January 9, 2019

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

We would very much appreciate your input and expertise!

January 7, 2019

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

December 20, 2018
The SmartResilience project is excited to announce it will be hosting its final conference in joint collaboration with the SAYSO Horizon 2020 Project from April 15-17, 2019, in Budapest, Hungary. Registration will open in early 2019. More information is available in the "save the date" invitation below. more
December 11, 2018

The SmartResilience project recently published two more public deliverables in the Results section of its public-facing website.

November 27, 2018
The SmartResilience team will be attending and participating in several upcoming international events for promotion and dissemination of the project. more
November 26, 2018
The SmartResilience project is excited to share several recent updates related to its web tools, including the launch of the MySmartResilience and updates to the Welcome web page of the tool. more
November 23, 2018
A recent article on the UK-based website highlights the SmartResilience project's use of a virtual smart city model to gauge resilience of smart critical infrastructures. The full article, published on November 8, 2018, can be found here: more
November 22, 2018
With this survey stakeholders needs and perspectives with respect to the development and use of an integrated risk governance framework for biomaterials and biomaterial based devices and products will be identified. The output from this survey will be used in developing a web-tool to enable horizon scanning of “hot spots” and monitoring of risks based on a web-based analysis.

We are looking forward to your contribution!

October 30, 2018
Prof. Aleksandar Jovanović recently gave an interview for the leading German economic newspaper Wirtschaftswoche, recognizing the importance of standardization work in the area of risks. EU-VRi, Steinbeis, and Prof. Jovanović are long-time active leaders in the area of standardization related to emerging risks, currently working on a new ISO standard, ISO 31050 Guidance for Managing Emerging Risks to Enhance Resilience. more
October 16, 2018
On October 16, 2018, Steinbeis R-Tech and EnBW organized a workshop devoted to the new EU standard on Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) EN16991:2018, published on May 1, 2018. Participation in the workshop was free of charge. more
October 1, 2018

ERRA - The European Risk & Resilience Assessment and Rating Agency

September 13, 2018
SmartResilience Project Partners met in Brussels on September 11-12, 2018, in order to discuss the CORE list of issues and the INDIA case study. On the first day, Prof. Jovanović introduced the concept of the CORE dynamic checklist (DCL) and presented the SmartResilience tool. During this day, the workshop participants also reviewed the issues and finalized the CORE DCL. On the second day, a tabletop exercise was conducted to simulate cascading and ripple effects on combined scenarios (CASE STUDY INDIA).
August 1, 2018

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

Download the leaflet at

June 14, 2018

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

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

June 4, 2018
The EC announced the proposed budget of €100 billion and the name of the next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme: Horizon Europe (2021-2027) more
May 30, 2018
SmartResilience Project partners, members of Critical Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Board, insurance experts, and representatives of different research institutes, as well as end-users, met in Potsdam on May 29, 2018, in order to discuss the progress of the work done in the project and align the further actions needed for the remaining 11 months of the project. more
May 20, 2018

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

April 5, 2018
Approaching the end of its second year, SmartResilience has released its 3rd newsletter! more
April 13, 2017

The R-Tech is responsible to deliver the caLIBRAte specific critical milestone namely "Stakeholder Workshops". The purpose of this milestone is to identify the Stakeholders’ requirements and expectations regarding the future of caLIBRAte “Risk Governance Framework and System of Systems”. In this regard the 1st workshop has been completed where Stakeholders from Industry, regulators, Insurance and End-user were invited. A very active 2-way communication among Stakeholders and with the caLIBRAte project has helped all the Stakeholders to expresses their challenges and expectations.

April 12, 2017
The Bio4Self project has published some new results about the development of polylactic acid (PLA) self-reinforced composite materials with high mechanical performance. In that manner, the results concerns hydrolytic stabilization of PLA, odour control, extrusion of PLA filaments with low and high melting point and also preliminary life cycle assessment (LCA). more
December 22, 2016
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) GmbH has participated and successfully presented the work related to the development of Nano-Risk Radar. The development of Nano-Risk Radar horizon scanning tool is being carried out in a large EU Horizon 2020 project, caLIBRAte (Performance testing, calibration and implementation of a next generation system-of-systems Risk Governance Framework for nanomaterials).  more
September 27, 2016
Biobased self-functionalised self-reinforced composite materials more
June 28, 2016

An article about Steinbeis R-Tech project, FIRE-RESIST, published in Research EU Results Magazine May 2016 issue.

Why an ERA-NET on industrial safety?

Europe 2020 Strategy

  The three priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy are smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The plan for their implementation is included in the seven flagship initiatives put forward by the European Commission. "An industrial policy for the globalisation era" aims e.g. at promoting the competitiveness of Europe's primary, manufacturing and service industries. One of the key-factors and prerequisites for long-lasting competitiveness of European industry is safety: it is an important and contributing part of a successful and well managed business. In order to allow uninterrupted production of goods and thus profitable industrial production processes, the goal of a business-oriented approach should be to guarantee that the industrial production process is safe. Unsafe operations can influence business profitability through direct costs due to industrial accidents and disruption, but also due to a loss of credibility and reputation of individual businesses even of entire industrial sectors or branches. The commonly used phrase "If you think safety is expensive, try an accident" has become a reality in many industrial sectors.


Need of safety improvement

Safety, related to industrial activities, includes factors such as the safety of critical infrastructures, i.e., process industry, chemical industry as well as the production of oil and oil products, and their transport and distribution, as well as electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and transportation systems related to industrial activities, i.e. energy supply, railway and road networks, airports, harbours, inland shipping, etc. The reputation of the oil production sector has recently been tarnished by the major industrial disaster in the form of Gulf of Mexico oil spill which poured crude oil into the ocean for three months in spring 2010. It was the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. It occurred after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig which killed instantly 11 platform workers and injured 17 others. The spill has been a terrible environmental disaster as well as damaging the Gulf's fishing and tourism industries. According to BP, the total charge for the incident is estimated to be $40 billion. The disaster has been predicted to have far reaching consequences sufficient to impact on global economies, marketplaces and policies, including structural shifts to energy policy, insurance underwriting and risk assessment, and potential liabilities of the order of tens of billions of US dollars.

   The largest accident in the chemical industry to date is the Bhopal Disaster which occurred in India in December 1984. In the disaster at a Union Carbide plant a faulty tank containing poisonous methyl isocyanate leaked causing the immediate death of several thousands of people. Hundreds of thousands have suffered physical injuries; this disaster has caused major health problems to the region's human and animal populations. After the Bhopal Disaster, concern about chemical accidents led to the passage of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) in the United States. In the EU, the Council Directive 82/501/EEC on the major-accident hazards of certain industrial activities was issued already in 1982, and was amended after the Bhopal Disaster. The Directive, which was aimed at improving the safety of sites containing large quantities of hazardous materials, is also known as the Seveso Directive, after the Seveso disaster in July 1976. The Council Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major-accident hazards - the so-called Seveso II Directive - was adopted in 1996 and it has totally replaced its predecessor. The Seveso II Directive was extended to cover risks arising from storage and processing activities in mining, from pyrotechnic and explosive substances and from the storage of ammonium nitrate and ammonium nitrate based fertilizers. The industrial accidents that provoked to this development included an explosion at a fertilizer factory in Toulouse in 2001. It killed 29 people, injured another 2 500 and also caused extensive structural damage to buildings in the vicinity. A review of the Seveso II Directive is currently ongoing and implementation of the upcoming Seveso III Directive will create new research needs, requiring coordination of current national research programmes within EU if there is to be significant change in finding ways to resolve these traditional but still current problems such as the recurrent pollution from mining industries e.g. the Baia Mare cyanide spill in Romania in 2000 and Hungary’s red sludge spill in October 2010. According to the MARS database, about 30 major accidents take place annually in European Union. By definition, these accidents have the potential to cause significant harm to people and damage to the environment.

Need of coordination action

Prevention of major industrial accidents with off-site consequences to the environment, society and people is a challenge that has to be tackled through research which will subsequently lead to innovations to promote safe processes and products. New and innovative research approaches are also demanded for the management of potential risks emerging from the introduction of new technologies including “green technologies” and bio- and nanotechnologies. Research on safety and dissemination of results are essential for European industries. It enables the use of new technologies and innovations in order to avoid potential unnecessary fears of the general public which even lead to avoidance of novel innovations. These fears may cause severe damage to the competitiveness of European industry as demonstrated by the previous experience with GMO. Therefore, the prerequisite for improving the use of new technologies is open communication about the risks and their prevention based on joint research activities on industrial safety, and this will demand improved coordination and collaboration between national or regional research programmes.

Safety science is not, however, a single scientific discipline. It requires the co-operation of researchers from different backgrounds: engineering in order to analyze risks and to devise barriers, sociology to understand risk aversion to be sure that barriers are in accordance with stakeholders perceptions and expectations as well as to propose suitable consultation mechanisms, law to deal with accountability, etc. Today, research activities cannot be handled by individual disciplines instead one builds a research community bringing several disciplines to handle safety issues. Moreover, risk management approaches are strongly dependent on national cultures and regulations. Thus, national research programmes address safety from their own specific viewpoints. This proposed transnational joint research will represent an opportunity to understand how the most culturally diverse region in the world can share common European safety culture attributes.

Safety has traditionally been connected with regulations and norms aimed at the elimination or reduction of hazards and risks. However, the operational environment for safety research and safety regulation is changing because of globalization, complexity, changes in consumers’ values and increase of juridical and legal liabilities. There is an ongoing development leading to an increased value being placed on safety. Investments in safety are related not only to the reduction of financial losses caused by industrial accidents but it is also seen as an opportunity for sustainable business and competitiveness leading to industrial growth. Research-proven safety can provide a continuously increasing added value in several industrial sectors. Therefore, one important goal of safety research is to identify, assess and evaluate the impacts on all parts of the value chain to be impacted on by the increased safety and thus to help improve business profitability and development of new safety innovations. The generation of new business oriented safety innovations is of importance in order to enhance and develop the competitiveness of European industry. Furthermore, market driven development might be a much more effective driving force than regulative or legislation actions, and therefore the new innovative methods and tools for improving safety could well become a valuable asset in the future co-operation between companies and authorities. Though it is unlikely that market driven approaches with self-regulated programmes led by the industry could entirely replace regulatory actions, but a balance between the two forces should be found, also through research.

There are many different aspects to industrial safety, as shortly illustrated above. In many European countries, research programmes are targeted to topics aimed at the improvement of safety related to industrial activities, including fixed installations in production systems, transportation systems, as well as safety and security of critical infrastructures. Defragmentation is essential in the area of safety research, and the SAF€RA project will aim at overcoming the fragmented R&D landscape in these fields and will stress the importance of tackling urgent common subjects that would not otherwise be conducted unless in partnership. The subjects have to be relevant to support European global competitiveness as described in the EU2020 Strategy and to contribute to creating the European Research Area. It is within the scope of the SAF€RA to address the issue of finding the optimal balance between investment in safety and the growth and competitiveness of industry, which will potentially help to improve long-term performance and to generate markets for safety solutions. One important extension of the cost-benefit analysis is to develop common good practices and basic principles for legislation and standards. Cooperation and exchange of expertise will be sought with other ERA-NETs and Technology Platforms in the area of industrial safety and security of critical infrastructure to synergize strategies and to avoid duplication of efforts.

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