45th ESReDA Seminar
October 23, 2013 – October 24, 2013 all-day
ESReDA General Secretary, Mohammad Raza, ALSTOM Power

45th ESReDA Seminar on

Dynamic Learning from Incidents and Accidents,

Bridging the Gap between Safety Recommendations and Learning

23rd and 24th October 2013, Porto – Portugal

Announcement and 2nd call for papers

Detailed information relating to the conference can be found by clicking here.

Tentative program can be found here.

A registration form can be found here.

Guidance for authors and speakers can be found here.

Scope of seminar

Today, it is widely recognised that learning from experiences is one of the main pillars of modern safety approaches. Organisations and society at large can identify valuable lessons from the analysis of safety investigations of events, near-misses, incidents and accidents.

However, there is often a gap between the conclusions of event analysis and consequent safety recommendations, and implementation of changes at all the levels which can contribute to safety improvement (industrial operating companies, competent authorities and regulators, the judiciary, lawmakers, and even society in general). Some lessons are not learned well and some are forgotten by people and organisations. These may be considered as learning deficiencies, which have been found to be contributing factors to several major accidents.

This raises several key questions:

  • What are the obstacles to learning and following up on safety recommendations at the different societal levels concerned?
  • Does learning from incidents and accidents improve safety performance sufficiently?
  • Can unwanted events be prevented through learning?
  • How can organizations learn to learn? What are the implications?
  • How to turn learning into dynamic learning? How can organizations detect the need to unlearn lessons which are no longer appropriate?
  • How to build and maintain a collective memory of lessons and build-up new knowledge?
  • Which guidance on learning could be provided to people and organisations?
  • How to follow-up and monitor the implementation of recommendations?
  • Who has the responsibility for learning? Does the legal framework provide the right incentives to each of the parties involved?
  • Can we identify new competencies which are important for health and safety professionals, and further needs in the training of people?
  • Can we test the quality of organisational, societal and multi-level learning?
  • Could accident investigations be changed to achieve better safety learning?


The 45th ESReDA seminar will be a forum for exploring these questions. We aim to discuss theories, concepts, and experiences with dynamic learning from incidents and accidents, present cases of failure and success from implementation in various sectors and to identify future needs in safety research and training. In relation to the main theme, we especially want to encourage new ideas, scientific papers, conceptual papers, case studies and cross-sectorial research. This seminar will bring together researchers on learning processes, investigators, specialists on safety analysis, decisions makers in the field of learning from experience and accident investigation, health and safety risk managers and training specialists, to discuss the strategies to bridge the gap between safety recommendations and learning.

It builds on the 2003 24th ESReDA Seminar at the JRC-Institute for Energy in Petten (the Netherlands) on ‘Safety investigation of accidents’; the 33rd ESReDA Seminar on ‘Future challenges of Accident investigations’ at the JRC-Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen in Ispra (Italy); and on the 36th ESReDA seminar on ‘Lessons learned from accident investigations’ at EDP in Coimbra (Portugal).

Papers for contributions to the next seminar are solicited, please see instructions in next paragraphs.

Young talents

Young talents (master and PhD students studying an area of the seminar theme) are especially welcomed. Four students are granted free access to the seminar, please contact [email protected] for details.

Target groups and domains of application (examples)

Papers for the seminar are invited from various stakeholders (industrialists, regulators, safety boards, universities, R&D organisations, engineering contractors and consultants, training specialists) and could address different sectors:

  • Energy sector: nuclear and non-nuclear (e.g. fossil, hydro) power plants and networks
  • Process industry: oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical facilities
  • Transport (rail, road, air and maritime): supply and distribution network, operation
  • Aerospace industry
  • Critical infrastructure: electricity, water, telecommunications, information systems
  • Public sector and government.


This seminar is aimed at learning from accident investigation on an organisational or societal level and does not focus on individual learning practices. Other topics may be included if they fit well within the theme of the seminar: natural disasters, na-tech disasters, food safety, sanitary crisis, and banking.

Invited key note speakers

To be announced later.

Seminar organisation


EDP, Porto, Portugal


The Seminar is jointly organised by ESReDA and EDP.

Chairmen of the Seminar

Henrik Kortner (ESReDA President, Senior Principal Engineer, SafetecNordic AS))

Silva Filipe (Gestão da Produção de Energia, Director – EDP)

Technical Programme Committee (TPC)

  • Johan van der Vorm* (TNO, the Netherlands)
  • Nicolas Dechy (IRSN, France)
  • Yves Dien (EDF, France)
  • Linda Drupsteen (TNO, the Netherlands)
  • Antonio Felicio (EDP, Portugal)
  • Eric Marsden (FonCSI, France)
  • Sverre Roed-Larsen (SRL HSE, Norway)
  • John Stoop (Kindunos, the Netherlands)
  • Miodrag Strucic (JRC-IET, the Netherlands)
  • Tuuli Tulonen (Tukes, Finland)
  • Ana Lisa Vetere Arellano (JRC-IPSC, Italy)

*Technical Programme Committee chairman*
Opening of the Seminar:
Thermal Production Manager (EDP, Portugal)

Closing of the Seminar:
Silva Filipe, Gestao da Produçao de Energia (Director EDP)

Local Organization Committee:
Antonio Felicio* (EDP, Portugal)
Carlos Cunha (EDP, Portugal)
Carla César (EDP, Portugal)
Maria Céu (EDP, Portugal)
*Local Organizing Committee chairman

Relevant dates, abstracts, papers submission and posters and preliminary schedule

Authors wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract by e-mail to Johan van der Vorm at: [email protected]. People wanting to present a poster can contact him as well.

According to the following schedule:

  • Submission of abstracts : before 28th June 2013
  • Notification to the authors: by 8th of July 2013
  • Full submission of camera ready papers: 7th of September 2013
  • SEMINAR: 23rd and 24th October 2013
  • Other ESReDA joint activities: Board of directors meeting, General Assembly and project group meetings.

The abstracts should state in 400 words and address:

  • Objectives of the paper
  • Relevance for the Seminar
  • Novelty
  • Methods and findings.

The working language of the seminar is English.

Guidance for authors and speakers can be found here.

Registration and Seminar Fee

Registration will be accepted until 1st of October 2013.

A registration form can be found here.

The reduced fees for early registration (before July 1st) are 300€ while normal fees (after July 1st) are 350€. Fees are to be paid by bank transfer to ESReDA*

  • Holder : ESReDA – “45th Seminar”
  • Bank : BNP-Fortis Bank, Tolpoortstraat 17, Deinze, B-9800, Belgium
  • IBAN : BE69 0012 3728 1678


One speaker per accepted paper is free of seminar fees. ESReDA members participating fees are taken in charge by the Seminar (in the limit of 3 free fees).

About EDP

Our Commitments


EDP disseminates its public positions and commitments in order to give a clear, concise idea of the main principles of its policy and actions that the EDP Group has publicly recognized.


EDP’s public positions and commitments are binding on the members of its corporate bodies and the employees of the companies of which the Group owns or controls 100%. The Group also undertakes to promote their full application as far as possible by the other companies in which it has shareholdings and in relations with its stakeholders.


Compliance with EDP’s public positions and commitments is assessed for each policy and each area of intervention, in terms of management and internal and external auditing mechanisms and the results of third-party assessments and inspections.

  • Respect for human rights
  • Fight against climate change
  • Protection of the Environment
  • Respect for Biodiversity
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Fight Against Bribery and Corruption and Funding of Political Parties
  • Safety and Accident Prevention in the Workplace
  • Training
  • Communication.

EDP at the top of world sustainability

For the fifth consecutive year, EDP is deemed on of the electrical companies with better performance on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. In 2012, EDP maintains a high performance position on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, European- and worldwide, thus appearing as one of the most sustainable electrical companies. In 2012, the mean evaluation was of 61 points. EDP achieved its highest score ever, with 87 points, the same score attained by the electric sector leader and the utilities’ sector leader.


About Porto

It was in Porto and the north that Portugal came into being as a country, which is why the region has such a rich and fascinating heritage. This is a mountainous area with rivers, natural parks and steep, sloping hillsides covered with leafy vegetation. The granite from its mountains was used to build many of the region’s religious and historical monuments, such as the unpretentious Romanesque chapels and baroque churches.

History surrounds you when you visit the region’s castles – the castle at Guimarães was the birthplace of the nation’s founder and first king, Dom Afonso Henriques. And at the countless manor houses and palaces emblazoned with coats of arms, visitors are received with an aristocratic display of hospitality.

However, this region also owes much of its character to the great waterway that cuts it in half, the scenic River Douro, whose vine-filled valley is today classified as a world heritage site. The river was given the name of ouro (gold) because it brings the water that the sun-drenched vines rely on to produce the world-famous Port wine. But also because this was the place from which ships used to set sail in the great period of Portuguese discovery. Or perhaps the name is due to the carved and gilded woodwork of the city’s countless baroque churches.
The fact remains that this ancient city gave its name to both Port wine and to the nation of Portugal. Much of its heritage is based on shipping and trade, making it a bustling and passionate city. Porto is also classified as world heritage site. Perhaps these are the reasons why Porto finds its way into the hearts of its visitors.


European Safety, Reliability & Data Association (ESReDA)


European Safety, Reliability & Data Association (ESReDA) is an European Association established in 1992 to promote research, application and training in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS). The Association provides a forum for the exchange of information, data and current research in Safety and Reliability.

ESReDA membership is open to organisations, privates or governmental institutes, industry researchers and consultants, who are active in the field of Safety and Reliability. Membership fees are currently 1000 EURO for organisations and 500 EURO for universities and individual members. Special sponsoring or associate membership is also available.

For more information on ESReDA, contact:

ESReDA General Secretary, Mohammad Raza, ALSTOM Power,

7, Brown boveri strasse,

5401, Baden, Switzerland.

[email protected]

Phone: +41562059743

Mobile: +41795925653


ESReDA address: European Safety, Reliability & Data Association, an International Non-Profit Scientific Association under the Belgium law (June 27, 1921, Title III). Headquarter: ESReDA, rue Gachard 88 Bte 14, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium, Siret:E00005802.

Any interested party is welcome to contribute to ESReDA project groups.

ESReDA Project Group on Dynamic learning as the follow-up from accident investigations

This ESReDA project group was founded in 2008 to work on how to disseminate results obtained in event investigations of high-risk events (accident and near-misses). The project group has organised the 36th ESReDA Seminar “Lessons learned from accident investigations” at EDP in Coimbra in 2009. This Project Group is continuing from the work done by the ESReDA Working Group on Accident Investigation that has organised two seminars:

  • the 33rd ESReDA Seminar on “Future challenges of accident investigation”;
  • the 24th ESReDA Seminar on “Safety Investigation of Accidents”.

It has prepared three deliverables which have been printed and published by ESReDA:

  • Accident Investigation Practices – Results from a European Study (2003 – report);
  • Shaping Public Safety Investigations of Accidents in Europe (2005 – ESReDA Safety Series);
  • Guidelines for safety investigation of accidents (2008) available on the ESReDA website.