About the Society for Risk Analysis

World Congress Meeting2012 World Congress attendees in Sydney enjoy a break at the conference. Darling Harbor is in the background.

The Society for Risk Analysis is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly, international society that provides an open forum for all those who are interested in risk analysis. Risk analysis is broadly defined to include risk assessment, risk characterization, risk communication, risk management, and policy relating to risk, in the context of risks of concern to individuals, to public- and private-sector organizations, and to society at a local, regional, national, or global level. (More information regarding the Society's mission is available in its Vision Statement.)

SRA includes numerous regional organizations around the world that provide opportunities for members to interact with other risk analysts near to their homes. SRA also includes many specialty groups for members to interact with risk analysts in their disciplines. A students and young professionals group is devoted to supporting students and recent graduates with an interest in risk analysis.

Our Goals

  1. Bring together individuals from diverse disciplines and from different countries and provide them opportunities to exchange information, ideas, and methodologies for risk analysis and risk problem solving;
  2. Foster understanding and professional collaboration among individuals and organizations for the purpose of contributing to risk analysis and risk problem solving;
  3. Facilitate the dissemination of knowledge about risk and risk methods and their applications;
  4. Encourage applications of risk analysis methods;
  5. Promote advancement of the state-of-the-art in research and education on risk analysis; and
  6. Provide services to its members to assist them in developing their careers in risk analysis.

Our History

SRA was established in 1980 and has grown significantly since its founding. The Society has held an annual meeting continuously since 1981. SRA’s flagship journal, Risk Analysis: An International Journal, has been published continuously since 1981 and is the leading scholarly journal in the field of risk analysis.

Our Membership

There are nearly 2,000 members of SRA and many more members of its regional organizations. Members are from academia, government, industry, consulting, and non-governmental organizations. This diverse membership makes SRA a particularly relevant forum for the discussion of leading issues in risk analysis.

Our Governance

SRA has a 16-member council that provides oversight of the international Society. Councilors are elected by the membership and serve a three-year term. Regional organizations and specialty groups have their own leadership with governance structures determined by the organization or group and approved by the SRA Council.

Our Ethics

Members of the Society for Risk Analysis shall:

  1. Hold paramount the truth in all matters associated with risk analysis.
  2. Observe the laws, regulations, and ethical standards with regard to the conduct of risk research and practice, including guidelines for human and animal studies.
  3. Give due consideration to the ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of their research, advice, and communications.
  4. Conduct their work with objectivity and themselves with integrity, being honest and truthful in reporting and communicating their research and assessments.
  5. Employ sound analytic methods in the effort to identify, characterize, and assess methods for addressing risks.
  6. Practice high standards of workplace, occupational, and environmental health and safety for the benefit of themselves, their co-workers, their families, their communities, and society as a whole.
  7. Abstain from professional judgments influenced by undisclosed conflict of interest and disclose any material or professional conflicts of interest.
  8. Conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the honor, reputation, and usefulness of the risk analysis professions.