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It's a wrap!

Thank you to all paper presenters and attendees to our 2nd annual Adventure Risk Research Symposium. The online conference format worked out well, and we heard a wide range of topics from waiver form findings, social media use, Covid practices, risk assessment, canyoneering human hazards, and mental health risk. Thought provoking and in some cases really important work that moves the needle forward on our collective adventure risk knowledge. You can find the summary papers and proceedings at this link - stay tuned, as most of these authors will be publishing their full findings in journals in the near future. Link here . 

ARRS line up of papers and proceedings link!

The 2020 Adventure Risk Research Symposium virtual paper presentations - October 19 as part of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference. Register with the conference to attend the research symposium (link on top bar). The line up: 8 paper presenters. The summary research papers proceedings and presenter bios at this link: here 12:45 Jon Heskha Waivers: Not worth the paper they’re written on? The enforceability of waivers in adventure sport in British Columbia since 1980 1:00 Andrew Foran, PhD Understanding risk in outdoor education: A teacher’s perspective 1:15 Steve Creech Human Hazards in Canyoneering Accidents 1:30 Kate Ming Sun The role of Social Media in Crisis Communications in Adventure Tourism 1:45 Sam Johnson, PhD Mental Health Problems in the Mountains: Needs, Assets, and Recommendations for Managing Mental Health

2020 ARRSymposium - virtual

 The 2020 Adventure Risk Research Symposium is virtual for 2020, in alignment with the Wilderness Risk Management Conference. A full agenda for the session will be posted shortly. The format will continue to be short presentations from risk researchers regarding their original research. 

2020 Adventure Risk Research Symposium

The second gathering of led outdoor and adventure risk and safety researchers, held in conjunction with the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC).  October 28, 2020,  Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A. The 2019 ARRS had a great turn out, leading edge research, fantastic keynotes from Dr.'s Paul Salmon and Denise Mitton. You can find the proceedings from the first conference in post below, linked here .  Goals: 1.         Connect researchers working on led outdoor and adventure risk/safety research 2.         Share findings to create a platform for idea development and future collaboration 3.         Focus on empiricism as a means of improving understanding or practice for wilderness/adventure risk management and safety Symposium Format: ·          1 day pre-conference to the  Wilderness Risk Management Conference  (symposium date October 28, 2020; conference date Oct. 29-30) ·          Presenters apply via brief research paper (paper submission details tab at

It's a wrap! Proceedings link

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Presenters at the inaugural Adventure Risk Research Symposium Our inaugural Adventure Risk Research Symposium was a hit. Keep an eye soon for a call for new papers for next year! Some of the feedback we received from attendees: "This was phenomenal. There is an urgent need for this in our field. It would be great to see this content and approach ingrained more throughout the mainstream conference." "This workshop was a whirlwind of good information. The need for addressing problems on the systems level was a really good takeaway." Link to the proceedings and papers is here .

2019 Adventure Risk Research Symposium

The inaugural gathering of wilderness and adventure risk and safety researchers, held in conjunction with the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC).  October 30, 2019,  Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. Goals: 1.        Connect researchers working on wilderness and adventure risk/safety research 2.        Share findings to create a platform for idea development and future collaboration 3.        Focus on empiricism as a means of improving understanding or practice for wilderness/adventure risk management and safety Symposium Format: ·          1 day pre-conference to the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (symposium date October 30, 2019; conference date Oct. 31/Nov.1) ·          Presenters apply via brief research paper (paper submission details tab at top of page) o    20 minute presentation, 10 minute discussion per presenter o    Papers vetted via double-blind peer review ·          Attendance open to anyone in addition to presenters (i.