The ICRA conferences are organized every two years by the ISI Committee on Risk Analysis (ISI-CRA), one of the nine Special Interest Groups of the ISI. This year’s conference focuses on Risk Analysis and Experimental Design and it is devoted to the Distinguished Professor Samad Hedayat from UIC-USA. The Committee is in charge of improving and expanding the role of statistics in Risk Analysis, by addressing theory, methodology and applications that cover the broad scope of risk assessment, including management in life sciences and public health, sciences of the environment and behaviour, economics and finance, industrial risks, adversarial risks and issues of societal security. Experimental Design is a branch of Statistics playing a Key role in all these areas and thus a meeting joining Risk Analysis and Experimental Design Topics is therefore justified by facing the challenges in the 21th Century and providing tools that look for to avoid the perils inherent to a dynamic future.