The platform for the submission of abstracts is open!

The Society for Risk Analysis - Europe (SRA Europe) aims to bring together individuals and organizations interested in risk analysis in its various facets such as risk assessment, risk management, risk governance and risk communication in Europe.

SRA-Europe  (SRA Europe) is a regional, interdisciplinary organisation which addresses emerging issues in risk analysis, management and policy. The society emphasizes the European dimension in the promotion of interdisciplinary research and education, and in practical application in society, industry, businesses and the government. It provides a platform for academics and practitioners, policy makers, NGOs members, industry and business administrators and other stakeholders, to discuss future directions, to understand concerns about risk, to promote efficient risk mitigation and to develop effective communication about hazards.

The society encourages those interested in all aspects of risk analysis to communicate, collaborate and develop new methodologies for risk analysis and risk management.

SRA-Europe shares a common purpose with the International Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). SRA operates world-wide and has many regional organizations currently including Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand and U.S.A. regional organizations. 

It provides a platform for academics and practitioners, policy makers, NGOs members, industry and business administrators and other stakeholders, to discuss future directions, to understand concerns about risk, to promote efficient risk mitigation and to develop effective communication about hazards.

Risk in Time and Space is the central theme of the SRA-Ε Athens 2024. Variability of risks in time and space is one of the most challenging elements. All types of risks (socio-natural, NATECH, technological or other man-induced) are space and time dependent regardless of their hazard origin.

Variability of risks in time and space is associated to variability of their components: hazard, exposure, vulnerability, sensitivity, resilience and adaptive/coping capacity. Hazard variability and unpredictability is mostly evident in the case of climatic and meteorological hazards showing not only unexpected changes over time but also variations between one place and another. Exposure is, indeed, increasing not only because of intensification and higher frequency of certain extreme events but expanding spatial development as well and constant mobility / flows of potentially exposed elements (people, goods and services, investment capital etc.). Regarding vulnerability and resilience/adaptive capacity these are probably the most volatile properties of the exposed entities. Indeed, complex processes of vulnerability transformation, transference and interaction amongst the several vulnerability facets (human, social, economic, institutional, physical) unfold in time and space.

Not only scientific and objective but perceived and subjective risks also are time and space dependent because communities change in the course of their development history and they are featured by different risk experiences, risk knowledge, risk culture, levels of acceptable and tolerable risk and risk governance patterns. 

We welcome contributions related to risk assessment, risk characterization, risk perception, risk communication, risk management, risk governance, and policy relating to risk. All hazards and consequent risks for individuals, public and private sector organizations, and communities at local, national, regional, or global levels are of concern while the emphasis is on risk variations as well as risk management and risk governance transformations and differences in time and space.


  • The Risk concept in history and across various scientific domains;
  • Variability of risk determinants/components: exposure, hazard, vulnerability, adaptive capacity, resilience;
  • Spatial and temporal aspects of systemic risk;
  • The past and the future of risks, crises and disasters;
  • Risk in education and learning in Europe and beyond;
  • Risk in law across Europe;


  • Spatial data-bases for risk assessment and mapping;
  • Risk assessment methods capturing variability of risk;
  • Areas/world regions, hot-spots for hazards, risks and disasters (geophysical, meteorological, hydrological, climatological);
  • Vulnerability- and resilience-based social-spatial inequalities;
  • New technologies for hazard and risk observation and monitoring;


  • Historical and contemporary (disaster) risk management paradigms;
  • Spatial and temporal issues of the disaster risk management cycle;
  • Urgency and uncertainty in crisis management;
  • Management models adapting to variability of risk;
  • Engineering and non-engineering safety regulations in different eras and contexts;
  • Past and new technologies in risk and crisis management;


  • Risk perception and communication in different regions, cultures and eras;
  • Systemic risk communication and governance;
  • Risk governance case studies for different regions;


  • Policies for enhancing personal, community, institutional, urban resilience;
  • Climate Change mitigation and adaptation policies;
  • Risk-based Spatial Planning;
  • Risks and Insurance across Europe;


  • Temporal / spatial analysis and management of geophysical hazards and risks;
  • Temporal / spatial analysis and management of Climate Change hazards and risks;
  • Technological and Na-tech risk assessment, mapping and management;
  • History and geography of public health, epidemic and pandemic risks;
  • Cyber security risk assessment for critical infrastructure in Europe;
  • Food Security/Safety in Europe and beyond;
  • Operational Aspects of Crisis Management;


  • Risk Culture and Acceptable Risk in Europe and beyond 
  • (Disaster) Risk management and cultural Inclusion

Proposals for additional risk topics for special sessions or symposia are also welcome;


  • Kalliopi Sapountzaki, Professor, Department of Geography, Chair of the Organizing Committee;
  • Miranda Dandoulaki, Dr., Risk and Disaster Management specialist, Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee;
  • Efthymios Karymbalis, Professor, Department of Geography
  • Ioannis Daskalakis, PhD student, Department of Geography, Students’ Chair;
  • Dafni Ioannidi, PhD student, Department of Geography
  • Konstantinos Kavouras, PhD student, Department of Geography
  • Polykarpos Papadopoulos, Secretary of the Post-graduate Program “Applied Geography and Spatial Planning”
  • Loreta Mitsi, administration staff
  • Christina Gallousi, administration staff


From the Board of SRA-E (current and former members

  • Marja Katariina Ylönen, Associate Professor, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Rui Gaspar, Associate Professor, Lusófona University, Portugal
  • Ferdiana Hoti, Dr., Umicore, Belgium
  • Kalliopi Sapountzaki, Professor, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
  • Jamie Wardman, Associate Professor, University of Leicester, UK
  • Angela Bearth, Dr., ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Tom Jansen, Dr., National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands
  • Mirjana Laban, Professor, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Ullrika Sahlin, Associate Professor, Lund University, Sweden
  • Frederic Bouder, Professor, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Seda Kundak, Professor, Istanbul Technical University, Turkie
  • Ragnar Löfstedt, Professor, Kings college, London, UK
  • Terje Aven, Professor, University of Stavanger, Norway

From European Academic and Other Institutions

  • Stefan Greiving, Professor, University of Dortmund, Germany
  • Cassidy Johnson, Professor, University College London, UK
  • Patrick Pigeon, Professor, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France
  • Tony Rey, Professor, Paul Valéry University, France
  • Urbano Fra Paleo, Professor, University of Extremadura, Spain
  • Roland Nussbaum, General Secretary, Knowledge and Prevention of Natural Risks of Insurance Companies (MRN), France
  • Scira Menoni, Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Elizabeth Krausmann, Dr., Principal Scientist, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • David Caballero, Dr., Head of Forest Fire Department, MeteoGrid, Spain

From Academic and other Institutions in Greece

  • George Boskou, Associate Professor, Harokopio University of Athens
  • Miranda Dandoulaki, Dr., Disaster Management Specialist
  • Pavlos Delladetsimas, Professor Emeritus, Harokopio University of Athens
  • Michalis Diakakis, Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Evangelia Drakou, Assistant Professor, Harokopio University of Athens
  • Nikos Kalligeris, Dr., Principal Researcher, Institute of Geo-dynamics, National Observatory of Athens
  • Efthymios Karymbalis, Professor, Harokopio University of Athens
  • Petros Katsafados, Professor, Harokopio University of Athens
  • George Kritikos, Professor, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
  • Yorgos Melissourgos, Dr., WWF Greece
  • Sevastianos Mirasgentis, Dr., Research Director, Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, National Observatory of Athens
  • Zoe Nivolianitou, Dr., National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) “DEMOKRITOS”
  • Angeliki Paidakaki, Assistant Professor, Harokopio University of Athens
  • Dimosthenis Panagiotakos, Professor, Harokopio University of Athens
  • Panagiotis Rizomiliotis, Associate Professor, Harokopio University of Athens
  • Elisavet Thoidou, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Louis Wassenhoven, Professor Emeritus, National Technical University of Athens
  • Gavriil Xanthopoulos, Dr., Senior Researcher, Hellenic Agricultural Organization "DEMETER", Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems


The SRA-Ε-Athens 2024 Conference is held at Harokopio University of Athens (HUA). HUA is a public university that promotes research and education in a well-focused set of scientific areas: geography; economics and sustainable development; nutrition and dietetics; informatics and telematics. It originates from an educational institution for women that was first established in 1929. Today, HUA comprises three Schools with five undergraduate departments and ten post-graduate programs.

The University’s campus is situated close to the centre of Athens and to many important cultural sites of interest such as Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, Thissio, Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaron), Keramikos and the Benaki Museum


The Conference is organized by the Geography Department that focuses among others on physical, social and policy dimensions of hazards, risks and disasters. The organization is also supported by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics covering issues of food safety and security, and by the Department of Informatics and Telematics.

The Department of Geography, was founded in 1999 and is one of the two Greek university departments dedicated to Geography, a dynamic scientific field at the intersection of physical and social sciences. It holds the Post-Graduate Programme Applied Geography and Spatial Planning running three specialized Courses: “Management of Natural and Human Induced Risks and Disasters”, “Spatial Policies and Development in Europe”, and “Geo-informatics”.

The Panathenaic Stadium


Kerameikos Archaeological Site


The National Garden of Athens


The Acropolis


The Acropolis Museum


Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center


Plaka Anafiotika


Athens Waterfront


Benaki Museum


Please note the following important dates and deadlines for the SRA-E 2024 Athens Conference:

  • Call for abstracts: The platform for the submission of abstracts is open!  Submit now!
  • Deadline for abstracts' submission: 31 January 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 25 February 2024
  • Registrations open: 25 February 2024
  • Early bird registration deadline: 01 April 2024

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Athens!

Sunday June 2, 2024Monday June 3, 2024Tuesday June 4, 2024Wednesday June 5, 2024
08.30-09.15Welcome to Athens!RegistrationRegistrationRegistration
09.15-09.30Opening ceremony
09.30-10.30Plenary session - KeynotePlenary session - KeynotePlenary session - Keynote
10.30-11.00Coffee breakCoffee breakCoffee break
11.00-12.30Parallel sessionsParallel sessionsParallel sessions
12.30 - 13.30Pre-conference WorkshopsRegional chapters meetings & Lunch breakSRA-E General Assembly meeting & Lunch breakLunch break
13.30-14.30Panel discussionPanel discussionAwards ceremony
Parallel sessions
14.30-16.00Parallel sessionsParallel sessions
Plenary session - Keynote
16.00-16.30Coffee breakCoffee breakCoffee break
16.30-17.00Parallel sessionsPlenary session - KeynotePanel discussion
17.00-17.30Pre-conference registration & welcome cocktail
Closing ceremony
18.00-18.30Panel discussionField trip near Athens and Conference Dinner
18.30-19.00Poster session & cocktail
Have a safe trip back home!

See you next year in Stavanger, Norway!


32nd SRA-E Conference FEES

Early BirdLate Bird
Deadline 1st April 2024Deadline 15 May 2024
SRA-E member                                                         350 €                                                              450 €
non SRA-E member                                                         450 €                                                              550 €

SRA-E member
                                                         150 €                                                              250 €
non SRA-E member
                                                         200 €                                                              300 €

Participants from non-high income countries according to the World Bank  classification (for eligibility see here)                                                         275 €                                                              325 €
Students from non-high income countries according to the World Bank  classification (for eligibility see here)                                                         130 €                                                              180 €

SRA-E members from Greece                                                          275 €                                                              325 €
non SRA-E members from Greece                                                         350 €                                                              450 €

SRA-E members from Greece
                                                         130 €                                                              180 €
non SRA-E members from Greece
                                                         150 €                                                              250 €


  •  The Conference Fees include the cost of lunch and coffee breaks for three days, the welcome cocktail, the conference organization and conference material.
  • The field trip and the conference dinner at a location nearby Athens are optional and the cost to participate in this event will be announced shortly.
  • Registrations open on 25th February 2024

Professor Virginia Gargía Acosta

Professor Virginia Gargía Acosta

Keynote speech title: Risk and Crises as Social Constructs in a Comparative Perspective

Professor Hamilton Bean

Professor Hamilton Bean

Keynote speech title: Mobile Public Alert and Warning in the Climate Change Era: Reconsidering a Risk Communication Consensus

Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin

Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin

Keynote speech title: Communicating the Climate Crisis

Professor Allan Lavell

Professor Allan Lavell

Keynote speech title: Disaster risk reduction and prevention through spatial and development policies in world regions.

Professor Ortwin Renn

Professor Ortwin Renn

Keynote speech title: Transboundary and transsectoral dimensions of systemic risks: Implication for governance and communication



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