COVID-19 – Lessons in Emergence | Panel discussion

Aalto Campus during COVID-19. Photo: Mikko Raskinen

The panel discussion is open for the public and it is part of the The Society for Risk Analysis – European conference organized at Aalto University June 14-16, 2021. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a historic event, causing human suffering, societal disruptions, and economic damage around the globe. Yet, as humanity has struggled to overcome it, this pandemic has also lead to surges in the adoption of digital technologies, sparked new modes of innovation, and reshaped many of the ways in which communities and societies will function for years to come.

Although the pandemic is not yet over, it is pertinent to pause and reflect on the lessons that can be inferred at this stage. What insights can be derived from the experiences of informing policymakers who have sought to curtail the pandemic through unprecedented measures? What are some of the notable successes and failures in the implementation of risk management actions and risk communication? And should the risk analysis community, too, be prepared to reshape itself as a result of COVID-19?


  • Frederic Bouder, Chair (Professor in Risk Management, University of Stavanger)
  • Martti Hetemäki (Professor of practice, Helsinki Graduate School of Economics)
  • Anna Olofsson (Director Risk and Crisis Research Centre, Mid Sweden University)
  • Nick Pidgeon (Professor of Environmental Psychology and Risk, Cardiff University)
  • Ortwin Renn (Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.
    IASS Potsdam)
  • Ahti Salo (Professor, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis, Aalto University)

The event will be organized online on Zoom Monday, June 14 at 12:45-14:15 (EEST/UTC+3). The link will be published on the conference web site on Monday morning, June 14. The panel discussion is free of charge.



The Society for Risk Analysis – Europe invites you to its 29th Annual Conference

Register here for the conference by June 14!

Welcome to join the three day event and be part of close to 150 contributions from all areas of risk analysis and science, including risk assessment, risk characterization, risk perception, risk communication, risk management, risk governance and policy,  relating to risks which are of concern to individuals, organizations in the public and private sector, or to society at local, regional, national, or global levels.

The conference will be hosted and co-sponsored by Aalto University in cooperation with the University of Helsinki, Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT,  Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority and Aalto Networking Platform.

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