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Keynote Speakers

Monday Plenary:

Where Are We Now? 40 Years of Risk Analysis: As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Society for Risk Analysis and the 50th anniversary of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it is important to reflect on what has been accomplished over the last 50 years and what challenges lay ahead for the risk sciences. With a focus on the intersection of the environment and public health, our panelists will reflect on the major breakthroughs and accomplishments within their respective disciplines, as well as highlight how they believe the field of risk analysis has to evolve over the next 40 years to have maximum impact on societal well-being in the face of environmental degradation, climate change, and continued inequity in terms of exposure and impact across communities.

Panelists: Louie Rivers, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Ph.D., Indiana University, Jade Mitchell, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Jessica Boakye, Ph.D., UMass Amherst, John Besley, Ph.D., Michigan State University, and Linda Teuschler, LK Teuschler & Associates

Tuesday Plenary:

Building Sustainable Cities: Approximately half of the global population lives in urban centers, and as the rural to urban migration continues, it is expected that urban populations will almost double by 2050. Dense urban dwelling is a relatively new phenomena in human history, and there are both excellent and poor examples of cities across the globe when it comes to assessing sustainability. Learning how to design (and redesign) cities to both accommodate these growing populations and minimize the impact of the growing population on the environment will be critical. This plenary will feature Carlo Ratti, an Italian architect, engineer, inventor, educator and activist. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities. Several panelists will then offer a brief response highlighting the role that the risk sciences can play in helping achieve a more sustainable urban future.

Panelists: Tom Logan, Ph.D., University of Canterbury, Royce Francis, Ph.D., George Washington University, Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Ph.D., University of Southern California, and Hanne van den Berg, Harvard University.

Wednesday Plenary:

Sustainability, Risk and Environmental Justice: The UN Sustainable Development goals recognize that we will not achieve a truly sustainable future without paying careful attention to the linked challenges of environmental and social justice. The reality is that often the greatest environmentally-related health impacts are experienced by the most marginalized communities. The risk sciences are critical to understanding who disproportionately bears these risks, how to communicate these risks effectively, and ultimately how to build governance systems to reduce these inequities. Our panelists are highly regarded experts on the topics of environmental and social justice, and will speak to their current research in this space and highlight the opportunities moving forward for risk researchers.

Speakers: Karletta Chief, Ph.D., University of Arizona, and Danielle Purifoy, Ph.D., University of North Carolina