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2020 SRA-E Benelux Conference: The Risk-Technology Nexus and socially disruptive technologies

March 24

Society for Risk Analysis-Europe Benelux Conference 2020, March 24

The Risk-Technology Nexus and socially disruptive technologies 

Organised by SRA-E Benelux Chapter in cooperation with the Center for Humans and Technology of the Eindhoven University of Technology


The 2020 SRA-E Benelux Conference focuses on the theme: “The Risk-Technology Nexus”. Risk and technology are intricately linked to each other. Technologies can contribute to risk reduction, but often also introduce new risks. Think for example about ultra-deep geothermal energy, which can reduce global risks of climate change, but at the same time introduces new, local risks of groundwater pollution and earthquakes. Technologies thus require thoughtful weighing of old and new risks.


Understanding the interaction between risk and technology is particularly important for socially disruptive technologies. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, gene editing, social robots and geo-engineering can bring fundamental change to society, and challenge our existing views of risk trade-offs. Artificial intelligence, for example, can reduce health and safety risks or improve user experiences, but can also lead to social disruption through discrimination and exclusion of specific groups of people, filter bubbles and privacy and security risks.



This conference aims at bringing together researchers, academics, practitioners and policy makers from the Benelux region and beyond to discuss issues of common interest. Members of the SRA-Europe, SRA International and other regional SRA organisations are also most welcome to participate.


Keynote speakers

Peter Paul Verbeek | Philosophy of Technology at the University of Twente | Topic: socially disruptive technologies.

Christina Demski | Understanding Risk Research Group of Cardiff University | Topic: energy technologies, risk perception and public values.


Panel members in discussion on the privacy and security risks of in-home smart devices

Nelly Ghaoui | Senior Policy Coordinator Cyber Security at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Katleen Gabriels | Philosophy at Maastricht University, author of “Regels voor Robots” (Rules for Robots)

Jeroen van der Ham | National Cyber Security Centre in The Netherlands and Twente University

George Loukas | IoT and Security research group of the University of Greenwich (UK)



The conference takes place at Eindhoven University of Technology, located in the Brainport area of the Netherlands, which has a high concentration of high-tech industry, research and innovation. Eindhoven is located quite centrally in the Benelux, and is easily reachable by bus or train from all directions.


Abstract submission guidelines

SRA-E Benelux invites all contributions related to risk, e.g., risk analysis, risk management, risk governance, risk perception and risk communication. It particularly welcomes contributions that focus on the Risk-Technology Nexus of potentially disruptive technologies.

Abstracts (max.500 words or 1 page, single spaced, 12 pt, Times Roman) and queries can be submitted to until 17th January 2020.


Organising committee SRA-E Benelux Conference 2020

Nicole Huijts

Maarten de Haan

Marijn Poortvliet

Catherine Wong

Wijnand IJsselsteijn

Antal Haans


March 24


Technical University of Eindhoven
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