Conference 2015

Conference 2015 in Maastricht, Netherlands
Welcome to Maastricht!

The 24rd Annual meeting will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, 15 - 17 June 2015. The special theme of this conference is "Science, Policy and Society - Bridging the gap between risk and science".

SRA-E provides a platform for industrialists, policy makers and academics to discuss the ‘state of the art’ and future directions in the study of risk analysis, to understand concerns about the risk from both public and scientific perspectives, to promote efficient risk mitigation and to develop effective risk communication.

This conference is an opportunity for risk analysts to come together to discuss issues, problems, goals, solutions and future research questions.

On this page, information on the programme, registration procedures, transportation and venue will be posted. Download conference pamphlet here.


Last modified: 29 July, 2014.

Conference book of abstracts

Conference book of abstract of meeting 2015 in Maastricht available

The conference book of abstracts of the SRA Europe conference 2015 in Maastricht is available HERE. This conference book includes the conference schedule. The last-minute changes and errata can be found HERE.


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Theme, aims and topics

Theme, aims and topics

The special theme of the conference is “Science, Policy and Society – bridging the gap between risk and science”

Participants are invited to reflect on critical directions in risk science as well as the promises and challenges of developing science-informed policy. The meeting will be a platform for those interested in all aspects of risk analysis to communicate, collaborate and envisage new methodologies for risk analysis and risk management. SRA-E emphasises the European dimension in the promotion of interdisciplinary research and education, and in practical application in industry and Government.

Focal Risk Topics for the conference 2015 are: 

  • Science-informed risk decisions
  • Evidence and risk
  • Risk policy and regulation
  • Risk Governance
  • Decision-making and uncertainty
  • Risk perception at individual and institutional level
  • Risk communication and participation
  • Economic loss estimation and insurance
  • New paradigms in risk assessment and risk reduction
  • Safety and security issues
  • International and cross-border collaborations in risk reduction
  • Ethical dimensions of risk



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Conference activities

Conference activities

Each conference day will open with a plenary session with keynote presentations, followed by parallel sessions and symposia dedicated to specific topics. Presentations on other topics within the broad interest of SRA are also welcomed.

The preliminary program of the conference will be available early May 2015. The final program overview is presented below.


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Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers


The following speakers have so far agreed to give a key note: 

  • Prof. Marjolein van Asselt, Dutch Safety Board
    Title: Risk Governance

  • Prof. Claude Fischler, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris
    Title: Cognitive challenges and the future of risk communication

  • Ms. Sharon Gesthuizen MP, Dutch House of representatives
    Title: Risk Policy and Transparency

  • Ms. Julie Girling MEP, Chair of the Risk Group at the European Parliament
    Title: Science-based policy-making in the European Parliament

  • Dr. Mikael Karlsson, President European Environmental Bureau
    Title: Mind the gap - from science to science-based policy

  • Prof. Erik Lebret, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
    Title: Risk assessment at crossroads; The changing landscape

  • Prof Ellen Peters Ohio State University
    Title: Linking science and policy: The future of risk perception

  • Mr. Geoffrey Podger, Executive Director, @Risk Ltd
    Title: Where should science end, where should politics begin in regulatory decision making

  • Prof. Sybe Schaap, Senator, Dutch Senate
    Title: Risk-related policymaking in the Dutch Parliament

Prof. Wiebe Bijker (Maastricht, MUSTS) and Prof. Ragnar Löfstedt (King’s College London, KCRM) will chair the plenaries.


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Submission of abstracts

Submission of abstracts


Abstracts may be presented orally or in a poster session. Authors are furthermore invited to submit full-length papers which will be assessed for publication in a special issue of Journal of Risk Research (optional). The submission of a full paper is optional; it is possible to present an abstract without writing a full paper. Deadline for submission of full papers is 1 June 2015.

Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be expected to attend the conference and present their work in person.

Abstracts and proposals will be reviewed by the Technical Program Committee. Upon acceptance the Maastricht organizing committee will notify authors by email. The conference program schedule will be available mid-May 2015.

Submission of abstract for individual paper and poster

Abstracts for individual papers, posters and symposiums must be submitted to the organizing committee by filling out the abstract submission form by 20 January 2015. Oral presentations will last 20 minutes. The abstract of an oral presentation or poster should not exceed 400 words and include specific field of interest, issues addressed, methodology applied and results achieved or expected.

Submission of abstract for a symposium

We encourage submissions of symposium abstracts. A symposium is a conference session composed by 3 to 6 presentations/abstracts on a common topic, lasting for 90 minutes. In some cases symposia may be extended to last over 2 consecutive sessions, involving 7-8 speakers. Symposium proposals must be submitted to the organizing committee ( by 20 January 2015. The symposium proposal must contain:

1.    Title of symposium;
2.    Name of person (and his/her email address) responsible for planning and arranging the symposium;
3.    Short description of the topic and contents of the symposium (max 200 words);
4.    List of the presentations in the symposium (title of abstract and author names).

Please notice that each abstract in the proposed symposium needs to be submitted individually to the organizing committee by filling out the abstract submission form. Symposium organizers and presenters must pay participation fee similar to other conference participants.


Abstract submission forms


 To submit a contribution, please click HERE.

*Submitting an abstract does not mean that you are registered for the conference. The organizers require the commitment of the author or one of the authors of the papers to register for and attend the conference to present the paper. If none of the authors of an abstract have registered for the conference by the deadline, the presentation will be removed from the conference program.


Optional Full Paper

Authors are invited to submit full-length papers which will be assessed for publication in a special issue of Journal of Risk Research (optional). The submission of a full paper is optional; it is possible to present an abstract without writing a full paper.
In regards to the guidelines for full length paper, the committee will use the same guideline as “Journal of Risk Research” uses. Please read more on the web page of Journal of Risk Research

Full length paper must be submitted to, until June 1st, 2015.

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Presentation guidelines

Presentation guidelines


Each presenter is allocated about 20 minutes, including 5 minutes for discussion, depending on the number of presentations in the session. We kindly ask to bring your presentation on a USB key and show up in the allocated room at least 15 minutes before the session starts to introduce yourself to the session chair and upload and test your presentation.

A PC (Windows) and internet access will be available in each session room where PowerPoint files can be uploaded.


The poster session will take place on Monday June 15 from 18:00-19:30 hrs on the ground floor in the B-wing of the Law Faculty, room B.006 close to the garden, where also lunch and coffee will be served.

You are encouraged to hang up your poster in this room as soon as possible and leave it hanging during the entire conference. The conference secretariat can be contacted for instructions and equipment for hanging the posters.
Posters should have an A1 portrait format (594×841 mm).

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Conference fees

Conference fees

The SRA-Europe Conference in 2015 is open to all interested researchers and experts in the various fields of risk analysis. Industry representatives, governmental bodies and relevant public and private institutions are welcomed. Graduate students are also encouraged to participate.

The fees for the conference depend on type of delegate and the registration date (early bird, late bird). The deadline for early bird registration is 15 April 2015.   The registration fee covers conference materials, conference dinner, lunches, coffee breaks and SRA Europe membership 2015.

  Early bird  
Late bird
Full participants 1
€ 490
€ 560
Full participants who already paid their SRA Europe membership fee  1 € 450
€ 520
Student delegates 2 € 190
€ 240

1 Some participants may have already paid their SRA Europe membership fee for 2015, e.g. when renewing their SRA membership in December 2014. These participants have typically paid SRA approximately $ 160, whereas participants who became a member of SRA only and not of SRA Europe as well, typically paid $ 105.

2 Please bring your students ID card to the conference. The ID card must be shown upon conference check in. Otherwise the difference must be paid on-site.


The registration module will be available soon.


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Registration now open

Registration for our conference in Maastricht now open

The registration for the conference in Maastricht is now open. To register for the conference, click HERE.

For authors presenting an oral presentation or a poster, the online registration has to be completed and paid for by 15 May, 2015.

The deadline for early bird registration is April 15, 2015.

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The conference will be hosted by Maastricht University. The plenary sessions will be held at the Auditorium Minderbroedersberg, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht; the parallel sessions at the nearby Law Faculty, Bouillonstraat 1-3, Maastricht. Both locations are in the city centre.



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Hotel accommodation for the conference can be booked through the Maastricht Booking Service by clicking HERE. Prices range from € 31 (Stay Okay) to € 147 (Hotel Derlon).
It is, of course, also possible to book a room through a regular travel agency.

In case you experience any booking  problems, please, contact Maastricht Booking Service. Phone: +31(0)43 38 38 361; E-mail: 


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Getting to Maastricht

Getting to Maastricht

From Schiphol Airport to Maastricht

If you arrive at Amsterdam airport, the easiest way to get to Maastricht is to take the train. Schiphol train station is situated directly below the airport. You can pick up a free baggage trolley from the platform. Via Schiphol Plaza you can walk straight to from the arrival hall to the train station.
Trains depart for Maastricht twice an hour. Travel time is approximately 2.45 hours. The last train to Maastricht leaves Schiphol at 22.15 hours.

Train tickets are available from the yellow ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza or from the ticket offices, which are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza.
At the major train stations, including Schiphol and Maastricht, is it possible to pay by credit card at the NS ticket machine. Credit cards are also accepted at all Tickets & Service desks. Bank cards that are valid within the EU, can be used at any NS ticket machine as well as at the NS Tickets& Service desks.

Good to know: This is the sign of the NS (the Dutch train company):  

The public transportation system in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the public transportation runs electronic smart cards. There are several ticket options. (

a) the single-use chip card

If you are NOT planning on travelling a great deal in the Netherlands, the single-use chip card is the best option. This is a paper ticket that contains a chip inside. This paper chip card can be purchased from an NS ticket machine or a Tickets & Service desk, and is valid for all train operators. You do not have to add any credit to this card!

When you purchase a single-use chip card you always pay the full fare. There is a € 1 supplement on single journeys, return tickets, and day travel cards to cover the additional costs of the card.
If you want to travel by bus, please bring enough cash with you (between €3 and €5 per ride).

Important: When you travel with a single-use chip card you must check in and out with each train operator through the gates or posts!

If you decide to buy a paper card, buy a one way ticket ("enkele reis") to Maastricht Central Station. Intercity trains are faster than local trains ("stoptrein" or "sprinter"). When in doubt, you can always ask someone at the ticket office. You will soon notice that almost everyone in the Netherlands speaks English fairly well. For journey advice and time tables you can check:

b) the OV-chip card

If you plan to travel in the Netherlands a great deal, you can buy an anonymous transportation card (OV-chip card). The OV-chip card is the public transport smartcard that is used as a ticket for all public transportation in the Netherlands. The same card allows you to travel on the train, tram, bus and metro. The OV-chip card is usually more convenient if you are staying in the Netherlands for a longer period. You use this card to check in for each mode of transport as you depart and to check out again when you arrive.

There are two options to obtain this OV-chip card.
1.    At the NS service desk (central hall Schiphol)
2.    At one of the yellow vending machines available at all train stations in the country. These vending machines are also available at the Schiphol train station.
Sales points are indicated by the pink OV-chip card logo.

The card itself costs € 7,50. Each person has to buy his/her own card, since it is not allowed (and not possible) to check in several persons with 1 card.

If you have bought an OV- chip card at an NS service desk or an NS ticket machine you will be able to use it immediately for your NS train journeys. All you have to do is to add credit to the balance on your card and check in before starting your train journey.
If you have bought an OV- chip card from another public transport operator you have to activate the OV-chip card at an NS ticket machine by adding credit to its credit balance. You can then also choose whether you want to travel first or second class. You can do that this at an NS ticket machine at the station.

The minimum boarding fee for travelling with the OV-chip card is € 20. If you have a bank card that is valid within the EU, you can top up the credit balance at any NS ticket machine as well as at NS Tickets& Service desks. At the service desk on most train stations, it is also possible to pay with by credit card.

From Brussels Airport to Maastricht

If you are arriving at Brussels airport you can choose between an airport pickup service, or travelling by train.

  • Airport pick up service Brussels. A one way pick up from Brussels Airport (‘Zaventem’) costs about € 95 (euro) for one car. Depending on how many people fit in the car/van you can split the costs. Make sure to tell them how much luggage you have as well as with how many people you travel. You can pay cash or with Visa.

  • Airport Service Patrick. The company offers an airport shuttle for € 80 per person. It can happen that they might have to drop off people at different addresses. Depending on how many people fit in the car/van you can split the costs. Make sure to tell them how much luggage you have as well as with how many people you travel. You can only pay cash.

  • The cheapest option is to take a train to Maastricht. There is a train station in the basement of Brussels airport; level -1, just follow the signs. You can buy a ticket to Maastricht there and you can ask for a printed itinerary. Be aware of the fact you have to change trains at least two times. For more information, look at the website of the Belgian Railways:

From London / Paris to Maastricht

If you are coming from London, you take the Eurostar to Brussels, followed by a train to Liege and to Maastricht. If you are coming from Paris, you take the Thalys train to Liege, and take a train to Maastricht from there.

From Central Station Maastricht to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

There are several options to go from the central train station to the conference venue:

  • Taxi: when you exit the train station you’ll find taxis at your left side. Price is between 8-10 Euro.
  • Taxi Frenske; Phone +31 43 3636362
  • Taxi Service Maastricht, Phone +31 43 2606666
  • Bus: When you exit the train station you’ll find buses at your right side. Unfortunately there is no stop in front of our faculty. The following busses take you to the Bouillonstraat line 3 (direction Wolder) and Line 4 (direction Villapark).Tickets can be bought at the driver. If you want to travel by bus, please bring enough cash with you (between €3 and €5 per ride ).
  • Walking: You can walk to the venue in about 15 minutes.






























A = Station
B = Parallel sessions = Law Faculty (Bouillonstraat 1-3)
C = Plenary sessions = Minderbroedersberg 4-6



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SRA Europe Conference Studentship Scholarships 2015
SRA Europe Conference Studentship Scholarships 2015

We are pleased to announce two SRA-Europe Conference Scholarships each worth 750 €.


Students wishing to apply for a Scholarship are required to submit:

1. a standard abstract, by 20 January 2015, following the procedure for the submission of abstracts, and

2. an application to the Awards Committee consisting of by 15 February 2015:
  • An extended abstract (up to 800 words)
  • A short CV (no more than 1 side A4)
  • A description of their motivation for wishing to attend the conference
  • A letter of support from their supervisor

The application to the Awards Committee should be sent to Only 2 documents should be sent: one containing 1-3 above with the letter from the student’s supervisor in the other. The email subject line should read: SRA Europe conference scholarships.


Last modified: 2 January 2015

SRA-E Student Scholarships 2015 awarded

Student Scholarships 2015 awarded

We are pleased to announce two winners of an SRA-Europe Conference Scholarship 2015. Conference Studentship Scholarships (each worth € 750) have been awarded to:

  • Martina Gamp, University of Konstanz (Germany)

  • Martina received her award for the presentation:

    Gamp, M. & Renner.B.:

    Closing the Gap between Experimental and Field Studies: Experienced-based Health Risk Feedback and Lack of Reassurance

  • Astrid Kause, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (Germany)

    Astrid's' award winning presentation was:

    Kause, A.:
    Do you get vaccinated? The role of different types of uncertainty and graphical presentation formats in vaccination decisions

The recipients received their awards, each worth € 750, out of the hands of the local organiser Frederic Bouder

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Ortwin Renn Student Prize for Applied Risk Research

Ortwin Renn Student Prize for Applied Risk Research

In recent years, SRA Europe has awarded a number of scholarships to students who submitted (extended) abstracts of exceptional quality (as judged by members of the committee) to the annual conference.  These scholarships are aimed at covering the costs of attending the Annual Conference.  

This year, SRA Europe was offered the opportunity to award an additional student scholarship. This scholarship was granted by ExxonMobil in honour of Ortwin Renn. SRA Europe was free to develop the selection criteria and ExxonMobil in no way exerted any influence on the selection process.

In line with Ortwin’s focus on applied research and governance, the Board of SRA Europe decided to award the new prize to an additional student with a focus on applied risk research.

We are pleased to announce that this year the Ortwin Renn Student Prize for Applied Risk Research, sponsored by ExxonMobil is awarded to:

  • Hanna Landquist, Chalmers university of technology, Göteborg (Sweden)

    Hanna received her award for the presentation:  

    Landquist,K.S.,  L. Rosén, L., Lindhe, A. & Hassellöv, I.M.

    Estimating consequences of discharge from potentially polluting shipwrecks.

Hanna received her award, worth $500, out of the hands of the local organiser Frederic Bouder

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Organisation and support

Local Organising Committee


The Local Organising Committee consists of:

  • Frederic Bouder (Maastricht University)
  • Marijke Hermans (Maastricht University)
  • Nicolas Rossignol (l'Université de Liège)
  • Ric van Poll (RIVM). 

Scientific Support and International Scientific Advisory Board

The SRA-E conference 2015 is organised by Maastricht University with scientific support from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).


We are grateful to our sponsors for making this event possible, in particular:

  • the City of Maastricht
  • the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) whose financial support enabled us to organise several sessions on open access


Conference e-mail 

Conference e-mail:

Last modified: 6 Maart, 2015

Important dates

Important dates


 Deadline for submission of abstracts        20 January, 2015
 Notification of acceptance        13 March, 2015
 Deadline early bird registration        15 April, 2015
 Deadline late bird registration        15 May, 2015
 Deadline optional full papers
         1 June, 2015


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