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 to share knowledge and experience. The workshop was also intended to provide guidance to IRGC to improve IRGC concepts and instruments for risk governance, notably the IRGC Risk Governance Framework and the IRGC Guidelines for Emerging Risk Governance.

The workshop was organised under the guidance of Prof. Ortwin Renn (Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies IASS) and Marie-Valentine Florin (Executive Director, EPFL International Risk Governance Center, and IRGC Foundation) and convened practitioners from the public sector and academics who are using or developing instruments for risk governance.

Over the course of two days, the application, use and development of IRGC risk governance instruments was addressed in four main sessions:

  • Risk Governance Framework
  • Guidelines for Emerging Risk Governance
  • Addressing systemic risks & sustainability
  • Lessons learned and way forward

The workshop featured facilitated and interactive discussions with short interventions from participants in various fields, as well as breakout group on a range of topics, where participants worked on practical applications and specific challenges of IRGC concepts:

  • Environment & climate change
  • Food & health
  • National risk strategies
  • Emerging threats
  • Resilience strategies