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2nd International Cross-industry Safety Conference (ICSC)

Amsterdam, 1-3 November 2017

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is proud to organise the 2nd edition of the International Cross-industry Safety Conference (ICSC) dedicated to both practical and theoretical aspects of safety. The conference aims to function as a platform to disseminate and share knowledge and experience about safety within and between industry and academia. This year’s theme is “Work-as-Imagined and Work-as-Done: Balancing Rules and Reality” and the program will cover a wide range of relevant research and practice.


There is a plethora of approaches to safety, respective models and management methods that have been proposed by the academia. Various ‘best practices’ are applied across industry sectors and are included in standards and regulations. The diversity of models and approaches serves the scope of science, but when it comes to practice, does not allow the establishment of a common language regarding safety. Academics might focus on problems that the industry is not highly concerned with, and the industry may not be knowledgeable about research results that can be used to solve safety related problems. Moreover, even best practices might not be widely shared across different industries.

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. The ICSC is a unique opportunity to bring together the various industry sectors and academia.

We aim to function as a platform for disseminating and sharing knowledge and experience about safety, and we intend to become a hub for discussing current and future safety challenges and ways to deal with those.

Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden (1954) is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Cognitive Edge. He has pioneered a science-based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. Dave holds visiting chairs at several universities worldwide. Dave is an award-winning journalist for over more than 25 years. He is also on the editorial boards of several Knowledge Management journals and is an Editor in Chief for Emerge, Complexity and Organization. Dave holds a BA Philosophy and an MBA Financial Management. 

Ewout Hiltermann

Ewout Hiltermann (1980) started his career in 2001 as First Officer on the Boeing 737 at Lufthansa. After five years and 2500 flight hours, he joined KLM Cityhopper to fly the Fokker 70, which he still does. Early 2010 he joined the Flight Safety Department as Project Manager for the implementation of the Safety Management System (SMS) and as Chief Investigator. He holds the position of Safety & Compliance Director since early 2014. He also spoke in 2013 at the Flight Safety Foundation’s International Air Safety Summit in Washington, DC. Ewout holds a Commercial Pilot License (KLM flight academy) and does a part-time bachelor Business Administration. 


In 1st of November 2017, we offer three tutorials as part of the program of the 2nd International Cross-Industry Safety Conference.

13:30 – 15:00: Increasing depth, fairness and effectiveness of safety investigations

13:30 – 15:00: Ten steps to achieve safety leadership

15:30 – 17:00: Safety metrics: assess and quantify the gap between Work-as-Imagine and Work-as-Done

During the registration process, you can also sign up for these tutorials.

Costs: €25 per tutorial (the attendance is free of charge for RAAK Pro Partners and the ATAERA Network)

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Leeuwenburg building,
Weesperzijde 190, 1097 DZ Amsterdam

In addition to the keynote speeches, the program will feature 23 oral presentations and 6 posters around the following topics:

  • System and safety performance
  • Safety investigations and safety thinking
  • Dynamic risk assessment, management, avoidance and perception
  • Resilience and safety culture
  • Human factors: leadership, coordination, learning, emotions, narratives and competencies

    The speakers and authors will represent various academic and research institutions as well as a wide spectrum of industry sectors including Aviation, Maritime, Railway, Healthcare, Process industry, Automotive and Defense.  The conference program can be downloaded here

CASA Hotel
Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4, 1097 BC Amsterdam

  • Nektarios Karanikas (Chairman), AUAS, NL
  • Asim Abdulkhaleq, University of Stuttgart, DE
  • Maria Mikela Chatzimichailidou, Imperial College London, UK
  • Ioannis Dokas, Democritus University of Thrace, GR
  • Gesine Hofinger, Team HF, DE
  • Nasir Iqbal, General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE
  • Dimitrios Karabelias, Athens International Airport, GR
  • Julius Jud Keller, Purdue University, US
  • Ioana Koglbauer, Graz University of Technology, AT
  • Ray Master, Construction Risk Partners, US
  • Ilias Panagopoulos, NATO Airlift Management Programme, HU
  • Anastastios Plioutsias, National Technical University of Athens, GR
  • Bart Poolman, Heerema Marine Contractors, NL
  • Stefano Prati, Meta System SpA, IT
  • Mohammad Rajabalinejad, University of Twente, NL
  • Martin Rejzek, Zurich University if Applied Sciences, CH
  • Panagiotis Sotiriadis, National Centre for Public Administration, GR
  • John Stoop, Kindunos Consultancy, NL
  • Alexei Sharpanskykh, TU Delft, NL
  • Ivan Sikora, City University London, UK
  • Stefan Wagner, University of Stuttgart, DE
  • Simon Whiteley, Dependable Management, UK
  • Nikolaos Zygouris, Hellenic Air Force, GR

This conference is 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.

Call for papers (closed)

Deadline: 1st of July 2017


Hotel CASA Amsterdam, Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4, Amsterdam

Conference fees

Early-bird fee (inc. PhD candidates): € 285 
Registration fee (ATAERA Network, RAAK Pro partners): € 285
Registration fee (inc. PhD candidates): € 320
Registration fee for bachelor and master students: € 120
Tutorials (Free for ATAERA Network, RAAK Pro partners): € 25

The Early-bird fee applies until the 25th of August 2017.

Published by  Centre for Applied Research Technology 27 October 2017