The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is proud to organize the 3rd edition of the International Cross-industry Safety Conference (ICSC) together with the 6th edition of the European STAMP Workshop and Conference (ESWC), both events dedicated to practical and theoretical aspects of safety. The ICSC aims to function as a platform to disseminate and share knowledge and experience about safety within and between industry and academia. The ESWC focuses on applications and studies related to the Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP) which is a new systems-thinking approach to engineering safer systems. This year’s common theme for both conferences is “Safety Management: Structures or Networks?”.

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. However, academics might focus on problems that the industry is not highly concerned with, and the industry is not knowledgeable about research results that can be used to solve safety related problems. Moreover, even best practices are not widely shared across different industries. The ICSC is a unique opportunity to bring together the various industry sectors and academia. The event aims to become a hub for discussing current and future safety challenges and ways to deal with those.

Traditional system safety approaches are being challenged by the introduction of new technology and the increasing complexity of the systems we design, manufacture and operate. STAMP and its associated tools deal with the complexity of systems and provide systematic ways to analyze and assess existing and conceptual systems proactively or detect and illustrate deficiencies revealed through investigations. The ESWC brings together researchers and practitioners who apply, or want to get familiar with, STAMP that is widely used in different sectors such as space, aviation, healthcare, defense, nuclear, railways, infrastructure and automotive.