SRA-Europe 29th Annual Conference


Espoo, Finland

Event Dates

Sunday, 14 June 2020 to Wednesday, 17 June 2020

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 We welcome contributions from all areas of risk analysis and science, including risk assessment, risk characaterization, risk perception, risk communication, risk management, risk governance and policy, relating to risks that are of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations, and to society at local, regional, national, and global levels.

The conference will be hosted and co-sponsored by Aalto University in cooperation with the University of Helsinki, Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT and Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, STUK.

 Important dates:

  • Abstract submission opens: November 15, 2019
  • Deadline abstract submission: January 15, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2020
  • Deadline Early Bird registration: March 15, 2020
  • Final Presenter registration: May 15, 2020

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The Discipline(s) of Risk Science

Drastic changes propelled by technological disruptions, global warming and growing environmental, political, safety and security concerns lead to mounting expectations on risk analysis. There is therefore an urgent need to understand socio-technical systems, their impacts and risks; but the overall picture is hard to build. 

How can the field of risk analysis fulfil the expectations that are placed on it? What actions are needed to help risk scientists and risk practitioners tackle the challenges they face? 

Recognizing that the scientific study of risks draws upon and contributes to many disciplines, this Conference promotes interactions between all facets of risk science, including its general and applied parts.

The general part is concerned with the theories and concepts that provide the conceptual and theoretical foundation for applied studies. The applied part focuses on specific studies by applying existing concepts and methods and by creating new ones. 

The close, continuous and mutually enriching interaction between these overlapping and intertwined parts is crucial for disseminating new theories and methods to applied work, and also for informing the general part by distilling fresh evidence from empirical studies. 

This interaction can be promoted through multidisciplinarity approaches - by leaving one’s usual comfort zone and by collaborating with people whose expertise differs from one’s own. 

Towards this end, the Conference brings together scientists, experts and practitioners from the entire spectrum of disciplines spanned by risk science, helping participants innovate as they explore the past, present and future of this exciting field of scientific inquiry. 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Peter Ayton (Dept of Psychology, City University of London)
  • Tim Bedford (Dept of Management Science, University of Strathclyde)
  • Grote Gudela (Dept of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zürich)
  • Sven Ove Hansson (Dept of Philosophy and History, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)
  • Jaana Husu-Kallio (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
  • Joanna Linnerooth-Bayer (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria)