European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management

The European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi) is the European organization which provides professional service, consulting, information and education needed in the broad area of modern integrated risk management and, in particular, management of emerging risks. EU-VRi has been legally established in Nov. 2006 by 5 founding members (BZF, INERIS, Steinbeis, Technologica, and University of Stuttgart). EU-VRi is organized as a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and its purpose is to facilitate or develop the economic activities of its members by a pooling of resources, activities or skills. The activities of the EEIG are related to the economic activities of its members and the main goal of the EEIG is to add value to the businesses of the EU-VRi members. EU-VRi provides services to industry, research community and/or public authorities. In addition, EU-VRi facilitates the mobility of researchers between research and industry, and it acts as a vehicle to create efficient consortia to address the R&D needs and other needs of industry. In 2009 about 40 companies from the EU and other countries are associated members. They come from industry, R&D organizations and academia, governmental and nongovernmental/international organizations and SMEs (small and medium enterprises). From 2009, EU-VRi has increased its participation in projects dealing with emerging technologies, such as nanomaterials, biotechnologies and new energies, and the associated risk management.

Activities in EDEN:

WP15: EU-VRi is leading the activity related to the supplier platform to guarantee that the project will run the demonstration activities with the most up-to-date technologies that will provided by the members of the platform.

WP31-34: Steinbeis R-Tech, a member of EU-VRi participating through EU-VRi in the WP3X work packages will share results from previous projects, such as the iNTeg-Risk project (, to support the development of the EDEN Toolbox of Toolboxes.

WP51/53: University of Bologna, a member of EU-VRi participating through EU-VRi in the WP5X work packages will provide support to define the chemical scenarios and learn from the demonstration activities.

WP74: Through its members CEN (the European Standardisation Committee) and DIN (the German Standardisation Body) EU-VRi will support and facilitate the standardisation activities carried out in the EDEN project.

WP96: EU-VRi, being network of 55 European companies, research institutes and universities, is acting as the Operating Agent of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety, and therefore can help for dissemination activities to various stakeholders, including public authorities in charge of disaster management (natural or manmade disasters).