HARMLESS workshop on “Safe-and-Sustainable by Design (SSbD) for SMEs: Advanced Materials in Product Development”
On 25th May 2023, the H2020 project HARMLESS organised a virtual workshop on “Safe-and-Sustainable by Design (SSbD) for SMEs: Advanced Materials in Product Development” with the main aim to present to the audience the HARMLESS SSbD framework and the corresponding Decision Support System (DSS), which provides information and guidance on both safety and sustainability aspects of Advanced Materials to support SMEs in all stages of product development. Advanced Materials can include single- and multicomponent nanomaterials as well as other materials with enhanced properties as compared to conventionally used materials.
After a short overview of the HARMLESS project by the coordinator Dr Otmar Schmid (Helmholtz Munich, HMGU), Dr Michael Persson (Chalmers Industriteknik, CIT) guided the participants on the integration of HARMLESS Safe-by-Design (SbD) principles during the earliest stages of product development. Dr Blanca Suarez (Temas Solutions, TEMASOL) presented the EU-CSS-aligned HARMLESS SSbD framework and Dr Susan Dekkers (TNO) provided insight into how to implement SSbD principles at all stages of product development using the HARMLESS Decision Support System. Often consideration of SSbD aspects in product development is hampered by the scarcity of SSbD relevant data on Advanced Materials. Dr Nina Jeliazkova (IDEAconsult) presented easy steps towards leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for filling these data gaps for arbitrary materials and integrating them in the HARMLESS SSbD/DSS e-infrastructure.
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