The Discipline(s) of Risk Science | Panel discussion

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

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