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Society for Risk Analysis 2020 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

December 13-17, 2020 

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This year's meeting will be entirely virtual. 

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) invites your late-breaking abstracts for poster presentations at the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. 

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: Late-breaking abstracts must be submitted by November 15 at 9pm ET. 

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 (i.e., rationale/background, methods, results/discussion and conclusions/implications); 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 help the Program Committee sort abstracts into sessions (e.g., risk communication, dose response) and hazard topics (e.g., chemical, environmental).

2020 Annual Meeting Program Plan

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, either virtually or in person at the 2020 Meeting. 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 presenting in any capacity, 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. 

Abstract Acceptance

In November, the Secretariat will inform the presenting author by email of acceptance or rejection of their abstract. Notification of acceptance will include the day, time and presentation format. 

All persons attending the Annual Meeting,  (including all presenters) are required to pay the appropriate registration fees. 

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. 

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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