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17 Jun
2018
WORLD HYDROGEN ENERGY CONFERENCE (WHEC)
News Photo The 22nd edition of the WORLD HYDROGEN ENERGY CONFERENCE (WHEC) will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 17 to 22, 2018



 

 

 

The 22nd edition of the WORLD HYDROGEN ENERGY CONFERENCE (WHEC) will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 17 to 22, 2018, in the Windsor Convention & Expo Center at Barra da Tijuca.

In 1992 world leaders met in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to create the vision of sustainable development as guideline for the 21st century.
26 years later world leading researchers and stakeholders will come to Rio de Janeiro for the main world conference about hydrogen energy, to discuss the most promising technologies towards sustainability.

Why Brazil?

Brazil is one of the leading countries worldwide in the use of regenerative energy in large scale. In 2016, 82.8 % of electricity was produced from renewable sources, offering a wide range of sources for a clean and sustainable hydrogen production.

Why WHEC?

The WORLD HYDROGEN ENERGY CONFERENCE is the opportunity for international and Brazilian communities to strengthen their global efforts on the path to sustainability. The dissemination of knowledge on hydrogen energy will foster the interest for the new scientific and technological activities.
The size and characteristics of the Brazilian industry and its big markets offer excellent opportunities for global partnerships that can support the introduction of new technologies in commercial scale.

https://www.whec2018.com/

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





 

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

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

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

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

The standard will be presented in detail on the

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

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

 

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



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

This newsletter gives some hints about the project progress and results as well as information about the use of big data in the project, and the short information for MCDM & Dashboard.    
12 Feb
2018
Seveso Monitoring systems - SURVEY
News Photo A questionnaire focusing on the monitoring and reporting requirements as described in the Directive has been launched.



 

 

 

Seveso Monitoring systems - SURVEY 

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SevesoMonitoring-EU_Internationalorg

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


[1] Terms of reference available at: https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/9dc34635-7f3a-4366-b4cf-4dbc2e6bb971/170821%20Sev%20monitoring%20-%20TOR%20Ares(2017)4104173.pdf

[2] http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32012L0018&from=EN

 

21 Nov
2017
Fourth SAF€RA joint call on the themes "New technologies and the effects of major changes in industry" and "Measuring and monitoring safety performance"
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SAF€RA has launched its fourth joint call for transnational, collaborative research projects. The call aims to foster collaboration between researchers from different countries in Europe and from different scientific disciplines, in order to improve safety and the management of technological risks





 

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

The call topics are:

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

 

Funding available

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

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

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

 

Call timeline

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

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

 

Call documentation

The following documents are available:

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

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

 

Contact information

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

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

 

For more information, please visit the call website at www.call.safera.eu.

11 Oct
2017
NANOSAFETY 2017
News Photo “Nanosafety 2017” will be held from October 11-13, 2017, in Saarbrücken, Germany.



Nanotechnologies are considered as key enabling technologies. Their applications are based on effects arising from the promising properties and structure of the building blocks of nanomaterials.
Sustainable development and implementation of these technologies demand:

  • Safe production and usage of nanomaterials
  • Detailed understanding of interactions between nanoobjects and living organisms
  • Knowledge transfer of scientific results to support socially relevant aspects

Your are invited to discuss the state of the art, future needs, and developments in these fields in the “Nanosafety 2017” conference.
“Nanosafety 2017” will be held from October 11-13, 2017, in Saarbrücken, Germany.

DEADLINES

  • Abstract submission: July 1, 2017
  • Early registration: August 11, 2017
  • Late registration: September 9, 2017

For further information please see this link and the conference website www.nanosafety2017.de.

 

03 Oct
2017
Working on Safety (WoS) 2017
News Photo 9th international conference on the prevention of accidents at work will take place at Diplomat Hotel Prague, Czech Republic, october 3-6, 2017. Early bird registration close on June 30, 2017.



Workingonsafety.net (WOS.net) is an international network of decision-makers, researchers and professionals responsible for the prevention of accidents and trauma at work. The network aims to bring accident prevention experts together in order to facilitate the exchange of experience, new findings and best practices between different countries and sectors. It attracts researchers, policy makers, safety professionals, labour inspectors, labour administrators and other experts in the prevention of occupational accidents and trauma and join them together in a permanent international expert network.WOS.net is supported by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

A conference on current issues within occupational safety is organized under the umbrella of WOS.net. After the successful Working on Safety Conferences in Denmark (2002), Germany (2004), Netherlands (2006), Greece (2008), Norway (2010), Poland (2012), Scotland (2014) and Portugal (2015), the organizing committee of the 9th Conference invites you to Prague, Czech Republic. The hosting institution is the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava.

 

Main topics:

  1. Foundations of safety science: theories, principles, methods and tools  
  2. Research to practice: achievements, lessons learned and challenges                              
  3. Risk management and safety culture: case studies, best practices and further needs
  4. Safety regulation: reasonable practicable approach
  5. Education and Training: prerequisite for safety
  6. Complexity and safety: multidisciplinarity and inter-stakeholder view

 

For more information about WoS2017, please visit

http://www.wos2017.net/

Early bird registration close on June 30, 2017!
01 Oct
2017
The 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering and its joint events
News Photo The 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, and its joint events, will be held in conjunction with the 11th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and the 4th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (WCCE10+ECCE11+ECAB4) on October 1–5, 2017.



 

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The 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, and its joint events, will be held in conjunction with the 11th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and the 4th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (WCCE10+ECCE11+ECAB4) on October 1–5, 2017, coinciding with Expoquimia (Chemical Industry Exhibition held each three years in Spain), in FIRA of Barcelona, Spain.

The World Chemical Engineering Council (WCEC), the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) and the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) promotes this “three in one” congress. The EFCE-Spain Group, formed by four Spanish societies: ANQUE, Enginyers, SEQUI and AIQS, hosts the congress.

The Congress will take place simultaneously and at the same venue with EXPOQUIMIA, the largest trade fair dedicated to chemistry in southern Europe, ensuring the best context in terms of affluence and opportunities.

This group of events will be a unique opportunity for you to meet with researchers and specialists in practically all areas of chemical engineering and to improve your strategy for the development of innovative processes that will be vital for the industry of tomorrow.

The World Congress in 2017 will see Spain as the host country, presenting an opportunity for the world, European and Spanish industry to highlight the very best of its innovation and enterprises in a context that is in itself unique. 

Important dates:

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
  • Deadline for abstract submission: January 30, 2017
  • Evaluation period: March – May, 2017
  • Author notification (abstract acceptance): May 30, 2017

REGISTRATION
  • Early Bird Registration deadline: June 30, 2017
  • Regular Registration deadline: September 1, 2017
  • Late registration deadline: September 20, 2017

More information at http://www.wcce10.org/

21 Jun
2017
EuroNanoForum 2017
News Photo The EuroNanoForum biannual conference, now in its 8th edition, has grown since 2003 into the most significant European forum in its field for scientists, industrialists and policy makers.



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The EuroNanoForum biannual conference, now in its 8th edition, has grown since 2003 into the most significant European forum in its field for scientists, industrialists and policy makers. This edition will be organized in Malta on June 21-23, 2017.

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ENF2017 will review the latest developments in nanotechnology & advanced materials and discuss their contribution to European manufacturing across all industries.

The discussion this year will also be extended to framework conditions like education, standards, regulations, IPR and safety issues, as well as entrepreneurship and industrial policy. The program includes sessions on finance and funding through European and National programs, in particular Horizon 2020, smart specialisation and public-private partnership initiatives.

The event is organised under the auspices of the Maltese presidency of the European Union and in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

Further information available at http://euronanoforum2017.eu/

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2017