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International conference and workshop


Regional Risks and Risks to the Regions

dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence

30-31 January 2018

Website:, e-mail:
Vilnius, Lithuania


The Baltic-Nordic Academic Community of Practice (RISK-NET) is organizing an international event for practitioners and researchers and invites the participants to submit their paper proposals on risk assessment, management, communication and other relevant topics related to specific risks to the regions. The focus of the conference is to stimulate a discussion and share the ideas on the diversity and complexity of contemporary risks and their impact on the development and prosperity of the regions. 

By drawing a historical parallel between the years 1917 and 2017, researchers call them the “years of crisis”. Regional risks were mainly created by dramatic changes associated with rapid urbanization, environmental destruction, regional conflicts and displacement, and new technology developments. Stepping into the year 2018, we may open a new era of opportunities in managing risks in the regions.

The invitation to this conference is also an invitation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Lithuania and to draw a sustainable way for the country’s development in the new arena of risks. Therefore, we challenge practitioners and researchers from different fields to question and test the knowledge of regional risk assessment and mitigation, to evaluate the sustainability of today’s countries and regions and to identify new approaches toward risk management.

The conference organizers are also inviting practitioners and researchers to participate in workshops on hands-on tools and methods related to risk assessment, communication, data visualization, etc.


Keynote Speakers

Anna OLOFSSON is Professor in Sociology within the Department of Social Sciences and Director of the Risk and Crisis Research Centre at Mid Sweden University. She is a board member of the interdisciplinary research network Society for Risk Analysis Europe, and of the Swedish Sociological Association as well as of the research network of 'Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty' of the International Sociological Association (TG04). Professor’s research on risk are published across journals, including Risk Analysis, Health, Risk and Society, Journal of Risk Research, and Environment and Behavior.

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Amb. Vygaudas USACKAS, Director of Institute of Europe of Kaunas University of Technology. Vygaudas Ušackas served as Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation from September 2013 to October 2017. Previously, from 2010 till 2013, he was the European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan. After obtaining his Law Degree from Vilnius University and completing his post-graduate education in Political Sciences in Denmark and Norway in 1991, he joined the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he served as Counselor to the Lithuanian Mission to both the EU and NATO from 1992 to 1996; Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1999; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union from 1999 to 2001; Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States of America and United Mexican States from 2001 to 2006; Ambassador of Lithuania to the Court of St. James from 2006 – 2008; and was Lithuanian Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2010.

COL Gintaras BAGDONAS, Director of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence. Col Bagdonas has demonstrated history of working in both defence and international affairs as a Director Intelligence of the EU Military Staff as well as Head of Special Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In addition to military education in France, Germany, Italy, UK, Estonia and Lithuania he possesses a MA degrees in Engineering and in Political Sciences.

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Preben H. LINDØE is Professor of Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway. He has an MS and a PhD on the implementation of 'enforced self-regulation' in Norway from the Technical University of Trondheim. He has worked within applied research for twenty-five years, including action-research methodology, occupational health and safety, risk regulation and safety management. Lindøe's last edited book is Risk Governance of Offshore Oil and Gas operations (Cambridge University Press).

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Ainius LAŠAS is heading the Faculty of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at Kaunas University of Technology. A. Lašas was a lecturer at the University of Bath, held a Senior Research fellowship at St. Anthony College, University of Oxford and a Postdoctoral fellowship at the United Nations University (Japan). He actively participates in ongoing public debates about higher education and is a member of various committees involved in the formation of educational policies. By education and profession Ainius Lašas is both a political scientist and a journalist. His research fields encompass threat perception, collective memory, moral emotions and informal political culture.



The full conference programme can be viewed/downloaded here:


Wednesday, January 31, workshops are designed for practitioners and early stage researchers

Future Workshop: Environmental Challenges in the Baltic-Nordic Context
Riikka ARO, Tapio LITMANEN, University of Jyväskylä
We create an innovation platform for a joint co-development of knowledge based on shared experiences. The
idea of a future workshop (Lauttamäki, 2014) is to bring together people from various backgrounds who share
an interest in a common issue or problem. In our future workshop, we will assess its features and will aim at
finding the alternatives for current activities and states of affairs concerning environmental challenges in the
Baltic-Nordic region seeking for possible new directions against the outlined future possibilities (scenarios
and their root causes). The workshop provides an opportunity for cross-sectoral/multidisciplinary experiments
of thought and innovating ways of action and forms of cooperation.

Hands-on Session in a Computer Class: Using GIS for Risk Communication
Aušrius JUOZAPAVIČIUS, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
This workshop might be interesting for those who have never used a geographical information system (GIS)
before. We will use a computer class to access an online GIS platform by ESRI. As there are 20 working
places available, first registered, first served. We will create a digital map, add some simple risk-related data,
make a basic risk analysis and have a nice visualization.

Collaboration in the Public Sector from a Networked Perspective
Evangelia PETRIDOU, Jörgen SPARF, Mid Sweden University

Increasing frequency of social, political and economic crises during the past decades has resulted in new approaches towards collective action. This is partly a response to the fact that many contemporary social problems are “wicked” in the sense that they are difficult to define, they are multi-causal and without a clear solution but with the possibility of externalities, involving a multitude of actors (Peters, 2015). As such, dealing with them requires increased levels of coordination, which according to Peters is a fundamental policy problem in itself (2015). When it comes to coordination, network arrangements are an advantage, but the challenge for the practitioners is to operate and cultivate the networked linkages without prioritizing them at the cost of their home organization (Peters, 1998). Increasingly, informal interorganizational arrangements have been giving way to formalized networked structures tasked with producing a collaborative delivery of services or service innovation. This begs the following question: what does collaboration mean in practical terms? How do actors work together at the operative level? What does it mean in practice to share information and work together in order to provide a better public good to citizens?

In this workshop, we are invite practitioners from the Baltic-Nordic context to share experiences of collaboration. As a departure point, the organizers of the workshop will present the account of an institutionalized collaboration in routine emergency management in Sweden in the greater Stockholm area.

Analysing and Visualising Public Risk Perceptions
Aistė BALŽEKIENĖ, Kaunas University of Technology
The workshop will introduce open and free data sets for analysing public opinions about the diversity of risk
related issues, such as climate change, environmental problems, cyber security, etc. The data from
Eurobarometer, International Social Survey and European Social Survey will be used for the analysis and
visualizations of public risk perceptions.

Assessing Risk Communication: Reading the Lines and between the Lines
Audronė TELEŠIENĖ, Kaunas University of Technology
The workshop aims at critically discussing the content of risk communication. Different contexts, cases,
audiences and genres might be at the heart of discussions trying to understand and explain how they influence
the content of risk messages.


Deadlines and Registration

Submission of abstracts: 10 December 2017 (closed)
Notification of acceptance: 20 December 2017

Registration: 28 January 2018 
Registration to the conference (1st day, 30 January) (with or without presentation)
Registration to workshops (2nd day, 31st of January) – limited places available

Review of the full paper for a special issue of the journal (optional): 28 February 2018

Guidelines for Abstracts

We welcome the submission of your paper abstract. Your text should describe your project in an extended abstract format of 500-1000 words including references. Please respect the word limit as longer abstracts will not be accepted. The abstract must be in fluent English as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted.

Publication Opportunities

All accepted abstracts will be published in the electronic conference proceedings. Full papers submitted after the conference (submission deadline: 28 February 2018) will be considered for publication in the following peer-reviewed journals cited in SCOPUS and other databases: 

Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues (

Public Policy And Administration (

Policy of Handling Non-presented Papers

Authors are expected to present their papers in person. The conference organizers will exclude any paper that was not presented at the conference.


The RISK-NET community of the Mid Sweden University (Sweden), University of Jyväskylä (Finland), University of Stavanger (Norway), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania (Lithuania)

Host Institution

The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
Šilo Str. 5A, Vilnius
PoC: Rasa Smaliukienė,



Scientific Committee

Jörgen Sparf (Mid Sweden University),
Evangelia Petridou (Mid Sweden University), (MIUN PoC)
Rasa Smaliukienė (Military Academy of Lithuania), (MAL PoC)
Aušrius Juozapavičius (Military Academy of Lithuania),
Manuela Tvaronavičienė (Military Academy of Lithuania),
Aistė Balžekienė (Kaunas University of Technology), (KTU PoC)
Eglė Gaulė (Kaunas University of Technology),
Sigrid Kalle (Tallinn University of Technology), (TuT PoC)
Piia Tint (Tallinn University of Technology),
Tapio Litmanen (University of Jyväskylä), (JYU PoC)
Riikka Aro (University of Jyväskylä),
Eivind Rake (University of Stavanger), (UiS PoC)
Preben Lindoe (University of Stavanger),

Organizing Committee

Rasa Smaliukienė (Military Academy of Lithuania),
Aistė Balžekienė (Kaunas University of Technology),
Gintaras Labutis (Military Academy of Lithuania),
Aušrius Juozapavičius, (Military Academy of Lithuania),
Jolanta Sabaitytė, (Military Academy of Lithuania),

Travel and Stay

Standart single room 87 Eur per nigh. Room rate include breakfast and VAT.
Reservation form:
Radisson Blu e-system 

Standart room 79,00 Eur per night, discount code RISKNET (valid for reservations till 2017-12-30). Breakfast included, extra service: 10-meter long indoor swimming pool with integrated whirpool bath, finnish and steam saunas, gym, wi-fi and etc.
Reservation form:

Single room 79,00 Eur per night
Standart double room 99,00 Eur per night
Special price valid for reservations made till 2018-01-19.
Room rate includes VAT, buffet breakfast. Wi-Fi, Mini Gym free of charge.
Please fill the reservation form and send it by e-mail:  

Single room 73 Eur per night
Business class single room 95 Eur per night

Business class double room 95 Eur per night
Superior class single room 115 Eur per night
Superior class double room 125 Eur per night
Breakfast "a la carte", wi-fi, car parking included.
Special price with discount code Risknet, reservations could be done by email:  

Single room 69 Eur per night
Double room 75 Eur per night
Breakfast included.
Special price with discount code „Risknet“, reservations could be done by email:  

Standart single room 59,00 Eur per night
Standart double room 1 person 64,00 Eur per night.
Room rate includes breakfast and VAT.
Special price with discount code Risknet, reservations could be done by email: 

Prices per night:  breakfast included / without breakfast
Superior single – 60 Eur / 50 Eur
Double room - 70 Eur / 60 Eur
Superior double room – 80 Eur / 70 Eur
Junior Suite - 90 Eur / 80 Eur

Superior room is bigger, with extra sofa.
Special price with discount code Risknet, reservations could be done by email:


Venue & Access



The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Šilo Str. 5A, LT-10322 Vilnius, Lithuania


By taxi: 10 min from city centre

By public transport: Trolleybus 2 or 4 form Cathedral squire (5 stops). The stop is “Silo tiltas”. Take a 200 m. walk to Šilo str. (see the 2nd picture)

ID: please do not forget to bring your passport or ID, as the Academy is on a military ground.


RISK-NET'18 Conference proceedings


International Conference - Regional Risks and Risks to the Regions.pdf