Invitation to the First OPENRISK Inter-regional Workshop on Risk Assessment Methods for Pollution Prevention and Response (13-14 June 2017, Helsinki)

Date and time: Tuesday 13 June (9:30-18:00) – Wednesday 14 June 2017 (9:00-12:00)
Venue: Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Mechelininkatu 34 a, Helsinki, Finland

Competent marine spill response authorities and their intergovernmental cooperation structures but also risk assessment experts are warmly invited to join the OPENRISK process by attending the first of a series of four project workshops (June 2017, October 2017, June 2018 and October 2018).

These events will gather regional pollution preparedness and response (PPR) organizations, Risk Assessment experts and other stakeholders to develop new open methods for PPR risk assessments.

This first workshop will identify the risk assessment needs of the competent marine spill authorities and their intergovernmental cooperation structures.

More specifically we will:

  • share lessons learned on risk assessments within European and global institutions and regional seas PPR organizations;
  • discuss drafts and provide guidance for the open source toolbox for PPR risk assessments developed by OPENRISK;
  • gather momentum, discuss next steps and create partnerships for developing and applying risk assessments for PPR purposes in regional seas organizations in Europe and worldwide.

The event will be organized 13-14 June 2017 in Helsinki, back-to-back with the Meeting of the HELCOM Response Working Group, the Baltic Sea intergovernmental cooperation body for response authorities. Please register by 16 May 2017 using the instructions below. A detailed programme will be provided during spring.

How to register:

Please register to the workshop by answering the Participation Survey in the HELCOM Meeting Portal. Please note that first you need to sign up to the Meeting Portal. Instructions for the use of the Meeting Portal are available on the HELCOM website.

Hotel information:
The hotels “Scandic Park” as well as “Crowne Plaza Helsinki” are both within a 20 min relaxed walk from SYKE. They are also easily accessible from the airport as the Finnair City bus from the airport stops in front of these hotels and then continues to the main Railway station in the heart of the city.
Also other hotels in the city centre along the route of the tram number 2 are relatively
convenient for this meeting, for example Helka, Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Scandic Simonkenttä, Helsinki.

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