Symposium and Conferences Too Big to Handle: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Question of Why Societies Ignore Looming Disasters Why are societies sometimes unable to handle looming disasters? Under what conditions and why is action taken or not? Prof. Anne van Aaken (University of St.Gallen, Law School) invited jointly with Prof. Janis Antonovics (University of Virginia, Biology) to the workshop "Too Big To Handle". Perspectives and solutions to the above questions were explored from different disciplinary viewpoints. The conference was hosted by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. An overview is provided by the Verfassungsblog. Proceedings have been published in a Special Issue of Global Policy 2016. International Symposium „Risk, Responsibility and Liability in the Protection of Critical Infrastructures“ The international Symposium on „Risk, Responsibility and Liability in the Protection of Critical Infrastructures“ was organised by Anne van Aaken and Isabelle Wildhaber from the profile area “Business Enterprise – Law, Innovation and Risk” in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP) and took place from May 23 to 24, 2014. Professionals and experts from different research areas from six European countries participated. Critical infrastructure involves assets that are essential for the functioning of a society and economy. The systems and networks that make up the infrastructure of society are often taken for granted, yet a disruption to just one of those systems can have dire consequences across other sectors, e.g. a disruption to the information and telecommunication technologies system can have consequences for the energy or transportation sector. The protection of critical infrastructure is a highly complex problem, which can only be solved by integrating different perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches. Accordingly, the symposium program included topics such as State Duties to Protect, Risk Sociology and Risk Governance, Private and Public Liability, Risk Transfer, Information Sharing, Private/Public Cooperation and insurance solutions. Preventive measures as well as the legal framework are insufficient to define clear responsibilities (and liabilities) in the protection of critical infrastructures. The cooperation of natural scientists, legal scholars, the economy and politics is needed to find a critical infrastructure policy in which prevention and compensation goals are reached in an equal and optimal manner. In addition, a discussion on risk levels and their acceptance in our society is necessary, including who decides on this question, and how the available resources should be allocated for an adequate protection of critical infrastructures. Selected contributions to the Symposium have been published in a Special Issue of the European Journal of Risk Regulation (EJRR) in summer 2015. A report on the conference (in German) appeared in the Issue 2/2014 of “Sicherheit & Recht”.