2009 - Fourth quarter
 
 

SRA-Europe, www.sraeurope.org, Julie Barnett, Secretary

King’s College, London, will host the 19th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe (SRA-E) Annual Meeting, which will take place 21-23 June 2010.

The 2010 SRA-E Annual Meeting aims to facilitate interaction among all actors in the field of risk: academics from across the disciplines, policy makers, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and other interest groups.

The special theme of the conference will be “Risk, Governance & Accountability.” This theme reflects the increasing centrality of risk analysis to decision making in a wide range of policy and organisational contexts and the increasing demands by the public for decision makers to account for outcomes.

Each conference day will open with a plenary session with keynote presentations, followed by parallel sessions of oral papers, roundtable discussions, and symposia reflecting particular themes of interest.

Presentations are welcomed on topics that span across the range of SRA themes, new fields of risk-related research, as well as the special conference theme of “Risk, Governance & Accountability.”

  • Receipt of abstracts: 11 January
  • Notification to authors: 1 March
  • Programme available: 3 May

The conference is sponsored by King’s College London, the Environment Agency, the Food Standards Agency, and the Health and Safety Executive. The conference language is English.

Details of abstract submission will be available on the SRA-E Web site (www.sraeurope.org) in due course.

 
   
 
 
2009 - Third quarter
 
 

SRA-Europe, http://www.sraeurope.org, Julie Barnett, Secretary

From the Everyday to the Extraordinary SRA-Europe Conference 2009

The 18th Society for Risk Analysis-Europe (SRA-E) Annual Meeting was held at Karlstad University in Sweden 28 June-1 July 2009. We were welcomed to Karlstad by the county governor as we enjoyed their hospitality overlooking the river Klara.

The opening plenary took the form of a roundtable and the ensuing lively debate between Professors Ortwin Renn (Stuttgart University), Glynis Breakwell (University of Bath, U.K.) and Åsa Boholm (University of Gothenburg) set the tone for considering the conference theme: “From the Everyday to the Extraordinary.” Later that day participants had the opportunity to hear Dr. Johan Schaar, head of the Secretariat of the Commission on Climate Change and Development, provide the keynote address “Living with Risk: Poverty in the Era of Climate Change.” Over the course of the conference, around 200 delegates attended and participated in a full programme of individual papers and symposia over five parallel sessions. One of the most thought-provoking moments of the conference was provided by the keynote address of Paul Slovic. A challenging series of images and insights from literature as well as from scientific studies opened up the question of why it is that the more who die in atrocities, the less it is that we care. We were challenged to consider the question of how best to develop policies that enable right actions when moral intuition fails.

We were also pleased to welcome SRA leaders to the conference and to participate in an international roundtable. Alison Cullen (SRA International president), Roberto Bubbico (SRA-Europe president), Esperanza López Vázquez (SRALatin America president), and Valery Lesnykh (Russia Regiona Organization vice president) took part in a discussion moderated by Olivier Salvi and focusing on the challenges for the Society posed by the current financial crisis. Ahead of the China-Europe Risk Forum to be held in Beijing in October, it was also good to welcome a delegation of participants from China.

At the International Roundtable (left to right): Valery Lesnykh, Esperanza López Vázquez, Alison Cullen, Roberto Bubbico, and Olivier Salvi
At the International Roundtable (left to right): Valery Lesnykh, Esperanza López Vázquez, Alison Cullen, Roberto Bubbico, and Olivier Salvi.

A chartered train transported us through the beautiful Värmland countryside to Rottnerospark for the conference dinner. We had a wonderful dinner in the Hall of Mirrors overlooking the park lake. Afterwards, many delegates took the opportunity to explore the statues and gardens surrounding the manor house made famous in the works of the Nobel Prize-winning author Selma Lagerlöf.

SRA-E was fortunate to enjoy the generous sponsorship of Karlstad University and the Swedish Defence College, who assisted with the conference. The lead-in sponsorship and support was taken by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. This new consolidated authority came into being on 1 January 2009 to replace the former Swedish Emergency Management Agency, the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, and the Swedish National Board of Psychological Defence. All the delegates were very appreciative of these contributions and the excellent efforts of the local organising committee led by Ann Enander, the incoming president of SRA-E.

At the SRA-E business meeting, the Executive Committee was pleased to make a presentation to the winners of the two Karlstad Conference Studentship Scholarships. Both Nicholas Smith (University College London) and Corinne Moser (ETH Zurich) will receive a contribution worth 500 euro to their conference expenses.


SRA-E President Ann Enander (center) with Karlstad Conference Studentship Scholarship award winners Corinne Moser and Nicholas Smith

The symbol of Karlstad University is a sun. This turned out to be an appropriate metaphor for the conference itself— not only because we enjoyed beautiful weather every day, but also because it reflected the warmth and energy of exchange between colleagues both within the sessions and in more informal interactions. We look forward to welcoming you to our next annual meeting, 21-23 June 2010, at Kings College London and to continued conversations over the next 12 months.

Other SRA-E News

The elections for the SRA-E Executive Committee were closed on 31 March 2009. For this ballot, nine candidates stood for election for four vacant positions. The votes were counted by Olivier Salvi (chair of the Nominations Committee) in collaboration with Roberto Bubbico (president) and Julie Barnett (secretary).

The newly elected members are Michael Siegrist (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Margot Kuttschreuter (University of Twente, The Netherlands), Sophie Gaultier-Gaillard (University Paris 1 - Sorbonne, France), and Lars Bodsberg (SINTEF Technology and Society, Norway). The new members of the Executive Committee started their mandate after the Business Meeting of SRA-E in Karlstad, where Ann Enander became president.

 
   
 
 
2009 - Second quarter
 
 

SRA-Europe, www.sraeurope.org, Julie Barnett, SRA-E Communication Officer


In 2009 the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe (SRA-E) meeting will be held 28 June-1 July in Karlstad, Sweden. The main sponsor of the conference is the newly created Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, and the conference will be cohosted by Karlstad University, the Swedish National Defence College, and the County Administrative Board of Värmland. The conference theme is “From the Everyday to the Extraordinary: Challenges for Risk Analysis and Management.”

Within this theme there are four main strands: everyday risks and prevention of injuries, management of natural risk and climate change, disaster risk management in an international context, and future risks and technologies for security and safety.

The response to the call for papers has been very positive, with over 150 individual papers and a number of proposals for minisymposia and roundtable discussions. Each conference day will open with a plenary session, followed by parallel sessions.

On Monday a roundtable with presentations and discussions will highlight the overall theme from the everyday to the extraordinary, with contributions from well-known scholars from different fields, including Professors Ortwin Renn, Glynis Breakwell, and Asa Boholm.

In the plenary session on Tuesday, Professor Paul Slovic will give a keynote talk: “The More Who Die, the Less We Care: Confronting Psychic Numbing.” In the same session Dr. Johan Schaar, head of the secretariat of the Commission on Climate Change and Development (http://www.ccdcommission.org/secretariat.html), will provide insights from the then newly released final report of the Commission (upcoming in May 2009).

The final plenary session will focus on the challenges of shared international issues with contributions from prominent SRA leaders including Alison Cullen, Olivier Salvi, and Daniela Leonte. The minisymposia will cover a number of significant topics, including climate change and energy, environmental threats, communication and precautionary measures regarding mobile telephony, public involvement and communication, and educational issues within the risk community. A new feature for the 2009 meeting will be two student scholarship awards, designed to encourage student researchers and PhD candidates to join the meeting and the SRA network. Posters will be displayed during a special session, with refreshments hosted by the city of Karlstad.

Social highlights during the conference also include a reception at the regional governor’s residence, a chartered steam locomotive trip through the countryside, and dinner at Rottneros Park, famous from the works of Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf. Full details of the conference can be found on the SRA-E Web site (www.sraeurope.org). Please note the deadline for early-bird registration is 15 May.   
 
   
 
 
2009 - First quarter
 
 

SRA-Europe, www.sraeurope.org , Julie Barnett, SRA-E Communication Officer


The SRA Europe Meeting in 2009

In 2009 the SRA-Europe (SRA-E) meeting will be held 28 June-1 July in Karlstad, Sweden. The main sponsor of the conference is the newly created Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, and the conference will be co-hosted by Karlstad University, the Swedish National Defence College, and the County Administrative Board of Värmland.

The conference theme is From the Everyday to the Extraordinary: Challenges for Risk Analysis and Management.

There will be four main strands to this theme: Everyday Risks and Prevention of Injuries, Management of Natural Risk and Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management in an International Context, and Future Risks and Technologies for Security and Safety. The conference aims to facilitate exchange of experiences from different disciplines, fields, and application areas.

The conference will start on Sunday evening, 28 June with an opening reception and will last through lunch Wednesday, 1 July. The conference language is English. The opening reception will be hosted by the county governor at the historic governor’s residence in the centre of the city. A conference dinner will provide the delegates with an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside and midsummer light in the county of Värmland. The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday evening. A steam locomotive will take our chartered train through the beautiful Värmland countryside to Rotternerospark. The park is renowned for its statues and gardens that surround the manor house made famous in the works of the Nobel Prize-winning author Selma Lagerlöf.

Full details of the conference can be found on the SRA-E Web site (http://www.sraeurope.org/), and booking for the conference will open 1 April 2009.

1st China-Europe Risk Forum in October 2009 in Beijing

As announced in the Fourth Quarter 2008 RISK newsletter (page 10), Professor Chongfu Huang, president of the Chinese Risk Analysis Council, and Dr. Roberto Bubbico, president of SRA-Europe, are organising the 1st China-Europe Risk Forum in October 2009 in Beijing in connection with the 2nd International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (see http://iee.pku.edu.cn/racr2009). The objective of the risk forum is to develop partnerships between Chinese and European researchers in the field of risk analysis. This involves exchanging insights around ongoing research programmes and also jointly defining future research programmes and preparing projects and short-term initiatives.

The forum will last two days and be focused on the general theme of emerging risks. Specifically, it will focus on the following topics:
  • Emerging Risks Related to New Materials, Technologies, and Products
  • Emerging Risks Related to New Production Processes
  • Risk in Complex Industrial Systems
  • Risks Related to Transport Systems and Networks, focusing on pipeline (“life line” transporting utilities, products, and information)
  • Development and Integrations of Improved Approaches and Methods for Risk Assessment and Management
  • Emerging Risk Policies, Monitoring, Governance, and Communication
  • Emerging Risk Related to Underground and Confined Systems (tunnels, parking, railway stations, shopping malls...)
Each of the above groups will involve 6 to 12 scientists from both regions. If you are interested in participating, please contact Roberto Bubbico (bubbico@ingchim.ing.uniroma1.it) or Olivier Salvi (olivier.salvi@ineris.fr).

2009 SRA-E Executive Committee Elections

The next election for the Executive Committee of SRA-E will be held during February-March 2009. Four positions need to be filled. Announcement of the results and introduction of the new members of the Executive Committee will take place at the Karlstad annual meeting in June 2009.