The conference programme
We are delighted to be able to welcome several well known scholars to give plenary papers each morning. On the Monday a round table with presentations and discussions will highlight the overall theme, ‘from the everyday to the extraordinary’, with contributions from Professors Ortwin Renn, Glynis Breakwell and Åsa Boholm. In the plenary session on Tuesday Paul Slovic will give a keynote talk: "The more who die, the less we care: Confronting psychic numbing". In the same session Dr. Johan Schaar, Head of the Secretariat of the Climate Commission on Climate Change and Development will provide insights from the then newly released final report of the Commission (upcoming in May 2009). The final plenary session will focus on the challenges of shared international issues with contributions from prominent SRA leaders including Alison Cullen, Olivier Salvi and Daniela Leonte.
The conference programme includes over 150 individual papers and eight mini symposia covering a range of significant topics. Posters will be displayed during a special session, with refreshments hosted by the city of Karlstad. In addition to this reception, other social highlights of the conference include a reception at the regional governors residence and a chartered trip with steam locomotive through the countryside and the conference dinner at Rottneros park, famous from the works of the Nobel laureate Selma Lagerlöf.
Booking for the conference
As previously promised, there is a substantial discount in fees for those that are SRA-Europe members. SRA members who affiliated to the SRA-Europe Regional Organization when they renew their 2009 membership (which costs $40 - approximately €30), will receive a reduction of 800 SEK (equivalent to around €74) on the conference fee. It is not too late to benefit from this discount. If you have not renewed your 2009 membership, or indeed if you wish to become a SRA member for the first time, you can do this on the SRA website now. Be sure to select the box to affiliate to SRA Europe - and you are then entitled to register at the Karlstad meeting for the reduced fee. Please note that the deadline for early bird registration is 15th May.
We are very grateful for the sponsors of the Karlstad meeting – The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, The Swedish National Defence College and Karlstad University - whose generous contributions have enabled us to keep the fees for this Annual Meeting and to offer this substantial discount to SRA Europe members.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to Karlstad.