The panel discussions I and II are free of charge and open for anyone to attend. Recordings are available until June 30, 2021.

Monday, June 14 at 12:45-14:15
Panel I – COVID-19 – Lessons in Emergence
(See recording here)

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
Panel II – 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)
  • Seth Guikema (past SRA President)
  • Sven Ove Hansson (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)
  • Ragnar Löfstedt (Kings College London)
  • Ahti Salo (Aalto University)

Tuesday, June 15 at 17.15-18.45
Panel III – SRA-E and regional chapters, past, current and future activities

Nick Pidgeon (University of Cardiff, UK) and
Marja Ylönen (VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland)


  • Aiste Balzekiene (Nordic chapter of SRA-E)
  • Angela Bearth (DACHI chapter of SRA-E)
  • Frederic Bouder (SRA-E),
  • Silvia Luis (Iberian chapter of SRA-E) and
  • Ric van Poll (Benelux chapter of SRA-E)

Lot of invisible, altruistic work is done in scientific associations, such as SRA-E and its regional chapters. Effective functioning of the associations is relevant for the prosperity of SRA activities and conferences. Corona time has been special for everyone, also for the SRA-E and its regional chapters.

The aim of the panel is to bring together the representatives of SRA-E and regional chapters and to discuss the past, current and future activities, and how corona time has affected organisations. What kinds of activities organisations have had? What kinds of future prospects organisations have? What organisations could learn from each other? How to increase collaboration between the chapters? In addition, we would like panellists to reflect the relevance of acting locally and at the same time being as part of bigger SRA community.  What are the pros and cons? What are the expectations of chapters to the SRA-E and SRA international?

The panellists will provide 7 minutes’ presentation each, and then follows discussion. The audience is welcome to participate in and enrich the discussion.