The 5th National Risk Annual Meeting
Guofang Zhai, Secretary
As the Society for Risk Analysis-China (SRA-China) executing entity in China, with a license issued by the government, RAC (Risk Analysis Council of China Association for Disaster Prevention) held the 5th National Risk Annual Meeting (RAC-2012) 27–28 October 2012 at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. The theme of RAC-2012 was “Innovative Theories and Methods for Risk Analysis and Crisis Response.” The meeting included 9 keynote speeches, 20 parallel sessions, 2 workshops, and 1 working meeting. More than 200 participants attended the conference, and 123 papers are included in the proceedings, published by Atlantis Press, Paris, France.
Two highlights of RAC-2012 will affect RAC and SRA-China: (1) the “China Risk Analysis and Management Elite Cup Award” was established and (2) Prof. Chongfu Huang was elected president of RAC.
Jiangsu Province Branch of China Life Insurance (Group) Company provided a considerable sponsorship to set up the award for outstanding papers published in the proceedings. We invited alien members of the Program Committee to nominate outstanding papers according to the English abstracts. The first prize, second prize, and third prize are awarded 5,000 RMB (about 802 USD), 3,000 RMB, and 1,000 RMB, respectively. China Life is the largest insurance company in China.
According to an amendment on term limits, the founding president of RAC, Prof. Chongfu Huang (Beijing Normal University), has again been elected as the president of RAC. Fifty-six fellows and 15 senior fellows were also elected. Prof. Zongfang Zhou (University of Electronic Science) and Dr. Qiang Xu (Willis Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd) were elected as the vice presidents of RAC. RAC has settled on Prof. Hongbin Cao (Beijing Normal University) as secretary-general. All will serve RAC for the next four years.
During the conference, all participants also took part in the excursion to the Confucius Temple area in Nanjing, organized by the host. They were greatly impressed with this visit to one of the most famous world cultural heritage areas in China.