Risk analysis is broadly defined to include risk assessment, risk characterization, risk communication, risk management, and policy relating to risk. Our interests include risks to human health and the environment, both built and natural. We consider threats from physical, chemical, and biological agents and from a variety of human activities as well as natural events. We analyze risks of concern to individuals, to public- and private-sector organizations, and to society at various geographic scales. Our membership is multidisciplinary and international. Learn more.
Seth Baum, Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, attended this December 2014 international meeting, part of a larger initiative to reduce the risk of nuclear weapons use by highlighting humanitarian implications.
A draft version was presented at the Council meeting on December 7, 2014, when a plan to proceed was also approved. Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be submitted by February 28, 2015.
Preliminary applications for research on health effects of long-term exposure to low-level air pollution are due February 16, 2015. Letters of intent for the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award for junior air pollution health effects investigators are due March 2, 2015.
This professional education opportunity on principles, concepts and applications of risk analysis and risk communication is scheduled for March 9-12 in Boston MA and will be directed by James K. Hammitt of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.
SRA members and others are invited to submit suggestions to improve the website for this transnational project, which includes reports, tools, organizational contacts, and other useful information related to nanotechnology risk assessment and understanding nanotechnology-related standards.
Registration is now open for the Society’s 2015 conference on March 19-20 at the George Washington University’s Marvin Center in Washington, DC. Pre-conference professional development workshops will be available on March 18.
Mid-career professionals are invited to apply for these one-year paid fellowships at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products in Maryland.
Nominations of qualified experts are sought in a number of environmental and human health-related fields. These nominations should be submitted by December 19, 2014, and new appointees will begin work in spring of 2015.
Risk specialists Paul Slovic, Peter Sandman, and Igor Linkov commented on managing the risk and the uncertainty surrounding what is known – and not known – in the current situation.
Two NAP releases from fall of 2014 discuss creating cultures of safety in academic chemical research laboratories and in the nuclear power industry, respectively. Both works were inspired by real-world events.
In response to recent events involving water-based hazards, such as the Elk River (West Virginia) chemical spill and the Oso (Washington) mudslide, this September 12, 2014, briefing on Capitol Hill discussed the relationship between information and risk mitigation.
The SRA-National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) co-hosted this workshop on adaptive management in governmental decision-making, a collaboration between SRA-NCAC, George Washington University Law School, the USDA Risk Forum, and the Environmental Law Institute.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the third (2014) edition of its report on “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.” Free copies of the report, with data on 30 indicators, are now available in print and online.
The 24th conference of the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The deadline for submission of abstracts and symposia is January 20, 2015.
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