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 focus on involving all key stakeholder groups, including citizens, governments, businesses and academia.
Our work is rooted in the IRGC Risk Governance Framework, as well as subsequent frameworks that we developed to apply more specifically to the governance of emerging and systemic risks. We assess how these frameworks can be applied 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:
- Climate engineering
- Digital technology and governance (TRIGGER H2020)
- Precision medicine
- Synthetic biology
- Nanotechnology (NANORIGO H2020)
News and current activities
Based on a review of technologies for carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation modification, this report develops options for international governance and specific research needs.
Our latest “Spotlight on risk” paper assesses the trade-off between privacy and efficacy that digital contact tracing entails.
Read the latest news, insights, presentations and media coverage about the EPFL International Risk Governance Center.
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.
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.