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Risk, ‘psychic numbing’, and wellbeing take centre stage at Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference 2019

Risk, 'psychic numbing' and wellbeing at our 2019 Conference

Public perceptions of risk, ‘psychic numbing’ and the role of wellbeing in safety take centre stage at Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference 2019.

Today the Lloyd’s Register Foundation launched registration for its annual international conference, a prestigious thought leadership summit on safety and risk bringing together some of the most exciting thinkers, business leaders, innovators, and policymakers to debate new approaches and perspectives for tackling the startling state of global safety.

  • Every day 6300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases, totaling more than 2.3 million deaths every year
  • 317 million accidents occur on the job annually, many of these leading to extended absence of workers
  • 153 workers have a work related incident accident every 15 seconds and one worker dies from a work related accident or disease

The conference, which is free to attend, runs from 9th-10th October at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. This year’s Conference will focus on the biggest safety challenges for society such as the safety of emerging technology, digital systems, infrastructure, food, life at sea, and safety for a sustainable future.

The conference will debate questions including: How do we change perceptions or influence behaviour to close the gap between public perception and actual risk? How does health, wellbeing, and other human or social factors affect safety? And how can we harness emerging technology and the latest developments in research to make the world a safer place?

Hosted by BBC science broadcaster Quentin Cooper, speakers at this year’s conference include:

Paul SlovicPaul Slovic, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, and a founder and President of Decision Research. He studies human judgment, decision making, and the psychology of risk. His most recent research examines "psychic numbing" and the failure to respond to mass human tragedies - such as those from tragic safety accidents.

Kriti Sharma, an Artificial IntelligenceKriti Sharma technologist and a leading global voice on AI ethics and its impact on society. In addition to advising global businesses on AI, she focuses on AI for Social Good. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI.

Timandra HarknessTimandra Harkness, a science writer, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and comedian. Timandra will be performing her show “Take A Risk”, having completed its run at the Edinburgh Fringe over the summer.

Professor Richard Clegg, Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, said:

“Global challenges need global solutions. They cannot be tackled by working alone. At our international conference we bring together the brightest minds from around the world to look afresh at how safety impacts industry, society and individuals. We’ll also be convening researchers and collaborators who share our purpose, and who can help us to engineer a safer world.”

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