PRORISK brings together a unique network of scientists that have a strong interdisciplinary background in chemistry, biology, environ-ment as well as socio-economical sciences. Every partner exhibits cutting edge scientific expertise in a specific field required for driving an integrated approach beyond the state of the art (see Figure).
The competences within PRORISK are thus highly complementary offering a unique training platform for the new generation of young scientists in the holistic assessment of chemical risks to ecosystem services and their potential socio-economic impacts. The comple-mentarity is further strengthen by exposure of the ESRs to the non-academic sectors through a complex set of secondments, trainings, and the role of the advisory board.
We are from all over the world
Masaryk University (MU)
Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic is the second largest university in the Czech Republic with over 5000 employees and 39000 students. RECETOX is one of the biggest and the most successful departments at Faculty of Science of MU (80 researchers, 90 PhD students, 25 other staff). With over 30 years of tradition RECETOX is internationally recognized in the research and management of chemical stressors, serves as a national and regional coordinator for UNEP Stockholm Convention on POPs.
Stichting VU (VUA)
Academic research and education at VU Amsterdam is characterised by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communication and ideas. In 2017, VUA hosted approximately 23,000 students and approximately 1800 scientific staff. The total research output in 2017 translated to 7022 scientific publications, and 406 doctoral theses. VUA will be represented in PRORISK by the Department of Ecological Science (AEW) and the Department Environment and Health (EH), both in the Faculty of Science.
Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) performs research on environmental issues related to fresh and seawater environments. The work performed by NIVA includes aquatic chemical and biological monitoring, ecotoxicological studies, hazard and risk assessment, ecotoxicogenomics (transcriptomics and bioinformatics), water quality assessments and water management.
University of Girona (UdG)
The UdG group belongs to the Institute of Aquatic Ecology (IEA), a university research institute of the University of Girona founded in 1987 and focused on the interdisciplinary study of continental aquatic ecosystems (lakes and lagoons, rivers and streams, reservoirs, wetlands, etc.). The research of the UdG group is being developed in fluvial systems, with a special interest in the functioning of the ecosystems and the response of the different biological communities. The research group includes experts in different areas of the aquatic ecology, from the biogeochemistry to the dynamics of the biological communities and ecosystem functioning.
National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB)
NICPB (National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics) carries out fundamental and applied research in the development of novel directions in material sciences, gene- and biotechnology, environmental technology and computer science. The Environmental Toxicology Laboratory (ETL) of NICPB, led by Dr. Anne Kahru, has long-term experience in ecotoxicology, nanotoxicology, microbiology and is engaged in numerous national and international research projects.
Spanish National Research Council – Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CSIC-CEAB)
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest research institution at National level currently ascribed to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The participants belong to the Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB), a CSIC research institute focused on the biology and ecology of aquatic ecosystems. The research of the Integrative Freshwater Ecology (IFE) group of CSIC-CEAB is focused on the quantitative and qualitative study of the interactions between abiotic and biotic factors across different levels of organization (from genes to ecosystems).
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus University (AU) was founded in 1928. It has 37,500 students; about 1,900 PhD students - of which one in four has a foreign nationality - and close to 700 postdoctoral scholars together with 8,000 employees (2012). AU has four faculties which cover the entire research spectrum – basic research, applied research, strategic research and research based advice to the authorities. The Department of Bioscience has the vision to develop a globally leading research unit within biology. The Department priorities a good teaching environment and carries out basic research, strategic research and research-based consultancy services which lead to a deeper understanding of ecological connections in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Sheffield University (USFD)
The University of Sheffield (USFD) was founded in 1879. It is a research-intensive university with over 3300 academic staff and 9500 postgraduate students, 45% of which are from overseas. It is ranked 13th in the UK, 23rd in Europe and 75th in the world, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is an international centre of excellence with world-class facilities and is ranked in the UK top 5 for research quality. The Department’s research focus is on understanding how organisms function, from the molecular level to their role in ecosystems, and it uses this understanding to address major environmental issues including pollution and nature conservation.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe. DTU Management Engineering is one of the largest university departments in Europe specialising in competitiveness, productivity, quantitative sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship and has around 300 international employees, hereof 85 PhD students. The Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) develops science-based methods and tools for decision support within environmental sustainability and has extensive experience on all aspects of chemicals in the environment and their impacts on ecosystems. QSA obtains funding from authorities, industry and research funds and have coordinated and participated in many EU FP6/FP7 and other international projects.
Environmental Institute s.r.o. (EI)
Contact: Dr. Jaroslav Slobodnik
EI is an environmental management, analytical systems/methods development, and consulting company established in 1996. EI consulting experts participate in projects funded by national governments and/or institutions of the European Union, UNDP/GEF, World Bank, NATO, and the industries. Their specialisations cover a wide range of expertise in environmental monitoring and risk assessment, analytical chemistry, ecotoxicology, hydrobiology, aquatic ecology, data management, and development of environmental technologies.
ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH (ECT)
ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH is an SME providing ecotoxicological services and consultancy for industry and governmental authorities. ECT has participated in numerous national and international research projects and also coordinated and managed such projects. ECT has profound expertise in assessing the ecotoxicity of a broad range of environmentally relevant substances with aquatic, sediment-dwelling and terrestrial organisms according to standard methods. ECT adapts, develops and validates ecotoxicological test methods at laboratory, semi-field and field scales. ECT is experienced in designing risk evaluation strategies and in performing environmental risk assessments as required for official market authorizations of chemicals, pesticides, biocides, and pharmaceuticals.
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is a governmental research and knowledge institute providing policy support to governments (regional, national and continental). The main tasks of RIVM are: 1) conduct research; 2) provide policy support; 3) perform national coordination; 4) coordinate intervention programs; 5) provide information to professionals and the general public.
VSB Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TUO)
VSB-TUO has > 20,000 students studying bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs in 7 faculties. The Department of Occupational and Process Safety (DOPS) focuses its activities on three main areas – Occupational safety and health, Industrial (process) safety and Prevention of major accidents in relation to people and the environment. DOPS is closely cooperating with other institutes at the VSB-TUO, e.g. Regional and educational centre of REACH and chemical safety which is specialised in the REACH regulation. DOPS also cooperates with LABRISK - a research and educational department focused on identification, understanding and control of technological and natural risks, both acute and chronic for human health and environment.
University of Waterloo (UWaterloo)
Building on a tradition of excellence in water research and education, the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 2009, established The Water Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to facilitate collaboration, and to support excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary water research and education. The Institute's activities focus on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems. Currently, the Water Institute includes over 140 faculty and 300 graduate student members, representing 18 departments and all six academic faculties at the University.
RIWA – Association of River Water Supply Companies (RIWA)
Contact: Dr. Gerard Stroomberg
RIWA-Rijn is a cooperation of Dutch water supply companies that use surface water for the production of drinking water, including three independent sections for the rivers Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt. Each section promotes the interests of drinking water in its particular river basin: quality development, research, reporting, information provision and actions. RIWA-Rijn promotes the general interests of the river water supply companies, and collaborates with organisations and governments inside and outside the Netherlands. RIWA-Rijn strives to make the quality of surface water of such a high level that natural purification is sufficient to produce perfect drinking water from it.
SEA Environmental Decisions Ltd (SEA)
Contact: Dr. Sabine Apitz
SEA is an independent consultancy providing ecosystems-based, interdisciplinary integration, technical and policy advice and support on issues of landscape, catchment and marine environmental management, policy and research to an international group of clients.
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)
Contact: Dr. René Bjerregaard Madsen
IFF is a corporation with focus on production of flavors, frangrances and cosmetic actives.
As an global leader in food, beverage, biosciences, health and sensorial experinces IFF creates essential solutions for the indrustry. The company has over 110 manufacturing facilities, 100 R&D centers and 33,000 customers across the world. In February 2021 IFF merged with DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, Prorisk's original partner organisation, which develops, produces and markets food and feed ingredients such as dairy cultures and probiotics (as dietary supplements).
Environmental and Chemistry Consultancy
Contact: Dr. Radka Vokurková
Consulteco is a company operating in the field of consulting in chemistry and environmental services. Our services are focused on solving current issues related to the implementation of legal and other EU standards of the chemicals and the protection and creation of the environment in the particular circumstances of the client. The main part of our work is implementation of Directive REACH and CLP, also evaluation of risks of chemical substances for environmental (Environmental Impact Assessment).