Aviation Academy

Master Class Systematic Safety Risk Management


You work in organisations where, daily, there are challenges to face that require effective risk management. Problems occur when outcomes cannot be predicted due to unidentified interactions or priorities that shifted. On the other end, problem-based approaches might lead to myopic analyses to manage organisational politics and group dynamics. If you juggle multiple stakeholder systems and various system objectives, and safety is a real priority for your organisation, then this master class in safety risk management based on socio-technical systems thinking is for you.

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Queensland University of Technology (AU) are proud to present a safety risk management master class. In this highly interactive, demanding and challenging course you will be introduced to systems thinking through group methods, and systematic analysis models and techniques such as the STAMP/STPA.

You will comprehend the limitations of prevalent risk management aspects and get exposed to techniques that aim at decreasing subjectivity. We will demonstrate how traditional approaches, as well as the results from STPA, can be exploited to assessing risk in more valid and reliable manners. We will also show you the benefits of strength-based approaches to addressing challenges in the risk management cycle.

The master class will include discussions about the theory, application to well-known
and lesser-known cases, and ample room for reflection on your own practice. Each step of the risk management cycle will be complemented with tips to help you cope with challenges during application.

We will show how the results of systematic methods can retrofit the data which are necessary for currently used tools (e.g., FTA, ETA, BowTie). We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches, and you will become competent in using each of the techniques depending on the resources and data available.

The following subjects will be covered:

  • Introduction: what is risk and risk management.
  • Risk assessment: the role of risk perception.
  • Hazard and risk identification: newly introduced tools and techniques and comparisons with traditional approaches.
  • Risk controls: how to assess their effectiveness and find the best combinations.
  • Risk monitoring methods: closing the loop
  • Industry guest speaker: real-world challenges and solutions

This master class is aimed at safety professionals, risk analysts, engineers, managers and any practitioner involved in risk assessments within complex socio-technical systems. Students and academic staff are also welcome as they will benefit from the theoretical and practical parts of the master class. This master class is open and relevant to any domain. Some work experience in hazard identification and risk assessment is preferable to enable fruitful participation in group discussions.

Dr. Nektarios Karanikas is Associate Professor in the Health, Safety and Environment discipline of the School of Public Health & Social Work (Faculty of Health) in the Queensland University of Technology (AU). He holds a doctorate in Safety and Quality Management (Middlesex University, UK) and an MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment (Cranfield University, UK). He has (co)authored various peer-reviewed journal and conference articles with a focus on safety/risk management and he is an active member and volunteer in scientific and professional bodies. In addition to his academic teaching, since 2009 Nektarios has been delivering professional courses in safety and risk management and safety investigations.

Dr. Maria Papanikou is Associate Professor in Safety and Human Factors at the Aviation Academy. She holds a PhD in Aviation Safety focusing on systemic – safety studies through transdisciplinary research. Her interdisciplinary background is at the core of her projects and her research interests. Before joining the Aviation Academy, Maria worked in the United Kingdom both as flight crew trainer, and as a researcher and academic. Following her departure from London, Maria joined the research team of the Medical School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece. At AUTh Maria worked on pilot mental health and participated in as well as coordinated research bids for projects on aviation human factors. Maria serves as organising and scientific committee in conferences internationally.

The program runs for four full days from Monday until Thursday; the program times are 9:00 to 17:00. The registration fee is €1890.
An early-bird fee (€1700) applies to registrations made up to 30th November 2019. Aviation Academy Alumni, RAAK PRO and RAAK MKB project partners, ATAERA members can register with early-bird fee (equivalent with 10% discount) during the entirely registration period.

All lunches and welcome drinks on Monday afternoon are included in the registration fee. The location will be in the vicinity of Amsterdam.

"In HvA’s Master Class Risk Assessment, I have learned to cope with the complexity inherent in socio-technical systems. Through practical application of STAMP, I’ve learned that it’s of vital importance not to focus on separate parts, but on systems as a whole including the interaction of its components. I’ve also learned how to minimize bad effects of cognitive biases and how to test your assumptions. The Master Class had a great mix of learning tools, which made it a riveting
experience. I daily apply the knowledge acquired in my work."
(Martijn Flinterman, Rijkswaterstaat)

"Having completed the SMS training for our organization, I would like to thank you on behalf of all the participants. We had only positive feedback from everyone , your ability to connect with the students and your talent at teaching advanced topics with complex concepts were truly superior. The carefully chosen academic
material , combined with the practical exercises and your in depth knowledge and experience of the aviation industry was the catalyst for a
successful project."
(Cpt Stavros Christeas, Safety Manager, AEGEAN Airlines)

With further questions please contact Ms. Viktória Balla-Kamper at v.balla-kamper@hva.nl, or at +31 (0)6 211 57720.


Substitution: If, after booking an event you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place at no additional cost. Please advise substitutions via email so a correct name tag will be available at the registration desk. Cancellation by a participant: We require 60 days cancellation notice prior to the scheduled event, otherwise we will charge you a cancellation fee as below. 10% of your total cost will be charged in case of cancellation by 60 to 30 days before the event. 25% of your total cost will be charged in case of cancellation by 30 to 14 days before the event. 100% of your total cost will be charged in case of cancellation within 14 days before the event or no show. Cancellation must be made in writing by the person who completed/signed the registration form and sent by email or letter. A cancellation is effective as soon as AUAS receives the e-mail of letter. Cancellation by the Aviation Academy: The Aviation Academy (AUAS) reserves the right to alter or cancel an event for any circumstances beyond AUAS reasonable control. In this case, AUAS liability is limited to the refund of the full participation fee. Unfortunately, AUAS can only run a specific course if a sufficient number of participants sign up. AUAS reserves the right to cancel a course if there are not enough registrations. Cancellations will be announced to the participants as quickly as possible after the deadline for enrolment and no later than 4 weeks before the scheduled course start. You will receive the final confirmation no later than 4 weeks before the course starts.

Published by  Centre for Applied Research Technology 5 November 2019
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