SRA-E 2022 Keynote speakers

The following speakers have agreed to give a keynote:

Helene Joffe

Title: How can Risk Preparedness Practices be Fostered?

Helene Joffe, Professor of Psychology, University College London, United Kingdom

Helen Joffe is a Professor of Psychology at UCL (University College London) with research interests in how people conceptualise, respond to and recover from various risks, as well as the liveability of cities. She has devised a method to elicit people’s conceptualisations of risks and has written extensively on methodological issues. In addition to having produced mixed methods, cross-cultural, prize winning work on risk, she has led a wide range of multi-disciplinary research projects. One current, large project is on how to foster resilient recovery from disasters, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Enrico Ronchi

Title: The role of evacuation modelling in dynamic wildland-urban interface fire vulnerability assessment

Enrico Ronchi, Associate Professor in Evacuation Modelling, Lund University, Sweden 

Enrico Ronchi is a Senior lecturer at the Division of Fire Safety Engineering and Transport and Roads, Lund University. His research specialties include evacuation modelling and human behaviour in fire in complex infrastructures such as transportation systems (e.g., tunnels), high-rise buildings, etc. He is PI of Building egressibility in an aging society project and CO-PI of a few more projects: Resilience and Adaptation to Climatic Extreme Wildfires, Multi-method traffic movement data collection for WUI fire evacuation modeling and The integration, verification and validation of the wildfire evacuation platform WUI-NITY funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, USA and Perceived threats and ‘stampedes’: a relational model of collective fear responses, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK.

Gavriil Xanthopoulos

Title: The catastrophic forest fire season of 2021 in Greece, and its aftermath: Lessons to be learned

Gavriil Xanthopoulos, Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization "Demeter", Greece

Gavriil Xanthopouloscurrently serves as senior researcher in forest fires, and is the head of the Forest Fire Laboratory at the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization “Demeter”. He has participated in more than 25 research projects and has produced numerous scientific publications. In parallel with his research activities, he has been involved in many areas of operational fire management as advisor to the General Secretary of Forests and Natural Environment, to the Minister of Public Order and to the General Secretary of Civil Protection in Greece. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire and a member of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction Wildland Fire Advisory Group.

Meri Cvetkovska

Title: Influence of fire load and ventilation factor on fire risk in buildings

Meri Cvetkovska, full professor at the Department for Structural Mechanics, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia

Meri Cvetkovska is full professor at the Department for Structural Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering (FCE), University Ss. Cyril and Methodius (UKIM) in Skopje, North Macedonia. Her research areas are: Fire resistance analysis of reinforced concrete structures; Fire safety of buildings; Energy efficiency of buildings; Static and dynamic analysis of structures; Assessment and retrofitting of concrete structures damaged by fire; Implementation of Eurocodes for Fire Action; Risk and disaster management (natural and man-made fires). She participated and coordinated national and international projects and published over 120 scientific papers.


Does risk analysis have a future in Europe? 

The idea for this round table came from a discussion that the main organizer had with Prof Renn back in the fall of 2021. We both found that compared to twenty or so years ago it appeared that there was less risk research being funded in Europe and that this was made worse by the fact that many of the senior risk professors who had retired were not properly replaced with upcoming new talent. As a result, countries that had been on the forefront of risk research such as for example, Sweden and to a certain extent Netherlands, had arguably lost their competitive edge. At the same time, it appears that a number of regulations coming out of Europe are also not rooted in risk science. The European Green Deal is one such body of regulation that is very much based on hazard classifications and precautionary thinking. In this round table panellists will provide 5-10 minute interventions discussing whether they feel that risk analysis has a future in Europe or not, by covering a wide range of risks across all European regions.

You are welcome to the Roundtable.
Questions for Roundtable speakers could be sent before the conference at their email addresses.

The confirmed names are:

Ragnar Lofstedt

Moderator: Ragnar Löfstedt, King’s Centre for Risk Management, King’s College London, Great Brittan & President of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Professor Ragnar E. Löfstedt is Professor of Risk Management and the Director of King’s Centre for Risk Management at the Kings College London, where he teaches and conducts research on risk communication and management. Previously, he was a Reader in Social Geography at the University of Surrey. He is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Löfstedt earned his BA and MA degrees at University of California Los Angeles (1988) and Clark University (1991), respectively, before completing his PhD in geography at Clark University (1993). After a post-doctorate position at the Risk, Society and Policy Group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (Laxenburg, Austria), he joined the University of Surrey as a lecturer in social geography before going to Kings College London in 2002. His research focuses broadly on: The development of evidence-based health and safety policies; Risk communication (with a specific focus on the chemical, environment, food, and pharmaceutical areas); The role of transparency in policy making; Evidence-based policy-making in Europe. Professor Löfstedt has conducted research in risk communication and management in such areas as renewable energy policy, transboundary environmental issues (acid rain and nuclear power), health and safety, telecommunications, biosafety, pharmaceuticals, and the siting of the building of incinerators, fuel policy, nuclear waste installations and railways. He is a believer in the building of public trust in regulators and industry via proactive risk communication and argues that high regulatory/industry trust is equivalent to low public perceived risk.

Ortwin Renn, PhD, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Prof. Ortwin Renn is scientific director at the International Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany) and a retired professor for environmental sociology and technology assessment at the University of Stuttgart. He also directs the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes. Renn is Adjunct Professor for “Integrated Risk Analysis” at Stavanger University (Norway), Honorary Professor at the Technical University Munich and Affiliate Professor for “Risk Governance” at Beijing Normal University. His research interests include risk governance (analysis perception, communication), stakeholder and public involvement in environmental decision making, transformation processes in economics, politics and society and sustainable development.

Ortwin Renn has a doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Cologne. His career includes teaching and research positions at Clark University (Worcester, USA), the Swiss Institute of Technology (Zuerich) and the Center of Technology Assessment (Stuttgart). His honours include the National Cross of Merit Order, honorary doctorates from the Swiss Institute of Technology and the Midsweden University, the “Outstanding Research Award” of the Society for Integrated Disaster and Risk Management (IDRiM) and the “Distinguished Achievement Award” of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). In 2019, he was awarded the Order of Merit from the State of Baden-Württemberg for special achievements in scientific policy advice.

Renn is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina”, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (Berlin), and of the Board of Directors of the German National Academy of Technology and Engineering (Acatech). He is a member of the Federal Government’s “Climate Change” research platform and chairs the Sustainability Council of the State of Brandenburg. In 2011 he served on the Ethics Commission “The Future of Energy” appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Until 2014, he was a member of the “Science and Technology Advisory Council”, an advisory body for EU Commission’s President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Renn has published more than 30 monographs and over 250 peer reviewed articles. His most prominent English publication is the book “Risk Governance. Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World (London: Earthscan 2008).

Frederic Bouder


Frederic Emmanuel Bouder, PhD, University of Stavanger & Past President of the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe (SRA-E), Norway

Frederic Bouder, PhD, is Professor in Risk Management at Department of Safety, Economics and Planning, University of Stavanger (UiS), Norway. UiS is one of the main hubs of risk research in the world with over 40 researchers and 30 PhD students studying risk. Frederic Bouder is a recognised expert in risk policy analysis and has deployed this expertise to develop and maintain international policy networks. His awareness of the role that perception and the media play in policy making has made risk communication a central pillar of his research. He has integrated cognitive insights from decision science into making risk policy more science-informed. He has directed research on various topics inclouding Health and Safety, drugs and vaccines perception and communication, genetic risk communication, uncertainty policy, energy policy and pandemics most recently Covid19. He is a past member of the SRA Council, Past-President of SRA Europe, Foundind president of SRAE Benelux and current Committee Chair for the SRA Wiorld Congress Marrakech 2024

Robyn S. Wilson

Robyn S. Wilson, PhD, Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science, The Ohio State University, College of food, agricultural and environmental sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources & Past President of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), Columbus, Ohio, USA,

Dr. Wilson is a behavioral decision scientist studying individual decisions under risk. She is also interested in the development of strategic communication efforts, as well as the design of decision support tools that assist individuals in making more informed choices. Her current research focus is on adaptation to climate-exacerbated hazards, and what motivates and constrains different land use and land management decisions on private and public lands. She is the current past President of the Society for Risk Analysis, current member of the US EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, and a former member of the National Academies Board on Environmental Change and Society and the US EPA Chartered Science Advisory Board. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State’s SENR and her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Denison University.

Rui Gaspar

Rui Gaspar, PhD, Catholic University of Portugal, Faculty of Human Sciences, Católica Research Centre for Psychological, Family and Social Wellbeing (CRC-W) & President of the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe (SRA-E), Portugal,

Rui Gaspar has a PhD in Psychology, specialization in Social Psychology from the University of Lisbon. He is Coordinator of the Degree in Psychology and of the post-grad course in Public Health Communication at the Catholic University of Portugal, and Board member and Principal Investigator at the Catolica Research Centre for Psychological, Family & Social Wellbeing (CRC-W. He is President of the Society for Risk Analysis – Europe (SRA-E), past member of the Task Force for Behavioural Sciences to Fight COVID-19 nominated by the Portuguese Government and scientific council member at the Portuguese Food Safety Authority. He is Associate Editor of Human Behaviour & Emerging Technologies. His research focuses on Emerging Risks Perception, Risk Communication and Crisis Communication, and Information and Communication Technologies use.

Tanja Perko, PhD, Institute for Environment, Health and Safety, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre,University of Antwerp, Media, Movements and Politics, Belgium,

Dr. Tanja Perko is a senior researcher, scientific project leader and lecturer at Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) and at University Antwerp (UA). She holds a PhD in Social sciences; “Modelling Risk Perception and Risk Communication in Nuclear Emergency Management: An Interdisciplinary Approach” (University of Antwerp, Belgium), MSc in political studies; and bachelors in journalism and defense studies (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). Since she defended her PhD in 2012, she published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific papers and 6 peer-reviewed book chapters. She works in inter, multi- and trans- disciplinary teams. She applies the following research methods: Quantitative (public opinion surveys, media content analysis); Qualitative: (interviews, non-participatory observational studies, focus groups, consensus workshops, media framing analysis and discourse analysis) and mixed methods. She aligns social science and humanities (SSH) research with R&D of ionizing radiation (IR) technologies and makes the societal aspects more visible to the technical and policy stakeholders related to IR technologies in Europe by boosting European SSH research, stimulating multidisciplinary approach and supporting the integration of links between research, innovation and society in the field of IR. She is one of the founders and the vice-president of SHARE (European platform for social sciences and humanities in ionizing radiation) and management board member of Belgian radiation protection society. She is also semi-professional firefighter, specialized in radiological, chemical and biological risk management where she applies her risk analysis knowledge in a daily practice.