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SRA-Latin America


The Society for Latin American Risk Analysis (SRA-LA) is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scientific society that joins efforts with public and private organizations and initiatives of the countries that comprise it to work broadly on: evaluation, management, perception and communication of risks and their mitigation.

Specialists in all areas of risk analysis in Latin America participate in the SRA-LA, in such a way that it is a showcase to present the advances in our geographic region, through the research and work that is presented at congresses and that are also published in the journal Risk Analysis: An International Journal, which is one of the most recognized in the area.

Goals of SRA Latin American

  • Convene public, academic, and scientific sectors to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary activities that generate educational environments, professional training, and opportunities for the exchange of experiences and knowledge in the field of analysis, management, characterization, communication, regulation, risk mitigation, and policies related to these.
  • Facilitate the continuous training of specialized human resources that identify, analyze, and help reduce the impact of natural and non-natural risks that interfere with individual, population, or community development at a local, regional, national, Latin American, or global level.
  • Promote the formation of specialty groups that delve into specific current topics and problems and at the same time establish joint collaboration projects.
  • Organize meeting forums, spaces for reflection, and thematic tables that analyze and generate possible proposals and provide guidelines for critical analysis of problems of common interest.
  • Use specialized knowledge about risks as a means of helping society in general.

History of SRA Latin American

  • December 2004: SRA Meeting in Palm Springs. Some Latin attendees realize the importance of having a regional scientific society that promotes professional training and excellence in risk analysis in Latin America. A common need for a Latin American Risk Analysis Group begins to drive personal and electronic conversations between and during subsequent meetings.
  • 2006: Dialogue remains active between Latino SRA members and SRA officers to build a regional group in Los Angeles. A formal proposal is submitted to the SRA in late 2007.
  • 2007: A provisional Executive Council (EC) of the regional group is proposed: Esperanza López Vázquez (Mexico) as President, and Marcelo Wolansky (Argentina) and Luis Cifuentes (Chile) lead initial efforts to develop action plans and statutes.
  • 2007-2008: The formal proposal for the creation of the group arises and is presented to the SRA.
  • June 6, 2008: At the Second World Congress of the SRA held in Guadalajara, Mexico, the SRA formally announces the creation of the Latin American Regional Group. Almost 30 Latino attendees register as members at a founding meeting held during this global meeting. The first governance structure has been established through an Executive Council.
  • The SRA-LA currently has the participation of members from several Latin American countries and has successfully held three congresses, the first at the Diego Portales University in Santiago, Chile, in 2010, the second at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2012, and the third at the Institute of Technological Research in Sao Paulo, Brazil.