54th ESReDA Seminar (25-26 April 2018, Nantes, France)
April 25, 2018 – April 26, 2018 all-day
House of Human Sciences
5 allée Jacques Berque BP 12105 44021 Nantes Cedex 1
300 €
Franck Schoefs

The 54thESReDA Seminar on Risk, Reliability and Safety of Energy Systems in Coastal and Marine Environments

Announcement and Call for papers

Scope of the seminar

Nowadays, sustainable energy production becomes a very challenging issue and most of the economically developed and underdeveloped countries plan rapid evolution in the 15 coming years. The climate changes can be already felt in most of them. Meanwhile, when the UNESCO revealed that 16% of the population lived by the seaside (less than 100km from the coast) in 1990, this percentage reached 50% in 2010 and is planned to jump to 75% in 2035. Energy production from the sea or from the littoral is herein not only an opportunity with the ocean covering approximately 71% of the Earth surface, but also a chance with only few installed industrial systems in comparison with the potential and the existing scientific and technological knowledge (environmental resources, controlled energy systems, grid optimization and materials in sea environment.

Since the early 2010’s, the European Community promotes researches and innovations in the field of Marine Renewable Energy, with the improvement of existing wind offshore industry based on fixed structures, the promising development of floating wind energy with increasing turbine capacities, the related increase of blade length and of the total height of the structure and the potential offered by ocean energy (wave, tidal, thermal). Recently, in 2016, the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-plan) wrote in its roadmap that the key goal is to reduce the LCOE (Levelized Cost Of Electricity) and set the target of 7 ct€/kWh to be reached by 2035. To reach this ambitious target, the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE) recommends to develop system reliability, maintenance and structural health monitoring optimization and to increase service lifetime from 25 years now to 35 years.

There are many technical issues and human challenges where risk, reliability and safety are involved: evaluation of uncertain resources (wind, wave, currents), material reliability, complex system reliability, electrical grid optimization, collision with ships, governance of risk in a multi-usage area (fishing, tourism, maritime transport, European defense).

The aim of the 54th ESReDA seminar is to bring together scientists, engineers and decision makers in the field of complex engineering system safety, structural health monitoring, cost/benefit assessment and risk management, in order to present and discuss innovative methodologies and practical applications related to complex system reliability, economical risk and human risk in complex environment. Scientific methodologies, theoretical issues and practical case studies are expected to cover all the range from academic to industrial applications, including electro-mechanical and civil engineering.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Reliability-based design and optimization (including structural, material and electro-mechanical issues);
  • Service lifetime extension;
  • Risks during sea operations and during service lifetime in a multi-usage area;
  • Robustness quantification of complex systems;
  • Electrical grid optimization and asset management;
  • Life-cycle assessment and optimization;
  • Structural and mechanical reliability, including electro-mechanical systems
  • Probabilistic degradation models;
  • Added value of structural health monitoring and Inspection, Maintenance and Repair optimization;
  • Risk assessment and decision theory;
  • Computation procedures in analysis and optimization;
  • Failure consequences on human lives, activities and environmental damage ;
  • Organisational and societal modelling;
  • Industrial case studies in Coastal Structures and Marine Renewable Energy.



The Seminar is jointly organised by ESReDA and Université de Nantes.

Chairmen of the Seminar

Luís Andrade Ferreira (ESReDA President, University of Porto, Portugal)


Technical Programme Committee (TPC)

Franck Schoefs (Université de Nantes, France), Chairman
Alaa Chateauneuf (CIDECO, France), Co-chairman
Abdelkhalak El Hami (INSA de Rouen, France)
Alan O’Connor (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
André Lannoy (IMdR, France)
Didier Lemosse (INSA de Rouen, France)
Dimos Charmpis (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
Rodica Loisel (Université de Nantes, France)
Emmanuel Schaeffer (Université de Nantes, France)
Fabrice Guérin (Angers University, France)
Inga Žutautaitė (Lithuanian Energy Institute, Lithuania)
Joan Ramon Casas (Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)
John Andrews (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
John Sørensen (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Mauricio Sanchez-Silva (University Los Andes, Colombia)
Micaela Demichela (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Milan Holicky Czech Technical University, Czech Republic)
Mohamed Eid (CEA, France)
Mohammad Raza (General Electric Power, Switzerland)
Radouane Laggoune (Béjaia University, Algeria)

Local Organization Committee (LOC)

Franck Schoefs (Université de Nantes, France)
Emmanuel Schaeffer (Université de Nantes, France)
Philippe Baclet (WEAMEC, France)
Alaa Chateauneuf (IDECO, France)

This seminar is organized in collaboration with IUML (Sea and Litoral Research Institute, Nantes, France), WEAMEC (West Atlantic Marine Energy Center), National Scientific Group MRGenCi and H2020 ERC Human Sea (Université de Nantes, France).

For practical local information relative to the venue, please, contact:

Prof. Franck Schoefs(E-Mail)

Subject of the e-mail: 54th ESReDA


Deadline for abstracts: 13th October, 2017
Notification of authors: 24th November, 2017
Submission of full papers: 16th February, 2018
ESReDA Board of Directors meetings: 24th April, 2018
Date of Seminar: 25th– 26th April 2018
ESReDA General Assembly: 25th April, 2018

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of 400 words, according to the template provided herein, addressing the paper objectives, methodology and findings.

To be emailed to: Franck Schoefs, with copy to Inga Zutautaite(Subject of the e-mail: 54th ESReDA)


Registration will be accepted until February 16th,2018. A registration form and information package for the venue can be downloaded from the ESReDA website.

The registration fees are 100 € for PhD students and 300 € for others. Fees are to be paid by bank transfer to ESReDA:

*Holder: ESReDA
Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis Bank, Boulevard Jamar 1 D, 1060 Bruxelles, Belgique
IBAN: BE69 0012 3728 1678
Subject: Registration into the 54th ESReDA Seminar

Fee waiver:

  • One speaker per accepted paper is free of seminar fees.
  • Maximum 3 participants per ESReDA member organisation are exempted of fees.

About European Safety, Reliability & Data Association (ESReDA)

European Safety, Reliability & Data Association (ESReDA) is a European Association established in 1992 to promote research, application and training in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS). ESReDA is an international non-profit association with approximately 35 member organizations comprising companies from different industries, research organizations and universities working within the safety and reliability field.

ESReDA aims to promote the development and the exchange of data, information and knowledge through the promotion of Project Groups (PG) on subjects related to Reliability, Safety and Data Analysis. In this PG’s some of the best world specialists in these subjects are able to meet and, in a first time, to aggregate their knowledge and then to disseminate it for the sake of the scientific and technological communities in Europe and around the World. This dissemination can be made by organizing seminars twice per year and publishing the most important results of the Project Groups. Safety and Reliability Engineering is viewed as being an important component in the design of a system. However the discipline and its tools and methods are still evolving and expertise and knowledge dispersed throughout Europe. There is a need to pool the resources and knowledge within Europe and ESReDA provides the means to achieve this.

ESReDA membership is open to organisations, privates or governmental institutes, industry researchers and consultants, who are active in the field of Safety and Reliability. Membership fees are currently 1000€ for organisations and 500€ for universities and individual members. Special sponsoring or associate membership is also available.

For more information on ESReDA, contact : E-Mail

ESReDA General Secretary, Dr. Inga Žutautaitė (Lithuanian Energy Institute, Lithuania).

The 54th ESReDA seminar is also supported by