SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies


Cultural Center Don Orione Artigianelli

Event Dates

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 to Friday, 3 March 2017

The continued development and growing opportunities for commercialization of key enabling technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biomaterials) raises fundamental environmental health and safety (EHS) challenges for regulators in various governments. Even though existing practices for risk assessment and management (RA&M) are applicable to these technologies, their implementation requires information that is difficult to obtain given the limited availability of quantitative data to populate models corresponding to material exposure, hazard, and consequences. To facilitate regulatory decision making for emerging technology research and innovation and account for corresponding EHS risks, a comprehensive risk governance (RG) framework must account for both qualitative and quantitative data under high uncertainty and local/regional requirements for technology governance.




The SRA Forum will be held on 1–3 March 2017 at Cultural Center Don Orione Artigianelli, located in the historic center of Venice, Italy. The Cultural Centre is a vast architectural complex composed by four cloisters and other numerous buildings dating back from 15th century. Originally established as a monastery, today the center features modern, fully-equipped conference and accommodation facility, located in the city centre of Venice, behind Gallerie dell’Accademia with direct overview on the Zattere quayside and Giudecca Canal.

About the SRA Forum

The SRA Forum will provide discussion of current initiatives that are centered on refining the risk governance of emerging technologies through the integration of traditional risk analytic tools alongside considerations of social and economic concerns. Such an approach will help account for objective and subjective information alike in order to foster effective governance for emerging technologies with uncertain and potentially consequential risks. The Forum will develop summaries of current activities of multiple efforts in the United States, European Union, Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere, and will indicate opportunities for future meetings and research.

Target Audience

The SRA Forum is targeted for personnel from research and academic institutions as well as from industry, governmental agencies, and other relevant organizations. The forum is aimed at senior researchers as well as interested in nanotechnology, industrial and medical biotechnology, synthetic biology, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing technologies. The convergence of various perspectives on these topics will create helpful discussion related to the risk perception, management, and governance of these emerging technologies.

Topics of Discussion

The discussion topics for this Forum will center on emerging risk issues of key enabling technologies. These include issues of traditional risk assessment (detection, toxicology, fate, and material exposure), risk communication (stakeholder engagement), and more novel approaches (risk governance under uncertainty). In this vein, discussion will focus on both the measurement and assessment of emerging technology risk on one hand, and the characterization and governance of such technologies on the other.

Call for Abstracts

Present your findings on a global stage!
Presenters will have the opportunity to present in front of a large international audience.
Submit your abstract:

Key Dates

  • Submission opens: 15 July 2016
  • Submission closes: 15 November 2016 (However, the abstract submission web site is still open for new submissions, which will be considered based on space availability for oral and poster presentations.)
  • Notification of accepted abstracts: Mid-November 2016


Final Program

Poster Instructions

Keynote Speaker
Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, PhD (Intrexon Corporation; 53d Chief of Engineers (Retired) US Army)

Confirmed Speakers
Keld Alstrup Jensen (National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark)
Elke Anklam (European Commission, Belgium)
David Berube (North Carolina State University, USA)
Phil Demokritou (Harvard University, USA)
Gerard Escher (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, CH)
Bernard Goldstein (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
James Lambert (President, Society for Risk Analysis, USA)
Bernd Nowack (EMPA, Switzerland)
Jose Palma (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Edward Perkins (US Army Engineer R&D Center, USA)
Ortwin Renn (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Vicki Stone (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
Marie Valentine Florine (International Risk Govern. Council, CH)
Daniel Vallero (Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
Theo Vermeire (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands)
David Winickoff (OECD, France)
Tom van Teunenbroek (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, The Netherlands)


SUN-CaLIBRAte Stakeholders Workshop

From Nano Risk Management to Innovation Governance:  Developing State of the Art, Reliable and Trustable Risk Governance Tools for Nanomaterials

2nd - 3rd March 2017

The event aims to engage stakeholders to:

  • Discuss stakeholders’ needs, priorities and views on managing risks in the innovation, launch, and post marketing monitoring process
  • Present state of the art achievements on nano-risk governance, basing on the aims of the caLIBRAte and outcomes of the concluding SUN project
  • Explore the SUN decision support system for risk –benefit evaluation and management
  • Contribute to define the criteria and function of the future caLIBRAte Systems of Systems risk governance framework

The workshop will be held within the SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies.
For more information click here.


To register:

The registration fee includes:

  • Conference programme and abstract book
  • Attendance to the Welcome Reception and the Social Dinner
  • Coffee breaks and lunches during the conference programme
  Regular Registration
(26 Nov 2016 - 10 Feb 2017)
Late Registration
(11 Feb 2017 - 1 Mar 2017)
Participants from Academia, Industry, Governmental agencies 480 Euros 520  Euros
Students 300 Euros 350 Euros
SRA, SUN, caLIBRAte, and SCI Members 300 Euros  500 Euros
One-day registration fee By request By request

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be received in writing.
Participants who cancel their registration prior to February 15 will receive a 30% refund.
Participants who cancel after that date will NOT receive a refund.
All refunds will be processed after the workshop is completed.

Hotel Accomodation

Accommodation at special rates has been blocked by the conference organizers in recommended hotels near the conference venue. Special conference rates are available for bookings in a variety of hotels within different deadlines. Rates are in Euros, per room/night and include 10% VAT and buffet breakfast. City tax is not included and its amount may vary according to the hotel category, from about 2 to 5 Euros per day.

Click here for accommodation options. (Note that after a hotel's meeting rate has expired, it is subject to availability upon request to the hotel.)

Additional travel information is available for download here.

Please contact Congress Studio Venezia International s.a.s. should you have any questions.

Important Deadlines

Submission Opens: 15 July 2016
Submission Closes: 15 November 2016
Notification of accepted abstracts: Mid-November 2016
Early registration deadline: 25 November 2016
Regular registration deadline: 10 February 2017
Late registration deadline: 1 March 2017

Scientific Committee

Igor Linkov, US Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center (USA, Co-Chair)
Antonio Marcomini, University Ca’ Foscari Venice (IT, Co-Chair)
Danail Hristozov, University Ca’ Foscari Venice (IT, Co-Chair)
Keld Alstrup Jensen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment (DK)
Myriam Merad French National Center for Scientific Research (FR)
Marie Valentine Florine, International Risk Governance Council (CH)
Dan Vallero, Environmental Protection Agency (USA)
Tim Malloy, University of California, Los Angeles (USA)
Christopher Cummings, Nanyang Technological University (SG)

Organizing Committee

Judith Friesl, The REACH Centre (UK)
Stella Stoycheva, The REACH Centre (UK)
Sara Alba, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (IT)
Lisa Pizzol, GreenDecision srl (IT)


Scientific enquiries:
Igor Linkov (US Army Corps of Engineers)
Danail Hristozov (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Administrative, Logistics and Local information enquiries:
Congress Studio Venezia International s.a.s.