The symposium format will follow the successful format of preceding REA symposia and provides a combination of informing workshops, Young Talents Program for selected students and the symposium presentations. The format will be complemented with panels and varied with specific sessions e.g. discussion panels.
The REA will organize its General members meeting parallel to the symposium.

D. Alderson, R. Amalberti, S. Dekker, G. Grote, E. Hollnagel, J. Pariès and D. Woods will participate!

David L. Alderson is an Associate Professor in the Operations Research Department and serves as Director for the Center for Infrastructure Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Dr. Alderson’s research focuses on the function and operation of critical infrastructures, with particular emphasis on how to invest limited resources to ensure efficient and resilient performance in the face of accidents, failures, natural disasters, or deliberate attacks. His research explores tradeoffs between efficiency, complexity, and fragility in a wide variety of public and private cyber-physical systems. Dr. Alderson has been the Principal Investigator of sponsored research projects for the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Dr. Alderson received his doctorate from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

René Amalberti, born in 1952, is MD, PhD cognitive psychology, Professor of Medicine, physiology and aerospace medicine. After a residency in Psychiatry, he integrated the Airforce in 1977 and got a permanent Military Research position in 1982. He retired in late 2007.From 2008 to 2017, he was subsequently working as Senior Adviser Patient Safety at the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS, French accreditation agency), and medical risk director in a Private Insurance Cie (MACSF). He is now fully retired, remaining Volunteer Director at the Public foundation for a safety culture in Industry (FONCSI) in Toulouse. He pioneered in the mid 80’s the concepts of human error, ecological safety, crew resource management, and system safety. In late 1992, he was detached from the military to the European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and became the first Chief Human factors and Flight safety of the JAA, then occupied a series of managerial positions in European and French research programs and administration (Land transport, Industrial and Environmental risks). In the late 90’s, he moved his research to patient safety, system approach and resilience. He has published over 150 international papers, chapters, and authored or co-authored 10 books (last books: Navigating safety, Springer, 2013, Safer healthcare, strategies for the real world, Springer 2016)

Sidney Dekker (PhD The Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is professor of social science at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab. After becoming full professor, he learned to fly the Boeing 737, and worked part-time as an airline pilot out of Copenhagen. He is best-selling author of, most recently: The End of Heaven: Disaster and Suffering in a Scientific Age (2017); Just Culture: Restoring Trust and Accountability in Your Organization (2016); Safety Differently (2015); The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’ (2014); Second Victim (2013); Drift into Failure (2011); and Patient Safety (2011). More at

Gudela Grote is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. A special interest in her research are the increasing flexibility and virtuality of work and their consequences for the individual and organizational management of uncertainty. Prof. Grote is associate editor of the journal Safety Science and president of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Erik Hollnagel is Professor at the Institute of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark (DK) and Chief Consultant at the Centre for Quality, Region of Southern Denmark. Erik has for many years worked at universities, research centres, and industries in several countries and with problems from many domains including nuclear power generation, aerospace and aviation, software engineering, land-based traffic, and healthcare. He has published widely and is the author/editor of 24 books, including five books on resilience engineering, as well as a large number of papers and book chapters.

Jean Paries is the President of the DEDALE company, located in Paris (France) and Melbourne (Australia), and active in domains such as aviation, nuclear power, or patient safety. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Human and Organizational Factors of safety. He graduated from ENAC, the French National School of Civil Aviation, as an aeronautical engineer. Before leading Dédale, he worked with the French Civil Aviation Authority, then with the French Air Accident Investigation Bureau. Since the early 2000s, he has actively participated in the research movement of resilience engineering, and he is the current President of the “Resilience Engineering Association”.

David Woods began developing Resilience Engineering as an approach to safety in complex systems in 2000-2003 as part of the response to several NASA accidents and is Past-President of the Resilience Engineering Association. He is Professor at the Ohio State University in Dept. of Integrated Systems Engineering.



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