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