SAFE 2021

9th International Conference on Safety and Security Engineering

Post Conference Report

9–11 November 2021


SAFE 2021

With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that SAFE 2021 should not take place as scheduled, in Rome, Italy, but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was co-organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Prof Giorgio Passerini and the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, represented by Professor Fabio Garzia, Mara Lombardi and Honorary Chairman Massimo Guarascio.

The conference, which started in Rome, Italy in 2005, is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. The purpose of the Conference is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the most recent research and industrial developments in the theoretical and practical aspects of safety and security engineering. It covers areas such as crisis management, security engineering, natural disasters and emergencies, terrorism, IT security, man-made hazards, risk management, control, protection and mitigation issues, and many others.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Prof Fabio Garzia, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, who welcomed the delegates to the event on behalf of all Conference Chairs.

Keynote Address

The programme opened with a Keynote by Prof Massimo Guarascio:

“As low as reasonably practicable. How it does work in the rail and road tunnels in Italian rules. ‘Risk acceptability/tolerability criteria. The Gu@larp model”

Invited Presentations

There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:

  • Seismic geostatistics application to the territorial infrastructure resilience and sustainability” 
    by Prof Massimo Guarascio, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

  • Emotional reactions to risk perception in the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy
    by Prof Fabio Garzia, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

  • Concepts and operational tools for multihazard risk analysis in road tunnels. The San Benedetto event
    by Prof Mara Lombardi, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

  • A novel facility for statically testing the stability of vehicles: technical features and possibilities
    by Dr Marco Bietresato, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

  • Development and Implementation of Real-time Sediment Disaster Warning System
    by Prof Takeyasu Suzuki, University of Yamanashi, Japan

  • Risk reduction in transport system in emergency conditions: a framework for demand analysis
    by Prof Francesco Russo, Mediterranea University of ​​Reggio Calabria, Italy

  • Evaluation of safety when a seismic isolated building collides with retaining walls considering different number of floors
    by Prof Carlos Cuadra, Akita Prefectural University, Japan

  • Behavior of active and passive noise reduction personal protective equipment. A case study in a limestone quarry plant
    by Dr Andrea Antonucci, University of Roma, Italy

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:

  • Earthquakes and natural hazards
  • Critical infrastructures
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Human factors and risk perception
  • Risk analysis and assessment
  • Modelling and experiments
  • Cyber security / e-security

Special Session

Prof Francesco Russo, from the Mediterranea University of ​​Reggio Calabria, Italy, organised a Special Session on “Risk reduction in Transport System in Emergency Conditions” consisting of 4 papers in addition to his own invited paper:

  • Risk Reduction in Transport System in Emergency Conditions: a framework for Network Design Problem
    by Prof Antonino Vitetta, Mediterranea University of ​​Reggio Calabria, Italy

  • Risk Reduction in Transport System in Emergency Conditions: a framework for Supply analysis
    by Prof Giuseppe Musolino, Mediterranea University of ​​Reggio Calabria, Italy

  • Risk Reduction in Transport System in Emergency Conditions: a framework for Evacuation Planning
    by Prof Corrado Rindone, Mediterranea University of ​​Reggio Calabria, Italy

  • Risk Reduction in Transport System in Emergency Conditions: a framework for Decision Support Systems
    by Prof Massimo Di Gangi, University of Messina, Italy

Q&A Live Zoom Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A Live Zoom Sessions which took place on the 10th and 11th of November. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference are published in Vol. 206 of the WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). Papers presented at the meeting are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.

We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series which is due to be reconvened in October 2022.

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