Risk & Uncertainty Conference Amsterdam

12-14 June 2018
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Contested Facts

The Risk & Uncertainty Conference Amsterdam is the follow up of the successful meeting in Cambridge UK in June 2017. How to manage  (uncertain) risks is important for e.g. the acceptance of new technologies. The aim of the conference is to stimulate high-quality international research on risk & uncertainty communication, and to inform and support policy in this field with the latest evidence-based approaches, for example in communicating to the general public about issues involving risks and uncertainties.     

This year’s topic is Contested Facts: how to communicate with the public and other stakeholders about controversial issues  where competing information exists about risks and uncertainties. 

Registration is now open! Deadline for registration is June 1st

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Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Sir David Spiegelhalter

David will be speaking on Tuesday

Prof. dr. Sir David Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk and Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University. He works to improve the way in which risk and statistical evidence are taught and discussed in society: he gives many presentations to schools and others, advises organisations on risk communication, and is a regular commentator on risk issues. He was elected FRS in 2005, awarded an OBE in 2006, and was knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics.

Prof. dr. Cecile Janssens

Cecile will be speaking on Wednesday

Prof dr. Cecile Janssens is research professor of translational epidemiology in the department of Epidemiology of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA. Her research concerns the translation of genomics research to applications in clinical and public health practice and focuses on the genetic prediction of common diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. I also study how the predictive ability and utility of genetic testing can best be measured.

Prof. dr. Michael Siegrist

Michael will be speaking on Wednesday

Prof. dr. Michael Siegrist is Professor of Consumer Behavior at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The aim of the Consumer Behavior group’s research is to better understand individual and organizational decision-making. The group is dedicated to helping society make better decisions particularly with regard to the management of technological, environmental and food hazards. The research focus of Michael is on risk perception, risk communication, acceptance of new technologies, and decision making under uncertainty. He is especially interested in food and consumer behavior.

Prof dr. ir. Marjolein van Asselt

Marjolein will be speaking on Thursday

Prof.dr.ir. Marjolein B.A. van Asselt is holding the Risk Governance chair at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. From January 2008 till July 2014 she was a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). Marjolein is a permanent member of the Dutch Safety Board. The Safety Board's aim is the improvement of safety in the Netherlands. Its main focus is those situations in which civilians are dependent on the government, companies or organisations for their safety.

Programme

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Tuesday - 12 June 2018
12:30 Registration
13.25 - 13.30 Welcome Prof dr. Daniëlle Timmermans (Professor Public Health Risk Communication, VU University Medical Center, NL)
13.30 – 13.45 Opening Prof dr. André van der Zande (General Director National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), NL)
13.45 – 14.30 Key note Prof dr. Sir David Spiegelhalter (Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, Cambridge University, UK)
14.30 – 15.30 Abstract session 1 Information bubbles, trust and policy
Abstract session 2 Health Risk Communication and Decision Making
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.45 Symposium 1 Fake news, uncertainty, and the vaccination controversy
Symposium 2 Uncertainty, food safety and health: communicating to public and policy
17.45 – 19.30 Welcome reception
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Wednesday - 13 June 2018
9.00 – 9.45 Key note Prof. dr. Cecile Janssen (Professor of Translational Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA)
9.45 - 10.45 Abstract session 3 Perceptions of environmental health risk
Abstract session 4 Medical decision making: health information
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 - 12.45 Symposium 3 Genetic testing for the public: contested and potentially harmful information?
Symposium 4 Climate Change: uncertainties and controversies
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.45 Keynote Prof dr. Michael Siegrist (Professor of Consumer Behaviour, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
14.45 – 15.45 Abstract session 5 Interpreting uncertainty in evidence
Abstract session 6 Uncertainty in risk communication
15.45 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.15 Abstract session 7 Communicating risk
Abstract session 8 Risk assessment, governance & communication
19.00 Conference dinner
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Thursday - 14 June 2018
9.00 – 10.30 Symposium 5 The Media and Contested Science: journalists as knowledge brokers between science and the public?
10.30 – 11.15 Key note Prof dr. ir. Marjolein van Asselt (Professor Risk Governance Maastricht University, the Netherlands and permanent member of the Dutch Safety Board)
11.15– 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.15 Panel discussion Contested Science: implications for science governance and science communication
13.15 - 13.30 Closing and farewell Prof dr. Daniëlle Timmermans
13.30 – 14.00 Lunch (takeaway)
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Organizing committee

Prof dr. Daniëlle Timmermans, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, RISC research group, VU University Medical Center & National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Organizer
Prof dr. Ragnar Löfstedt, King's Centre for Risk Management, King’s College London. Founder and co-organizer
Dr. Sander van der Linden, Department of Psychology & Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, Cambridge University. Founder and co-organizer.
Dr. Liesbeth Claassen, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, RISC research group, VU University Medical Center & National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Local organizer
Dr. Olga Damman, Amsterdam Public Health research Insitute, RISC research group, VU University Medical Center. Local organizer
Tom Jansen, PhD student, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, RISC research group, VU University Medical Center & National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Local organizer

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