Reckoning with the Risk of Catastrophe

October 3-5, 2012, Washington, DC

The DFG-NSF Research Conferences are designed to strengthen the research ties between the United States and Germany, and are intended to be the starting point for joint research activities between German and U.S. researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories. The emphasis of the 2012 conference will be on scientific advances across disciplines to help societies assess and manage their vulnerabilities to catastrophic risks. The conference will showcase the most promising frontier research pertinent to risk identification, estimation, characterization, assessment, forecasting, prioritization, perception, communication, governance, mitigation, and policy-making. See the Conference Objectives page for a more detailed description of the conference motivation and procedures.

Abstracts are invited from German and U.S. academics, regulators, and practitioners engaged in conceptual, methodological, and empirical research that may advance our ability to anticipate, avoid, or reduce the impacts of major hazards. There will be a small number of slots reserved for graduate students working on these issues to attend the conference to discuss their own work and to serve as rapporteurs for the conference sessions. Participants will be invited to make oral presentations and to serve as discussants.

Instructions for preparation of abstracts and graduate-student letters, as well as the online submission system can be found here. Abstracts and letters are due by May 15, 2012, and decisions regarding participation will be announced by the Steering Committee in June 2012. The expenses of applicants selected to participate will be covered by the sponsoring agencies.

Questions can be addressed to DFG and NSF officials whose contacts are given below.