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The international conference “The mystery of risks - How can science help reconcile perception and assessment?” from Thursday, 4th to Saturday, 6th of July in Potsdam 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:
The conference is the second event within the series “Crossing Boundaries in Science” (CBiS).