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About the IRGC Foundation
History, Mission, Goals, Activities
No part of this document may be quoted or reproduced without prior approval from IRGC.
April 2016
/
The International Risk Governance Council
Foundation (IRGC)
• IRGC helps improve the understanding and governance of systemic
risks that have impacts on human health and safety, on the
environment, on the economy and on society at large.
• Mission: Developing concepts of risk governance, anticipating
major risk issues, and providing risk governance policy advice for
key decision-makers
About the IRGC Foundation 2
/
How IRGC Works
• IRGC operates as an independent think-tank
that helps bridge the gaps between science,
technological development, policymakers and
the public
• IRGC draws upon international scientific
knowledge and expertise from both the public
and private sectors in order to develop fact-
based risk governance recommendations for
policy-makers
• IRGC acts as a neutral collaborative platform
with multidisciplinary expertise
About the IRGC Foundation 3
Rooted in the principles of good
governance, IRGC works by being:
Open: Freely shared project outcomes
Accountable: Peer-reviewed, evidence-
based project work and
recommendations
Collaborative: Multi-stakeholder
approach bringing together academia,
policy and industry
Independent: Autonomous choice of
subjects, experts and partners
/
Key Priorities and Core Activities
• Key Priorities
– Champion ignored, neglected and emerging issues
– Help organisations better anticipate and respond to risks
– Building bridges between science and policy to facilitate sustainable
scientific and technological developments
– Foster the development of coherent risk governance cultures
• Core Activities
– Develop core risk governance methods and tools, including: A framework
for risk governance, a review of common deficits in risk governance, and
an analysis of contributing factors to risk emergence
– Provide guidelines for the governance of specific risk issues
– Convene multi-stakeholder events
About the IRGC Foundation 4
/
Activities I: Core Concepts of Risk Governance
About the IRGC Foundation 5
Steps to identify and respond to emerging risks
Source: IRGC Guidelines for Emerging Risk Governance, IRGC 2015
The IRGC Risk Governance Framework
Source: Risk Governance – Towards an Integrative Approach, White Paper, IRGC 2005
/
Activities II: Special Issues
About the IRGC Foundation 6

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About the IRGC Foundation

  • 1. www.irgc.org About the IRGC Foundation History, Mission, Goals, Activities No part of this document may be quoted or reproduced without prior approval from IRGC. April 2016
  • 2. / The International Risk Governance Council Foundation (IRGC) • IRGC helps improve the understanding and governance of systemic risks that have impacts on human health and safety, on the environment, on the economy and on society at large. • Mission: Developing concepts of risk governance, anticipating major risk issues, and providing risk governance policy advice for key decision-makers About the IRGC Foundation 2
  • 3. / How IRGC Works • IRGC operates as an independent think-tank that helps bridge the gaps between science, technological development, policymakers and the public • IRGC draws upon international scientific knowledge and expertise from both the public and private sectors in order to develop fact- based risk governance recommendations for policy-makers • IRGC acts as a neutral collaborative platform with multidisciplinary expertise About the IRGC Foundation 3 Rooted in the principles of good governance, IRGC works by being: Open: Freely shared project outcomes Accountable: Peer-reviewed, evidence- based project work and recommendations Collaborative: Multi-stakeholder approach bringing together academia, policy and industry Independent: Autonomous choice of subjects, experts and partners
  • 4. / Key Priorities and Core Activities • Key Priorities – Champion ignored, neglected and emerging issues – Help organisations better anticipate and respond to risks – Building bridges between science and policy to facilitate sustainable scientific and technological developments – Foster the development of coherent risk governance cultures • Core Activities – Develop core risk governance methods and tools, including: A framework for risk governance, a review of common deficits in risk governance, and an analysis of contributing factors to risk emergence – Provide guidelines for the governance of specific risk issues – Convene multi-stakeholder events About the IRGC Foundation 4
  • 5. / Activities I: Core Concepts of Risk Governance About the IRGC Foundation 5 Steps to identify and respond to emerging risks Source: IRGC Guidelines for Emerging Risk Governance, IRGC 2015 The IRGC Risk Governance Framework Source: Risk Governance – Towards an Integrative Approach, White Paper, IRGC 2005
  • 6. / Activities II: Special Issues About the IRGC Foundation 6
  • 7. / Activities III: Conferences and Expert Workshops About the IRGC Foundation 7
  • 8. / A Brief History • Established in 2003 by the Swiss Federal Assembly with support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research, amidst a number of risk management and regulatory failures in the late 1990s • Launched as a private foundation and independent/international body to bridge gaps between science, technological development, decision-makers and the public • In 2012, moved its offices from Geneva to the École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and signed a formal collaboration agreement according to which EPFL will support IRGC’s mission and activities • As of 2016, IRGC activities are organised in collaboration with the EPFL International Risk Governance Center • IRGC is an accredited member with the following organisations and networks: About the IRGC Foundation 8
  • 9. / The IRGC Network About the IRGC Foundation 9 • Decentralised structure facilitating a network of academic and scientific institutions active in the field of risk governance Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Program on Emerging Technologies, Cambridge, USA Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, USA Duke University Program, Kenan Rethinking Regulation Institute for Ethics, Durham, USA Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Pittsburgh, USA IRGC Portugal, IST Lisbon, Portugal Center for Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), Bangalore, India Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and Management, Beijing, China The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS, Germany University College London, Department on Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, UK
  • 10. / 2016 Priorities and Activities • Autonomous cars Creating the appropriate regulatory context; Dealing with insurance, liability and perception issues • Precision medicine Organising data collection and sharing; Adaptive governance; Addressing ethical, regulatory and economic uncertainties, involving all major actors • Cybersecurity Promoting a risk governance approach to deal with the residual risk that security measures cannot avoid • Advanced applications of synthetic biology Addressing the potential risk in order to fully seize the benefits About the IRGC Foundation 10
  • 11. / Contact IRGC • www.irgc.org • By email: info@irgc.org • By phone: +41 21 693 8290 • By mail: EPFL ENT IRGC CM 1 516 (Bâtiment Centre Midi) Station 10 CH-1015 Lausanne Switzerland About the IRGC Foundation 11