We encourage proposals for papers – papers, yes, but also importantly, panels, discussions, mini-workshops, and other ideas – to share results and explore new possibilities. There are many ways we can learn to manage resilience, to be adaptable, and to be proactive despite the variations, change and uncertainty of an unpredictable world. The program as in past symposia will be diverse including paper presentations, a few major talks, interactive panels, workshops, a Young Talents Program to support the next generation of researchers and practitioners.  Please plan on joining us and submit an extended abstract on your ideas on Poised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through design, governance and organization

Contribution from industries are more than ever welcomed!

David Woods, Chairman of the 7th Symposium on Resilience Engineering

Submission requirements

Your proposal may be an extended abstract, poster and/or workshop and should include:

  • Summary of the proposal (max. 800 words)
  • Relevance to Poised to Adapt: Enacting resilience potential through design, governance and organization (max. 200 words)
  • Significance/takeaway: How does the proposal advance our ability to create and sustain resilience? (max. 200 words).

Authors’ instructions and a format on your proposal can be downloaded at the submission of contribution page.


The Resilience Engineering Association builds on its successful tradition and plans to format of the 7th symposium accordingly:

  1. Workshops
  2. Young talents program
  3. Plenary and parallel sessions
  4. Poster session.

Ideas for designing an even attractive symposium are welcomed. Please inform Anne-Sophie Nyssen or David Woods at


We seek contributions on all topics related to Resilience Engineering and on results from all domains where resilient performance is needed. Contributions that explore the main theme of the symposium are particularly desirable. Domains include but are not limited to:

  • Transportation such as maritime, aviation, ground, trains
  • Health care systems
  • Business continuity
  • Financial systems
  • Military
  • Communities
  • Disaster response and recovery including extreme (weather) events
  • Infrastructures such as energy, web and digital services, and others.

Sub-Themes such as:

  • The effects of new technology such as increasingly autonomous vehicles
  • Proactive safety management
  • Integrative or foundational work
  • Cross domain generalizations
  • Training resilience.

Empirical studies and results from studies of individuals, teams, or organizations:

  • Patterns and dynamics
  • Case studies
  • Cross domain generalizations.

Methods, models, and techniques:

  • Empirical and analytical methods from questionnaires, to observational approaches, to formal models
  • Measures of the value or priority of investments to advance resilience
  • Quantitative approach of resilience.

Practical techniques, experiences, and applications to help organizations build resilience. Other issues for Resilience Engineering.

Key dates

2016 Milestone
September 30 Submission site opens for proposals for abstracts and workshop themes.
Templates will be available on our submission page.Submit proposals:

February 6 Final date for submission of abstracts and of other contributions proposed
March 20 Abstract acceptance notification to presenters
April 3 Presentation modalities notification to presenters
May 15 Deadline submission full papers
June 2 Posters and presentations due


Please note:

Submitting your abstract, paper or poster does not mean free admittance to the symposium. Both registration and payment are still due.

By sending in an abstract or any other contribution the author:

  • Grants the copyrights to the Resilience Engineering Association and agrees upon publishing the abstract and/or paper by the Resilience Engineering Association by any means e.g. pre and post symposium proceedings and the REA-websites. Content of the publications may be downloaded and shared with others as long as the authors and publisher are mentioned and the download is linked back to the Resilience Engineering Association and the authors. It is not allowed to change any part of the publication or use the download and copies commercially.
  • Declares that content, graphs and pictures used in his abstract/paper/poster are free of copyright.