At the moment (August 6) the workshop is expected to take place as planned, but we are continuously assessing the situation in Scotland. Any changes will be announced here.

3rd International Workshop on Safety-II in Practice

Edinburgh, Scotland, October 13-14, 2020

Even if you are unable to attend the workshop, you can join the half-day tutorial on Safety-II on October 12 via the web. The fee for the tutorial is £54.00 (£45.00 plus VAT). If you want to join please send a mail to WRKSHP2020@safetysynthesis.com

You can use the same mail address if you want to be put on a waiting list for the workshop itself.

We are happy to announce that the third International Workshop on Safety-II in Practise will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 13-14, 2020. The Workshop is organised by FRAMsynt.

The workshop will begin with an optional half-day tutorial by Erik Hollnagel on Safety-II in Practice on October 12, and continue with two full days of discussions and presentations on October 13 & 14.

    Aim of the workshop

    The aim of the workshop is to share experiences from how Safety-II has been used by various industries and in various practices. The workshop will give the participants an 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 everyone regardless of their level of experience with Safety-II. (For newcomers it may be a good idea to attend the tutorial on June 10.) It will address the use of Safety-II in a variety of fields and for purposes ranging from investigations, performance analyses, organisational management and development, individual and organisational learning, and resilience. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to

    • Discuss and exchange experiences on how a Safety-II perspective can be used 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 potential of Safety-II.

            Workshop agenda (subject to revision)

            Registration and registration fees

            The registration site has been closed.  If you want to be put on a waiting list, please send a mail to WRKSHP2020@safetysynthesis.com.

            The registration fee for the workshop is £240.00 (£200.00 plus VAT). This includes participation in the workshop on October 13 & 14, coffee breaks and lunches.

            The fee for the tutorial on October 12 is £54.00 (£45.00 plus VAT).

            On the evening of October 13 there is the option to join a dinner for the workshop participants. The additional fee for the dinner is (tentatively) £40.00.

            Registration only becomes effective upon receipt of the registration fee. Registration and payment will be handled by EventBrite, the link is provided above.

            Cancellation policy

            One of the consequences of the current pandemic is the uncertainty about international travel. Even though the situation changes rapidly, it may well be that there still are travel restrictions for come countries after the summer. Because of this, the workshop has introduced the following policy for cancellations.

            • If you cancel your registration before midnight (UK time) on Friday August 7, the registration cost will be fully refunded, minus a small administrative charge.
            • If you cancel your registration after August 7 but before midnight (UK time) on September 18, 50% of the registration cost will be refunded.
            • If you cancel after September 18 the registration costs cannot be refunded.

            Venue and accommodation

            The workshop will be held at Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh.

            A number of rooms have been reserved at the four star Ten Hill Place Hotel, which is part of Surgeons Quarter. The rooms will be held until 8 weeks before the workshop. Guests should make reservations by contacting reservations on 0131 6622080 and quoting block reference SURG100619. Requests after the cut-off date are subject to availability and rate.

            Check in from 14.30 hours and check out by 12 noon. You can email the reservations team at reservations@tenhillplace.com.

            Beyond that Edinburgh has multiple possibilities for accommodation ranging from the mere convenient to the luxurious. Information about accommodation will be provided in due time.

            Workshop Philosophy

            The guiding principle for the workshop is “extended discussions interrupted by short presentations”. In order to achieve this, the number of participants will be limited to 60 – first come, first served. Once the maximum has been reached, later registrations will be put on a waiting list. A limited number of places will, however, be reserved for people who contribute actively by submitting a proposal, cf., above.

            Practical information

            Information about the workshop will be posted on this website

                  We look forward to see you in Edinburgh.


                October 13, 2020

                09:15 - 09:30

                Welcome to the workshop

                Theme I:

                Safety-II at the operational level

                09:30 - 10:00

                Deinniol Owens

                Safety-II approach and healthcare investigations

                10:00 - 10:30

                Patricia Wimmer

                Implementing learning from daily work in the Dutch hospitals

                10:30 - 11:00

                Maria Lundahl

                Safety Coordination of LFV's TWR units

                11:00 - 11:30

                COFFEE BREAK

                11:30 - 12:00

                Doug Smith

                Monitoring and measuring performance for Safety-II in practice

                12:00 - 13:00


                Theme: WAI & WAD (Mark Sujan)

                13:00 - 14:00


                Theme II:

                Safety-II and learning (organizational and individual)

                14:00 - 14:30

                Robin Hamer

                Understanding and Learning from Adaptations in Everyday Work Amongst Nuclear Operators

                14:30 - 15:30


                Short introductions by John Hutchins and Marcin Nazaruk

                15:30 - 16:00

                COFFEE BREAK

                16:00 - 16:15

                Franziska Homann

                Barriers and promoters of workers’ engagement in a production context.

                16:15 - 17:00


                Theme: From observations to conversations (Pedro Ferreira)

                20:00 -



                October 14, 2020

                09:00 - 09:30

                Reflections on yesterday:

                Questions not asked or answers not given

                Theme III:

                Safety-II as a management principle

                09:30 - 10:00

                Josue Franca

                Safety II approach in the O&G Industry: Humans Factors and Non-Technical Skills building Safety

                10:00 - 10:30

                Adam Johns

                Practical Implementation of Safety-II in a Large Commercial Airline

                10:30 - 11:00

                James Kwasn

                Trailblazers into Safety-II: American Airlines’ Learning and Improvement Team

                11:00 - 11:30

                COFFEE BREAK

                11:30 - 12:00

                Kristy Kiernan

                Building a taxonomy for success among airplane pilots: How do we measure, categorize, and quantify resilient performance?

                12:00 - 13:00


                Theme: Recognising what we want

                13:00 - 14:00


                Theme IV:

                Safety-II at the strategic level

                14:00 - 14:30

                Harold Thimbleby

                Safety II applied to digital system thinking

                14:30 - 15:30

                Workshop: Looking back to look forward

                Short introductions by Steve Shorrock and Jean-Christophe Le Coze

                15:30 - 16:00

                COFFEE BREAK

                16:00 - 17:00

                Summary and conclusions