ECR Programme

The ECR programme aims to train graduates and professionals in environmental risk sciences such as assessment and mitigation of chemical risks, emergency preparedness and management of extreme events, with a focus on situations arising from both natural and man-made hazards. Subjects addressed include complex human and environmental risks associated with extreme situations (e.g. chemical accidents, industrial emergencies), as well as understanding and managing environmental situations and public health problems linked to chronic, low-dose exposures to complex combinations of chemicals and emerging risk factors (e.g. biotechnology, nanotechnology and converging technologies. Outmost quality training will be assured by a Faculty Board composed of international experts coming from a number of distinguished institutions from around the world.

A unique characteristic of the programme is the broad, curriculum, oriented towards assessment and management of complex risk situations involving technological, environmental, behavioural and individual susceptibility risk factors. Environmental and human health risk topics are addresses by multidisciplinary approaches integrating biomedical and public health sciences, social and behavioural sciences, advanced technology (e.g. telecommunication, remote sensing), computational sciences, statistics and probability, and economics (e.g. resource management, risk insurance law).

Responses to environmental stressors are evaluated in the context of an advanced “holistic” (total/global) risk assessment and management strategy, using novel paradigms which build upon the traditional risk evaluation methods but also include integrated/cumulative (chemical and non-chemical) risk assessments, risk perception and communication, as well as legal, socio-economic and regulatory issues.