Society For Risk Analysis European Meeting

The Society for Risk Analysis – Europe invites you to its 29th Annual Conference, June 14-16, 2021 with the general subject “The Discipline(s) of Risk Science”.

This major event in the field of Risk Analysis will be held in Finland for the first time. For more  information about the conference, please visit the website

Welcome to register 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.

We offer two free of charge expert panel discussions open for public - welcome to join!

Monday, June 14 at 12:45-14:15 (EEST/UTC+3) | COVID-19 – Lessons in Emergence

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 (University of Stavanger)
  • Martti Hetemäki (Helsinki Graduate School of Economics)
  • Anna Olofsson (Mid Sweden University)
  • Nick Pidgeon (Cardiff University)
  • Ortwin Renn (IASS Potsdam)
  • Ahti Salo (Aalto University)

Tuesday, June 15 at 12:45-14:15 (EEST/UTC+3) | The Discipline(s) of Risk Science

The risk field with its basis in risk assessment, risk communication and risk management, has strongly developed the last 30-40 years, and has today applications all over the world and in most societal sectors. The field is commonly referred to as interdisciplinary in its scope but it is also seen as a distinct science. The Panel will discuss foundational issues related to this field: What are these disciplines and sciences forming the risk field, and how are they interacting? Can we really speak about a distinct risk science – how is it defined and what are its basic features and challenges? Is it important for the risk field to be recognized as a distinct science? A main focus of the discussion will be on the practical implications, how the foundational work can further enhance the quality of risk assessments, risk communication and risk management, and influence and strengthen societal impact.


  • Terje Aven, Chair (University of Stavanger)
  • Gudela Grote (ETH Zürich)
  • Sven Ove Hansson (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)
  • Ragnar Löfstedt (Kings College London)
  • Ahti Salo (Aalto University)

The link to the online panel discussions will be published here on Monday morning, June 14.

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

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