Prof Sidney Dekker is currently Professor at Griffith University in Australia, where he leads the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University, USA and has previously worked in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and England.

He was previously at Lund University in Sweden, as Professor of Human Factors and Systems Safety, before that was a Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Visiting Academic in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also held an appointment as Professor of Community Health Science at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, in Canada.

Sidney has gained worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work on human error and safety. Sidney is the bestselling author of “Ten Questions about Human Error” (2005), “The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error” (2006), “Drift into Failure (2011), “Patient Safety” (2011), “Just Culture” (2012) and his latest book “Second Victim” will be out soon.

Sidney Dekker Website


Prof John Adams is Emeritus Professor of Geography at University College London. He was a member of the original Board of Directors of Friends of the Earth in the early 1970s and has been involved in debates about risk ever since. He is intrigued by the persistence of attitudes to risks.

He observes that for the past 40 years, the same arguments, slogans and insults have been shouted past each other by the participants (or their descendants) in disputes about issues for which conclusive evidence is lacking. His current work on risk seeks to understand these attitudes and the reasons for their persistence, in the hope of transforming shouting matches into more constructive dialogues.

His interest in risk has broadened from its original focus on threats to the environment to a wide range of other contexts and has resulted in the development of generic “framing devices” for dealing with risk. He is an Honorary Member of the Institute of Risk Management, and his essay “Risk management: it’s not rocket science – it’s more complicated” was awarded the Inaugural Roger Miller Essay Prize by AIRMIC (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers). He was a member of the RSA Risk Commission and is currently a member of the Metropolitan Police Covert Policing Ethics Committee. He is the author of “Risk”.


Dr. Rob Robson is a specialist emergency physician, who has worked in community hospital and tertiary care emergency departments. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Graduate Studies of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine.

Rob is presently Principal Advisor to Healthcare System Safety and Accountability (HSSA), a Canadian organization dedicated to exploring the application of systemic nonlinear approaches to understanding and improving healthcare processes and initiatives.

He has developed the two-day SPHERE workshop (SPHERE = Shifting the Paradigm in Healthcare Event Review and Evaluation) and is finishing work on a two-day workshop on human factors in patient safety, based largely on Sidney Dekker’s recent work “Patient Safety” (2011). Rob has a parallel passion for conflict engagement and dispute resolution and practices as a healthcare mediator on a range of issues.

For more information view Detailed Dr Rob Robson CV.