Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Tentative title: Dealing with the complexity of microplastic in risk assessment

Bart Koelmans is an environmental chemist and ecotoxicologist by training who heads the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Department at Wageningen University. In the field of plastic research, his group aims to bridge the gap between conceptual and empirical approaches to obtain a mechanistic understanding of the risks of microplastic for human health and the environment. For microplastics, his risk assessment framework was the first to be applied in a regulatory setting. Bart is a global highly cited researcher (Clarivate Analytics), advises international organizations like the World Health Organization and the UN, led high-profile international working groups on the risks of plastic pollution, such as the European Commission’s Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) expert group on Microplastics in Nature and Society, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Microplastics and Nanoplastics. More on https://www.microplasticlab.com/