Didier RICHARD, Researcher IRSTEA Grenoble, Chairman of Thematic Group « Risks » of National Research Alliance ALLENVI

Scientific perspectives in the field of risks: Allenvi's propositions


Allenvi, the national research alliance for the environment, aims to federate, program and coordinate French environmental research to meet the major societal challenges of food, water, climate and territories. One Allenvi’s thematic group is devoted to risks and published in 2013 a document summarizing its reflections on scientific perspectives in the field of risks, which addresses the essential concepts that specify and structure this vast field, then proposes research axes. These challenges require clearly even greater integration of disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences. Didier Richard will bring these perspectives to the debate.

Brief CV

Didier Richard has been director of the “snow avalanches engineering and torrent control” research unit at Irstea Grenoble from 2001 to 2017. He is involved in researches, expertises and provides training in the field of gravitational hazards in mountain (avalanches, floods and debris flows). He is specialized in the field of sediment transport in mountainous streams at steep slopes. He is involved in numerous scientific and/or technical advisory boards, committees… He is for instance co-leader of the thematic group dedicated to risks of the French alliance Allenvi. He manages important contracts with the French Ministry in charge of risk prevention.

Published on March 27, 2018