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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.



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/

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/

20 Jun
2017
2nd Open meeting on Standardisation for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials
News Photo The 2nd Open meeting on Standardisation for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials will take place on June 20, 2017 in Malta.



           

2nd Open meeting on Standardisation
for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

The 2nd Open meeting on Standardisation for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials will take place on June 20, 2017 in Malta. (Immediately preceding the EuroNanoforum 2017 conference, also in Malta)

Nanotechnology is one of six Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in the current European industrial policy. An extensive European mandate M461 for developing standards on nanotechnology-related topics is under way.

In the frame of the M461 mandate, a second Open Meeting on (Standardisation for) Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials is organised by CEN/TC 352 "Nanotechnologies" in collaboration with CEN CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC), the European Commission (EC). The meeting will take place on the 20th of June 2017 in Malta.

The aim of the Meeting is to present progress of the work within mandate M461. The main CEN Technical Committees (TC) involved (TC 352 on Nanotechnologies, TC 195 on Air filters for general air cleaning, and TC 137 on Assessment of workplace exposure to chemical and biological agents), will show and explain their preliminary results. Poster sessions on standards under preparation will allow a direct dialogue between participants and experts.

Also a Round Table will be organized with practitioners, researchers and policy makers on e.g.:

  • The role of standardisation in the acquisition of reliable nanomaterial data and in the curation of data into interoperable nanomaterial databases.
  •  How to anticipate and address risks raised by nanotechnologies?
  • Needs for standardization in the framework of EMPIR or Horizon 2020.
  • Applications of nanomaterials in control technology including nanofiber filters
  • Application of control technologies in nanomaterial manufacturing plants

The discussion will also be focused on the overview of Research projects and their impact to the Standardization activities.

Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment will be addressed in collaboration with EC representatives.

The steering and organising committees are finalizing the programme and the venue in Malta, but we already invite you to save the date for this one-day meeting and circulate this document to your entire network.

This conference is open to everyone who registers in advance, and participation is free of charge. You will be informed when the registration starts.

For further information, please contact: Patrice CONNER, CEN/TC 352 Secretary, patrice.conner@afnor.org
19 Jun
2017
SRA-Europe Annual Meeting
News Photo The next SRA-Europe annual Meeting will take place in Lisbon on June 19-21, 2017



 

SRA-Europe Annual Meeting
  June 19-21, 2017, in Lisbon (Portugal)

New Challenges, New Threats:
Resilience and Adaptation in a Risky World

 

Event Dates:
Pre-conference cocktail: June 18, 2017

Location:
Lisbon, Portugal

Conference: June 19-21, 2017
Deadline for abstracts submission: January 29, 2017
Deadline for abstracts acceptance notification: February 28, 2017
Deadline for early bird registration: April 7, 2017
Deadline for presenters’ registration: May 20, 2017
Details on the abstract submission guidelines, participants’ registration and other information will be made available during the autumn of 2016.

Invited Speakers Include:
*Gerd Gigerenzer (Director, Harding Center for Risk Literacy & Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition - Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
*Margôt Kuttschreuter (Department of Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety (CRV) – University of Twente & SRA-E Past President)
*Francesco Calabrese (Smarter Urban Dynamics group, IBM Research – Ireland)
*Igor Linkov (US Army Engineer Research & Development Center - US Army & Carnegie Mellon University)
*José Manuel Palma-Oliveira (Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon & SRA-E Past President)
 
Theme, Aims and Topics of the Meeting: 
The 26th Annual meeting/conference of the Society for Risk Analysis Europe (SRA-E) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 19-21 June 2017. The theme of this conference is “New challenges, new threats: Resilience and adaptation in a risky world.”

SRA-Europe annual meeting provides a platform to discuss the ‘state of the art’ and future directions in the study of risk analysis, to understand concerns about risk from both public and scientific perspectives, to develop effective risk communication and to promote efficient risk mitigation. This conference is therefore an opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners to come together to discuss issues, problems, goals, solutions and future research questions.

Audience:
Academics, policy makers, practitioners and people interested in Risk in research, policy and practice. Members of the SRA-E, SRA International and other regional SRA organizations.
 
The conference will be focused on the general topic “From risk to resilience”.
Specific topics include:

  • New methods, new tools, new data in risk and resilience research
  • Multi-actor approaches in risk analysis, management and governance
  • Risk and resilience in extreme and major events
  • Global health, global threats: Risk and resilience beyond borders
  • Evidence-based risk governance, policy and regulation
  • Financial risks and decision making
  • Uncertainty, resilience and climate change policies
  • Insights from citizen science to risk research
  • Risk and uncertainty communication
  • Ethical and moral dimensions of risk
  • Human factors, organizational and occupational safety
  • Cyber security and terrorism
  • Resilience, decision-making and uncertainty
  • Coastal and maritime risks
     

Please see the SRA-E Website for more information

05 Jun
2017
Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (RACR-2017)
News Photo The 6th International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (RACR-2017) will be held in Ostrava-Prague, Czech Republic on June 5-9, 2017.



The 6th International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (RACR-2017)

The 6th International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (RACR-2017) will be held in Ostrava-Prague, Czech Republic on June 5-9, 2017.

RACR-2017 is the sixth in the series of International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response, which was launched by the Risk Analysis Council of China Association for Disaster Prevention in 2007, taken over by SRA-China in 2011, and will be organized by VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. The first RACR was held in Shanghai, China in 2007, the second in Beijing, China in 2009, the third in Laredo, Texas, USA in 2011, the fourth in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013, and the fifth in Tangier, Morocco in 2015.

The overall theme of the sixth international conference on risk analysis and crisis response is risk analysis and management – trends, challenges and emerging issues, highlighting in science and technology to improve risk analysis capabilities and to optimize crisis response strategy.

RACR-2017 will be organized and hosted by VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, which is a modern European university, whose pillars are built on more than 165 year long history. It provides tertiary education in technical and economic sciences across a wide range of degree programs and courses at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level. Education is organized within 7 faculties and 3 all-university degree programs.
The Conference venues are there in Ostrava for the first three days of the Conference and in Prague for the last two days. In Ostrava, RACR-2017 will have some joint sessions with the annual Czech-Chinese scientific conference organized by VSB-Technical University of Ostrava.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

  1. Multidisciplinarity and complexity of safety in education and research 
  2. Natural hazards and coping with them
  3. Major (chemical) accidents prevention
  4. Disaster risk reduction and society resilience 
  5. Advances in fire protection 
  6. Information and communication technologies safety and cybersecurity
  7. Reliability and safety in industrial systems
  8. Modern trends in crisis management
  9. Information systems in safety and security
  10. Internet of Intelligences and risk radar
  11. Energy and resources security, critical infrastructure
  12. Nanotechnology safety
  13. Safety in transport domain
  14. Hazardous materials research
  15. Progress in occupational health and safety

CALL FOR PAPERS

Full papers within 6 pages (A4) are invited for submission in any of the fields figured on the list of CONFERENCE TOPICS. We strongly recommend electronic submission. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Program Committee in accordance with standard practice and the criteria for the conference. All submissions MUST be submitted in English. The abstract should be no more than 300 words.
All papers must be inserted into the system at the Internet address http://racr.vsb.cz (from September 2016). At this address, more information on the Conference will be published gradually. 

PROCEEDINGS

All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of RACR-2017 and to be published by CRC Press/Balkema (Taylor & Francis Group) that shall ensure to the best of its ability the indexing of the papers in Scopus.

DEADLINES


REGISTRATION

 

The registration covers all session attendances, proceedings, a banquet, a cocktail, lunches, all coffee breaks and social program. 

WEBSITE
www.racr.vsb.cz
To be open in September 2016.

CONTACT

Prof. Ales Bernatik
Faculty of Safety Engineering
VSB-Technical University of Ostrava 
Lumirova 13, Ostrava-Vyskovice
Czech Republic
tel: +420 597 322 833, e-mail:ales.bernatik@vsb.cz

Ing. Lenka Cerna
Association of Fire and Safety Engineering (SPBI), 
tel. +420 597 322 970, e-mail: spbi@spbi.cz

21 May
2017
14th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response And Management - CALL FOR ABSTRACT
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The ISCRAM conference will take place in Albi, France, on May 21-24, 2017. The ISCRAM conference aims at exploring all dimensions of Information System domain to improve and contribute to Crisis and Disaster Management.





 

 CALL FOR ABSTRACT

The ISCRAM conference will take place in Albi, France, on May 21-24, 2017. The ISCRAM conference aims at exploring all dimensions of Information System domain to improve and contribute to Crisis and Disaster Management.

The scope is by far incredibly wide, which makes one of the main attractive features of ISCRAM conference: “Information System” includes social, psychological, organizational, technological (and many others) aspects, while “Crisis and Disaster Management” refers to all kind of events that affects significantly human kind, from natural disasters to terrorist attacks via all types of accidents. Each and every article presented during ISCRAM conference must have one “Information System” component and one “Crisis and Disaster Management” component.

Topics of Interest

The theme of ISCRAM2017 is “Agility is coming”. There are several components in the concept of agility that are vital to crisis management:

  1. detection, i.e., the ability to diagnose the divergence between the actual and the expected situation,
  2. adaptation, i.e., the ability to define and implement a new strategy coherent with the diagnostics,
  3. reactivity, i.e., the ability to perform detection and adaptation fast enough to respond to the situation,
  4. effectiveness, i.e. the ability to ensure detection and adaptation in a pertinent and accurate way.

Moreover, agility is one of the key-features to improve crisis management and build a resilient society. We therefore encourage specifically submissions that reflect how information systems can contribute to more agile crisis and disaster response.

Any submission to the conference needs to be clearly positioned along each dimension of the following framework and use the according standards, methodologies and approaches. The scientific committee will select reviewers according to the positioning of the papers in the respective categories.


All Topics...

Besides, articles to be submitted to ISCRAM 2017 could concern the following topics:

  • Case studies and reflections from practice
  • Crisis research methods and modeling approaches
  • Collaborative and intelligent systems
  • Command and Control
  • Crisis planning, training, exercising, and gaming
  • Data fusion, representation, and visualization
  • Decision support systems and judgment
  • Disaster risk reduction, risk management, ad-hoc, and sensor networks
  • Early warning systems
  • Ethical, legal and social issues related to IS in crisis management
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Globalization and development issues
  • Healthcare and health information systems
  • Humanitarian operations
  • Humanitarian technology (UAV, Robotics...)
  • Information systems strategy
  • Intelligent systems and Artificial Intelligence
  • Knowledge management and systems
  • Social Media for Crisis management
  • Systems interoperability information systems infrastructures
  • Virtual teams and organizations
Deadline to submit abstract: January 20, 2017

More information: https://iscram2017.mines-albi.fr/index.html

18 May
2017
The 5th SAF€RA Symposium
News Photo The 5th SAF€RA Symposium in Bilbao, on May 18-19, 2017.



         

 

The 5th SAF€RA Symposium will take place in Bilbao, Spain, on May 18-19, 2017. It is to present and discuss results from the first two SAF€RA joint calls, give an insight to research needs in industrial safety, and provide details of the 3rd SAF€RA joint call.

The draft programme is available here and the key information can be found hereunder:

  • Registration

Registration in the SAF€RA Final Conference has to be made before April 21, 2017:

http://safera-symposium.evenium.net

The registration is free of charge. Only the dinner on May 18 and the lunch on May 19 will be at your own cost.

  • Call for abstract

Presentations dedicated to scientific topics and with wish to open new collaborations are encouraged.

If you intend to make a presentation, please submit your abstract at the following link https://goo.gl/forms/nTbpYTxMdo4ACGGm1

Deadline to submit an abstract: April 7, 2017.

  • Proposed accommodation

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

http://www.mirohotelbilbao.com/

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

https://www.nh-collection.com/es/hotel/nh-collection-villa-de-bilbao

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

https://www.nh-hoteles.es/hotel/nh-bilbao-deusto

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

http://www.hotelercilla.com/

  • Contact

Ms. Maria Nieves de la Peña
Osalan - Instituto Vasco de Seguridad e Higiene Laborales
Camino de la Dinamita, s/n
48903 Barakaldo (Spain)
T: +34944032145 / E:
osalantpr16ba@euskadi.eus

  • Programme Committee

Olivier Salvi, EU-VRi, Germany, Symposium Chair

Maria Nieves de la Peña, OSALAN, Spain, Symposium Co-Chair

Carita Aschan, FIOH, Finland

Eric Marsden, FonCSI; France

Kai Holtappels, BAM, Germany

  • About SAF€RA:

SAF€RA originated as an ERA-NET project entitled 'Coordination of European Research on Industrial Safety towards Smart and Sustainable Growth' that was funded for three years by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme (Grant agreement no: 291812). Under the ERA-NET scheme it identified areas of joint interest and expected synergies of collaborative research, and stimulated transnational research on industrial safety.

SAF€RA brings dynamism into European research on industrial safety where it cannot be tackled at the national level. SAF€RA will continue in context of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety, ETPIS, which initiated the original SAF€RA project.

 

Former Chairman: Jürgen Lexow, juergen.lexow@bam.de

Vice-Chairman: Olivier Salvi, salvi@eu-vri.eu

 

SAF€RA homepage: http://www.safera.industrialsafety-tp.org/

Call Homepage: http://call.safera.eu/

ERA-NET scheme: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/coordination/about-era_en.html

European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS): http://www.industrialsafety-tp.org/

 
17 May
2017
EU-VRi & ETPIS General Assembly
News Photo

This year annual meeting of ETPIS/EU-VRi and its brokerage event will be organized on May 17, 2017 together with SAF€RA Symposium in Bilbao (May 18-19, 2017).





EU-VRi & ETPIS General Assembly

This year annual meeting of ETPIS/EU-VRi and its brokerage event will be organized on May 17, 2017 together with SAF€RA Symposium in Bilbao (May 18-19, 2017).

Condition of participation:
The participants have to be registered as EU-VRi member or ETPIS member.
If not yet done, send the registration form duly filled and signed to the ETPIS secretariat by April 29.

Agenda and registration link will be sent out separatly to the EU-VRi/ETPIS members.

24 Apr
2017
Industrial Workshop on Safe-by-Design
News Photo Several H2020 projects organizes a workshop on Safe-by-Design on April 24-25, 2017 in Bilbao (Spain)



 

Industrial Workshop on Safe-by-Design 

 

Several H2020 Safe-by-Design projects organizes a workshop that allows knowledge exchange between various SbD projects as well as listening and learning from different stakeholder groups (industry, academia, regulators, insurance, consumers).

A number of H2020 funded projects are working on various aspects of the Safe-by-Design (SbD) concept and all rely upon industry to understand its meaning and how to use the tools being developed in these projects. Disseminating this knowledge to a wider audience will help in the acceptance and uptake of SbD by companies and will also allow the projects to learn more about stakeholder needs.

A workshop that allows knowledge exchange between various SbD projects as well as listening and learning from different stakeholder groups (industry, academia, regulators, insurance, consumers) can help adjusting research, dissemination and exploitation strategies accordingly. This ensures project outcomes and tools are relevant long after the project has officially concluded.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Introduction of the Safe-By Design concepts to a wider audience
  2. Development of new relationships between the Horizon 2020 projects involved in Safe-By-Design and industrial stakeholders
  3. Bringing together industrial companies who can benefit from the use of Safe-By-Design

The workshop will start on April 24, at 12:00 p.m. and will end on April 25, at 13:00 p.m.
Participation is limited. Please notice that via your application you only confirm your interest in attending the workshop. You will be contacted by the organisers for further information.

Leaflet: PDF icon safety_by_design_event_bilbao_april_2017.pdf
Deadline for application will be March 15, 2017.
Registration link:
https://www.bionanonet.at/component/chronoforms5/?chronoform=form2

10 Apr
2017
Electrostatics 2017
News Photo The ELECTROSTATICS 2017 conference will take place at DECHEMA-Haus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany from 10 to 13 April 2017.



Electrostatics 2017


DECHEMA and the European Working Party "Static Electricity in Industry" (EFCE) would like to welcome you for the ELECTROSTATICS 2017 conference that will take place at DECHEMA-Haus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany from 10 to 13 April 2017 close to the Frankfurt fair and Frankfurt international airport.

This conference is an excellent opportunity for researchers and users working in many scientific and technical areas where electrostatics is a real concern or challenge to review progress and discuss future trends. Besides, the interdisciplinary composition of the conference gives the best opportunity to get inspired by solutions in other fields and promote relationships for innovation and breakthroughs of different industries.

The International Conference on Electrostatics is a quadrennial conference that has been successfully held around Europe since 1973. It provides a unique interdisciplinary forum for discussion about the electrostatic phenomena and the industrial applications. Fundamentals, applications, hazards, measuring techniques, standards and other related topics are within the scope of the conference. All accepted articles will be published in the Journal of Electrostatics.

The organising committee invites you to submit abstracts of lectures and posters by
1 April 2016 to the following topics via file upload on www.dechema.de/en/electrostatics2017.html.

Topics:

  • ESD
  • Safety Hazards
  • Measuring
  • Applications and Products
  • Liquids
  • Solids
  • Material Science
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Precipitation
  • Others

 

All submitted files will be checked by the scientific board of the conference, and, after acceptance, you have to submit your final manuscript via Elseviers review system and a special guest editor to the Journal of Electrostatics for professional review and publication without any extra publication fee. Note that acceptance and publication of your article requires that at least one author is registered for the conference. The deadline for the final manuscript is 1 October 2016. The deadline for the final poster is the respective conference day.

For more information about Electrostatics 2017, please visit
http://www.dechema.de/en/electrostatics2017.html
  

 

 
 
 
 
 
16 Mar
2017
Cascading Effects Conference - Understanding, modelling and managing cascading effects in crises
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The joint conference of projects funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (CascEff, CIPRNet, FORTRESS, PREDICT and SnowBall) will take place in Brussels on March 1617, 2017.





Cascading Effects Conference

"Understanding, modelling and managing cascading effects in crises"

The joint conference of projects funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (CascEff, CIPRNet, FORTRESS, PREDICT and SnowBall) will take place in Brussels on March 1617, 2017.

The conference will present and discuss results, models and tools in cascading effects, developed by the projects CascEff, CIPRNet, FORTRESS, PREDICT and SnowBall.

The two-day event is a unique opportunity for communities working in research and development of this area.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please fill in the form below until March 6, 2017.

Your participation will be free of charge. As the seats are limited, your application is subject of the conference organisation approval. You will receive an email to let you know that your application is complete.

http://www.cascadingeffects.eu/

14 Mar
2017
Special webinar: How to address IP and standardisation in Horizon 2020
News Photo

European IPR Helpdesk and CEN-CENELEC warmly invite you to join the networking event "How to address IP and standardisation in Horizon 2020" that will take place on March 14, 2017.





 Special webinar: How to address IP and standardisation in Horizon 2020
 

European IPR Helpdesk and CEN-CENELEC warmly invite you to join the networking event "IP and Coffee".

Let's follow the webinar "How to address IP and standardization in Horizon 2020" together and take time for discussions and networking afterwards.

Experts will be there to answer your questions related to the webinar and to IP in general.

Time: 10.30-11.45 am (Central European Time, UTC + 1) - the webinar session will open 15 minutes before the official start
Location: Webinar
Host: European IPR Helpdesk + CEN and CENELEC

Speakers:

  • Andreea Gulacsi (CEN and CENELEC)
  • Luc van den Berghe (CEN and CENELEC)
  • Onur Emul (European IPR Helpdesk)

Level of Expertise: Entry

Language: English

This webinar aims to give you a basic understanding of:

  1. how to properly deal with Intellectual Property (IP) issues and learn about common pitfalls and IP challenges in Horizon 2020
  2. European standardization and how standardization can be addressed successfully in Horizon2020 project proposals

Learning Objectives:

After the training, participants should be able to answer the following main questions:

  • What are the key characteristics of an EU-funded project?
  • Which IP terminology is used in Horizon 2020?
  • What are the general rules for managing IP in Horizon 2020?
  • How do I set up a regime for joint ownership and granting access rights?
  • What are the general rules for dissemination and exploitation? (Please note that additional webinars specifically addressing exploitation issues under Horizon 2020 will be offered separately)
  • Who are the European standardisation actors?
  • Who are the right standardisation partners for my project?
  • How should I address standardisation in my proposal?
  • What tools can I use to address standardisation correctly?

Duration: 60 minutes (presentation) + 15 minutes (Q&As)

Fee: The webinar is offered free of charge

Registration: Please click here for registration.

Webinar Guide: For this web-based training session, we will use GoToWebinar online conferencing technology. Please note that you will be asked by GoToWebinar to install a browser application on your computer when you use GoToWebinar for the first time. This will only take few minutes, but you should take this step into account when joining the session, and possibly inform your system administrator.

Assistance: For any technical issues or questions, please contact the training team at: training@iprhelpdesk.eu

14 Mar
2017
6th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies, and related Thematic Workshops
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The 6th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies is scheduled on March 14th, 2017, followed by two days of related Thematic Workshops.





 

  6th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies

 

The 6th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies is scheduled on March 14th, 2017, followed by two days of related Thematic Workshops. 

Complete your online registration 

Should you have any questions, please contact the CoU Meetings Secretariat by email at CoU-meetings@mci-group.com or by phone at +32 2 789 23 36.

28 Feb
2017
The first European Industry Day
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The first European Industry Day will take place in Brussels on February 28, 2017.





 

The first European Industry Day will take place in Brussels on February 28, 2017.

You’re invited to shape the industrial agenda of tomorrow with key industrial players, global trend shapers and high-level policy makers who will inspire debate on the future of European industry.

Representatives of traditional and new disruptive sectors will present their views on the future of business. Entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups and the tech community will share the stage with key EU political leaders such as, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission Vice-Presidents Jyrki Katainen and Andrus Ansip, Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Carlos Moedas.

Industry is changing faster than ever, driven by rapid technological change. European companies, citizens and policy makers need to prepare for the changes that are leading the new industrial revolution. Commission's strategic approach to industrial competitiveness aims to empower businesses, citizens and entire regions to be fit for the future.

With this in mind we will examine some key questions: 

  • What have we achieved by mainstreaming industrial competitiveness into EU policy?
  • How can we make further progress towards smart, clean and innovative industry that generates employment and improves living standards for our citizens?
  • How will people seize the opportunities offered by the new industrial revolution?
  • What is the role of regional ecosystems in  industrial transformation?
  • What are the key technologies for the future of industry?

Register for European Industry Day

 

23 Feb
2017
Occupational Safety and Health - Striving for Happy and Healthy European Workplaces
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The event "Occupational Safety and Health - Striving for Happy and Healthy European Workplaces" will take place on February 23, 2017 in Brussels.





Occupational Safety and Health
Striving for Happy and Healthy European Workplaces

The event "Occupational Safety and Health - Striving for Happy and Healthy European Workplaces" will take place on February 23, 2017 in Brussels.

Overview
With over 217 million workers in the European Union, the guaranteeing of safe and decent work for all is an imperative task for EU and national policymakers, and businesses alike. However, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)  claims that around 4,000 individuals are killed by workplace accidents or diseases every year, whilst the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that a worker dies every 15 seconds globally. Furthermore, wider demographic changes and transformations in the labour market have posed vast economic challenges for the management of occupational safety and health.
A strategy to minimise such risks lies at the heart of occupational health and safety policy within EU members states, with President Juncker aspiring to a ‘Triple A Social Rating’ for the creation of decent work and jobs. Protections are codified within Article 153 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. (TFEU), yet minimising the bureaucratic burden on employers, whilst maximising worker protection has proved a difficult task. At present, OSH legislation is under review, with plans to move toward a more robust and efficient regulatory framework being examined. In addition, the European Commission is proposing changes to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, to reduce exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals. This is a key  development, as cancer is the biggest contributor (53%) of work-related deaths in the EU.
At the broader level, the framework also aims to improve the implementation of existing rules, and to tackle the demographic shift of an ageing workforce, which increasingly calls for more innovative and preventative solutions.
Despite attempts to modernise the Multi-Annual Strategic Programme on Occupational Health and Safety 2014-2020, significant challenges persist. Uneven application and enforcement between and within Member States is a barrier to harmonization of OSH practice. Moreover, macroeconomic changes are creating new challenges with trade agreements threatening the protection of workers rights in a climate of globalisation and deregulation. Contemporary emerging industries and their associated occupational health impacts are requiring a robust legislative response to address previously unforeseen issues.
In the light of these developments, proactive solutions are urgently required to ensure that Europe collectively fosters happy, healthy, and safe working environments. This international symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to develop effective cross-border strategies to minimise occupational accidents, tackle psychosocial risks and reduce work-related diseases.
The symposium will allow delegates to examine and assess projects, tools, and best practice aimed at tackling occupational safety and health issues in Europe.

Why attend?

  • Evaluate the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020 and discuss modifications and latest developments
  • Explore preventative options to minimise occupational accidents and work-related diseases
  • Analyse underlying psychosocial risks in the workplace and their impact on output, efficiency and workplace dynamics
  • Explore ways of improving and equalising the implementation of contemporary health and safety legislation across and within EU member states
  • Share best practice and tools for creating happy and healthy European workplaces to foster inclusive growth.
 
  Who Should Attend?
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • HR Professionals
  • Occupational Health Professionals
  • Organisational Development Professionals
  • Employment Agencies
  • National and Local Administrations
  • NGOs
  • Safety and Health at Work Agencies
  • Health and Safety Councils
  • Health and Safety Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Recruitment Professionals
  • Psychosocial Research Centres
  • Psychiatric Organisations
  • Institutes of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Stress Related Organisations
  • Ministries of Health
  • Mental Health Commissions
  • Mental Health Centres
  • Equal Opportunities Officers
  • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
  • Practitioners
  • Disability Practitioners
  • Employee Relations Advisers
  • Legal Advisers
  • Campaigning Organisations
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Trade Union Representatives
  • Social Workers and Social Services Officers
  • Welfare Rights Organisations
  • Academics, Researchers and Analysts

Event brochure: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/media/events/flyers/HB23-PPE2_flyer.pdf

Event website: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/HB23-PPE2?ss=em&tg=1a

07 Feb
2017
NMSA Conference in Malaga - Call for abstracts
News Photo Jointly organized by five major FP7 projects NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, SUN, NanoMILE and eNanoMapper, the NMSA conference will take place in Malaga on February 7-9, 2017.



New tools and approaches for nanomaterial safety assessment (NMSA conference)

Jointly organized by five major FP7 projects NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, SUN, NanoMILE and eNanoMapper, the NMSA conference will take place in Malaga on February 7-9, 2017. The conference aims at presenting the main results achieved in the course of the projects fostering a discussion about their impact in the nanosafety field and possibilities for future research programmes.

Target audience

The conference welcomes consortium partners from the organizing projects, as well as representatives from other EU projects, industry and government, civil society and media.

Conference highlights

  • 10 Scientific Sessions
  • 5 Keynote presentations
  • Stakeholders workshop
  • Over 300 attendees

Conference topics

  • Hazard assessment along the life cycle of nano-enabled products
  • Exposure assessment along the life cycle of nano-enabled products
  • Risk assessment & management
  • Systems biology approaches in nanosafety
  • Categorization & grouping of nanomaterials
  • Nanosafety infrastructure
  • Safe by design

Stakeholders workshop

The conference will be wrapped up with a stakeholder workshop which will provide a platform for an open discussion with interested stakeholders that could ultimately guide the research needs that should be addressed in future projects.

Call for abstracts

The Call for Abstract is open until the September 30, 2016.

 

Conference website: www.nmsaconference.eu

 

 

                     

 

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Method

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

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

Deadlines:

Submissions of full papers are due via Safety Science’s submission portal on February 1, 2017. Papers must be in accordance with the ordinary format requirements of Safety Science.

We also invite interested authors to submit abstracts or extended abstracts (by email, max 1000 words) to the editors by October 15, 2016. This is not mandatory for full paper submission.

Managing guest editor:

Dr. Emery Roe, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California, Berkeley, US, emery.roe@berkeley.edu

Guest editors:

Dr. Petter G. Almklov, NTNU Social Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, pettera@svt.ntnu.no

Kristine V. Størkersen, NTNU Social Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, kristine.vedal.storkersen@apertura.ntnu.no

Dr. Stian Antonsen, Department of Safety Research, SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway, Stian.Antonsen@sintef.no

31 Jan
2017
14th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & Wildland Fire Safety Award and the International Congress on Prescribed Fires
News Photo The 14th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & Wildland Fire Safety Award (#2017FSS) and the International Congress on Prescribed Fires (#ICoPFires) will be jointly organized in Barcelona from January 31, 2017 to February 3, 2017.



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 The 14th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & Wildland Fire Safety Award (#2017FSS) and the International Congress on Prescribed Fires (#ICoPFires) will be jointly organized in Barcelona from January 31, 2017 to February 3, 2017.

The 14th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & Wildland Fire Safety Award (#2017FSS) will take place on January 31, 2017. It will be the first time that such events will take place in Europe. The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) and the Pau Costa Foundation are organizing the events. Since 1997, the Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the global wildland fire community to focus on safety. The Wildland Fire Safety Award will be given to someone in the wildland firefighting community who has made a significant contribution to wildland firefighter safety.

The International Congress on Prescribed Fires (#ICoPFires) will take place between on February 1-3, 2017. ICoPFires will be the biggest congress on prescribed fires ever hosted in Europe. It is organized by the University of Barcelona, the Fire and Rescue Service of Catalonia, the Forest Science Centre of Catalonia, the PostFire Project, the Environmental Soil Science Group, the Mediterranean Environment Research Group and the Pau Costa Foundation, and supported by the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF). The aim of this conference is to identify the positive, negative and the controversial aspects of the use fire as a forest management tool, from an environmental, social and economic perspective and share the most-novel research carried out in different parts of the world and in different scenarios. Call for papers and presentations is now open: Safety Summit (deadline: 10 Oct.) / ICoPFires (deadline: 15 Oct.) Early bird registration is now open. Check the special prices for attending events and also student prices and/or sponsorship options.

Visit the website for detailed information: http://www.paucostafoundation.org/ICoPFires/

15 Jan
2017
Public consultation: have your say on Horizon 2020
News Photo The European Commission has launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020.