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The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is proud to organize the 3rd edition of the International Cross-industry Safety Conference (ICSC) together with the 6th edition of the European STAMP Workshop and Conference (ESWC), both events dedicated to practical and theoretical aspects of safety. The ICSC aims to function as a platform to disseminate and share knowledge and experience about safety within and between industry and academia. The ESWC focuses on applications and studies related to the Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP) which is a new systems-thinking approach to engineering safer systems. This year’s common theme for both conferences is “Safety Management: Structures or Networks?”.

For all industry sectors safety is one of the main focal points. Organizations have recognized that safety improvements contribute to the achievement of broader business goals. However, academics might focus on problems that the industry is not highly concerned with, and the industry is not knowledgeable about research results that can be used to solve safety related problems. Moreover, even best practices are not widely shared across different industries.
The ICSC is a unique opportunity to bring together the various industry sectors and academia. The event aims to become a hub for discussing current and future safety challenges and ways to deal with those.

Traditional system safety approaches are being challenged by the introduction of new technology and the increasing complexity of the systems we design, manufacture and operate. STAMP and its associated tools deal with the complexity of systems and provide systematic ways to analyze and assess existing and conceptual systems proactively or detect and illustrate deficiencies
revealed through investigations. The ESWC brings together researchers and practitioners who apply, or want to get familiar with, STAMP that is widely used in different sectors such as space, aviation, healthcare, defense, nuclear, railways, infrastructure and automotive.

Submission guidelines

Researchers and practitioners from the academia and industry are invited to submit an abstract (up to 400 words) on original research or practical experiences. Proposals for tutorials and workshops are also welcome. Possible topics for the ICSC may include but are not limited to: safety management, safety performance, safety culture, resilience, risk assessment, new safety thinking etc. The ESWC topics are expected to cover relevant research or practical studies using STAMP/CAST/STPA, or application positions under development.

Authors must select the conference(s) of interest and suggest the form of their contribution(s): tutorial/workshop, full paper (presented or poster) or oral presentation. Contributions for both conferences are welcome if they cover different topics. Abstracts can be uploaded on the Easychair system until 10 June 2018 through the following links:


The program committees will evaluate the proposed contributions on the basis of their relevance to the goals of each conference and their importance for the industry and academia. The authors will be informed accordingly until 29 June 2018.

Upon abstract acceptance, full papers must be submitted before 30 September 2018. A template and further instructions will be provided to the authors in time. Full papers will be peer-reviewed and the final revised papers along with all abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings (open-access). Only original manuscripts not previously published or have not been submitted to a journal or conference proceedings will be considered for publication as a full paper. All presentations will take place in chaired sessions of 25 minutes including questions and answering time. Poster sessions will be offered as part of the program. 

The tutorials and workshops will be delivered on the 31st of October and the topics will be selected based on expected impact and variety.

10 June 2018: Deadline for abstracts.
29 June 2018: Notification of acceptance.
30 September 2018: Camera-ready submission deadline for full papers.
31 October 2018: ICSC and ESWC tutorials and workshops
1-2 November 2018: ICSC and ESWC presentations

General questions about submissions should be emailed to Nektarios Karanikas
(n.karanikas@hva.nl). Specific submission inquiries per conference must be addressed to Maria Mikela Chatzimichailidou (mikelachatzimichailidou@
gmail.com) for the ICSC or Martin Rejzek (rejz@zhaw.ch) for the ESWC.

► Nektarios Karanikas , AUAS, NL

► Maria Mikela Chatzimichailidou (Co-chair), Imperial College London, UK
► James Catmur, JC&A Ltd., UK
► Steve Denniss, WSP, UK
► Kubra Kaya, University of Cambridge, UK
► Genovefa Kefalidou, University of Leicester, UK
► Angela Ku, Jacobs, UK
► Alberto Martinetti, University of Twente, NL
► Catherine Menon, University of Hertfordshire, UK
► Jan Przydatek, Lloyds Register Foundation, UK
► Alfred Roelen, Netherlands Aerospace Centre, NL
► Emma Taylor, RSSB, UK

► Martin Rejzek (Co-chair), Zurich University of Applied Sciences, CH
► Asim Abdulkhaleq, Robert Bosch, DE
► Svana Helen Björnsdottir, Stiki, IS
► Robert J. de Boer, AUAS, NL
► Ioannis Dokas, Democritus University of Thrace, GR
► Thordur Vikingur Fridgeirsson, Reykjavik University, IS
► Sven Stefan Krauss, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, CH
► Anastasios Plioutsias, National Technical University of Athens, GR
► John Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
► Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart, DE
► Simon Whiteley, Dependable-Management Collaboration, UK

The conferences are organized by the Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Dr. Robert J. de Boer, professor of Aviation Engineering, chairs the organizing committee. The Aviation Academy performs research into real-life cases and problems and our goal is to improve and innovate professional practice. We perform all of our research projects
in close cooperation with industry, governmental agencies, scientific institutions and universities. This ensures a solid connection with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge, as well as a focus on the most urgent and current problems and challenges on the work floor.

The registration for both conferences will be opened soon.

Conference fees

Early-bird fee (inc. PhD candidates): € 295 
Registration fee (ATAERA Network, RAAK Pro partners and Alumni): € 295
Registration fee (inc. PhD candidates): € 335
Registration fee for bachelor and master students: € 130
Tutorials (Free for ATAERA Network, RAAK Pro partners): € 30

The Early-bird fee applies until the 31st of August 2018.


Published by  Centre for Applied Research Technology 19 May 2018