Diana Mangalagiu is chairing the panel on “From Risk Assessment to Systemic Risk Governance” at the Business, Industry and Government – Science and new Technologies for Enhancing Policy conference

Motivation

Policy makers, whether in government or business, are confronted with local decisions that should take into account a multitude of highly interdependent processes in physical, biological, technical, social, economic and political systems.

The implications of any decisions are increasingly difficult to evaluate and are often global in scale. There is an urgent need to augment the tools available for developing and assessing various policy options and to provide new techniques to help improve decision-making processes.

It is therefore timely to bring policy makers and scientific advisors together to understand how new technologies and systems approaches can be integrated into decision-making.

Objectives

The aim of the meeting is to bring leaders of government, industry and commercial business together with scientists to:

  • Understand the needs of the policy makers in business and government
  • Allow an exchange of ideas about applying systems ideas of complexity to decisionmaking methods and policy communication consultation
  • See how ICT can be used to enhance uptake of scientific advice and highlight new technologies that would help further
  • Evaluate how society will respond to new initiatives

The conference takes place at Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, April 14 – 15 2010.