«Space, Environment, Risk and Resilience» Academy of Excellence

«Space, Environment, Risk and Resilience» Academy of Excellence


143 permanent researchers in A+/A laboratories out of 253,

within a scientific community of approximately 400 individuals


Observation, understanding, and modeling of our planet and our environments are major challenges of the 21st-century if we wish to give societies more control over the natural and anthropogenic hazards threatening the Earth and Life.

Academy 3, Space, Environment, Risk and Resilience, is concerned with the observation of Space, the Earth, and our natural environments on the one hand, and with understanding, assessing and managing natural and anthropogenic hazards and their impacts on environments and societies on the other. It aims to foster fundamental and applied research and training. The Academy spans formal, natural and social sciences in the study of Space, the Earth, and the Environment in all its astrophysical, geological, geophysical, geographical and anthropologic aspects. It also includes the observation and study of natural, industrial, sanitary, ecological, and anthropogenic hazards, individually and combined, in a framework where Risk is considered a generic phenomenon. Solutions to cope with changes will determine our Resilience as humans among other species.

The approach in Academy 3 is inherently trans-disciplinary in order to create innovative research, tools, and databases to better monitor and characterize both extraterrestrial and terrestrial environments as well as natural, anthropogenic and systemic hazards and risks to which societies are confronted at widely different scales.

Four powerful ambitions are driving the Academy:

  • To monitor and better observe Space and the Earth. This will involve the development of new instruments and data processing techniques for ground-based and in-space observations in conjunction with European agency programs, major industrial groups, and competitiveness clusters.
  • To evaluate natural and anthropogenic hazards on land, at sea, and in near space. These hazards include, but are not restricted to, extreme natural phenomena, industrial, sanitary and ecological hazards. The use of this knowledge will foster more efficient approaches for risk management, including legislative measures.
  • To enhance innovative approaches in integrated modeling between the physical, systemic (life network function), and societal bodies and processes. Modeling will be conducted in the Center of Modeling Simulation and Interactions of UCAJEDI and will contribute to more efficient risk management.
  • To develop resilience strategies based not only on individual responses (adaptations of human behavior in catastrophe situations) but also on collective actions (public policy and territorial risk planning). These strategies will be developed in cooperation with IMREDD (Institut Méditerranéen du Risque, de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable) and the three Reference Centers.