Call for Papers

Welcome to the 38th ISSC, the premiere international conference on system safety. The theme for ISSC 2020 is "Optimizing System Safety." The conference technical program is focused on training and educating new System Safety Engineers and Engineers in other disciplines who want to learn some System Safety fundamentals. The training is endorsed by the International System Safety Society.

We want you to share your knowledge and we invite you to participate. Please consider one of several types of technical presentations (listed below) on any process, method, or technique that you believe contributes to the goals and objectives of system safety. This interdisciplinary conference will bring practitioners and the foremost thinkers of the system safety discipline together for an exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience. We want to emphasize several aspects of system safety practice: how to apply techniques, lessons learned and examples of actual specific applications.

The Conference is accepting four types of presentation proposals: 


Educational presentations conducted in 1.5-hour time slots. Tutorials may be 1.5 hours, 3 hours (1/2 day), 6 hours (1 full day) or 12 hours (2 full days) in length and are delivered by one or more instructors. They are intended to offer practical information on basic, intermediate, or advanced topics related to system safety. Most tutorials will be eligible for CEU credits. In support of the 38th ISSC theme, the conference is particularly interested in top-quality tutorials that will engage and educate attendees.

Technical Papers

These papers are compositions of generally between six and not more than twelve pages written by one or more authors, dealing with a subject related to system safety. Technical papers will be reviewed by the conference technical committee, and if accepted, will be published in the conference proceedings. The author will give a presentation based on the paper, at the 38th ISSC.


Discussion-oriented forums in which either a series of related presentations are delivered by a small number of experts (panelists), or a general topic is discussed somewhat informally by any or all participants. Discussions are led by a facilitator and are normally 1.5 hours in length.


These are half-day (3 hours) or one-day (6 hours) forums focused on areas in which we hope to advance the discipline of system safety.

Virtual / Remote Presentations

For any of the above options, please indicate if you are able and willing to provide a pre-recorded presentation or schedule a remote live presentation that could be recorded. ISSS is looking to provide members with multiple options for professional development and networking with other system safety professionals.



June 12, 2020Revised Call for Papers Launch
August 17, 2020Abstract Submissions for Technical Papers, Panel/Roundtable Proposals, Tutorials and Workshops DUE
August 24, 2020Acceptance Decision Given to Authors
September 4, 2020Draft Paper Submission
September 25, 2020Draft Presentation Slides for Tutorials Submission
October 5, 2020Comments on Papers Given to Authors
October 9, 2020Final Paper Submissions and Draft Presentation Slides for Papers
October 16, 2020
Comments on Slides (Papers and Tutorials) Given to Authors
October 23, 2020Final Presentation Slides/Materials (Papers, Tutorials) DUE



  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Aviation/Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Complex Systems
  • Environmental/Sustainability
  • Explosives Safety
  • Ground Transportation Systems
  • Hazard Recognition / Risk Management
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics
  • Medical Device / Healthcare Safety
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Model Based System Engineering (MBSE)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear safety
  • Energy Systems / Critical Infrastructure
  • Patient Safety
  • Process Safety
  • Product Safety
  • Public Safety/ Emergency Response
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Software Engineering
  • Space Systems
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Integration
  • Systems of Systems
  • System-Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA)
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Weapons Safety
  • Workplace Safety and Health