Within the context of specific projects, IRGC also organises smaller events, typically 20 – 40 participants, in the form of workshops or roundtable discussions. Expert workshops constitute an important part of knowledge generation, idea development and feedback in the context of a particular project or topic.

Admissibility: Experts, practitioners
Participation: Upon invitation

From 2017, more information on IRGC expert workshops is available on the EPFL IRGC website.

  • Trust and Precision Medicine – A Risk Governance Perspective

    Started: Thursday November 23, 2017 Ended: Friday November 24, 2017

    Objective To gain insight into ways to build trust in precision medicine. A lack of trust can be considered a risk in the development of precision medicine. To better understand such a risk several questions need to be explored: In the era of big data and precision medicine, what is...

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  • Cybersecurity Risks in the Internet of Things

    15 - 16 November 2016, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, Zurich, Switzerland

    As part of an on-going workshop series and project work on cybersecurity and in line with its mission to bridge the gap between science and policy, IRGC organised a one-day expert workshop on Governing Cybersecurity Risks and Benefits in the Internet of Things, applied to connected vehicles and medical devices...

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  • Applying IRGC Concepts and Instruments for Risk Governance

    18 - 19 October 2016, IASS, Potsdam

    On 18-19 October 2016, IRGC and the Institute for Advance Sustainability Studies IASS organised an invitation-only expert workshop at IASS in Potsdam on Applying, Using and Developing further IRGC Concepts and Instruments for Risk Governance. Its purpose was to facilitate a discussion among practitioners and researchers about how to implement...

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  • Governance of Impacts of Precision Medicine

    24 September 2016, Campus Biotech, Geneva

    Following the Health 2030 Symposium ‘Personalized Health in the Digital Age‘, IRGC organised a 1-day invitation-only expert workshop in Geneva on the Governance of Impacts of Precision Medicine. In an open, facilitated roundtable discussion, 30 experts in the field of precision medicine, from various countries, disciplines and stakeholder groups, including...

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  • Risk and Opportunity Governance of Autonomous Cars

    15 - 16 June 2016, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, Zurich, Switzerland

    On 15 – 16 June 2016, the EPFL International Risk Governance Center (IRGC), in collaboration with the EPFL Transport Center (TRACE), organised an expert workshop on Risk and Opportunity Governance of Automated and Autonomous Cars. The workshop, conducted under Chatham House Rule, convened a group of participants from academia, regulatory...

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  • Cyber Security Risk Governance

    29 - 30 October 2015, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, Zurich, Switzerland

    In October 2015, IRGC, together with main partner Marsh & McLennan Companies and with support from Swiss Re, AXA Technology Services and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), organised a workshop on cyber security risk governance. Organizations are increasingly concerned about threats to data confidentiality, integrity and availability. When data are...

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  • Demand Response: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of Energy Transitions

    10 - 11 September 2015, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

    IRGC and the Energy Center of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) jointly organised an international public conference and expert workshop on the challenges and opportunities for demand response in the context of energy transitions. Featuring speakers from industry, the public sector as well as academia, the two events sought to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary overview of the opportunities and risks associated with demand response.

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  • Collection and Use of Human Genetic Information for Precision Medicine

    28 - 29 August 2015, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

    On 28-29 August 2015, IRGC organised an exploratory workshop on governance issues associated with the collection, access and use of human genetic information for precision medicine. The workshop was organised with Tsinghua University, MIT and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It was attended by academics and representatives from industry and...

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  • Comparing Methods for Terrorism and Cyber Security Risk Analysis

    28 - 29 May 2015, AAAS, Washington DC, USA

    The workshop brought together a group of leading researchers working on issues of terrorism risk assessment with a group of leading researchers in cyber security. The objective was to explore what the two communities can learn from each other and whether there are opportunities to avoid duplication and reinvention.

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  • Roundtable Discussion – IRGC Guidance on Emerging Risk Governance

    6 June 2014, Zürich, Switzerland

    On 6 June 2014, IRGC organised a roundtable discussion on the governance of emerging risks. The majority of participants were practitioners in the public and private sectors. Others were from academia, with expertise in various disciplines. Context: In order to help organisations better identify, evaluate, manage and communicate emerging risks,...

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  • IRGC Expert Workshop on the Governance of Slow-Developing Catastrophic Risks

    27 - 28 June 2013, Rüschlikon (Zurich), Switzerland

    June 28, 2013. IRGC brought together scientists and policy makers to discuss on the interface between science and policy, for the purpose of supporting improved governance of "slow-developing catastrophic risks".

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  • IRGC Portugal Workshops: Industrialisation, Geography and Policy

    8 - 9 and 28 -29 November 2012, Lisbon, Portugal

    IRGC Portugal organised two workshops in November 2012, at the  Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon as part of a Research Workshop Series on Industrialization, Geography and Policy with the goal of understanding the risks of de-industrialization and the dynamics of technological change to build socioeconomic resilience. WORKSHOP I (8...

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  • IRGC Expert Workshop on Risk Governance of Unconventional Gas Development

    5 - 6 November 2012, Rüschlikon (Zürich), Swizterland

    IRGC organised an expert meeting on 'Risk Governance of Unconventional Gas Development', held at the SwissRe Centre for Global Dialogue in Zurich, Switzerland. Under the guidance of Dr. John D. Graham, Member of IRGC' Scientific and Technical Council and Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and with support from experts from Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Engineering and Public policy, IRGC is engaged into an initiative to assess how risks associated with unconventional as development are currently being governed.

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  • Expert Workshop on Public Sector Governance of Emerging Risks

    17 - 18 September 2012, Lausanne, Switzerland

    IRGC organised an expert workshop on 17th and 18th of September 2012, in Lausanne, inviting authors of case studies, representatives from governments, as well as a few external experts, to discuss on possible guidelines for how to improve risk management of emerging issues by governments and public sector agencies.  Background The...

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  • OECD-IRGC Workshop on Social Media and Crisis Communication

    29 June 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

    Jointly with OECD, IRGC organised a workshop on ‘Crisis Communication: opportunities and challenges of social media’, on 29 June 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. Background The workshop explored how governments can use, influence, and shape social media and social networking for effective and reliable two-way communication in times of crisis. It...

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  • IRGC Workshop on Slow-Developing Catastrophic Risks

    24 - 26 August 2011, Venice, Italy

    Venice, Italy - In collaboration with the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, in Venice, IRGC held a workshop on 'Slow moving risks with potentially catastrophic consequences.'

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  • IRGC Workshop on the Governance of (Scientific) Knowledge

    9 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

    IRGC held a workshop on ‘The Governance of Knowledge’ to explore the risk governance implications of current practices related to how knowledge is managed and to determine the potential need for IRGC project work on this issue. Download the workshop report [PDF]

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  • IRGC Workshop on Stakeholder Engagement

    8 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

    Given the significance of Stakeholder Engagement for appropriate Risk Governance, IRGC held a workshop where members of IRGC’s Scientific and Technical Council and invited experts discussed various aspects of stakeholder engagement, with a view to deciding whether IRGC could add value to this field. Download the workshop report [PDF]

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  • IRGC Workshop on Dealing with Surprises and Unconventional Crises

    1 July 2009, Washington DC, USA

    The main aim of this workshop was for IRGC to engage in a loosely structured conversation on the topic, with a view to deciding whether or not to embark on project work on how to approach crisis management and foster a deepened understanding of, and strategies to deal with, unconventional crises....

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  • IRGC Workshop on Regulation and the Enabling and Constraint of Technological Innovation

    30 June 2009, Washington DC, USA

    Building on IRGC’s work on the risk governance of individual innovative technologies, IRGC’s Scientific and Technical Council (S&TC) along with 17 – mainly US-based – experts gathered for a full-day workshop to engage in a broad discussion on how regulation can enable and/or constrain technological innovation. Download the workshop report [PDF]

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