The 2nd OpenRisk Workshop in Lisbon


The 2nd OpenRisk Worshop was held in the Lisbon Agreement´s premises on the 12th of October 2017.

After the welcoming words of the Lisbon Agreement and OpenRisk partners, the participants heard presentation about the ISO 31000 Standard on Risk Management, and suggestions how to implement it to the Pollution Prevention and Response activities. This was followed by Round Table discussion.

In the afternoon, the participants heard six presentations about the open source risk assessment tools. This was followed by evaluation of the applicability and attributes of these tools.

All the presentations and the outcome of Workshop are available on the HELCOM meeting portal.




The upcoming OpenRisk Workshops will be organised as follows:

The 3rd will be in Malta during the spring 2018, hosted by the REMPEC

The 4th and final will be in November 2018.


Regional organizations join forces to develop state of the art methods for spill risk assessments


The First OpenRisk Workshop was held in the Finnish Environment Institute´s premises between 13 and 14 June 2017.

On the first day, the participants heard presentations of recent regional risk assessment projects in Europe and Northwest Pacific including end-user needs. These were followed by presentations of ongoing academic projects and new OpenRisk tools. All the presentations are available on the HELCOM meeting portal.

The second day was the actual Workshop day. It started with a round table discussion about end-user needs related to risk assessments. This was followed by more detailed group work on topics based on the earlier OpenRisk Survey. The results of the group work are available on the HELCOM meeting portal.




The upcoming OpenRisk workshops will be organized as follows:

  • The 2nd will be in Lisbon on the 12th of October 2017, hosted by the Lisbon Agreement.
  • The 3rd will be in Malta during the spring 2018, hosted by the REMPEC
  • The 4th and final will be in November 2018

Stay tuned!




OPENRISK questionnaire on End User Needs

To ensure that OpenRisk project output will answer to the concrete needs of the regional PPR organisations, the project has launched a questionnaire on end user needs.

We encourage you to answer this questionnaire and share it among your relevant stakeholders – the more information we can rely on the better.

It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Last day to answer it the 28th of May 2017.

You can find the survey behind the link below:

OPENRISK presented at EMSA Consultative Technical Group for Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response

The 11th CTG meeting between the pollution response experts from EU Member States, EFTA/EEA coastal States, European Commission and EMSA was held in EMSA premises in Lisbon on the 13th of March 2017.

Senior Adviser Heli Haapasaari from Finnish Environment Institute gave a presentation about the OpenRisk project in the meeting and invited the participants to the first project Workshop on the 13-14th of June 2017 in Helsinki (see post below for more information). Furthermore she informed the participants about the opportunity to give feedback to the OpenRisk publications.

The OpenRisk project and invitation ware warmly welcomed by the meeting participants. The project got also a nickname “Black Swan” – hopefully due to the logo.

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.