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Society for Risk Analysis 2020 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

December 13-17, 2020 | Austin, Texas

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The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) invites your abstracts for presentations at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, USA. 

We welcome contributions on any topic related to risk assessment, risk characterization, risk perception, risk communication, risk management, risk governance, and policy relating to risk, in the context of risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations, and to society at a local, regional, national or global level. 

The theme of this year's meeting, "Risk Science for Sustainability," highlights the important role that risk scientists have in addressing current and pressing sustainability challenges.

Abstract Submittal Highlights

Deadline: Abstracts must be submitted online by Tuesday, May 26, 2020, midnight in New York, USA (midnight EST). No exceptions beyond this date. This applies to all submissions. 

Abstracts can be submitted online on this site. If you are unable to submit online, please contact the SRA Worldwide Secretariat at +1 703-790-1745, or by email at jrosenberg@burkinc.com.

The Annual Meeting consists of several types of sessions: proposed roundtables, proposed symposia (collections of abstracts), and sessions built from individual abstract submissions.  Each are described in further detail on the submission form. Individuals may co-author any number of presentation abstracts but may only submit two as presenting author in the following combinations: (a) one proffered oral presentation and one invited oral presentation (e.g., for a symposium), (b) one proffered oral presentation and one poster presentation, or (c) one invited oral presentation (e.g., for a symposium) and one poster presentation. Submissions for poster-platform presentations and lightning talks are considered the same as a proffered oral presentation. Accordingly, presenters will not be permitted to present two proffered oral presentations nor two invited presentations. Again, there is no limit to the number of submissions made as a co-author; the limitation is on presentations at the SRA Annual Meeting. Participation in roundtables is not limited by the number of submissions in any of the categories available. 

The Annual Meeting consists of several types of sessions, described in further detail on the submission form. Please note that the poster session is 2 hours, while poster-platform, lightning, oral/symposium and roundtable sessions are 90 minutes. The Program Committee welcomes expanding the poster-platform sessions and integrating lightning sessions, as well as more interdisciplinary sessions - please consider this mode of participation when submitting an individual abstract or organizing a symposium. 

Additional Details for Submitting Your Abstract

Title: Type the presentation title in the title box, capitalizing only the first letter of the first word. 

Abstract: The abstract has been broken down into sections; enter the text in the appropriate text box (there are 4 total). There should be no margin at the top, and all text should be flush left. There is a 75 word limit for each of the 4 sections. The abstract will be published in the final program as submitted.  

Keywords: You will be asked to select keywords for your presentation from multiple dropdown menus, labeled 'Research/Disciplinary Theme' and 'Hazard Topic.' The selections you make from these menus will determine how the Program Committee places your abstract.

Presentation Format: You will be asked to indicate which of the four presentation formats you are willing to participate in with your individual abstract. Please check all of the of the formats you would consider. The Secretariat will inform you of which format you have been assigned when you are notified of your acceptance. 

2020 Annual Meeting Program Plan

SRA will notify presenters of the acceptance decision in July, after all abstracts have been reviewed by the Program Committee. 

Abstracts accepted for the 2020 Annual Meeting will be added to the program directly from your submission, as received on or before the deadline. Minor editing such as punctuation and grammar might be conducted by SRA; you will not see a revised version of your abstract before publication of the program. The Program Committee expects that each abstract will have the approval of the author's management prior to being submitted. Under no circumstances can an abstract that has been submitted for presentation be changed. The Program Committee regards a submitted abstract as a commitment to present. The Program Committee also regards cancellations, particularly after the abstract has been accepted, as incompatible with good professional conduct. If extenuating circumstances prevent the presenting author from making the presentation, it is that author's obligation to find an alternate presenter and to contact the session moderator or program co-chairs, as well as the Secretariat, about the change. 


Presenters must register for the 2020 Annual Meeting (and pay the registration fee) by the pre-registration deadline, November 1, 2020, to ensure their abstract is included in the final program (this applies to roundtable presenters as well).

Abstract Acceptance

In July, the Secretariat will inform the presenting author or symposium/roundtable organizer by email of acceptance or rejection of their abstract. Notification of acceptance will include the day, time and presentation format. Registration materials will be emailed to confirmed speakers beginning in August.

All persons attending the Annual Meeting (including all presenters) are required to pay the appropriate registration fees. Presenters must register online by the pre-registration deadline, November 1, 2020. 


For more information on awards, please click the presenter tab of your online submission. 

Eligibility Notice: The Society has long maintained a policy of one travel award per individual across all categories (Specialty Group student merit award, student/young professional travel award and international travel award). Thus, anyone who has received a travel award in the past to attend an Annual Meeting is not eligible to apply for a second travel award. However, a second year of support can be requested in the form of a waiver of the Annual Meeting registration fee (at the discretion of the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting), not to exceed two complimentary registrations. The purpose of this policy is to allow the Society to continue to support new members. 

2020 Preliminary Program Details

The preliminary program will be posted on the SRA website in early September, and it will include information on pre-registering for the meeting and hotel reservations. The final program will be available online and at the meeting in December. 

Computer projection of PowerPoint slides is the format for oral presentations. You will be required to submit your presentation ahead of time. Complete submission guidelines will be available online. Please be aware that a large number of submission will be presented as posters. Poster board dimensions are 8 ft wide x 4 ft high. Poster presenters must be available at the designated session time. 

Educational Workshops

Educational Workshops will be offered on Sunday, December 13 and Thursday, December 17. These educational workshops are either 1/2 day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours), as defined by the organizer. Prospective organizers can find information here. Proposals for these workshops are evaluated by the SRA Conferences and Workshops Committee, not the Annual Meeting Program Committee. To be considered for the 2020 meeting, workshop proposals must include a syllabus and a budget and must be submitted via the SRA website. For complete submission instructions, please visit our website. The set of workshops proposed for the meeting will be identified on the SRA website in summer 2020.  Note: These workshops are proposed by organizers as a service to the Society, in accordance with the criteria provided on the SRA website. For a workshop to be offered, it must first meet the criteria, and further, it must achieve a minimum number of registrants by a specific date before the Annual Meeting (to assure SRA does not incur a loss by offering that workshop). For this reason, when registering for a proposed workshop, each registrant will be asked to identify their alternate selection(s) from among the set of workshops proposed. Workshops that do not meet their minimum number of registrants by November 1 will not be selected for the meeting program and those who registered for that workshop will be offered an alternate selection. Workshop proposals must be submitted online by Tuesday, May 26, 2020, midnight in New York, USA

Sponsors and Exhibits

We welcome sponsors and exhibitors! Booth space is available for companies or individuals in promoting their risk-related products or services to SRA 2020 Annual Meeting attendees. For further information, please contact Amy Sullivan at exhibits@summitexpo.com, or +1 412-882-1420.

Questions? Please contact the SRA Worldwide Secretariat at Society Headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, USA: Jennifer Rosenberg, by email at jrosenberg@burkinc.com, or by phone at +1 703-790-1745

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