Keynote Speakers

George Boustras
European University Cyprus, Cyprus

Challenges to employment and the work environment in the covid-19 era; the future of safety science
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George is a Professor in Risk Assessment at European University Cyprus, Director of the Centre of Risk and Decision Sciences (CERIDES – Excellence in Innovation and Technology), Visiting Researcher at the National Observatory of Athens and Visiting Professor at University of Haifa.
George is a PhD in Probabilistic Fire Risk Assessment from CFES at Kingston University London (2003), he was Honorary Research Fellow at CPSE at Imperial College London (2003 – 2005), and KTP Research Fellow at FSEG at the University of Greenwich (2009).
He sat at the Management Committee of Secure Societies – Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its citizens of “HORIZON 2020” for 7 years. George was a Member of the Socio Economic Assessment Committee (SEAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for 6 years. He was Advisor for Natural Catastrophes to HE the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nikos Anastasiades. He has advised extensively the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and he has taken part in World Bank Missions.
George is Editor-in-Chief of Safety Science (Elsevier, IF 4.788. He (co-)supervises 5 PhD students; 5 of his students are now PhD’s.

Jop Groeneweg

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Psychological safety: the next step in risk management
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Jop Groeneweg is a human factor specialist at Leiden University with more than 30 years experience in a range of industries. He started his career investigating causes and backgrounds of marine accidents. In the mid-eighties his field of interest moved to the petrochemical industry where he was involved in a project aimed at giving the Royal Dutch Shell plc safety performance new momentum. A research team including Manchester and Aberdeen Universities together with Shell developed a range of tools were that are now main stream in the industry (e.g. Tripod, the Hearts & Minds tools, the Life-Saving Rules). More recently he was involved in a project together with the Dutch Research Institute TNO aimed at developing a process approach to Learning from Incidents. Many organisations could prevent so-called recurrent accidents if the would effectively implement the lessons from incidents. This is not a matter of buying a better investigation method but requires management of the process staring with reporting the incident to measuring the effect of the interventions. His latest research involves transferring knowledge for the petrochemical domain into health care and vice versa. Patient safety is an area where much can be gained using the tools developed in the oil and gas world while the experience of hospitals to deal with complex organizational settings could benefit the rest of the industry. As an advisor he helps organisations to identify the strong and weak points in the way they manage safety and helps them to structure their efforts in a more efficient and effective way to improve safety.

Paolo Bragatto

Do Industry 4.0 technologies make the workplace safer?
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Paolo has 40 years of professional and scientific career dedicated to the safety of technology and the technology for safety. After the graduation in Applied Physics he spent ten years in Industry, then he has served for 25 years in a national public body and carried out many researches, always in close contact with the industrial world, which he knows well, having always carried out, in tight synergy with scientific activity, inspections at major accident hazard establishments (Seveso). He has promoted and coordinated some 30 national and international scientific projects, publishing over 80 papers in scientific journals. Covered topics include equipment ageing and safe life extension, prevention of chemical accident, safety management system, soft computing for safety, near misses and technological innovation for occupational and process safety. He is, furthermore, an inventor, with a patent on crane safety. He is author of a few scientific books in Italian, editor of a book series on safety research, as well as member of many scientific committee of national and international conferences and referee for international research calls. He contributed to transfer research results into safety regulation, as member of national committees for the prevention of major accidents at the Ministry of Environment and at the Italian Standard Organization. He was chairperson of the SAFERA consortium for European research on industrial safety, which connects 21 funding bodies from 10 different countries and since 2014 has promoted annual calls for transnational projects on emerging topics.

Rhona Flin

Robert Gordon University, Scotland

Non-Technical Skills for a Technological World
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Rhona Flin is Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen. She is an elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has served on Expert Groups on Patient Safety for the World Health Organization and was a member of the Safety Advisory Committee for the Military Aviation Authority of the UK Ministry of Defence. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Human Factors Technical Section, a member of the Board of Step Change in Safety and a Trustee of the Clinical Human Factors Group.
Her research examines human performance in high risk work settings, such as healthcare, aviation, emergency services and the energy industries, with studies focusing on leadership, safety culture, team skills and cognitive skills. Current projects include mindfulness and offshore safety (with University of Houston, funded by NASEM) and psychological factors in the adoption of new technologies (funded by OGTC). Her books include Sitting in the Hot Seat; Leaders and Teams for Critical Incident Management (1996); Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills (2008, with O’Connor & Crichton) and Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer on Non-Technical Skills (2015, with Yule & Youngson).

Ulrike Bollmann

International Cooperation Division at the Institute for Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Germany

The role of tertiary education in promoting sustainable decent work
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Ulrike Bollmann is an education expert and responsible for International Cooperation at the Institute for Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). She has been the founder and coordinator of the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) since 2005. In 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2016 she conducted the International Strategy Conference on Safety and Health at Work in Dresden in cooperation with WHO, ILO, ISSA, EU-OSHA, IALI and others. She played a major role in organizing the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2014 in Frankfurt and held a symposium at the XXI World Congress in Singapore in 2017. She conducted an empirical study on mainstreaming OSH into education in 2018. Her recent research focuses on the development of leading indicators for promoting trust in the workplace (2019-2021) and the integration of the UN Sustainability Goal 8 into higher education in Europe (2020 – 2022). Ulrike published a book together with George Boustras on OSH competences to achieve a culture of prevention and recently an EU-OSHA report on the prevention of MSDs in schools. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Safety Science, a member of the Training and Advisory Council of OSHAfrica, a member of the Advisory Group of the OSHDigit Erasmus+ project , and a member of the Steering Group of the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces campaign.