INERIS has a duty to participate in the effort to create awareness and to provide information through the widest possible dissemination of the results of its research and its studies. These media also propose providing the keys to tackle and to understand the current stakes in the research with regard to protecting health and the environment.

Scientific priorities

The consolidation of upstream research establishes the legitimacy and credibility of the completed research as well as the quality of the expert appraisal provided to public authorities.

Objectives

Chemical substances and products
189/action 1 Programme, Research on the assessment and prevention of technological risks and pollution
To improve understanding of health and environmental-related effects associated certain emerging risks (endocrine disruptors, ultrafine particles, electromagnetic fields...).
To develop methods for predicting the hazards of substances, in particular by using new “tools”, as requested by REACH (in silico, in vitro, in vivo tests) and to assess the impacts (biomarkers and biomonitoring).

Technological risks and pollution
189/action 1 Programme, Research on the assessment and prevention of technological risks and pollution
To improve understanding of the contaminant transfer processes in all environments (air, water, land), to develop robust models for assessing exposure risks; to provide warnings about, assess and control risks from the local level to the transboundary level.
To develop measurements in complex environments (air, water, land), in particular for so-called emerging pollutants (including nanoparticles), with a stronger requirement for quality and reproducibility. To improve quantification of the effects of hazardous materials and events by assessing the uncertainties and by improving the modelling tools (deterministic, probabilistic, QSAR and QSPR-type semi-empirical methods).
To better understand complex industrial systems, from the viewpoint of physical processes, and by taking account of the human and organisational aspects, the environment of the facilities and the territorial challenges, in order to manage risks and facilitate public decision-making.
To contribute to the development of industrial processes (resulting in biofuels, for example) and to the development of new safer technologies (hydrogen, nanomaterials), by anticipating risk control from moment these processes are designed. To integrate the approaches and results of research in the human and social sciences (economy…) so as to enlighten decisions in order to better control risks and pollution.

Risks associated with post-mining, underground storage and natural hazards
189/action 1 Programme, Research on the assessment and prevention of technological risks and pollution
To increase knowledge about behavioural laws and the connections governing the long-term evolution of underground structures and rocky massifs, in order to develop monitoring and warning procedures, and to assess risks and hazards.
To develop methods for assessing risks associated with abandoned underground structures, their possible consequences on surface installations and risks incurred by populations.
To assess the reliability, sturdiness and sustainability of underground facilities for storing or capturing products (hydrocarbons, CO2, waste), in particular under the assumption of the vagaries of the weather.