Risk Experts Convene on Health, Environment, Security and Engineering

Article ID: 596913

Released: 5-Dec-2012 3:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Newswise — More than 600 international scientists, scholars and risk analysis practitioners from a wide range of disciplines will gather in San Francisco in early December to share and evaluate new studies and scientific approaches to support decision making on climate, chemical, engineering and other risks posed to human health and the environment.

Addressing risks ranging from climate change to food toxins to environmental health, the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) “is the premier annual event for risk analysis,” said SRA President-Elect George Gray of George Washington University. “Prominent experts from around the world – including scientists and engineers from academia, government, the nonprofit world and the consulting sector – will be convening to discuss the key risk issues of today and the future.”

Keynote speakers on Tuesday, December 11, will include Alan Cohn, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and Elaine Dezenski, Senior Director, World Economic Forum who will both speak on “National Risk Assessment: Analysis to Guide Risk Management Around the World.” In addition, on Wednesday, December 12, Andrew Revkin, Dot.Earth blogger with The New York Times will speak on “Advancing Public Understanding of Risk Through the Media.” Other sessions will focus on recommendations for the next administration, risk and regulation, and environmental health.

The 2012 SRA annual meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel along the Embarcadero Waterfront in San Francisco. With members spanning many disciplines including engineering, environmental and health sciences, communications, decision analysis, law and policy, as well as economics, psychology and other sciences, “SRA members value the perspectives offered by risk scientists and practitioners from all disciplines and share a commitment to high quality risk analysis methodology, practice and decision support,” said current SRA President Ann Bostrom of the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs.

With the overall theme of “advancing analysis,” nearly 100 plenary and technical sessions will be featured on diverse subjects of pressing national, regional, state and local concern.

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) is a nonprofit multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly, international society that provides an open forum for all those who are interested in risk analysis. Risk analysis is broadly defined to include risk assessment, risk characterization, risk communication, risk management and policy relating to risk, in the context of risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations and to society at a local, regional, national or global level. See www.sra.org

Contact: To secure press credentials for the conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco please call the SRA Secretariat at: 703.790.1745 or email: sra@burkinc.com. To arrange an interview with Society for Risk Analysis representatives, contact Steve Gibb, 202.422.5425 or skgibb@aol.com


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