News and Announcements

23 November 2018

Ontology meeting by OpenRiskNet and NanoCommons

OpenRiskNet and NanoCommons are organizing a joint ontology hackathon on 13-14 Dec 2018 (Brussels, Belgium).

The goal of this meeting is to get a picture of the ongoing ontology activities in the toxicology area, harmonize these efforts and the developed ontologies therein, and extend the existing toxicology ontology to support OpenRiskNet and NanoCommons tasks. Part of this will be the ontological annotation of OpenRiskNet Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as used on their cloud.

Consult the additional information and register to the meeting.

6 November 2018

General assembly and consortium meeting 2018

The next annual meeting of the OpenRiskNet Consortium will be held in Brussels from 12 to 14 December 2018. The progress on project tasks and case studies will be presented and demonstrated by the project members. The event will include also an ontology meeting.

Materials and resources from these events will be made available in the OpenRiskNet library.

Associated Partners or other stakeholders interested to participate please contact us at:

29 October 2018

A new OpenRiskNet introduction session to stakeholders

Following the successful introduction and demo sessions organised in September and beginning of October, OpenRiskNet consortium is organising a new session on 30 October 2018, at 4 pm CEST. During the 1-hour demonstration session you'll get a general and technical introduction to OpenRiskNet e-infrastructure and the case studies. The log-in information were submitted to the registrants by email. However, if you did not get them or you still want to register please contact us at before the start of the session.

23 October 2018

Major updates to the OpenRiskNet website

The OpenRiskNet website was first released in June 2017, to enable presentation of project work to its stakeholders (end-users and developers), the scientific community and to the general public. The website contains information on project objectives and partners, detailed information on the Associate Partner Programme and a list of dissemination activities (events, publications and other resources). On the technical development side, the website provides information on case studies and associated use cases.

On 19 October 2018, a new version of the website was released including major changes on its structure and the information provided. The new features of the websites (e.g. catalogue of services, resources & training, list of events, etc.) released recently aim to support even more all project stakeholders in browsing and accessing the information on the available services and resources addressed to users.

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15 October 2018

Implementation challenge deadline extended to 31 October 2018

The deadline for the first implementation challenge was extended to 31 October 2018. For more information see

1 October 2018

OpenRiskNet e-infrastructure available to end-users

The e-infrastructure project OpenRiskNet developing a platform providing data and modelling tools for predictive toxicology and risk assessment, is entering its second stage, in which the platform is made accessible to everyone. In the first phase, we developed advanced concepts and implemented these into the first version of the platform including building and deploying of virtual research environments (VREs) and integrating the first services for different task in risk assessment accessible by everyone for testing. The platform includes harmonised and partly semantically annotated data and modelling services, corresponding training material as well as seven risk assessment case studies, which are used to evaluate and optimize the infrastructure.

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17 September 2018

OpenRiskNet webinar series

A series of webinars are organised by OpenRiskNet in order to introduce the project and demonstrate on the e-infrastructure services and case studies.

First sessions are scheduled for 24 Sep 2018 (4 pm CEST) and 27 Sep 2018 (4 pm CEST). Additional dates will be selected based on the registrants preference.

Please sign up for these meeting using the doodle poll. The registrants will receive the login information by email.

All presentations and webinars recordings will be available in the Resources & Training page.

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15 August 2018

Implementation challenge announced

The Implementation Challenge was created to select external tools especially in areas of risk assessment not completely covered by the OpenRiskNet consortium to be prioritized for their integration into the e-infrastructure. Third parties can apply for partial financially and strongly technically support by researchers and developers of OpenRiskNet partners. If you want to make your tool visible to a large community and make it interoperable with other OpenRiskNet services, please apply at before one of the three deadlines. More information on the selection criteria and the available funding can be found at

17 January 2018

The OpenRiskNet Approach towards a Semantic Interoperability Layer - Part One: Problem Definition for Datasets

Harmonization and interoperability between data and computational services, the facilitation of their easy discovery, the sharing and usage of data sources as well as of the processing, analysis and modelling tools and finally a better documentation and reproducibility of the risk assessment workflows are major challenges that OpenRiskNet tries to address. The approach adopted by us to tackle these challenges is the development of a semantic interoperability layer to organize the communication between the user and the services or between two services. The blog post describes the taken approach and the first steps to describe data sources in this layer.

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8 December 2017

OpenRiskNet reveals concepts of harmonised APIs and semantic interoperability, provides first training units, and launches Associate Partner Program

OpenRiskNet, a pan-European consortium funded by Horizon 2020 to develop open e-infrastructure for predictive toxicology and risk assessment, has demonstrated the results on approaches for harmonised application programming interfaces and semantic interoperability during training sessions and scientific presentations at the OpenTox Euro 2017 Conference in Basel, November 21-23 2017. Prior to these activities, the annual consortium meeting was held on 20 November to discuss the progress after twelve months in the project and plan the next steps. Moreover, the 11 European partners that make up OpenRiskNet are now launching an Associate Partner Programme to build global reach into its work.

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25 September 2017

OpenRiskNet Workshop in Uppsala

On 25-26 Sept 2017 the Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics research group at Uppsala University organised a workshop on microservices development with a large focus on Kubernetes/OpenShift and how we can establish a CICD system within the OpenRiskNet project. The meeting was attended by 16 people from 8 European partners. A large focus was discussions on how we can develop interoperable services with semantic APIs, and there were also practical hands-on sessions on our OpenShift recipes.

14 September 2017

OpenTox Euro Conference featuring the first OpenRiskNet training

OpenRiskNet is proud to co-organize OpenTox Euro 2017 taking place at the Hotel Stücki in Basel, 21-23 November 2017. The program starts with training sessions given by OpenRiskNet partners with topics like online modeling services, workflow management and ontology annotation of datasets and software services. This will be followed by a data as well as API hackathon. In the second, the concept of semantic annotation of services will be presented and applied to a biokinetics modeling tool. Finally, the OpenTox conference will run over two days with sessions on the following topics:

  • Defined approaches towards regulatory acceptance
  • Simulations of exposure and transport
  • Integration and interoperability: software
  • Integration and interoperability: data
  • High-content imaging
  • Characterization of experimental conditions
16 August 2017

OpenRiskNet Story on EURESEARCH

OpenRiskNet as EU Research Success Story: “Our world is awash with chemicals, many of which still need risk and safety testing. The Horizon 2020 project OpenRiskNet aims to provide a global infrastructure and network to integrate and harmonise data from experiments and computer models of toxicology…”. Read the full article and watch the video on EURESEARCH website.

16 June 2017

OpenRiskNet at OpenTox USA

The OpenRiskNet concepts of harmonized APIs and the semantic interoperability layer will be presented at the OpenTox USA 2017 conference, 12-13 July 2017 at the Searle Conference Center, Duke University. The talk given by Thomas Exner will have the title “Semantic Interoperability of Public Available Data”.

16 June 2017

Nextflow Workshop

The OpenRiskNet partner CRG is organizing the workshop Nextflow: Reproducible In Silico Genomics, 14-15 October 2017, CRG – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona with contributions by Jordi Rambla and Tim Dudgeon.

15 December 2016

OpenRiskNet Kick-off Meeting

We kicked off the project with a meeting at the Technology Park in Basel on 15th and 16th December with scientific presentations and planning sessions for the different work packages. “WP1: Requirement Analysis, Outreach and Case Studies“, “WP2: Interoperability, Deployment and Security”, “WP3: Training, Support, Dissemination” and “WP4: Service Integration”. In these discussions it became clear that all partners agree that the only success criterion is the adoption of the infrastructure by the toxicology community. This can only be reached by integrating as many services as possible in the most accessible way and not by limiting it to the services developed by the partners. Additionally, usability testing by external users is needed during the complete development cycle. Therefore, if you are interested in providing your tool and make it interoperable with other state-of-the-art databases and analysis, modeling and visualization services or if you would like to become an early user of the infrastructure please contact us regarding the OpenRiskNet associated partner programme.