Since the Covid-19 conditions show no sign of improving, the  Safety-II in Practice workshop has been changed from a physical to a web-based event The agenda has been revised to recognise that participants will be in different time zones and to take advantage of the options of this type of meeting.

3rd International Workshop on Safety-II in Practice

Edinburgh, Scotland, October 13-15, 2020

Since the web format removes the physical limitation on the number of participants, the registration as well as the Safety-II tutorial on October 12 has been reopened and can be accessed through this link. It is possible to register for the workshop, for the tutorial, or for both.

We are happy to announce that the third International Workshop on Safety-II in Practise will take place as planned on  October 13-15, 2020, although as a web-based event rather than in Edinburgh. 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 three days of discussions and presentations on October 13, 14 & 15.

    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 (revised to web-workshop)

            At a webinar, the participants are not physically present in the same room. More importantly, they are not all in the same time zone. Another difference from a physical workshop is the lack of spontaneous social interaction and discussions. The format of the workshop has been changed to recognise that. Instead of two full days it now covers threee half-days, the times chosen to suit participants from Europe and the Americas. It also differes from the usual workshop format by having a number of brief (45 minute) topical workshops.

            Tuesday October 13, 2020

            13:50 – 14:00

            Welcome  & workshop logistics

            Erik Hollnagel & David Slater

            Theme I: Safety-II at the micro level

            14:00 – 14:20

            Safety-II approach and healthcare investigations

            Deinniol Owens

            14:20 - 14:40

            Safety Coordination of LFV's TWR units

            Maria Lundahl

            14:40 – 15:00

            Q & A

            15:00 – 15:45

            Topical workshop – How can be represent safety in the models we use?

            Mark Sujan

            15:45 – 16:00

            Short break

            16:00 – 16:45

            Topical workshop - From observations to conversations

            Pedro Ferreira

            16:45 – 17:00

            Open discussion

            Wednesday October 14: Theme II: Safety-II at the meso level

            14:00 – 14:20

            Understanding and Learning from Adaptations in Everyday Work Amongst Nuclear Operators

            Robin Hamer

            14:20 – 14:40

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

            Josue Franca

            14:40 – 15:00


            15:00 – 15:45

            Topical workshop – Education and training for Safety-II.

            John Hutchins

            15:45 – 16:00

            Short break

            16:00 – 16:45

            Topical workshop – Who are the people who implement Safety II and do we understand their “Work-as-Done”?

            Marcin Nazaruk

            16:45 – 17:00

            Open discussion

            Thursday October 15: Theme III: Safety-II at the macro level

            14:00 – 14:20

            Practical Implementation of Safety-II in a Large Commercial Airline

            Adam Johns

            14:20 - 14:40

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

            James Kwasny

            14:40 – 15:00

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

            Kristy Kiernan

            15:00 – 15:15


            15:15 – 16:00

            Topical workshop – Safety II in practice as a socio engineering problem.

            Jean-Christophe Le Coze

            16:00 – 16:15

            Short break

            16:15 – 17:00

            Topical workshop: Looking back to look forward: Institutional and personal experience of Safety-II in practice.

            Steve Shorrock

            17:00 – 17:15

            Final discussion: What should happen next?


            Registration and registration fees

            The registration site has been reopened. The registration fee for the workshop is £240.00 (£200.00 plus VAT). This includes participation in the workshop on October 13, 14 & 15. The fee for the tutorial on October 12 is £54.00 (£45.00 plus VAT).

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

            Cancellation policy

            At this point in time neither existing nor new registrations can be cancelled.

            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.

            Practical information

            Information about the workshop will be posted on this website

                  We look forward to see you on the web, and hopefully in Edinburgh in 2021.

                (c) Erik Hollnagel, 2020