Conference by and for Risk Educators

RISKUT2021 is a half-day online conference about teaching risk. RISKUT2021 is arranged by the Swedish Society for Risk Sciences (Riskkollegiet) and the Nordic chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis.

RISKUT2021 will be a webinar with group discussions held online October 21st on Zoom on the theme "the risk curriculum".

The aim of the conference is to create a meeting place for sharing ideas and experience on how to educate about risk. We invite attendees from academia, the public and the private sector and from all levels of education. This year the conference language will be English.

Program 21st October 2021

9.00 CET Invited speaker Linda Schenk, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden: Teaching risk concepts in pre-university education. Link to recorded talk on Youtube

Teaching about risk(s) has been proposed as a means for making the knowledge content of particular subjects, mainly mathematics and the natural sciences, more relatable to students’ everyday lives. There are a multitude of reserach studies and teaching modules about various risk issues, primarily under the heading of socio-scientific issues, but many lack a foundation in risk analysis. We argue that there is an underutilised opportunity to incorporate risk in school science education and encourage risk researchers to engage with educators to contribute in developing suitable teaching materials.

9.45 - 10.15 CET Group discussions on predefined topics

  • What to teach when teaching risk? part I

  • Teaching risk to an interdisciplinary group of students

  • Teaching the public about risk


10.30 CET Invited speaker Pontus Wallin, Swedish Meterological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI): Teaching risk via serious gaming - lessons learnt from the climate adaptation game. Link to recorded talk on Youtube

The Climate Adaptation Game communicates risk, decision making and its potential consequences in the context of climate change. SMHI developed this free, online game that has reached out to students, teachers, politicians and researchers. In this presentation, one of the developers explain how it can be used, why serious gaming is exciting, and why a Swedish authority created a computer game. Link to the game

11.15 - 11.45 CET Group discussions on predefined topics

  • The benefit of using serious games when teaching risk

  • What to teach when teaching risk? part II

  • Share your tip of good book or material for teaching about risk

11.45 - 12.00 CET Reporting back from groups and concluding remarks


For further information, contact ullrika.sahlin@cec.lu.se

Program committee

  • Ullrika Sahlin, Lund University, Sweden

  • Kristin Gustafsson, Karlstad University, Sweden

  • Per Strömsjö, risk consultant, Sweden

  • Aiste Balzekiene, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania

  • Gabriella Czanner, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Previous conference RISKUT2020