(c) Erik Hollnagel, 2021

4th International Workshop on "Safety-II in Practice":

towards a unified approach to all operations

September 21-23, 2021 - via Zoom

We are pleased to announce the fourth International Workshop based on the theme of Safety-II in Practise. Due to the covid-19 pandemic and the persisting uncertainty about whether travel and conference activities will have resumed by the fall, the workshop will – regrettably – be virtual. The Workshop is organised by FRAMsynt.

Workshop Agenda (subject to revision)

All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Please use https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ to convert to your local time.

Tuesday September 21, 2021

11:50 - 12:00

Welcome and introduction

Erik Hollnagel, David Slater

Session 1.

A micro perspective:

Making sense of all operations.

12:00 – 12:30

J. Kwasny

12:30 – 13:00

L. M. van Dijk, L. van Eikenhorst, C. Wagner

13:00 – 13:30

M. Cardoso

13:30 – 14:00

F. Fraboni, D. Gugliemi, M. G. Mariani, M. Borzi, C. Cerruti & L. Pietrantoni

14:00 – 14:30

Crowd-based safety investigations: the role of ontologies for functional modelling

M. Sujan, J. Watt, A. De Nicola, M.L. Villani, F. Costantino, A. Falegnami & R. Patriarca

14:30 – 15:00

Thematic discussion

David Slater

Wednesday September 22, 2021

Session 2.

A meso perspective

Learning from all operations.

12:00 – 12:30

K. Smith

12:30 – 13:00

Learning from Weak Signals: the design of SECA (Structured Exploration of Complex Adaptions) in the Air Traffic Management domain

R. Patriarca, J. Leonhardt, A. Licu

13:00 – 13:30

N. P. Ventikos & A. Koimtzoglou

13:30 – 14:00

M. Boyle

14:00 – 14:30

How to foster sustainable change. Examples from different industries.

A. Gebauer

14:30 – 15:00

Thematic discussion

Pedro Ferreira

Thursday September 23, 2021

Session 3.

A macro perspective:

Managing all operations – synesis

12:00 – 12:30

Safety – A Genetic Paradigm

R. MacKinnon & D. Slater

12:30 – 13:00

Understanding complexity and safety from top management to field operations in the edge of technology - Aerospace and O&G industries

J. Franca

13:00 – 13:30

M. Behm, B. Charlton, J. Dalto, R. Gantt, A. Heien, T. Hewitt, J. Howe, I. Pupulidy, J. Richardson & P. Walaski

13:30 – 14:00

M. Kroeze & P. Wimmer

14:00 – 14:30

R. N. Knowles

14:30 – 15:00

Thematic discussion

Steve Shorrock

15:00 – 15:05

Final words

Erik Hollnagel

Aim of the workshop

The intention of "Safety-II" was from the start to widen the focus of safety management from events with adverse outcomes to everything that goes on in an organisation. This requires an

extension of focus to overcome fragmentation and treat problems and issues together, an extension of scope to consider system performance as a whole and finally an extension in time, to include the relations between events in the short, the medium, and the long term.

The need to move in this direction resonates with the experiences that have been shared at the previous workshops. Although safety is important, it can clearly not be understood or managed separately from whatever else goes on. So even though “Safety-II” still is part of the title of the workshop, the scope is not limited to safety.

The aim of the workshop is to share experiences from various industries and practices in dealing with all operations, and to advance our understanding of how this best can be done. 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 practitioners and researchers to interact with like-minded colleagues and to share experiences as well as ideas for further developments.

Structure of the workshop

The overall guiding principle for the workshop is “extended discussions blended with short presentations”.

Since the participants may be in different time zones the workshop will be held over three days with one 3-hour session each day. Each session will have a dedicated focus as follows:

  • Session 1 (a micro perspective): Making sense of all operations.
  • Session-2 (a meso perspective): Learning from all operations.
  • Session 3 (a macro perspective): Managing all operations – synesis.

Each session will consist of a number of submitted presentations (cf., below) with discussions, followed by a topical workshop. The topical workshops will highlight an important issue or problem related to the session theme and actively involve the participants via group work, chats, discussions, etc.

In order to minimise technical problems, presentations must be pre-recorded and uploaded ahead of time. The presenters must be present on-line during the presentation to keep track of questions and comments. After each presentation, presenters will have two minutes (no slides allowed) to summarise the main points as a way to kick-off discussions.

Introductions to topical workshops must also be pre-recorded.


The workshop is open to everyone who are interested in how to deal with all operations from a unified perspective rather than in terms of the traditional separate issues (safety, quality, production, etc.). It will explore multiple purposes ranging from investigations, performance analyses, organisational management and development, individual and organisational learning, and resilience across multiple domains. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to:

  • Discuss and exchange experiences on how a unified perspective on all operations can be used to analyse and manage complex socio-technical systems.

  • Receive feedback on and support for your own projects in this direction.

  • Learn about the latest developments and application areas.

  • Develop a perspective on the long-term potential of a unified perspective.

Important dates

Registration opens

July 1, 2021

Deadline for registrations

September 16, 2021

Pre-recorded presentations upload

September 10, 2021

Practical Information

Information about the workshop is available fromhttps://safetysynthesis.com/wrkshp_2021

Registration & registration fee

The registration takes place via this link. The registration is open July 1, 2021 until September 16, 2021.

The registration fee for the workshop is 72.00 GBP (60.00 GBP + VAT). Registrations only become effective upon receipt of the registration fee.

Scientific Organising Committee

Erik Hollnagel

David Slater

Steve Shorrock

Jean-Christophe Le-Coze

Pedro Ferreira

Questions, suggestions and ideas

For further questions, suggestions and ideas do not hesitate to contact the local organising committee through WRKSHP2021@safetysynthesis.com.

We look forward to “meet”you again!