The safety of mobile phones, GM food, nuclear power and rail travel are all areas that have been the subject of much public concern lately. Yet often the media and public’s perception of risk differs from that of the scientific and engineering community.
To address the issues of blame and the engineer’s role in the communication of risk to the public, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) is organising an afternoon seminar entitled: ‘Too risky? Understanding risk and the public’s perception of it’ in London on Thursday 8 June.
The IEE seminar will look not only at analyzing and minimizing risk, but also at the importance of information management and educating the public through the media. As recent cases have demonstrated, a crisis of confidence can easily lead to ‘safe’ products in the public domain causing widespread concern resulting in a loss of faith in the technology itself.
Presentations will be given by a range of speakers involved in both the assessment and communication of risk, followed by an extended discussion panel.
Further information about the event can be found at www.iee.org.uk