Nuclear Risk & Public Decision-Making Scientific Conference

20 December 2011

The issue of safety in the nuclear industry was in the limelight in 2011 because of the Fukushima disaster. The issue, however, is related to other, broader and more fundamental questions, relating to the way public decisions are made in situations of uncertainty in our democracies, and the role technical expertise and scientific research play in that regard.

In order to contribute to the analysis of such questions, Reza Lahidji and Philippe Mongin, both researchers at GREGHEC, organised a scientific conference on "nuclear risk and public decision-making" on 14, 15 and 16 November 2011 with the support of the laboratory, the "Decision sciences" GIS and the Institut de la Radioprotection et de la Sûreté Nucléaire.

The aim of the conference was to bring together and initiate a dialogue between decision theory and social choice specialists, economists, nuclear safety practitioners, regulators and public decision-makers around a key issue:
Are theoretical tools of any help in giving an appropriate account of public decision problems in a case such as nuclear safety, and should they guide public decisions?
The conference's inaugural speech was given by Mr. Laurent Michel, government coordinator for major risks. The conference comprised twelve sessions in which researchers, practitioners and decision-makers took the floor in turn.

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