Update from SRA Australia New Zealand

The SRA-ANZ hosted Professor Ortwin Renn, former President of SRA to give seminars, lectures and workshops in Cairns (13th to 15th July), Melbourne (15th to 17th July), Canberra (17th July) and Sydney (18th July).

The Canberra Symposium on Risk Governance, was run in conjunction with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), and had 120 attendees working in the field of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. The symposium was opened by Professor Chris Baggoley, Chief Medical Officer of Australia. Professor Ortwin Renn, a founding member of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) and the immediate past president of SRA, introduced the risk governance framework developed by IRGC to the attendees. Risk analysis processes and frameworks employed by the government agencies for regulatory purposes were covered by a range of people including Chief Scientist of FSANZ, Chief Scientist of Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority, and Assistant Secretary of Animal Biosecurity, Department of Agriculture. Professor Mark Burgman, from the Centre for Excellence in Risk Analysis at the University of Melbourne, presented his views in dealing with uncertainty and intelligence gathering in risk analysis.

Members of SRA-ANZ also attended the World Congress on Risk with several presenting at a symposium on managing trans-boundary risks in the Asia-Pacific region. The session included papers on biosecurity, policy, business and economic risk, food security, climate and epidemics, as well as natural disaster. It was not all work with the SRA-ANZ also organizing a dinner that allowed members of the SRA-ANZ to interact with members of other regional organizations.

To find out more about the SRA-ANZ please visit our website (www.sraanz.org.nz) or contact me directly on: n.cogger@massey.ac.nz.

Naomi Cogger
President SRA-ANZ