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The mystery of risks - How can science help reconcile perception and assessment?

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Conference within the event series “Crossing Boundaries in Science” (CBiS)

Datum: Donnerstag, 4. bis Samstag, 6. Juli 2019
Ort: Potsdam Museum, Am Alten Markt 9, 14467 Potsdam | Hotel Mercure, Lange Brücke, 14467 Potsdam

The second international conference “The mystery of risks - How can science help reconcile perception and assessment?” within the event series “Crossing Boundaries in Science” (CBiS) will focus on the role of science in perception, assessment and handling of risks in our growingly complex world. This includes the frequent overestimation of certain risks associated for example with terrorism, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence or vaccination but also the prevalent underestimation of risks associated with common causes of destruction, illness and death.

The scientific community attempting to assess and communicate these risks objectively is often confronted with big challenges since public risk perception systematically follows more subjective and emotional principles. This systematic misjudgment of risks often leads to irrational individual and sociopolitical decisions and the inefficient use of resources.

In the three-day conference 20 scientists from areas such as sociology, economy, philosophy, psychology, medicine, meteorology and biology will discuss the following questions:

  • Did our lives get riskier or do we simply know too much about potential risks?
  • How are risks socially constructed?
  • What are commonly underestimated and overestimated risks?
  • What are the positive as well as negative consequences of the misperception of risks?
  • Does the precautionary principle hinder innovation and progress?
  • How can science help to reconcile the systematic misperception of risk and promote evidence-based policy in this context?
  • How to promote risk literacy and resilience of individuals and society?

Sponsored by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation

Illustration: Sisters of Design

Further information and registration

The event is open for everyone interested. Admission is free of charge. Registration is mandatory. Please register until 28 June 2019 via the following link.


Times and Venues

Keynote Lecture
4 July 2019 | 18:30-21:00
Potsdam Museum

5 July 2019 | 9:00-17:30 
6 July 2019 | 9:00-13:30 
Hotel Mercure, Potsdam


Yvonne Borchert
Presidential Office
Tel: 0170 792 0649
E-mail: yvonne.borchert@leopoldina.org





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