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Risk and safety to be themes of new Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security – 17 September

At the opening of the Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security various speakers will stress the importance they attach to how their organizations deal with risk and safety. The speakers are: Prof. dr. Ed Brinksma, Rector Magnificus, University of Twente; Prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven; Mr. drs. Jan Kees de Jager, outgoing Minister of Finance; General (Rtd) Dick Berlijn; Prof. dr. Melvin Samsom, Chair, UMC St Radboud Board of Directors; Capt. Bart de Vries, Vice President, Boeing 737 KLM; and Prof. dr. Kees Aarts, Scientific Director, Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies, University of Twente. The astronaut André Kuipers will address the audience with a video message.

They will ask themselves how organizations can prepare for crisis situations. How do organizations learn from past events where safety was in jeopardy? How are risks analysed, and at what level? How does decision-making take place in crisis situations? How is the communication between partner organizations? What role does public perception play? Each speaker will consider risks, safety and security from a different perspective and a different background. “That awareness, willingness to acquire relevant knowledge, analyse data and make appropriate changes would seem to be vital to controlling risk better, in industry and commerce, the public sector and the emergency services alike”, says dr. Irna van der Molen (Coordinator, Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security).

The purpose of the Centre is twofold: (a) to assist partners and clients to achieve their risk and safety management goals, and (b) to contribute to knowledge, expertise and resources in society in the area of risk and safety management. Van der Molen explains: “Specifically what we shall be doing is investing in knowledge development and research, investing in education and training, using expertise and seeking collaboration with partners. Our potential partners and clients are companies, professional bodies, trade associations, emergency services, knowledge centres, government agencies and national and international organizations.”

The Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security aims to be an important player in the development and provision of knowledge, expertise and training in specific areas. We are living in an era when the public expects a good deal in this area. The Centre will bring people and knowledge together: researchers from various groups, but also other knowledge centres, the public sector, the private sector, trade associations, specialists, emergency services and the public. Prof.mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven is the initiator in the setting-up of the Centre as Professor of Risk Management.”

Programme
The inauguration and opening of the Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security is to take place on Monday, 17 September 2012.
15:30 pm Welcome with tea and coffee

16:00 pm Prof.dr. Ed Brinksma, Rector Magnificus, University of Twente

16:05 pm Prof.mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, Professor of Risk Management

16:15 pm Mr. drs. Jan Kees de Jager, outgoing Minister of Finance

16:30 pm André Kuipers, astronaut (video)

16:45 pm General (Rtd) Dick Berlijn

17:00 pm Prof.dr. Melvin Samsom, Chair, UMC St Radboud Board of Directors

17:15 pm Capt. Bart de Vries, Vice President, Boeing 737 KLM

17:30 pm Prof.dr. Kees Aarts, Scientific Director, IGS

17:45 pm Reception


More information
Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security is accommodated by the University of Twente’s Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies. If you are interested in attending the programme, please register via info@igs.utwente.nl and you will be contacted. There are a few places available for the press. Please contact Janneke van den Elshout on +31 (0)53 489 54 32.