Expert workshops

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

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 trust? In contrast to trust, what is ‘trustworthiness’? And ‘confidence’? […]

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Governing risks and benefits of distributed ledger technology applications

This workshop will contribute a risk governance perspective to exploring the opportunities that distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) potentially bring to how transactions are recorded and services are delivered. The workshop will primarily discuss applications in the medical and insurance sectors, and for institutional governance. Objective Providing recommendations on technological and governance options: How to chose the right technology and create […]

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Cybersecurity Risks in the Internet of Things

As part of an on-going workshop series and project work on cybersecurityand 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 – Creating trust in connectivity: confidentiality, integrity and availability. With the […]

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Governance of Impacts of Precision Medicine

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 research, policy, regulation, and industry convened to move forward an […]

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Applying IRGC Concepts and Instruments for Risk Governance

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 risk governance and management in their organisations as well as […]

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Risk and Opportunity Governance of Autonomous Cars

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 agencies, insurance and industry to discuss various governance issues surrounding autonomous cars. […]

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Cyber Security Risk Governance

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 compromised and critical infrastructure and services are impacted, the cost […]

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

On 10 – 11 September 2015, 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. Energy transitions towards decarbonised energy systems with increasing share of intermittent renewable energy call for a paradigm shift in the power sector, in particular […]

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Collection and Use of Human Genetic Information for Precision Medicine

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 regulators. Summary “highlights from the workshop” are available here The […]

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Comparing Methods for Terrorism and Cyber Security Risk Analysis

IRGC Workshop on Comparing Methods for Terrorism Risk Assessment with Methods in Cyber Security 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 […]

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Roundtable Discussion – IRGC Guidance on Emerging Risk Governance

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, IRGC first worked on the concept of risk emergence, before […]

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Workshop on Small Modular Reactors

With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making at Carnegie Mellon University jointly organised with IRGC on 18-19 November 2013 a workshop on “Small Modular Reactors”. Implications on low carbon energy and nuclear security Over the past decade, there has been growing interest in […]

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

27-28 June 2013 Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue, Zurich, Switzerland IRGC organised an expert workshop on the theme of Governance of slow-developing catastrophic risks (SDCRs), to discuss how scientists and policy makers could together improve the governance of this type of risks.  SDCRs are specific to complex, nested systems with multiple interacting feedback loops. While negative feedback contributes to stability, (net) […]

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Expert workshop on National Risk Assessments and Risk Management at the Country Level

Download the expert workshop description and agenda here As part of the IRGC International conference on the theme of ‘From Crisis Management to Risk Governance’, IRGC organised  jointly with Tsinghua University,  an expert workshop on National Risk Assessment and Risk Management at the Country Level. Governments have to manage a portfolio of threats of different nature that may affect their […]

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Expert Workshop on Innovation and Adaptive Governance in Biotechnology

Download the expert workshop description and agenda here As part of the IRGC International conference on the theme of ‘From Crisis Management to Risk Governance’, IRGC organised  jointly with Tsinghua University,  an expert workshop on Innovation and Adaptive Governance in Biotechnology Technology development strategies and risk governance policies are commonly treated as separate spheres. This workshop focues on how the location, pace and diffusion of […]

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Expert workshop on Risk Perception and Risk Culture

Download the expert workshop description and agenda here As part of the IRGC International conference on the theme of ‘From Crisis Management to Risk Governance’, IRGC organised  jointly with Tsinghua University,  an expert workshop on Risk Perception and Risk Culture. One doesn’t have to look very deeply into any account of individuals, organisations, or societies dealing with risks to observe […]

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Expert workshop on Food Safety Governance

Download the expert workshop description and agenda here As part of the IRGC International conference on the theme of ‘From Crisis Management to Risk Governance’, IRGC organised  jointly with Tsinghua University andSwissnex China,  an expert workshop on Food Safety Governance. The overall objective of this expert workshop is to contribute science-based knowledge for improved food safety governance. It brought together […]

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IRGC Portugal Workshops: Industrialisation, Geography and Policy

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 and 9 November, 2012): REGULATE TO BUILD CAPACITY DAY 1: […]

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IRGC Expert Workshop on Risk Governance of Unconventional Gas Development

On 5-6 November 2012, 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 […]

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Expert Workshop on Public Sector Governance of Emerging Risks

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 overall expectation from government representatives participating in this project is […]

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OECD-IRGC Workshop on Social Media and Crisis Communication

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 is both about how social media shape modern communications and […]

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IRGC Workshop on Slow-Developing Catastrophic Risks

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.’ Over the course of 3 days, IRGC convened a small group of scientists and policymakers to explore the topic of how to avoid the catastrophic consequences of those risks that develop slowly and are thus often […]

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IRGC Workshop on the Governance of (Scientific) Knowledge

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

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

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. Download the workshop report [PDF]

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

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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