Dr Todd Conklin is retired from a Senior Advisor position at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA and one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories, in the human performance and safety integration program.

He is a renowned specialist in the field of human safety management systems, organizational development and human reliability. His most recent book is “Pre-Accident Investigations: An Introduction to Organizational Safety”.

Dr. Conklin has been working on the human performance program at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the latter half of his 25-year career. He is in the fortunate position of working at the interface of the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and communication from the University of New Mexico.


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.

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