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Putting science into context: the future of social science in risk analysis

Why incorporate social sciences in risk assessment, risk communication and risk management? This question has been debated in the regulatory arena for quite a while. Now we are witnessing a paradigm shift, marked by the inclusion of societal contributions to policymaking and an ever-growing importance of coordinated risk communication – accelerated not least by the pandemic, which brought the role of science to the centre of the public debate on effective risk analysis. At this evolving science–policy–society interface, the session aims to bring together some of the most experienced scholars and practitioners to discuss: (1) how social sciences can provide a societal perspective to – and stimulate the participation of diverse population groups in, risk analysis, and how such insights can help explain complex scientific concepts through innovative risk communication; and (2) what are the implications of technology on communication in the digital age and the underlying social research. Ultimately, we want to contribute to the ongoing debate by making as case for why and how the use of social sciences will be crucial to remain relevant in the changing One Health environment.

Session Coordinator

Session coordinator
Domagoj Vrbos (EFSA)

Session Contributors

Session contributors
Ana Afonso (EFSA)
Federica Barrucci (EFSA)
John Kinsman (ECDC)
Olaf Mosbach Shulz (EFSA)
Lucia Parrino (EFSA)
Matthias Rasche (EFSA)
Tobin Robinson (EFSA)
Claire Rogers (EFSA)
Anthony Smith (EFSA)
Maurice Whelan (JRC)
Giorgia Zamariola (EFSA)


Abstract Session Chairpersons
  • Barbara Gallani, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Domagoj Vrbos, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Abstract Session Speakers
  • Ana Persic, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - A global roadmap for opening science to scientists and society
  • Anne-Katrin Bock, Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Fostering engagement in EU policymaking
  • John Kinsman, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) - Behavioural insights in support of the response to COVID-19
  • Marc Kuchner, NASA - Reaching out to volunteers for evidence: Lessons from citizen science
  • Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge - Risk communication in a digital age: keeping up with the trends
  • Federica Fragapane, Independent information designer - How can we display scientific information in engaging ways?
  • Michelle Patel, Food Standards Agency - Digital methods in social science for risk communication
  • Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Infarm - Communicating with impact: Solutions towards sustainability
Abstract Session Moderators
  • Ragnar Lofstedt, King’s College
Abstract Session Panellists
  • Barbara Gallani, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Dolors Montserrat, European Parliament
  • Ana Persic, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  
  • Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge
Abstract Session Rapporteurs
  • Annibale Ferrini, European Parliament 
  • Anthony Smith, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Giorgia Zamariola, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)