Photo courtesy of Society for Risk Analysis

Photo courtesy of Society for Risk Analysis

March 11, 2015: The Tragedy of the Uncommons
SRA-NE Seminar Featuring Jonathan Wiener, Duke University
Boston, MA

The Society for Risk Analysis – New England Chapter invites you to a seminar led by Jonathan Wiener of Duke University at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Professor Wiener will discuss a new type of problem: the “tragedy of the uncommons,” in which a rare extreme catastrophic risk – perhaps a one-shot existential mega-catastrophe – is neglected or mishandled. He will consider multiple tragedies, including: public neglect arising from factors such as the availability heuristic, (un)identified individuals (victims/villains), mass numbing, and underdeterrence; challenges for risk management such as priority-setting, under/over-reaction, optimal precaution, and risk-risk tradeoffs; and the difficulty of adaptive learning about rare catastrophes. He suggests a twist in the longstanding debate over public vs. expert perceptions of risk; a justification for both precaution and careful regulatory impact assessment; and a need for new approaches to mobilizing and designing anticipatory policy measures. Please visit the SRA-NE website for more information and to RSVP.

March 9-12, 2015: Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications
Boston, MA

The Center for Risk Analysis invites you to attend our professional development course at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This course will develop your capacity to identify and assess health risks posed by environmental hazards. Participants learn to manage and evaluate risk assessments associated with occupational, food-borne, and environmental hazards, ensuring they are ready to apply the science of risk-based decision making to protect the publics’ health and the environment. Please visit the course website for more information.

March 18, 2015: Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Professional Development Workshops
Washington, D.C.

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis invites you to attend a professional development workshop prior to its Annual Meeting and Conference. Workshops for 2015 include:

For additional information, please visit the workshop website.

March 19-20, 2015: Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Annual Meeting and Conference
Washington, D.C.

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. The annual conference features presentations in diverse policy areas, including energy, the environment, health, crime, transportation, homeland security, finance and many others. To view the preliminary program, and to register, please visit the conference website.

December 6-9, 2015: Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting
Arlington, VA

Save the date for the 2015 SRA Annual Meeting.  SRA is a 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. More information is available on the SRA website.

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