Past workshops: Hindsight of the 2017 workshop

“INQUIMUS into ACTION – How can scientific assessments inform decisions for problem-solving in practice” was the topic of fourth INQUIMUS workshop. The workshop was successfully held from 19th – 21st of September 2017 at Eurac Research in Bolzano.

The meeting gathered more than 20 participants with four high level keynote speakers and a  number of posters representing a large variety of research activities from different thematic backgrounds and presented by Phd students, junior and distinguished senior scientists. The short keynote (or SOTA) talks were followed by in-depth discussions allowing to scrutinise the topics at stake at a level of detail, which is usually not possible during conferences and workshops.

So called, state-of-the-art talks (SOTA) where provided by a diversity of experts and scientists:

    • Paul Henshaw spoke about “OpenQuake: informing Disaster Risk Reduction Policy through open and collaborative Earthquake Risk Assessment”
    • Susanne Schwan gave her talk on “Decision support through climate risk assessments? Experiences with the Sourcebook Vulnerability”
    • Orsola Lussignoli and André Walter spoke about “Risk assessment and monitoring at different national scales – examples of participative and indicator-based approaches applied in Germany”
    • Jim Kronhamn’s talk was on “The Swedish process for national risk assessment”

Next to these SOTAs participants presented a range of posters, including a review of modelling techniques for multi-risk assessments and climate change adaptation in mountain regions, the Extreme Climate Index: a novel and multi-hazard index for extreme weather events, combining environmental and economic assessment with a desire to facilitate inclusive and equitable decision making, a multi-hazard Bayesian Network approach for the assessment of climate change and anthropic impacts on water quality and Increasing the utility of index-based risk assessment tools – A case strudy from the Philippines. The poster collection is available online.

Most of the time participants exchanged and developed new ideas, thoughts and insights in a range of interactive session.


The INQUIMUS workshop 2017 elaborated on the extent to which combined quantitative and qualitative assessment approaches have been successful in their support to decision making and whether they have contributed in practice to solving problems. Against this background methods applied for (normative or subjective) assessments and ways how to validate the usefulness of scientifc outputs were scrutinised. We argued these topics with stakeholders and users acting at various levels (local, national and international / European) and in different contexts. During the workshop, the following questions were leading our discussions:

    • Under which circumstances do mixed methods result influence actions, decisions & policies? Which issues are key for bringing these results into practice? Where are obstacles to do so and how can we foster the wider application of these methods and the uptake of their results by users?
    • How do methods and responsibilities for the assessment step of our studies look like? How do we give meaning to the numbers we produce with our models / indices / questionnaires for example in order to specify the relevance for a probability to experience a severe drought? How do scientific studies deal with the decisions of normative or subjective character?
    • What role does validation play in scientific studies in order to verify the usefulness of the selected approach and the produced results? How and by whom is success (or failure) monitored and assessed?
    • Is the way, mixed methods results are communicated, satisfactory? Are uncertainties and normative decisions on the way to these results represented appropriately?
    • How are the various uncertainties, which are linked with the results of our assessments, communicated and how are these uncertainties considered in the process of decision making?

Scientific Committee

Extended Scientific Committee

• Stefan Schneiderbauer (Eurac Research)
• Stefan Kienberger (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg – Austria)
• Stefan Lang (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg – Austria)
• Marc Zebisch (Eurac Research)
• Andrea Critto (University Ca’ Foscari Venice – Italy)
• Silvia Torresan (University Ca’ Foscari Venice – Italy)

Inquimus Brochure

INQUIMUS Documentation (password protected)

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