Technical Programme

The final programme (version June 2, 2004) can be downloaded here. It contains the all there is to know about the conference, including but not limited to the conference scope, events, programme overview and detailed technical programme, list of sessions and information on the conference venue.

preliminary technical programme

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Conference Proceedings

At the conference registration, each registered participant received a hard copy of the Proceedings and/or a CD.

Additional copies may be purchased from the Conference Organisation as well as from Springer-Verlag London Ltd. (contact).


Conference Events

Next to the technical program, special highlights included the keynote address, invited lectures and special sessions described in the following.

Keynote Address
Some Remarks on Risk Assessment and Safety Management
Speaker: Prof. Gisbert Freiherr zu Putlitz, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation, Head of Board of Management; Former Rector of the University of Heidelberg
Monday, June 14, 2004, 9.40-9.55 am, Potsdam I

Invited Lectures
Global Prospects for Nuclear Power Generation
Speaker: Dr. Ralf Güldner, AREVA, Framatome ANP GmbH, Managing Director; Wolfgang Breyer, AREVA, Framatome ANP GmbH, Director Corporate Communications
Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 8.00 – 9.00 a.m., Potsdam III

Communication in High Risk Environments
Speaker: Prof. Rainer Dietrich, Humboldt University of Berlin, Head of GIHRE Collegium
Wednesday, June 16, 2004, 8.00 – 9.00 a.m., Potsdam III

Landscapes of Risk: A New Approach to Risk Assessment and Management
Speaker: Prof. Ortwin Renn, University Stuttgart
Thursday, June 17, 2004, 8.00 – 9.00 a.m., Potsdam III

Reliability and Safety Assessment in Offshore and Process Industries
Speaker: Dr. Lars Bodsberg, SINTEF Industrial Management, Research Director
Friday, June 18, 2004, 8.00 – 9.00 a.m., Potsdam III

Risk Informed Regulation - Move Towards Realism
Speaker: Dr. Ashok Thadani, US NRC, Office of Research, Director
Friday, June 18, 2004, 11.40 am – 12.20 noon, Potsdam III

Special Sessions
Opening Plenary by Senior Advisory Board
QRA, RAM and Safety Management in Decision Making: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Future Prospects
Monday, June 14, 2004, 9.55-10.35 am, Potsdam I

Closing Session: Insights and Lessons Learned
Pressing Issues, Emerging Ideas, and Future Challenges Presented by Young Generation Programme Participants
Friday, June 18, 2004, 11.10 -11.40 am, Potsdam III

A selection of presentations, talks and feedback on the conference

In the following, we have made available a selection of presentations and talks held at the PSAM7/ESREL'04 conference as well as some remarks and feedback about the conference that may be of interest to participants and the general public:

  • Conference Opening by Cornelia Spitzer (download, 3 pages)
  • Keynote Speech by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gisbert Frhr. zu Putlitz (download, 3 pages)

  • Opening Plenary by Senior Advisory board, Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken (download, 5 pages)

  • "Safety/Reliability in Industry" - Dipl.-Ing. Erich Brand and Prof. Dr.-Ing. B. Bertsche (download, 7 pages)

  • "QRA, RAM and Safety Management in DM", EU-Perspective: Dr. P.C. Cacciabue (download, 5 pages) and USNRC-Perspective: M.V. Bonaca (download, 2 pages)

  • "Global Perspectives for Nuclear Power Generation", Dr. Ralf Güldner & Wolfgang Breyer (download, 52 pages)

  • "Communication under high task load", Prof. Rainer Dietrich (download presentation 23 pages or text 13 pages)

  • "Reliability and Safety Assessment in Offshore and Process Industries", Dr. Lars Bodberg (download, 33 pages)

  • "Insights and Lessons Learned - Pressing Issues, Emerging Ideas and Future Challenges presented by Young Generation Programme Participants", Dirk Proske (download, 15 pages)

  • "Risk-informed regulation: Move toward Realism", Ashok C. Thadani (download presentation 15 pages or download text 4 pages)

  • Feedback on Conference Participation (download, 3 pages)


Social Events and other Activities

Welcome Reception
Sunday, June 13, 2004, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
On Sunday evening, a Welcome Reception was held at the Conference Hotel in the Potsdam Foyer and in the room Potsdam III.

Monday, June 14, 9:30 a.m.
The Conference Technical Programme started on Monday morning with the Opening Session to be held in the room Potsdam I.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
Thursday, June 17, 2004, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

An Exhibition took place during the Conference in the Garden Lounges. Books and journals relevant to the Conference topics were displayed and offered here. The exhibitors highlighted companies´ achievements, products, and services and gave demonstrations of – among others – the latest risk assessment software and equipment.

IAPSAM and ESRA General Assembly
Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 6.00 pm
After the technical sessions on Tuesday, the IAPSAM and ESRA General Assemblies took place in the Conference Hotel. The IAPSAM General Assembly was intended to provide the opportunity for the conferees and the IAPSAM Board of Directors to exchange ideas on future directions for the PSAM conferences; with the ESRA General Assembly, the members of the association held their annual meeting.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 12.40 pm – 2.00 pm
The traditional Conference Luncheon took place in the Hotel Inter-Continental in the room area Potsdam.

Gala Dinner
Wednesday, June 16, 2004, 6.00 pm
On Wednesday, we went to the German Museum of Technology Berlin (GMTB) for the Conference Gala Dinner.
Since 1982, a highly diverse technology museum of international repute has sprung up in Berlin's old and new centre: the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin (DTMB).
The museum continues the tradition of the reputable technology museums to which Berlin had been home until World War II. The Gleisdreieck location is also of historical importance: this is where Anhalter freight station, the rail depot with two circular locomotive sheds and the factory buildings of a company specialising in markets and cold stores were located. On completion of all development phases (planning), the building will cover an exhibition area of over 50,000 square metres and will be one of the largest technical museums in the world.
The new extension of the GMTB is a trendsetting museum building of international standing. The prominent five-storey building is located across from Potsdamer Platz; its architecture forms the unmistakable landmark of the Gleisdreieck forum for culture and technology.
The Gala Dinner was served on the 3rd floor of the new extension. The reception also covered the 5th floor which has a spectacular view. The terrace on the 4th floor with the famed mounted plane, a "Raisin Bomber", was also accessible to attendees.

Farewell Social
Friday, June 18, 2004, 12.40 – 2.00 pm
The Closing Session marking the end of the Conference took place in room Potsdam III and was scheduled to finish at about 12.40 pm and concluded with the traditional Farewell Social in the Potsdam Foyer.