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Audience members at the Lloyd's Register Foundation International Conference 2019

Foundation hosts international conference in London

Over 400 researchers, innovators, policymakers, and business leaders gathered in London for the Foundation's global summit on safety and risk, "Engineering a safer world".

The delegates came from 26 different countries including Australia, Singapore, China, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA.

Keynote speakers included Dolline Hatchett, from the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent US federal agency, Professor Jinsong Zhao from Tsinghua University in China, and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference 2019 Highlights

On day one, the Foundation launched its new six-year strategy to tackle the world's biggest safety challenges, and announced a new Evidence and Insight Centre to identify the sectors and areas of the world most in need of safety interventions.

​The Foundation also released a new report that maps data on safety-related accidents and deaths across the world for the first time.

Mapping Risk, produced by Foundation and Gallup, is a compendium of some of the main data sources on safety and risk available from around the world. The report explores areas where data collection is poor and needs improving, as well as where the number of accidents is high, in order to support the best possible decision-making around accident prevention. It was carried out by Gallup as part of the Foundation's World Risk Poll, the world's largest study into how people around the world think and feel about risk and safety including at work. It will survey over 140,000 people from more than 140 countries to better understand how to improve our understanding of risk and make the world a safer place.

On day two, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chair of the Open Data Institute (ODI) launched a new manifesto and report aimed at the engineering sector, encouraging organisations and companies to publish, use and share data and announced new funding for projects increasing access to data and driving innovation in the sector.

The manifesto for sharing engineering data was published by the Foundation and the Open Data Institute (ODI) and has been endorsed by engineering firms including Mott MacDonald and Tideway, as well as the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Health and Safety Executive, and others are urged to join the movement here.

The Foundation also launched 'Engineering X' in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, a new international collaboration that brings together some of the world's leading problem solvers to address the great challenges of our age.

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