SRA-E 2023 Pre-conference workshops

There will be two preconference workshops:

The venue for the pre-conference workshops is the Department of Political Science - Eden, Allhelgona kyrkogata 14.

Please register through the wesite of the local organiser: www.

Methods in Risk Research: Pre-Conference Workshop for Early Career Professionals (ECP)

As with the last two SRA-E conferences, there will be another pre-conference workshop organized by the student representatives of the SRA-E chapters, aimed at young researchers who are at the beginning of their careers.

The goal of these workshops is to provide a platform for young researchers to interact with others, deepen and broaden their knowledge of risk research topics and general scientific practices, and lastly, inform new SRE-E conference attendees about our regional chapters.

During the workshop participants will be able to listen to talks from experienced researchers in the field of risk, engage in interactive group work and expand their network. Rui Gaspar, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal and former member of the Behavioral Sciences Task Force to fight COVID-19, will provide an overview of risk assessment methods from a social science perspective.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences with different risk research methods in small groups, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the methods they used or plan to use, and present their findings in plenary.

Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is to increase participants' knowledge of the various methods of risk research and to provide networking opportunities within the scientific community of risk research.

Here is a detailed timetable of the workshop:

14:00-14:15 Introduction to SRA-E (Conference, chapters and activities)
14:15-15:00 Lecture Rui Gaspar
15:00-15:20 Discussion and questions
15:30-15:40 Introduction to the group work
15:40-16:20 Group work
16:20-16:40 Discussion of key points from each group
16:40-16:50 Feedback to workshop / input for future etc.

Workshop food safety communication

Transparent, continuous and inclusive risk communication throughout the risk analysis process can boost citizens’ trust in the EU food safety system. To achieve this vision, it is crucial to maximise the evidence base from social research and the contribution of multidisciplinary expertise.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is committed to promoting risk communication research that produces insights needed to implement its social science roadmap and which demonstrates the values of excellence, openness and cooperation.

EFSA published a scientific report [1] in 2021 with recommendations for action to support the design and implementation of a coordinated risk communication framework (as envisaged under the EU’s 2019 ‘Transparency Regulation’ [2]) and identified research needs crucial to inform appropriate risk communication related to EU food safety.

These include further investigation of false information related to food safety, the effectiveness of relevant transparency initiatives on the robustness of science and citizen trust, consumer risk/benefit trade-offs, and links between behaviour and other relevant psychological or socio-cultural factors.

Since its establishment in 2002, EFSA has supported research related to its risk assessment role, e.g., generating chemical occurrence data, developing exposure assessment models.

For the first time, the agency plans to dedicate funds to risk communication research[3] and is developing a research roadmap with the input of experts, national partners, and the European Commission.

The proposed workshop aims to: outline, debate and gather insights from experts across the risk analysis spectrum as input for the finalisation of the research roadmap; and gather inputs from risk analysis researchers for potential projects in the four areas outlined that would address evidence gaps and improve risk communication practices.

The workshop is organised by Joana Sousa Lourenco, Domagoj Vrbos and Giorgia Zamariola from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)



[2] Regulation (EU) 2019/1381 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain



Information on how to register is available at: www.