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Science and the future of the National Risk Assessment (NRA)


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Presentation by Sir Mark Walport at the National Risk Assessment 2016 Review on 30 September 2015.

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Science and the future of the National Risk Assessment (NRA)

  1. 1. Science and the future of the NRA Sir Mark Walport Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government
  2. 2. • Health, wellbeing, resilience & security • Knowledge translated to economic advantage • The right science for emergencies • Underpinning policy with evidence • Advocacy and leadership for science Government Chief Scientific Adviser Credit: iStockphoto
  3. 3. Where does risk come in? Built & Engineered Credit: Reuters Credit: iStockphoto
  4. 4. Where does risk come in? Natural Credit: CDC/EthleenLloydCredit: Maccheek/PD
  5. 5. Social Where does risk come in? Credit: @Boston_to_a_T/TwitterCredit: Duk/PD
  6. 6. National Risk Assessment
  7. 7. Focus on prevention and mitigation Speech Title Prevent Mitigate RecoverRespond Credit: US Navy/Chad Zenthoefer Credit: iStockphoto Credit: iStockphotoCredit: iStockphoto
  8. 8. • Hazard • Exposure • Vulnerability • Risk • Uncertainty Hazard and Risk Credit: Philippe Guillaume/CC BY-NC 2.0
  9. 9. What can science contribute? Innovation: Managing Risk, Not Avoiding It, 27th March 2015
  10. 10. Solar Flares Impacts: •Potentially dangerous radiation exposure, especially to anyone airborne •Power outages •Disruption of satellite operations leading to GPS and SATCOM disturbances •Disturbances to small-part electronic systems Credit: NASA
  11. 11. Develop the necessary tools
  12. 12. Communicating to the public and to government
  13. 13. Scientific Diplomacy
  14. 14. Conclusion • Focus more on preventing and mitigating risks • Investigate the potential of cascading risks and impacts • Use this knowledge to develop the tools necessary to deal with risks • Work together to share information and expertise • Communicating to the public effectively is vital
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