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Course schedule


The first workshop will be a physical meeting and the rest will be digital meetings. The physical meeting will take place at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers university of technology, Sven Hultins gata 6, Göteborg.

Further information on how to find your way to Chalmers (Campus Johenneberg)


Before the course starts, you are asked to:

  • Read the papers by Kaplan & Garrick (1981) and Aven (2010) and reflect upon how you understand the concept of risk and how it relates to your research project.
  • Be prepared to discuss what risks you think are related to the system(s) you are working with (e.g. entire or parts of the drinking water, wastewater or storm water system, the hydrological cycle, etc.). Also, be prepared to shortly explain what your doctoral project is focused on.
  • Send a short (maximum 1 A4 page) description of your doctoral project. We will use this as a basis when discussing what your individual project assignments can be focus on. In the email you send, also describe if you have any prior knowledge or experience of risk assessment etc. in any field. Please, send us this information no later than then one week prior to the course starts.



November 10-11

09:00-16:30 both days

(Physical meeting in Gothenburg)


Risks related to the water cycle
Initial discussion on different types of risk that exists and are related to the water sector.

The concept of risk and related aspects
The participants are asked to read two papers (see the list of literature) on the basic concept of risk and be prepared to discuss how it is linked to their own area of research.

The risk management process

Methods for estimating risk

  • Risk matrices
  • Event trees
  • Fault trees

Monte Carlo simulations

Exercises on risk estimation and uncertainty analysis using Monte Carlo simulations (your own computer is needed for this)

Decision on individual project assignments

November 18



Methods developed for the drinking water sector

  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA)
  • Dynamic fault trees for analysis water supply reliability

Discussion on individual project assignments

November 24



Discussion on individual project assignments

Linking risk assessment and decision analysis to provide decision support

  • Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)

The theoretical background to the methods listed above will be presented and several examples presented. 

December 16



Presentation of project assignments and discussion

Each participant presents their own work. The aim is that the rest of the group will get a deeper understanding and learn how methods etc. can be applied in other research areas.

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