Symposium: Solving tomorrow’s toxic problems today


09.30 - 17.00h

Auditorium, O|2 Lab Building

Symposium: Solving tomorrow’s toxic problems today

Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems


Conference / Symposium

On Thursday 30 November 2017, the research groups from the Department of Environment and Health will organise a symposium from 09.30 - 17.00, entitled ‘Solving tomorrow’s toxic problems today’. The symposium engages speakers and audience members regarding contemporary questions in environmental health and chemical (and plastic) pollution. Topics include toxic chemicals in products, waste streams and secondary materials and the links between chemical exposure and negative public health outcomes.

Considering these topics, we will ask the question what criteria are important for the chemicals of the future, and what paths we can take to solve toxicity and exposure issues in an earlier stage, before the contamination – and adverse health ramifications - go global.

The full-day program is designed to pose thought-provoking questions, and will provide ample opportunity for discussion and networking with scientists, health professionals and other stakeholders.

For more information, please click here

To view the invitation flyer (including programme), please click here.

Questions? Please contact Eva Sugeng.

You are all cordially invited!


Online registration is mandatory and free, click here to register.
Extended registration deadline: 24 November 2017

Thursday 30 November 2017 from 9:30 to 17:00, followed by drinks
Auditorium, O|2 Lab Building (click here for travel directions) 
Lunch: included 
Programme overview
09:30 Registration, coffee and posters
10:15 Opening and welcome - Jacob de Boer, Director of department Environment and Health, VU
10:30 Session 1: Chemicals, public health and disease (see below)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session 2: Products, chemicals and exposure (see below)
14:30 Coffee and posters
15:00 Session 3: Future chemicals (see below)
16:20 Wrap up
17:00 Drinks

Session 1 - Do chemicals cause disease?
10:30 Evidence base for industrial chemicals causing obesity and neurological disorders - Marijke de Cock, Department of Environment and Health, VU
10:50 Chemical pollution and increased cancer incidence: causally related or coincedence? - Marjolein van Egmond, Department of molecular cell biology, VUmc
11:20 To be confirmed
11:40 Discussion

12:00 Lunch break

Session 2 - Future chemicals: Which chemicals need to go and which need to come?
13:00 Chemical alternatives, is it so easy? - Pim Leonards, Department of Environment and Health, VU
13:20 It’s a matter of choice - Gavin ten Tusscher, Pediatrician at Westfriesgasthuis
13:40 To be confirmed
14:05 Discussion

14:30 Coffee break

Session 3 - (Toxic) Product to (Toxic) Waste to (Toxic) Resource - what do we need to get material streams healthier?
15:00 Non-toxic material cycles in a circular economy, a policy perspective - Cees Luttikhuizen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
15:20 Reimagining chemicals in a circular economy - Eva Gladek, Metabolic
15:40 Plastic emissions and health - Heather Leslie, Department of Environment and Health, VU
16:00 Discussion 

16:20 Wrap up
17:00 Drinks