Communicating Complex Risks To Concerned Stakeholders
2 - 4 April 2008, Athens, Greece
An interdisciplinary workshop for researchers, risk assessors and policy-makers

The programme includes a field trip to Lavrion which gives participants an opportunity to investigate a case study on the assessment, perception and communication of risks of lead and arsenic poisoning of residents by exposure to ancient and recent mining and smelting wastes.
Day 2 begins with two plenary sessions but also includes four parallel breakout sessions introduced through real-life case studies thus permitting more detailed discussions between experts in the specific areas.
The workshop concludes with further plenary sessions and a plenary discussion on Day 3.

Preleminary Programme

Day 1 (2nd April 2008) Field Trip to Lavrion (54 km SE of Athens)

Leaders: EuroGeol Alecos Demetriades (IGME), Dr. Adonis Photiades (IGME) and Prof. Const. Panagopoulos (NTUA)

The following documents give some information on the Lavrion case study:
(1) Risk perception and communication in Lavrion
(2) Spatially resolved hazard and exposure assessment in Lavrion

Day 2 (3rd April 2008) Workshop

8-50 – 9.00



Session 1 - Chair: Mike Ramsey

9.00 – 9.25

Risk assessment and risk communication in the context of complexity David Briggs (INTARESE & HEIMTSA, Imperial College London, UK)

9.25 – 9.50

Stakeholder Participation and Risk Governance: Bringing Together Different Risk Perspectives
Cindy Jardine (University of Alberta, Canada)

9.50 – 10.15

Expert and regulator perceptions of mapping, assessing and managing multiple cumulative risks
Timo Assmuth (NoMiracle, SYKE, Finland)

10.15 – 10.40

Assessing and managing complex risk factors: lessons from WHO's experience
Marco Martuzzi (INTARESE & HENVINET, WHO-Europe)

10.40 – 11.00



Session 2 Chair: - Alecos Demetriades

11.00 – 11.25

Effects of measurement strategies on both the assessed and the perceived risk of exposure in human health risk assessment
Mike Ramsey (University of Sussex, UK)

11.25 – 11.50

Do's and don'ts of biomonitoring in integrated risk assessment
Roel Smolders (INTARESE, VITO, Belgium)

11.50 – 12.15

Communication and policy uptake of human biomonitoring research results in Belgium; risk communication and policy interpretation in cooperation with experts, policy makers and stakeholders
Hans Keune (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

12.15 – 12.40

Dealing sensibly with risks - A Dutch approach toward risk management and communication
Leendert van Bree (INTARESE, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)

12.40 – 13.05

Towards Common Terminology and Approaches to Evaluating Scientific Evidence
David Gee (EEA)

13.05 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.45

Parallel Breakout Sessions
1. Risk or reassurance - what should the community be told?
Alex Stewart (Health Protection Agency, UK)
2. Public Role and Responsibility in the Risk Management of Emerging Scientific Knowledge: A Case Study of Disinfection By-Products (DBPs) in Drinking Water
Cindy Jardine (University of Alberta, Canada)
3. Pesticide Air pollution in the Athens urban area
Polyxeni Nicolopoulou-Stamati (University of Athens, Greece)
4. Informed consumers? – first pragmatic steps
Speaker tbc (CEFIC)

15.45 – 16.15


16.15 – 16.45

Breakout session reports

16.45 – 18.00

Plenary discussion

Day 3 (4th April 2008) Workshop


Session 3 - Chair: David Briggs

9.00 – 9.25

New directions for risk assessment of environmental chemical mixtures Denis Sarigiannis (HEIMTSA, HENVINET & 2-FUN, JRC)

9.25 – 9.50

Influence of indoor exposure on eczema in early childhood
Olf Herbarth (NoMiracle, University of Leipzig, Germany)

9.50 – 10.15

Towards an integrated Environmental health informatics system
David Broday (EnviRisk, Technion, Israel)

10.15 – 10.40

Integrating risk perception into the [environmental] health risk model Matti Jantunen (INTARESE, HEIMTSA & EnviRisk, Finnish Public Health Insitute)

10.40 – 11.00



Session 4 – Chair: Denis Sarigiannis

11.00 – 11.25

Mortality impacts of air pollution and other environmental factors
Brian Miller (Institute of Occupational Medicine, UK)

11.25 – 11.50

Risk mapping of environmental pollutants: state-of-the-art, possibilities and limitations
Joost Lahr (NoMiracle, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

11.50 – 12.15

PCB Exposures in Eastern Slovakia: Health Effects, Remediation, and “Safe” Levels
Tomas Trnovec (EnviRisk, Slovak Medical University)

12.15 – 13.00

Final discussion and departure


Integrated Assessment of Health Risks of Environmental Stressors in Europe

Novel Methods for Integrated Risk Assessment of Cumulative stressors in Europe

Health and Environment Network

Health and Environment Integrated Methodology and Toolbox for Scenario Assessment

Network of Reference Laboratories for Monitoring of Emerging Environmental Pollutants

Full-chain and Uncertainty Approaches for Assessing Health Risks in Future Environmental Scenarios

Assessing the Risks of Environmental Stressors: Contribution to the Development of Integrating Methodology