Conference 2018

Conference 2018 in Östersund, Sweden 18-20 June 2018

The conference organizers of SRA-Europe 2018 are inviting proposals on the topic of this year’s conference:  Risk & Uncertainty – From Critical Thinking to Practical Impact

The focus of the conference is on developing the academic discourse on risk considerations and its practical applications— specifically in the contemporary era of increased uncertainty and apparent increased salience of questioning research and facts in (some) public decision-making processes. The aim of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, problems, solutions, and emerging research agendas among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.

The conference will be held at Mid Sweden
University in Östersund, a small town close to the mountains in the north of Sweden. During the conference you will experience the longest day of the year when the sun rises at 2.50 a.m., only a few hours after it sets. We hope you will take the opportunity to visit our beautiful town, take part in the conference

This conference gathers academics, policy makers, and practicioners interested in risk research, policy, and practice, including members of the SRA-E, SRA International and other regional SRA organizations.

More information on our conference in Östersund will be presented on the conference website of the local organisers ( and below as it becomes available.

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Getting to Mid Sweden University

Getting to Mid Sweden University

Find Mid Sweden University on the map

The Mid University campus is within walking distance from all hotels in the town centre. 

Bus no. 2 departs from Kyrkgatan / Gustav III:s torg 2 at 8:30 and every 30 minutes until 19:30, thereafter every hour until 22.30. Travel time to bus stop "Campus" is about 5 minutes. The return trip is about 20 minutes due to the bus line being a loop. Departure times are a few minutes after departure from Kyrkgatan.

Taxi Östersund can be reached at +46 (0)63 199 000.


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Conference programme available

Conference programme


The PRELIMINARY conference programme is available. Changes are expected to occur. Session chairs have not yet been appointed.


The programme can be found here:

PRELIMINARY browsable agenda (with abstracts)

PRELIMINARY detailed programme

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Theme, aims and topics

Theme, aims and topics

The 27th Annual meeting of Society for Risk Analysis Europe (SRA-E) will be held in Östersund, Sweden, 18-20 June 2018. The theme of this conference is "Risk & Uncertainty – From Critical Thinking to Practical Impact".

This special theme reflects the current need to persist the phenomenon of knowledge resistance and alternative facts, as well as to develop applied research for risk analysis in open and democratic contexts.

SRA-E provides a platform for academics, national and local policy makers and businesses to discuss the ‘state of the art’ and future directions in the study of risk analysis, to understand concerns about risk from both public and scientific perspectives, to develop effective risk communication and to promote efficient risk mitigation.

This conference is an opportunity for academics and practitioners to come together to discuss issues, problems, goals, solutions and future research questions.

Core Risk Topics for the 2018 conference:

  •  Risk communication in ’post-fact’ times
  •  Practical impact of risk perception research
  •  Risk and Inequality
  •  Risk and decision analysis in critical infrastructure
  •  Theoretical advancements in risk studies
  •  Risk in everyday life
  •  Methods and methodologies in risk research
  •  The new landscape of social media and risk
  •  Collaborative governance and networked practice
  •  Experimental design and integration of labs in research and education
  •  The unrecognized risk and crisis management
  •  Uncertainty in governance of migration and integration policy
  •  Risk management education and practice

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Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

The following speakers have so far agreed to give a key note: 

  • Ann Enander, Professor of leadership psychology at the Leadership Centre, Swedish Defence University, and former president of SRA-E,
    Title: forthcoming

  • Jens O. Zinn, Associate Professor of sociology at University of Melbourne
    Title: forthcoming

  • Britt Bohlin, Secretary General of the Nordic Council
    Title: forthcoming

  • Ragnar E. Löfstedt, Professor of Risk Management and Director of King's Centre for Risk Management at King's College London.
    Title: forthcoming


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Call for papers

Call for Presentations, Posters and Symposia

The conference organizers of SRA-Europe 2018 are inviting proposals on the topic of this year’s conference: Risk & Uncertainty – From Critical Thinking to Practical Impact

We welcome abstracts and presentations in English in any one of the core themes in the following formats:

  • Oral Presentations (individual): Submissions concern one single oral presentation by one or more authors, lasting a maximum of 15 minutes and followed by Q&A for all presentations at the end of the session.
  • Symposia (group): Submissions concern a group of individual oral presentations (a minimum of three, maximum of five) by one or more authors. The symposia are organized around a unifying theme and include an introduction by the symposium coordinator, the presentations, and a Q&A session at the end of the session, for a maximum of 90 minutes. Note that for registration purposes, an abstract has to be submitted for each symposium presentation.
  • Poster Presentations (individual): Submissions concern one individual presentation in poster format by one or more authors, with a Q&A session based on the poster.


Presentations may include empirical research results; critical reviews of risk analysis theories and methods; scenario building; simulations and modeling; systematic literature reviews and meta analyses; case studies, and perspectives or project presentations by practitioners, experts, stakeholders, and policy makers.


We therefore invite you to submit a 350-word abstract by February 7, 2018 at


Additionally, participants with accepted abstracts are invited to submit a full paper by September 15, 2018, for consideration in the publication of a special issue with the journal Safety Science. More information about the special issue will be posted on the conference website. We also wish to inform you about the opportunity to submit a proposal to Palgrave Macmillan’s Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty series.

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Instructions for presenters

Instructions for presenters


Information about Poster session

The poster measurements are 60 cm (width) x 90 cm (height). The presenter should bring the printed poster to the conference. Poster submitters will receive an email with further instructions about the Poster session.


Information about Oral sessions

Presentations should be made in Powerpoint and brought to the conference on a USB stick. Abstract submitters will receive an email with further instructions about the oral session.

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Conference fees

Conference fees

The SRA-Europe Conference in 2018 open to all interested researchers and experts in the various fields of risk analysis. Industry representatives, governmental bodies and relevant public and private institutions are welcomed. Graduate students are also encouraged to participate.

The fees for the conference depend on type of delegate and the registration date (early bird, late bird). The deadline for early bird registration is 16 April 2018. The registration module opens 5 Frebruari 2018.

  Early bird  
Late bird
SRA Europe members
  € 450
  € 550
Non-members (membership included)    € 490
  € 590
Student SRA Europe members 1   € 130
  € 180
Student non-members (membership inlcuded)
  € 170
  € 220

1 Please bring your students ID card to the conference. The ID card must be shown upon conference check in. Otherwise the difference must be paid on-site.


Please mind: all prices are excl. VAT.


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Registration now open

Registration for our conference in Östersund is now open

Registration is now open. Deadline for Early bird is 16 April and deadline for registration is 16 May.

Register here:

Last modified: 17 February, 2018


Östersund and the Venue

The conference will be held at Mid Sweden University in Östersund, Sweden.

Östersund is located in the northern part of Sweden with a mountain view. At Visit Östersund you can find information about the town and its surroundings.

Östersund is also situated in Sápmi – land of the Sami. Learn more about the Sami history, culture, religion, language and politics at

The conference venue, Mid Sweden University, is located within walking distance from the town center and most hotels. 

The conference website will be updated with information about travels and accommodation.

Experience Östersund

We suggest these activities for those who want to spend an extra day or two in our region. More can be found at Visit Östersund.

Jamtli Historieland

An outdoor museum with interactive historical depictions as well as other activities. The parks annual midsummer celebration, which takes place just a few days after the conference, is a tradition not to be missed.

Moose Garden

Located about 15 minutes outside of Östersund, this place allows you to get up close with the famed king of the forest – the Moose!

Njarka Sami Camp

A visit here offers an insight to the traditions of arctic scandinavias indigenous people.


Swedens main mountain resort, located about an hour from Östersund. While the village is obviously most famous for its skiing slopes Åre offers a great deal of activities during the summer. Those include downhill biking, hiking, fishing and just enjoying the spectacular scenery. If travelling to Åre, be sure to take the short detour for a sustainable meal at the Natural cycle house.


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SRA Europe Conference Studentship Scholarships 2016

SRA Europe Conference Studentship Scholarships 2018

We are pleased to announce two SRA-Europe Conference Scholarships (subject to the number and quality of proposals received)  each worth 750 €.

We are also pleased to be able to award the Ortwin Renn Student Prize for Applied Risk Research to a student with a focus on applied risk research. This scholarship, worth $ 500, is sponsored by ExxonMobil.

Students wishing to apply for a Scholarship are required to submit:

1. a standard abstract, by 7 February 2018, following the procedure for the  submission of abstracts, and

2. an application to the Awards Committee consisting of by 7 February 2018:
  • An extended abstract (up to 800 words)
  • A short CV (no more than 1 side A4)
  • A description of their motivation for wishing to attend the conference
  • A letter of support from their supervisor

The application to the Awards Committee should be sent to the Conference Secretariat (

Only 2 documents should be sent: one containing the first three bullet points above and the other being the letter from the student’s supervisor. The email subject line should read: SRA Europe conference scholarships or Ortwin Renn Student Prize for Applied Risk Research respectively.

The application should explicitly state for which scholarship the application is made.


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Organisation and support

Local Organising Committee


The Local Organising Committee consists of:

  • Anna Oloffson
  • Colleagues

Scientific Support and International Scientific Advisory Board

The SRA-E conference 2018 is organised by the Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR), part of Mid Sweden University, in partnership with SRA Europe. We would like to thank all those who helped in reviewing the submissions.

Conference e-mail 

Conference e-mail:


We are grafeful for the support of the 

  • Risk and Crisis Research Centre, part of Mid Sweden University:
  • Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency:
  • European Union - European Regional Development Fund


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Important dates

Important dates


Deadline submission of abstracts
February 7, 2018
Registration opens February 5, 2018
Notification of acceptance
March 16, 2018
Deadline for registration Early Bird April 16, 2018
Registration closes May 16, 2018
Conference registration June 17, 2018
Pre-Conference Cocktail June 17, 2018
Conference June 18–20, 2018


Last modified: 29 November, 2017