Dossier No.32 – Risktaking
The Air and Space Academy is multidisciplinary and European. It has no direct responsibility in public affairs but cannot disregard them completely.
At present we are witnessing a trend within European societies towards over protectiveness and the resulting notion of “zero risk”.
Such a change in mentality, and the fear it engenders, can put a curb on and even bring to a halt certain aeronautics and space activities that are indispensable to the progress of our society.
In order to clarify these notions, the Academy organised a national conference on “Risk-taking: a human necessity that must be managed” from 4 to 6 February 2008.
The conference brought together operators accustomed to taking risks in different fields to discuss the various issues: major industrial development programmes – especially in aerospace –, surgical operations, risk taken in one’s own name or in the name of third parties, risk-taking and the legal system, etc. and the notion of the precautionary principle.
This dossier presents an initial analysis of what was said in the course of the conference, outlining the various points of view expressed by speakers and participants.
It has been published in two editions, French and English, each comprising 84 pages .