Scope of the group

Developing and conducting projects for improving environmental risk assessment of organic chemicals is the center of the ecotox group’s research activities .

For example, we investigated the limits of the mixture models application for risk evaluation. We also validated mixture risk predictions with field observations.

Nowadays, there is a need of developing new sensitive indicators allowing highligting the toxic effects of chemicals early but also indicators that are relevant for predicting the impact at the population and ecosystem level. We are therefore investigating non-classical physiological parameters (life-traits parameters, molecular biomarkers) and their potential for predicting the risk of the chemicals.

Furthermore, we also conducted applied projects in collaboration with local authorities. For example we developed an approach to include mixture in water quality assessment or we proposed substance flow analysis for urban water management.

Regarding teaching, our group is involved in courses at the bachelor and master level, as well as in continuous education.

Finally, one important part of our work is dedicated to science outreach.