Invitation to the Third OpenRisk Inter-regional Workshop on Risk Assessment Methods for Pollution Prevention and Response (24-25 April 2018, Valetta)

Date and time: Tuesday 24 April (9:30-17:00) – Wednesday 25 April 2018 (9:30-17:00)
Venue: REMPEC, Maritime House, Lascaris Wharf, Valletta VLT 1921, Malta

Invitation to the Third Workshop and to Join the OpenRisk Process

You are warmly invited to join the OpenRisk process by attending the Third Inter-regional Workshop on Risk Assessment Tools for Pollution Prevention and Response in Valletta 24-25 April 2018, which continues the inter-regional discussions initiated by the previous OpenRisk Workshops in Helsinki and Lisbon in 2017.

A series of four workshops (13-14 June 2017 Helsinki, 12 October 2017 Lisbon, 24-25 April 2018 Malta and Autumn 2018 venue tbc) aim to gather regional PPR organizations, Risk Assessment experts and other stakeholders in order that the OpenRisk project will deliver successful outcomes.

The Third OpenRisk Workshop, organized in cooperation with REMPEC, will focus on practical testing of open source risk assessment tools. This includes new tools that have been developed during the project, and tools commonly used for risk assessments. In addition, the aim of the Workshop is to present the ISO 31000:2009 standard based guideline for PPR risk management in order to get feedback for finalization.

From the following links, you can the official invitation to the Third OpenRisk Workshop, instructions for registration and preliminary agenda.

Invitation to the 3rd OpenRisk Workshop in Malta 24-25 April 2018

Invitation letter of REMPEC

Preliminary Agenda of the 3rd OpenRisk Workshop

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.