International Risk Governance Center IRGC

The EPFL International Risk Governance Center (IRGC) is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to extending knowledge about the increasingly complex, uncertain and ambiguous risks that affect society. We develop risk governance strategies that involve all key stakeholder groups, including citizens, governments, businesses and academia.

Our work is rooted in the IRGC Risk Governance Framework, as well as subsequent guidelines that were developed to more specifically address the challenges posed by governance of emerging and systemic risks. We apply these guidelines to a wide range of specific risk domains, and in recent years we have focused increasingly on risks associated with emerging technologies.

The following are among the areas we are currently working on:

To learn more about our work, you can read our annual reports from 2016-2020 and subscribe to our newsletter.

News and current activities

New policy brief on space debris

Our latest policy brief offers a menu of options and broad recommendations to improve the assessment, evaluation and management of collision risk from space debris.

New book on synthetic biology from IRGC workshop

The new book, “Emerging Threats of Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity”, is part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security series, and comes from the outcomes of an IRGC expert workshop.


Read the latest news, insights, presentations and media coverage about the EPFL International Risk Governance Center.

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Concepts and frameworks

At the core of IRGC work is a series of governance frameworks, which provide guidance in areas such as risk assessment, emerging and systemic risks, and resilience-building.

Specific risk domains

With a view to filling risk-governance deficits in important sectors, IRGC regularly convenes interdisciplinary expert groups to identify key risks and possible responses.


IRGC produces a wide range of publications, covering both our overarching governance frameworks as well as the outcomes of our work in specific risk domains.

Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter to stay informed about IRGC’s ongoing projects as well as upcoming events and publications.