The Risk Policy and Law (RP&L) Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis is a group of scientists, social scientists, lawyers, engineers, and others interested in the interface between risk analysis, public policy, and laws. The RP&L Specialty Group was formerly called the “Risk, Science & Law” Specialty Group; it changed its name in 2006. The group’s goal is to support collaborative research and dialogue to identify and illuminate issues that arise from risk-related legislative acts, regulatory rules, treaties, oversight and review mechanisms, judicial proceedings, and other legal institutions.
On December 10, 2019, RP&L in collaboration with The National Institute for Risk and Resilience (NIRR) hosted a unique specialty group event during the annual SRA meeting titled: “Science Reporting in a Changing Climate: How Can We Do Better?” at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
This sold-out event was hosted by past RP&L Chair, Dr. Dominic Balog-Way, and current chair, Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, who brought together an exciting panel of expert reporters and SRA academics to discuss science journalism, risk communication, and policymaking including: