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Workshop 20 February 2014: Black swans

The "Black Swans" project hereby invites you to join our workshop in Stavanger, 20 February 2014. This event brings together leading experts in risk assessment for cutting-edge discussions on safety and security issues vital for the oil and gas industry.


The workshop will take place at:

Måltidets hus
Richard Johnsens gate 4
4021 Stavanger, Norway

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Download the program here

Binding registration within 10 February 2014.

The workshop is free of charge.

Submit your registration here

Questions can be directed to petromaks@uis.no.

The target group for the workshop is researchers and analysts working with assessment and management of risk, coming from industry, research institutions, consultancy companies and agencies, who see the need for and are interested in advancing our field in this direction.    

The concept of black swan has gained a lot of attention recently and is a hot topic in many forums that discuss safety and risk. Also in the scientific community it has been focused in the aftermath of Nassib Taleb’s best-selling book The Black Swan (2007). In this workshop we will explore what type of situations and events that are the interesting and important ones when discussing the unforeseen and surprising events, how to conceptualise these, and next confront them (assess and manage).

Some of the issues we will discuss are:

About the "Black Swans" project
The main aim of the project is to develop concepts,  principles, approaches and methods for the proper understanding and assessment of risk, in particular major accident risk, for the Norwegian petroleum activities, that gives due attention to the knowledge dimension and surprises (black swans).

The research group is composed of several internationally recognised experts in the field, in addition to a core group of researchers at the University of Stavanger. The research is funded by the Norwegian Research council’s  PETROMAKS 2 program  and is carried out in close collaboration with the industry, in particular the partners Gassco, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, ConocoPhillips and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.