Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies is one of the transfer centers belonging to the Steinbeis Foundation (http://www.stw.de/), established in 1971. The Foundation and its 700+ Transfer Centers in 50+ countries offer global services in technology and knowledge transfer. The Steinbeis Transfer Network provides a direct link between customers and leading experts in a variety of specialist fields, safeguarding transfer from research and development, consulting, expert evaluation, and training and education. In excess of 14,000 projects were carried out by more than 4,600 employees.
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies Group founded in July 2001 deals with multiple aspects of risks, risk engineering and risk management primarily in the areas of: petro chemical and process plants, power plants, material technologies, especially advanced/new material technologies, new emerging technologies (e.g. CO2, H2,nanotechnologies ). Main topics of risks dealt with are: risks in/of innovation (e.g. risks of unexpected side effects), risk of non-performance or performance below expectations (e.g. risks of system or component failures), risk of adverse/unexpected effects and impacts (e.g. on public health and/or environment), risks over the life-cycle of products and technologies (e.g. unexpected problems in decommissioning or recycling phase), project risks, especially in innovation, R&D and new technologies oriented projects.
Steinbeis R-Tech has a large experience in participating in European funded projects in the area of nanotechnology. Steinbeis R-T ech has successfully contributed in the horizontal activates of nanotechnology projects, such as the ones related to Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, Cost Benefit Analysis and Risk Analysis. In addition to that, within iNTeg-Risk project it was developed the CWA 16649 Managing emerging technology-related risks , an example was developed within this document for managing nanotechnology risks.
In caLIBRAte, Steinbeis R-Tech will have an active participation and strong involvement in the project. The main activities are related to the leadership of WP 1: Horizon scanning and risk perception and WP 8: Risk Governance framework and web-interface. Participation in WP 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 is also envisaged.