2nd International Workshop on Safety-II in Practice

Lisbon, Portugal, May 22-24, 2019

The final draft version of the programme is ready and can be downloaded here.

The programme features a number of presentations from research and industry following the principle of "long discussions interrupted by short presentations". The programme is organised along the following four themes:

  • Theme I: Safety-II at the operational level
  • Theme II: Safety-II and learning (organizational and individual)
  • Theme III: Safety-II as a management principle
  • Theme IV: Safety-II at the strategic level

International Workshop on Safety-II in Practice

We are pleased to announce that the second International Workshop on Safety-II in Practice will take place on May 22-24, 2019. The workshop will begin with an optional half-day tutorial on Safety-II in Practice on May 22, and continue with two full days of meetings and discussions on May 23 & 24.

On the Monday to Wednesday following the Safety-II in Practice workshop the 13th FRAMily meeting will take place at the Universidad de Málaga. Please refer to the separate call for that event here.

Information about the Safety-II in Practice workshop will be posted on this website and here.

Aim of the workshop

The aim of the workshop is to share experiences from how Safety-II has been used in various industries and applications. The participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss the lessons learned – good as well as bad, practical as well as methodological. The workshop will be a unique opportunity for safety professionals and researchers to interact with like-minded colleagues, to debate the strengths and weaknesses of Safety-II, and to share ideas for further developments.


The workshop is open to anyone who is actively interested in Safety-II, regardless of their level of experience. It will address the use of Safety-II in a variety of fields and for various purposes ranging from safety related investigations, performance analysis, organisational management and development, individual and organisational learning, and resilience. During the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and exchange experiences on the use of Safety-II to analyse and manage complex socio-technical systems.
  • Receive feedback on and support for your own Safety-II projects.
  • Learn about the latest developments and application areas of Safety-II.
  • Develop a perspective on the long-term integrative potential of Safety-II.

In order to ensure the best possible settings for learning and discussions, the number of participants will be limited to 60 (sixty). When this number has been reached, further registrations will be put on a waiting list. Priority will be given to participants who offer an active contribution, as described below.

Discussion topics, presentations and papers

You can contribute actively to the workshop by submitting proposals for:

  • Topics or themes for panel discussions (preferably with a presentation or introduction);
  • Presentations of ongoing or already completed work in industry and/or academia.
  • The relevance of a Safety-II perspective for individual and organisational learning.
  • The strategic management of Safety-II: how to introduce changes to routines and daily practice.

For each type of proposal, please provide a short abstract (about 200 – 400 words) with a summary of what you would like to present or discuss and how you want to be involved. All proposals will be reviewed and comments to the submitters will be provided.

Please submit your abstract to this address.

Important dates

  • Registration opens - January 14, 2019. Registrations has now been closed.
  • Notice to authors - March 30, 2019
  • Paper deadline (optional) - April 30, 2019

Registration & registration fee

  • Registration workshop - 200.00 €
  • Registration tutorial - 50.00 €
  • Dinner - 40.00 €

Please note that the workshop will be limited to about 50-60 participants. This is due to the capacity of the meeting place as well as the wish to allow for a relaxed atmosphere and active and engaged discussions among the participants.

Since we have now reached the maximum number of participants, the registration has been closed (March 5, 2019). Any additional registrations will be put on a waiting list in case there are any cancellations.

A registration form is already available here. Please please fill in this form and send it via email to this address. At the moment, new registrations will go onto a waiting list. new registrations should therefore not pay the registration fee until advised to do so.

Venue & Accommodation

The workshop will be held at the Hotel Holiday Inn - Lisbon

Av. Antonio Jose de Almeida, 28-A, 1000-044 Lisboa

Tel: +351 21 004 4000, Fax: +351-21 793 8374

The hotel offer a special rate for the workshop. In order to benefit from that, registration to the hotel must use the following form. Please note that the special rate expires on April 3, 2019.

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Erik Hollnagel
  • David Slater
  • Steve Shorrock
  • Jean-Christophe Le-Coze
  • Sunghyun Hong

Local Organising Committee

  • Carlos Guedes Soares
  • Pedro Ferreira
  • Sandra Ponce

We look forward to welcome you in Lisbon!

(c) Erik Hollnagel, 2019