COmplex Risk and Data Analysis - CORDA

The main objectives of the CORDA Center are:

  • To develop integrated methodologies to support comprehensive analysis of risks associated with complex phenomena/events of natural and technological origin or in combination thereof (multi-hazard risk assessment).
  • To develop tools for environmental and human health risk assessment for to respond to societal concerns about the impact of environmental pressure on the global morbidity and mortality burden.
  • To improve the methodology for the observation of the terrestrial system including its interactions with social and socio-economic dynamics to support the decision-making process for an integrated and economically advantageous management of risks in support of sustainable development.

So far, the activities of the CORDA research Center advanced on-going work on multi-hazard and complex risk assessment focusing on different aspects of multi-hazard risk assessment. Further thematic and methodological integration will be sought in the forthcoming period in order to consolidate the available tools and approaches that would enable CORDA to become a reference centre in complex and multi-hazard risk analysis and assessment.
In line with the general objectives laid out above and the triennial plan for the current 3-year period, the CORDA Centre will promote the interaction of the different research groups comprising in order to enhance further the multi-disciplinary in the CORDA research agenda consolidating the number and expertise of the research staff with an eye towards filling current gaps.


CORDA participates in the Horizon 2020-funded Marie Curie Integrated Training Network NEUROSOME (Exploring the Neurological Exposome), which is led by Prof. Sarigiannis with the participation of 15 renown institutions from Europe and the USA focusing on the assessment of neurological impacts of multiple environmental hazards with a particular emphasis on early life (neurodevelopmental) impacts. CORDA is also participating in the H2020 HBM4EU Project, a flagship initiative of the European Commission having as main objective the establishment and implementation of an ambitious European Joint Programme (EJP) to provide policy makers with comparable and validated chemical exposure and health data at EU level.

CORDA is also involved in the following research projects:
PASCAL aiming at a better understanding of economic impacts of flood risk aiming at developing and employing up-to-date assessment tools for estimating material damage caused by flood risk under current and future climate.
DG ECHO project GReen INfrastructures for disaster risk reduction  protection (GREEN) aiming at providing the necessary innovation in methods, tools, and solutions to appropriately promote the role of Green Infrastructure for Disaster Reduction Risk (DDR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and sustainable. In doing so, GREEN responds to the challenge transversally giving a proper value to ecosystem services will drive towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

We have worked with University of Pavia and IAEA to set up an international Master program on non-power applications of nuclear technology addressing both the technological outcomes of nuclear science and technology and the respective safety and multi-hazard risks. This will be a MSc program co-directed by IUSS and IAEA linking industry and the international academic community in non-power use of nuclear technology.


Dimosthenis Sarigiannis (IUSS Pavia)
Scientific committee:
Bazzurro Paolo (IUSS Pavia)
Martina Mario (IUSS Pavia)
Dimosthenis Sarigiannis (IUSS Pavia)
Taramelli Andrea (IUSS Pavia)
Tiengo Andrea (IUSS Pavia)

PhD students:
Wazita Scott
Antonis Stratidakis
Venetia Kokaraki

Research fellow:
Jaideep Visave

  • European Commission
  • Institut de Radioprotection et Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN)
  • Électricité de France (EDF)
  • Guy Carpenter (GC)
  • German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
  • National Technical University of Athens
  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • University of Tokyo
  • Global Earthquake Model (GEM)
  • ETH Zurich
  • Eucentre
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  • Université de Paris Descartes
  • Josef Stefan Institute
  • National Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) - Spain
  • Harvard University School of Public Health
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
  • Emory University School of Public Health
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • University of Washington
  • Boston College
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
  • Protezione Civile
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)
  • Università di Padova
  • Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik
  • University of Leicester
  • Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Mullard Space Science Laboratory
  • Allianz Global Corporate Solution
  • Università di Bologna
  • University of Exeter
  • University College of London
  • Centro Ideal - Chile
  • Deltares
  • Università Roma Tre
  • Lab Protistology & Aquatic Ecology, Dept Biology Ghent University
  • KU Leuven
  • Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ)
  • FEEM FOndazione Enrico Mattei
  • CMCC Centro Euro Mediterraneo Cambiamenti Climatici

To request information on technical/scientific issues related to the CORDA Centre, please direct your correspondence to the  Director of the CORDA IUSS center:  Prof. Dimosthenis Sarigiannis,

For queries regarding application procedures and/or administrative matters, please direct your correspondence to the Department of Science, Technology and Society:
Tel: +39 0382 375839 - 375860
Fax: +39 0382 375899

IUSS Pavia
Palazzo del Broletto,
Piazza della Vittoria 15 - Pavia (PV) 27100