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. 

Conference fee will be € 300, including conference dinner and lunches. Abstract submission is closed. The registration module opens April 2018.

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Prof. dr. Sir David Spiegelhalter

Preliminary program

The conference will contain two 'tracks' about science and risk communication:  

Environment & Health
(Public) Health Care

Both tracks will have presentations related to the implications for policy as well as for the public. Topics to be addressed involve controversial issues such as environmental hazards, infectious diseases and vaccination, food and prevention (population cancer screening, health checks etc).

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  • All days:
    Oral presentations in parallel sessions
    Keynotes (see below)
  • Tuesday:
    Posters and welcome reception
  • Wednesday:
    Contested facts and vaccination
    Contested facts and food
    Conference dinner
  • Thursday:
    Panel discussion 'contested facts'

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

Prof dr. Siegrist 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.

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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