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Research Institute for the Science and Management of Risks


Given the complexity of our organisations and the interdependencies of our techno-economic infrastructures, 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 science and risk management UMONS has decided to assemble coordinate and promote research activities, from academic departments involved in scientific disciplines related to risks, within the Research Institute for the Science and Management of Risks.

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

Our Institute prides itself on scientific collaborations with many universities and institutions in Belgium and abroad. It is also involved in several European projects and scientific clusters. 



Pr.Christian Delvosalle
Tel: +32 (0) 65/37.44.03
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Some figures
on the Institute

5 Faculties

15 Academic Departments

Approximately 80 academic staff and researchers

More than 100 publications per year (papers, conferences, research reports)

18 on-going PhD theses (2011-2012)

1 spin-off company