


in conjunction with
SRA-Europe 2011 Annual Meeting (June 5-8, 2011) www.sraeurope.org,
iNTeg-Risk workshops/courses and iNTeg-Risk ES Seminar


Venue:
Haus der Wirtschaft
Willi-Bleicher-Strasse 19
70174 Stuttgart, Germany
http://www.hausderwirtschaft.de
(25 mins by metro to the airport,
10 mins walk to the main railway station)


The conference was an excellent opportunity for project partners to communicate their results to the “outside world” and an opportunity for interested professionals, not participating in the iNTeg-Risk project, to learn about the project (www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu, budget approx. 20 million €, 80+ companies involved).

The detailed program can be seen following the link.


The presentations are available for download. Further information have been sent to all participants via e-mail.

 
News release in the Materials Blog of the European Commission about the successful “LCA/Risk workshop in Brussels” 
May 31, 2011

News release about the workshop that brought together over 60 experts on “Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects” (Brussels, March 2, 2011) have been published in the Material Blog of the European Commission.

Please click on the following link to go to the EC Material Blog.


News release about the workshop that brought together over 60 experts on “Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects” (Brussels, March 2, 2011) have been published in the Material Blog of the European Commission.

Please click on the following link to go to the EC Material Blog.

 
Steinbeis Engineering Forum 
April 12, 2011
Steinbeis Engineering Forum took place on April 12, 2011 in Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Ing. Theo Hack (EADS) and Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic (Steinbeis R-Tech) gave a speech with the title:

Produktrisiko - Sicherheit und Nachhaltigkeit von Neuen Technologien
Beispiel: Automobil- und Flugzeugtechnik

Further information can be found on the flyer and the website.
Steinbeis Engineering Forum took  place on April 12, 2011 in Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Ing. Theo Hack (EADS) and Prof. Aleksandar Jovanovic (Steinbeis R-Tech) gave a speech with the title:

Produktrisiko - Sicherheit und Nachhaltigkeit von Neuen Technologien
Beispiel: Automobil- und Flugzeugtechnik

The complete program and further information about the event can be found on the
flyer and the website.
 
Steinbeis EnvironNIS project finished – the results praised as "one of the best and the most comprehensive studies, ever performed in Serbia"  
March 21, 2011
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH and D’Appolonia S.p.A have finished the project Complex ecological examination of Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS) production facilities (EnvironNIS), whereby assessment done in 2010 had covered main environmental issues (air, soil, groundwater and waste water) on 12 selected facilities. The project results were presented at a press conference on March 17, 2011 and according to the words of Minister of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning, Oliver Dulić, EnvironNIS is "one of the best and the most comprehensive studies, ever performed in Serbia".
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH and D’Appolonia S.p.A have finished the project Complex ecological examination of Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS) production facilities (EnvironNIS) and submitted the final reports. This comprehensive study was undertaken in 2010 as defined by the Agreement on purchase and sale of NIS shares and in accordance with the Technical assignment approved by Serbian ministries in charge.
Final reports were submitted in two languages (English and Serbian) for each of the facility, what makes 24 reports with about 2500 pages. The reports contain description of actual environmental status (soil, groundwater, waste water and air), evaluation of EHS management, as well as assessment of potential environmental risks and proposals for corrective measures.
30+ experts from Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH and D'Appolonia were participating in assessment and reporting work.

The results of the study were presented at the press conference that took place on March 17, 2011 in the Serbian government’s press room, Nemanjina 11 in Belgrade. Minister of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning, Oliver Dulić, CEO of Naftna industrija Srbije (NIS) Kirill Kravchenko and the head of the NIS Directorate for Industrial and Environmental Safety, Occupational Safety and Health Stanislav Dedovec pointed out the importance of this study and answered a number of questions.
According to the Minister Dulic's words EnvironNIS project is "one of the best and the most comprehensive studies, ever performed in Serbia".
NIS has already invested 90 million € in environmental projects (60 million € financed by Gazprom Neft) but, based on the results and proposals of the EnvironNIS study, 9.6 million € will be additionally invested.
 
Press release of the Italian Network on LCA about the "Risk/LCA meeting" of Brussels  
March 16, 2011
A press release about the Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects" (Brussels, March 2, 2011) has been published in the last newsletter (March 2011) of the Italian Network on LCA.

The full newsletter can be found here (in Italian).

Information about the "Risk/LCA meeting" of Brussels in the Italian Network on LCA


A press release about the Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects", which was held in Brussels on March 2, 2011, has been published in the last newsletter (March 2011) of the Italian Network on LCA.

You may find the full newsletter here (in Italian).
 
Japanese multiple catastrophe 
March 13, 2011
EU-VRi President, Prof. O. Renn, speaks at German television about the Japanese multiple catastrophe (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accidents). Need to understand the concept of societal/political decision about "the acceptable remaining risk", relationship between alternatives (multiple risks and risk-risk tradeoffs!), inclusion of time into the considerations... Just as the disaster itself, the debate show that the topics dealt/tackled by the EU-VRi and its members (Steinbeis R-Tech, INERIS, Univ. of Stuttgart ZIRN, ... ) , and in particular iNTeg-Risk project (e.g. NaTech – Nature-technology risks) and this year's iNTeg-Risk Conference (Multiple risks, risk-risk-tradeoffs...) timely and important are.

The whole broadcast is to be seen using the link.
 

EU-VRi President, Prof. O. Renn, speaks at German television about the Japanese multiple catastrophe (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accidents). Need to understand the concept of societal/political decision about "the acceptable remaining risk", relationship between alternatives (multiple risks and risk-risk tradeoffs!), inclusion of time into the considerations... Just as the disaster itself, the debate show that the topics dealt/tackled by the EU-VRi and its members (Steinbeis R-Tech, INERIS, Univ. of Stuttgart ZIRN, ... ) , and in particular iNTeg-Risk project (e.g. NaTech – Nature-technology risks) and this year's iNTeg-Risk Conference (Multiple risks, risk-risk-tradeoffs...) timely and important are.

The whole broadcast is to be seen using the
link.

 
Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects" 
March 02, 2011

The EU NMP Project MUST  (respective responsible partners: IST and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies) is organising, with the support of EU-VRi EEIG, KMM-VIN and EuMaT, a Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on "Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects", which will take place in Brussels, March 2, 2011.

For additional information and access to the available material, please click on the following link






The EU NMP Project MUST (responsible partners: IST and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies) is pleased to announce, with the support of EU-VRi EEIG, KMM-VIN and EuMaT, the following event:

Specialist Brainstorming and Coordination Meeting on
"Life cycle Assessment (LCA) and Risk Analysis in Nanomaterials-related NMP projects"


Brussels, March 2, 2011
9:30 – 17:00


ENEA building (4th floor), Rue de Namur 72, 1000 Brussels, Belgium



The aim of the meeting is to explore the possibilities for coordination, alignment and liaison among running projects, coordination between EU and industry for future research, possibilities for cross-project activities, possibilities for data and tools sharing and horizon mapping – all for LCA and risk analysis related to nanomaterials. 

Correspondingly, the most important outcomes will be:

  1. coordination and alignment among solutions in different running projects;
  2. inputs for the priorities of future calls in the area LCA/risk such as self-healing materials;
  3. ensuring that the research and technology related interests of RTD projects are well matching the interest to ensure environmental and general sustainability of the results of this research.

For additional inormation, please click on the following link


 
IRGC has published the report ‘The Emergence of Risks: Contributing Factors’ 
January 26, 2011
The publication of this report marks the conclusion of the first phase of IRGC’s ongoing project on emerging risks. With this report, IRGC aims to raise awareness among professionals about the fact that risks emerge from a common ‘fertile ground’ cultivated by twelve generic factors which are described and illustrated in detail within the report. Click here to download this report.
IRGC and Emerging Risks
The International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) is an independent foundation, which aims to improve the understanding and management of global risks that impact on human health and safety, the environment, the economy and society at large.

The project on emerging risks is part of IRGC’s work on core concepts of risk governance, and follows on from its work on risk governance deficits. IRGC defines as “emerging” a risk that is new, or a familiar risk in a new or unfamiliar context or under new context conditions (re-emerging). Emerging risks are issues that are perceived to be potentially significant but which may not be fully understood and assessed, thus not allowing risk management options to be developed with confidence.

  The Emerging Risks Report
The publication of this report marks the conclusion of the first phase of IRGC’s ongoing project on emerging risks. The objective of this first phase was to focus on the origins of emerging risks. With this report, IRGC aims to raise awareness among professionals about the fact that risks emerge from a common ‘fertile ground’ that is cultivated by twelve generic factors. The report describes and illustrates these twelve factors, which have the potential to amplify or attenuate the likelihood of a new risk emerging or the severity of its consequences. Some of these factors may provide ripe targets for risk management measures.

Phase 2 of the emerging risks project, currently underway, will explore the major obstacles that risk practitioners must overcome in order to improve their own capabilities for understanding, anticipating and responding to emerging risks. IRGC is working towards developing practical guidance for both the public and private sectors on how such obstacles can be overcome.

For downloading the report please use the following link: http://irgc.org/IMG/pdf/irgc_ER_final_07jan_web.pdf
 
ESIG Award Winner Event in Nurmberg 
October 13, 2010
The ESIG Award Winner Event was held in Nuremberg on 13 October, 2010. Prof. Jovanovic was invited as one of ETPIS´ senior representatives to give a keynote speech on this occasion.
  The ESIG Product Stewardship Award is launched every two years and recognizes companies - especially SMEs - which show outstanding  health, safety and environmental improvements in the handling, storage, use or transportation of solvents. In 2009 the winner was 120 people, family-owned distributor CSC Jaeklechemie, based in Nuremberg/Southern Germany. The corresponding local event was held in Nuremberg on 13 October, 2010. Prof. Jovanovic was invited as one of ETPIS´ senior representatives to give a keynote speech on this occasion.

For downloading the whole article in the ESIG Newsletter please use the Link.
 
Collaboration with STATISTA 
September 01, 2010
Steinbeis Institute Advanced Risk Technologies (Steinbeis Hochschule Berlin) has registered as user of STATISTA site on Sept. 1, 2010.
  Steinbeis Institute Advanced Risk Technologies (Steinbeis Hochschule Berlin) has registered as user of STATISTA site (www.statista.com) on Sept. 1, 2010.
 
EU-VRi is now a partner of the HWC 2010-2011  
June 30, 2010
EU-VRi has become a partner of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011 on Safe Maintenance, which is organised by EU-OSHA.

 

EU-VRi: partner of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011

 
 

The main theme of the campaign, which is organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), is the Safe Maintenance.


EU-VRi has fill in the registration in order to a partner and recently the application has been accepted. --> the letter
EU-VRi will be working closely together to promote their common goal that is to keep workplaces functioning safely and efficiently.
The Campaign was officially launched on 28 April 2010 by László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
The main actions of the campaign are:
  • events organised around the theme of safe maintenance, especially during the annual European Week for Safety and Health at Work in October 2010 and 2011,
  • dissemination of information sheets, DVDs and other pieces of Campaign material.
Soon, you will see on the website of EU-OSHA, the profile of EU-VRi as a partner.

More information:
--> The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011 (HWC 2010-2011)
--> The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

 
Job Vacancy 
June 28, 2010
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies and EU-VRi are looking for skilled and motivated professionals for EU and industrial projects in the area of  Risk Engineering and Management.

Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies
(www.risk-technologies.eu)
Stuttgart, Germany

and


European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management
(www.eu-vri.eu)
Stuttgart, Germany

JOB VACANCY

Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies and EU-VRi are looking for skilled and motivated professionals for EU and industrial projects in the area of

Risk Engineering and Management

dealing with:

The applicants' profiles to be considered are:

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Process, Materials or Chemical Engineers, with IT-skills and/or interest in the area of risk management
  • Software Engineers (IT), with engineering skills and/or interest in the area of risk management
  • Risk and sustainability professionals

Currently open are the following positions:

1 or more researchers
for projects MUST, PARTICOAT and similar projects

1 or more researchers
for projects ALFA-BIRD, iNTeg-Risk and the industrial projects

2 or more fellows/internees
for the development of data/knowledge bases, key performance indicators and GIS systems
(NOTE: the fellowship can be combined with Master/PhD study at Steinbeis University!)

The candidates should:

  • have an academic/engineering degree (researchers) or be working towards it (fellows)
  • have basic or advanced knowledge of web and other IT technologies
  • posses analytical skills and be motivated to learn and cope with new research issues
  • be fluent in English (certification on TOEFL, GRE or other comparable test is an advantage), knowledge of German and/or other languages can be of benefit

Successful candidates will be offered:

  • competitive, result-dependent remuneration
  • support for further education/training and other fringe benefits

The work will be performed in the Steinbeis/EU-VRi offices in Germany and may include frequent business travelling or on-site assignments in industrial plants.

Interested candidates should apply by e-mail to:
jobs@risk-technologies.com

June 2010

 
EU-VRi in the annual report of the INERIS 
June 24, 2010
The INERIS which is one of the founding members of EU-VRi has published in its annual report of 2009 a presentation of EU-VRi with an interview of the Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, its CEO.

EU-VRi in the annual report of the INERIS 2009

“No innovation without control of the risks”

In its annual report 2009 of INERIS which has been recently published, the INERIS presents EU-VRi with in addition an interview of the Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, CEO of EU-VRi.

You can find the report here. (in French)

The presentation

The Institut National de l’Environnement industriel et des RISques (INERIS), a founding member of EU-VRi, presents the European Economic Interest Grouping and its different projects with some key figures. Indeed, the presentation gives information about INTeg-Risk and Alpha-bird and insists on the fact that EU-VRi approaches its projects in a multidisciplinary way what allows it to work effectively on the emerging risks.

 
 


The Interview

In the interview which includes a presentation of the Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jovanovic, the CEO of EU-VRi explains what INTeg-Risk is and what its goals are.

 

 
For more information about the INERIS:

http://www.ineris.fr/

 
iNTeg-Risk in the Corporate Responsibility Report of the world’s second-largest reinsurer 
June 23, 2010
Swiss Re has recently published its Corporate Responsibility Report of 2009, in which we can find information related to the partnership between Swiss Re and iNTeg-Risk.

iNTeg-Risk in the “2009 Corporate Responsibility Report Committed to sustainable value creation” of Swiss Re


In its report, Swiss Re, which is the world’s second-largest reinsurer, explains that its partnership with iNTeg-Risk is one of its strategic initiatives.

In cooperation with its external partners, Swiss Re actively contributes to four strategic initiatives dealing with emerging risks. In this way they want to raise awareness of selected emerging risks and support the business community in prioritizing, communicating and managing them.

  • WEF - Global Risk Network

 

  • Chief Risk Officer Emerging Risk Initiative

 

  • International Risk Governance Council

 

  • iNTeg-Risk

 

For more information about Swiss Re, you can visit its website here

 

You can find the pdf of this report just above

 

 

 

 

 
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies and EU-VRi certified according to ISO 9001:2008 
November 27, 2009
The ZDH-ZERT audit on November 2, 2009 has proved that the Quality System of R-Tech / EU-VRi meets all requirements of the standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 – Quality management systems.

 




The ZDH-ZERT audit on November 2, 2009 has proved that the Quality System of R-Tech / EU-VRi meets all requirements of the standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 – Quality management systems.

The scope of activity: Education and training, information providing, innovation, professional services and consulting, products and software, project management, all in the areas of integrated risk management and industrial safety with multidisciplinary, global and holistic approach.