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B1 University of Copenhagen (UCPH):

Prof. Hans Chr. Bruun Hansen

Scientific Coordinator, Supervisor for ESR11, University Supervisor for ESR7 and ESR13, WP-leader of WP6-8.

Phone: +45 35 33 24 18 / Mobile: +45 24 94 26 07


Research: Hans Christian Bruun Hansen, Professor in Environmental Chemistry. PhD 1991 – University of Copenhagen. My basic training is in soil geochemistry with a main interest in solid-solution processes in soils and sediments governing pollutant fate and water quality, and with extensions into soil and water cleaning applications. I have been working with many topics in terrestrial environmental chemistry, but three fields have particular focus: i) Iron geochemistry with particular focus on how redox processes affect iron speciation and how that couples to the cycles of C, N and P, and with a particular interest in the environmental chemistry of iron(II)iron(III) hydroxide (“green rusts”) particles, ii) phosphate bonding in soils and phosphate removal from eutrophied waters, and iii) analysis, sorption, degradation and transport of plant toxins in terrestrial environments. Our group has been pioneering the environmental chemistry of plant toxins during the last 15 years with major works on toxins from both cultivated and non-cultivated plants. Worth to mention here is our works on ptaquiloside from Bracken, biomedicinal compounds like cyclotides and artemisinin, and fate of glucosinolates and cyanogenic glycosides.
  I am teaching environmental chemistry from BSc to PhD level, and participate in two MSc programs in environmental chemistry, among which one is taught in Beijing, China.

Associate Prof. Bjarne W.Strobel

Supervisor for ESR8, WP-leader of WP1.

Phone: +45 35 33 24 11 /Mobile: +45 51 51 19 12


Prof. Jan H. Christensen

Supervisor for ESR2.

Phone: +45 45 35 33 24 56


Assistant Prof. Nikoline Juul Nielsen

Co-Supervisor for ESR2.

Phone: +35 33 23 44


B2 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ):

Dr. Werner Brack

Supervisor for ESR4 and ESR5, WP-leader of WP2.

Phone: +49 341 235 1531


Research: Key research areas:

  • Effect-Directed Analysis: Toxicant identification in complex mixtures including water, sediments, tissue, blood and urine. This includes the development of new separation techniques, the application and evaluation of bioassays and a broad array of chemical analytical techniques.
  • Bioavailability of toxicants and its operationalization as a prioritisation criteria in effect-directed analysis, e.g. of contaminated sediments including extraction techniques, passive dosing and prediction models for chemicals uptake
  • Structure elucidation of unknown environmental compounds combining chemical analysis with the prediction chromatographic retention, mass spectrometric fragmentation, toxicity e.c.t.
  • Assessment and prioritisation of contamination in aquatic ecosystems and the establishment of cause-effect relationships between chemicals and observable effects, particularly in the context of water quality management and the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.


Prof. Dr. Beate Escher

Co-Supervisor for ESR4

Phone: +49 341 235-1244


Research: Beate Escher’s research interests focus on mode-of-action based environmental risk assessment, including methods for initial hazard screening and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, disinfection by-products and persistent organic pollutants with an emphasis on mixtures. A special interest is the effect assessment of transformation products and disinfection by-products. One of Escher’s goals is to close the gap between exposure and effect assessment through common approaches linking bioavailability to internal exposure and effects via understanding and modelling of toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic processes. More practically oriented aspects of her work include passive sampling and effect-based methods for water quality assessment. Further she has an interest in improving dosing methods for very hydrophobic and volatile compounds and to develop new in-vitro assays for bioaccumulation and toxicity assessment.

B3 RECETOX - Masaryk University (MU):

Assist. Prof. Klára Hilscherová

Supervisor for ESR14

Phone: +420 549 493 256


Research: Biochemical and aquatic ecotoxicology of pollutants and their complex mixtures, in vitro tests, specific mechanisms of toxicity, environmental endocrine disruptors, oxidative stress, cyanotoxins and their ecotoxicology

Pavel Babica, PhD

Co-Supervisor for ESR14

Phone: +420 549 494 620


Prof. Luděk Bláha, PhD

Supervisor for ESR12

Phone: +420 549 49 3194


Research: Aquatic ecotoxicology, cyanobacterial toxins, ecotoxicity of complex mixtures and sediments, dioxin-like toxicity, environmental endocrine disrupters, effects and toxicity mechanisms of POPs and other organic xenobiotics and cyanotoxins.

B4 Chemical and Environmental Research Institute of Barcelona (CSIC):

Dr. Marinella Farré

Supervisor for ESR3 and ESR6, WP-leader of WP3.

Phone: +34 93 4006100 - ext 5316


Research: Dr. Marinella Farré  is a Research scientist, permanent staff at the Department of Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona. She has expertise in new screening techniques (immunoassays, bioassays and biosensors), as well as in liquid chromatography coupled to advanced mass spectrometry techniques (LC-QqQ-MS/MS, LC-QTOF-MS, LC-QLIT-MS..) for the analysis of environmental and food matrices.

B5 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (Agroscope, WBF):

Dr. Thomas Bucheli

Supervisor for ESR9, WP-leader of WP4.

Phone: +41 58 468 73 42





B6 Metropolitan University College (MUC):

Dr. Lars Holm Rasmussen

Supervisor for ESR7

Phone: +45 5138 0592





B7 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG):

Dr. Elisabeth (Lilli) Janssen

Supervisor for ESR10

Phone:  +41 58 765 5428


Research: My research interests focus on the stability and fate processes of biomolecules and macromolecular pollutants in the aquatic environment. Coming from a traditional micropollutant background, I am now curious to investigate structurally larger molecules. I am fascinated by the functionality of biological compounds ranging from enzymes to toxins and their behavior in the environment. In particular, I aim to develop a better understanding of how structural changes of such macromolecules affect their functions (e.g., properties of toxicity, catalysis, inhibition). In my laboratory and field research, I am following molecular transformation and functional changes of bio-&-macromolecules in natural and engineered systems.                                    

B8 Greater Copenhagen Utility (HOFOR A/S):

Dr. Ann-Katrin Pedersen, Section Leader

Co-Supervisor for ESR13

Phone: +45 2795 3558




Dr. Sarah Christensen, water quality specialist

Supervisor for ESR13

Phone: +45 2795 4748


Research: Sarah is a biologist from the University of Copenhagen with main focus on aquatic biology, microbiology and algae. She achieved her PhD degree at DTU Environment, Technical University of Denmark, where she did research in drinking water quality the following five years. Sarah is now working as drinking water specialist at HOFOR utility. Competences: Drinking water quality, microbiology, biology, ecology in aquatic technical systems, water supply, water quality sensors, drinking water treatment, invertebrates in distribution systems, public health, cyanobacteria, micro- and macro algae, risk assessment (microbial and chemical contamination of water), molecular analyses.

B9 Fera Science Ltd (Fera):

Dr. Carmel Ramwell

Supervisor for ESR15, co-supervisor for ESR14

Phone:  +44 (0)1904 462485




B10 Stockholm University (SU):

Prof. Matthew MacLeod

Supervisor for ESR1

Phone: +46 8 674 7168


Research: I am an environmental chemist and modeler studying factors that control human and environmental exposure to pollutants.   It is in society’s best interest to avoid pollutants that have high human and environmental exposure potential since the risk is the product of exposure and potency to cause damage.

In my research group, we use conceptual and mathematical models to quantify exposure, and we design and interpret laboratory experiments and field studies in environmental chemistry that inform exposure assessments and modeling.  The overall goals of our research are 1) to build a quantitative and process-level understanding of factors that determine exposure to environmental pollutants, and 2) to develop practical tools and guidance that supports rational management strategies for high exposure-potential pollutants.



Prof Ian Cousins

Co-Supervisor for ESR1

Phone: + 46 8 16 4012


Research: Research comprises a combination of modelling and experimental approaches to investigate the sources, transport, fate and exposure of chemical contaminants. A suite of modelling tools are used to: (i) estimate key physicochemical properties of chemicals, (ii) simulate the transport and fate of chemicals in outdoor and indoor environments, (iii) simulate the bioaccumulation of chemicals in food webs, (iv) estimate human exposure of chemicals and (iv) simulate the pharmacokinetics of chemicals in wildlife species and humans.

There has been much recent focus on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) which due to their unique environmental chemistry offer exciting new research opportunities. We work closely with analytical chemists in our department to better understand the behaviour of these and other substances.

P1 Veolia Water Technologies (Veolia), Krüger A/S:

Dr. Florian Wagner


Phone:  +45 4212 0873


Research: Florian Wagner is Process Engineer in the Drinking Water Treatment Department at Krüger A/S / Veolia Water Technologies. He is a specialist and has extensive experience in process design, start-up and commissioning, and optimization of biological, physical, and chemical drinking water treatment processes. He furthermore has broad knowledge about drinking water quality and microbiology. Florian has a PhD and a MSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Engineering from DTU Environment, Technical University of Denmark, where he was, besides research, also involved in teaching. His PhD research focused on the optimization of nitrification in biological granular media filters for drinking water production. Florian furthermore has considerable expertise in national and international R&D projects, and in transferring research results into applied technology                            

P2 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

Dana Kolpin, Research Hydrologist


Phone:  +1319-358-3614


Research: Dana Kolpin is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City, Iowa, and has been the project chief of the USGS Toxic Program's Emerging Contaminants Project since its inception in 1998. His research interests include the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other emerging contaminants in the environment. He has published over 100 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa, both in geology.                                                                     


P3 University of York (UY):

Prof. Colin Brown


Phone:  +44 (0)1904 324322


Research: Colin Brown was appointed to a Chair in Environmental Science in September 2004 and was Head of the Environment Department at the University of York (2010-2015). He has more than 25 years' experience of research into agricultural systems, including the fate and effects of organic contaminants in the environment and systems research framed by mathematical modelling. Current research focuses on integrated catchment management, working within the Water Friendly Farming platform to design and test interventions that deliver co-benefits for downstream flood risk, sediment delivery to water, as well as water quality (nutrients, pesticides) and aquatic biodiversity. Colin has advised UK Government through membership of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and chairing its Environmental Panel. He has chaired a European working group on Environmental Risk Assessment, and the BioResources Group of the Society of Chemical Industry. He Chairs the conference on Pesticide Behaviour in Soils, Water and Air held every four years in York. Colin is Associate Dean (Research) within the Faculty of Sciences (2015-2019).                                                            


P4 University of Barcelona (UB):

Dr. Oscar Núñez Burcio


Phone:  +34 9340 33706




P5 Agilent Technologies (AT):

Dr. Michael Rodamer


Phone:  +49 7243 602 2033




P6 VCS Denmark Ltd (VCS):

Water Quality Expert Anne Esbjørn


Phone:  +45 4080 8458




P7 Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science (LIPS):

Prof. Juergen F. Kolb


Phone:  +49 (0) 38345543950


Research:  I am Professor for Bioelectrics at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology in Greifswald, Germany. I was appointed by the University of Rostock, Germany where I have my home in the Department of Applied Physics. Before I went to Greifswald, I was for almost 10 years with Old Dominion University doing research at the Center for Bioelectrics (before it even got this name), at the end becoming tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. My main research interest lies in medical and environmental applications of pulsed electric fields and non-thermal plasmas.                                                                                        


P8 Yorkshire Water (YW):

John Haley, Water Quality Strategy Manager


Phone:  +44 (0)345 1 24 24 24 (Yorkshire Water)


Research:  John qualified with a degree in chemistry and a Masters in Chemical Analysis. He has experience of a range of water quality, operational, regulation, process, R&D, and environmental activities within the water industry. He has worked for Yorkshire Water since 2000, with previous experience with a number of water companies and in consultancy, in a variety of roles. Currently John is Water Quality Strategy Manager with responsibilities for Drinking Water Safety Planning, Analytical Services, Water Quality Data and DWI Improvement Programmes along with grouped responsibilities as part of the Water Quality Leadership Team. As part of his role John works as part of groups which link Operational Business Units, Asset Management Innovation Delivery, and research partners.



P9 St. Galler Stadtwerke (SGS):

Dr. Rolf Stettler


Phone:  +41 71 224 50 31




P10 Aigües de Barcelona (AB):

Dr Maria Rosa Boleda






P11 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH):

Prof. Kristopher McNeill


Phone: + 41 44 632 47 55


Research: Kristopher McNeill is Professor of Environmental Chemistry at ETH Zurich since 2009. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. As a PhD student, he studied organometallic chemistry with Professors Robert G. Bergman and Richard A. Andersen. Dr. McNeill then worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Philip Gschwend at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1997 to 1999 studying the environmental chemistry of a benzene-polluted lake near Woburn, MA. Dr. McNeill started as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in January 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006. His research group studies environmentally important chemical reactions in natural waters. In particular, his group focuses on the catalytic and photocatalytic degradation of pollutants in aquatic systems.



P11 RWTH Aachen University:

Dr. Werner Brack

See B2 UFZ above