Presentation of the Institute

Given the complexity of our organisations and the interdependencies of our techno-economic infrastructure, risk has become a clear topical issue. In this respect, natural disasters, major accidents and socio-economic crises demonstrate how vulnerable our society is to hazards.

To highlight its expertise in the field of the science and management of risks, UMONS has decided to assemble, coordinate and promote the research activities from the academic departments involved in scientific disciplines related to risks through the Research Institute for the Science and Management of Risks.

Prevention or mitigation of risks is based on multidisciplinary scientific methods, which enable decision makers to detect the early warning signs of risk situations, quantify and analyse these risks, and develop a new approach for their governance. These methodological developments undoubtedly offer great potential in terms of scientific and academic research.

From this perspective, the Institute has scientific collaborations with many Belgian and international universities and institutions and plays a key role in many scientific working groups and European projects.

The research projects at the Risk Institute:

  • are interdisciplinary;
  • prioritise collaborative research and co-development;
  • are based on strong partnerships with many different actors (industries, services, research centres, regional groups, hospitals, and governmental institutions).
  • are the result of local, regional, federal, European, and international partnerships.