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"Can risk analysis tell us when accidents will happen?" Lecture by Stein Haugen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

The visit of Stein Haugen is promoted by Valerio Cozzani from the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering.

May 22, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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After the earthquake in l’Aquila in 2009, six researchers and a member of the Italian Civil Protection was initially sentenced to prison for murder due to giving misleading advice about the risk of an earthquake. In the end, the six researchers were acquitted, while it was upheld for the last person. The court case as such was about the responsibility of the experts, but the backdrop of this is very much about the concept of risk, how we communicate this to non-experts and the public and how risk is interpreted. This is a highly multidisciplinary topic.

The lecture will draw on knowledge from a range of fields, including statistics, engineering, psychology and sociology, to try to explain the meaning of risk, what a risk analysis is, how we communicate results and how we can understand it and use it to make decisions.