Society For Risk Analysis Annual Meeting 2017

Session Schedule & Abstracts

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From Nanotechnology Risk Management to Innovative Governance: Developing a Reliable and Trustable Framework and Tools

Room: Salon D   8:30 am–10:00 am

Chair(s): Khara Grieger , Piet Sellke

Sponsored by Emerging Nanoscale Materials and Decision Analysis and Risk Specialty Groups

W1-D.1  8:30 am  Risk Governance in caLIBRAte: The Integration of Analysis, Perception and┬áParticipation. Sellke P*, Porcari A, Borsella E, Benighaus C, Mehmood A, Kelly S, Renn O, Rodrigures I; Dialogik

Abstract: CaLIBRAte - a nano risk governance project - uses an integrated analytic framework which provides guidance for the development of comprehensive assessment and management strategies to cope with risks. The new framework integrates scientific, economic, social and cultural aspects and includes the effective engagement of stakeholders. The framework was oroginally developed as part of the research activities of the International Risk Governance Council in Geneva (IRGC: White Paper on Risk Governance. Towards an Integrative Framework. Geneva 2005).The concept of risk governance comprises a broad picture of risk: not only does it include what has been termed ‘risk management’ or ‘risk analysis’, it also looks at how risk-related decision-making unfolds when a range of actors is involved, requiring co-ordination and possibly reconciliation between a profusion of roles, perspectives, goals and activities. The framework offers two major innovations to the risk field: the inclusion of the societal context and a new categorisation of risk-related knowledge.  As part of the project caliBRATe engaged different types of stakeholders to analyses needs, priorities and views on managing risks in the innovation, launch and post marketing process. The stakeholders proposed  many aspects. The framework’s risk process, or risk handling chain breaks down into three main phases: ‘pre-assessment’, ‘appraisal’, and ‘management’. A further phase, comprising the ‘characterisation’ and ‘evaluation’ of risk, is placed between the appraisal and management phases. The risk process has ‘communication’ as a companion to all phases of addressing and handling risk and is itself of a cyclical nature. 

W1-D.2  8:50 am  Development of Nano-Risk Radar for emerging risks related to nanotechnology/ nanomaterials for the EU Project caLIBRAte. Jovanovic A*, Qunitero FA, Ahmad M; Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany

Abstract: The emerging risks are always difficult to assess due to huge amount of uncertainty associated with them. The uncertainty is mainly due to lack of scientific knowledge and past evidence about risks. A horizon scanning tool like Nano-Risk Radar can fulfill this knowledge gap by providing sophisticated/ systematic predictions and insights. The Nano-Risk Radar scans the available scattered web-information using the textual and data mining approaches. The methodology used in Nano-Risk Radar was initially developed inside the EU Project iNTeg-Risk. Within the scope of caLIBRAte project, an interactive Nano-Risk Radar is under development focused on the nanotechnology and (engineered) nanomaterials. The Risk Radar provides the interactive maps based on user-defined relevant search queries (i.e. “Topics”). The identified “Keywords” and “Articles” are sorted according to their “Relevance” and “Novelty”, respectively. Further the “Topics”, “Keywords” and “Articles” are presented inside a connected matrix. The Nano-Risk Radar under the scope of caLIBRAte has added advantages for the industry, end-users, regulators, insurers and the wider research fraternity. It can provide a foundation for various stakeholders to get more information about a specific topic. This Risk Radar can also potentially interact with the decision making tools in a respective domain and the wider risk governance framework. The Nano-Risk Radar will be used inside the caLIBRAte System of Systems (SoS) risk governance framework.

W1-D.3  9:10 am  Moving from risk assessment to risk governance and decision support for nanomaterials: Lessons learned from select case studies. Grieger KD*; RTI International

Abstract: Developing engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in a responsible, sustainable manner has been the pursuit of a significant amount of research over the past decade. Among other areas, research efforts have been directed towards refining risk assessment frameworks for ENMs as well as developing new, alternative risk analysis and risk evaluation approaches, as there is no “gold standard” for ENM risk assessments to date. One approach to help ensure sustainable ENM development initiated from a collaborative research project between RTI International and North Carolina State University has been the development of a decision support tool applied during the ENM design phase for nano-enabled water treatment technologies. The aim of this decision support tool is to help facilitate real-time decisions regarding ENMs, providing material developers and engineers access to real-time data and information on impacts to health, the environment, as well as social and ethical issues using an iterative multi-disciplinary team approach. Initial findings and challenges will be highlighted. In addition, this presentation will also review diverse risk assessment and risk governance approaches based on work performed in a European project, caLIBRAte, that aims to develop robust risk governance strategies for ENMs relevant for all innovation gate stages. In this work, an overview of the process to select, screen, and score alternative risk assessment and risk governance tools and models will be provided. Finally, this presentation will wrap-up by identifying “lessons learned” over the past decade and will highlight next steps for ENM risk assessment, governance, and decision support.

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