3rd Annual Conference of the SRA-E DACHL Chapter: Methods in Risk Research

The 3rd conference "Methods in Risk Research" will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, from September 27-28, 2023. The SRA-E DACHL Chapter as the organiser would like to invite everyone interested in methodological discussions in the field of risk research to join the conference.

The conference will begin at noon on September 27 and end at noon on September 28. A conference dinner will take place on September 27.

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss established or innovative methods of risk research. Contributions from all areas of risk research are welcome (i.e., risk analysis, risk evaluation, risk management, risk communication, risk perception, risk behaviour, risk governance and related fields). The contributions should preferably convey the advantages, disadvantages, effectiveness, validity, and possible applications of the methods presented. Scientists from different disciplines doing research on different risk topics (e.g., health risks, environmental risks, economic risks) are strongly encouraged to participate in the conference. The conference aims to bring together scientists of all levels of experience - from students to established scientists.


Dr. Philipp Sprengholz (University of Erfurt) will share insights from COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO) study, a national survey on pandemic-related perceptions and behaviours. The longitudinal study was started in spring 2020 and is ongoing.

Philipp Sprengholz is a researcher at the Institute for Planetary Health Behavior at the University of Erfurt. Trained as a health psychologist, his research focuses on health decision making and the influence of individual risk assessments. In the past three years, Philipp has been part of the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO), a study series that has been investigating perceptions and behaviors of the German public since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. His findings were published in over 20 peer-reviewed publications. In his talk, Philipp will discuss different measures for assessing pandemic risk perceptions and their predictive validity for explaining risk behaviors. Furthermore, recent findings on the recall of pandemic risk perceptions will be presented, indicating strong memory biases that will affect societal debates about future pandemic preparedness and the appropriateness of political action in general. https://sprengholz.github.io/


Contributions can be in the form of short talks, posters and/or hands-on demonstrations. The contributions describe the method and explain its advantages, disadvantages, effectiveness, validity, and possible applications. For example, ...

  • an established method could be presented and discussed,
  • a validation of a scale can be described, or
  • speakers could introduce an innovative form of data collection, measurement, or statistical evaluation.

The conference is designed in such a way that there is plenty of time for discussion - also and especially about the transfer of individual methods from one risk topic to another or from one discipline to another.

Abstract submissions

Please use this form for submission (max. 300 words). Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 31st 2023. Information on acceptance of submissions will be provided by May 15th 2023. Registration without submission of abstracts is possible until August 31st 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Josianne Kollmann (Josianne.Kollmann@eawag.ch).

Conference fees

Conference fees include beverages, two lunches, and the conference dinner. SRA-E members pay €60 (students €30), and non-SRA-E members pay €80 (students €40). Two scholarships for students (€300) are available. These student scholarships will be allocated by the SRA-E DACHL board based on the submitted abstract and an additional motivation statement. Applications for the scholarships can be submitted through the abstract submission form.