The International Oil Spill conference (IOSC) is the largest and oldest oil spill conference in the world. Held every 3rd year, IOSC 2017 ran from 15 May to 18 May at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. IOSC 2017 was the largest one yet with 1,600 participants, 200+ papers and 60+ posters presented during the conference, as well as 50+ exhibitiors, and a film and photo exhibition. Dr Jonas Pålsson attended as the WMU SBOIL project coordinator. He attended the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Basics course, to assess the potential use of this worldwide best practice method in the SBOIL exercise planned for 2018. Dr Jonas Pålsson also presented his paper on Comparing Swedish oil spill preparedness to regional countries using the RETOS evaluation tool during the first session after the plenary. The paper described the first time the RETOS evaluation tool was used in the Baltic Sea Region and Dr Pålsson presented a method to statistically compare the results and was well received, with many questions and follow up discussion after the session ended. Dr Pålsson also presented his poster Limitations of the Swedish coordination capacity for large oil spills during the Meet the Poster Authors event, receiving encouraging comments on the methodology for mapping out the stakeholder networks.
All presentations will be available from http://ioscproceedings.org/ later this year.