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8th REA Symposium: Embracing Resilience: Scaling up and Speeding up

The 8th Resilience Engineering Association’s Symposium on Resilience Engineering will be hosted at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden, 24th -27th June 2019.

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Embracing resilience: Scaling up and Speeding up

We work in a complex world of changing pressures, relationships, interdependencies, and novel possibilities. Past performance and safety are no guarantee of continued success. What matters more and more is the ability to cope with the unexpected, and adapt to keep pace with change. As ever more organizations globally recognize and try to apply resilience engineering, we need to develop how we support the scaling up and speeding up of the adoption and application of these ideas.

The program for the 8TH SYMPOSIUM OF THE RESILIENCE ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION (REA) will engage participants in what it means to embrace resilience in a turbulent world and explore how we scale up and speed up the adoption of the ideas of resilience engineering. The symposium will be held from the 24th to the 27th of June 2019 at Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden. Throughout history, Kalmar has been forced to reinvent itself, recognize changes and exploit opportunities. Many historical sites recall the city's prominence as the birthplace of the Kalmar Union and the co-founding of the Hanseatic League—late-medieval alliances that allowed the city to scale up and speed up by adapting to and profiting from opportunities in changing political and commercial landscapes. Today, Kalmar is home to one of Sweden's largest and newest universities, Linnaeus University.

Many organizations today have begun to recognize the limits of compliance—a model of success embodied in anticipation, plans, procedures, quality indicators, and automation. This model cannot effectively accommodate variability, disturbances, uncertainties or novelty, which is increasingly obvious in an interconnected and turbulent world. Compliance-oriented systems can experience surprising, sudden collapses in performance, such as dramatic service outages, despite a backdrop of improving safety and quality indicators. Instead of trying to eradicate the unexpected, today's organizations need to 'expect surprises' and to prepare for unexpected challenges and opportunities — in other words, they need to be poised to adapt in a world where surprising challenges and innovative opportunities are normal.

But crucial questions remain in the quest to speed up and scale up the adoption of resilience principles. What are the 'measures' that are going to replace< traditional ones? How do we know whether teams, systems and organizations are resilient? What are regulators and auditors going to have to look for in order to assess resilience? What accounts for the differences in scaling up and speeding up the adoption of resilience ideas across different domains? How can organizations respond to residual failures and breakdowns without resorting to componential explanations and increased compliance demands?

We invite practitioners, scholar and innovators to share ideas, discuss approaches and to jointly develop concepts and strategies on how to embrace resilience to prepare today's society for tomorrow's challenges. Let us take up the challenge of the Symposium theme, spark syntheses across diverse disciplines, and stimulate innovative practical approaches that address the societal need for resilience.

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