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QUAN-TOX Report Summary

Project ID: 631910
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Denmark

Periodic Report Summary 1 - QUAN-TOX (Extending, disseminating, and harmonizing the quantification of human and ecosystem toxicity impacts when assessing the sustainability of products and services over their life cycle)

OBJECTIVES -- QUAN-TOX stands for Extending, disseminating, and harmonizing the quantification of human and ecosystem toxicity impacts when assessing the sustainability of products and services over their life cycle. The main goal of the project is to improve the validity, scientific and technological quality, user applicability, stakeholder acceptance, and scientific and societal relevance of the consensus-based toxicity model USEtox. To achieve this goal, the project focuses on four objectives to
(a) improve and expand the coverage of human exposure pathways and substances in current LCIA models (research objective 1),
(b) strengthen the awareness of the existing consensus model USEtox by identifying and reducing high uncertainties and important gaps in current LCIA toxicity assessment practice (research objective 2),
(c) broaden the applicant's expertise with regards to LCA background and application, integrating LCA with other areas of expertise (career development objective 1), and
(d) establish and strengthen the applicant’s position as researcher in the international scientific community, in the LCA community, and among relevant stakeholders (career development objective 2).

WORK PERFORMED AND RESULTS -- Work performed and results achieved within the first reporting period of the QUAN-TOX project include
(a) the development of models for pesticide residues in crops and for exposure to chemicals in cosmetic products,
(b) the development of general metrics to compare different exposure pathways for operationalizing additional pathways in USEtox,
(c) publication of all research results in ISI journals and book chapters in student textbooks,
(d) a joint effort to identify and address uncertainties and gaps in USEtox together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission,
(e) actively interlinking the researcher with the world's best experts in life cycle assessment (LCA) at the host institution,
(f) participated of the researcher at the host institution's Education in University Teaching training program, and
(f) providing the researcher a permanent position as Associate Professor at the host institution.

IMPACT -- QUAN-TOX provides an excellent opportunity to enhance the transfer of konwledge between the researcher, his host institution, and an international network of leadings scientists in different disciplines regarding the dissemination and application of the UNEP/SETAC scientific consensus model USEtox and the core research activities to strengthen the model via inclusion of additional data, exposure pathways and indicators within and beyond the field of life cycle assessment (LCA). All produced material is and will be made publicly available through publications in ISI journals, student textbooks and stakeholder reports as well as disseminated to a broader audience via conference contributions and open workshops and the collaboration with relevant stakeholder bodies and decision makers, such as the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Main Contact: Peter Fantke, Technical University of Denmark, pefan@dtu.dk

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Life Sciences
Record Number: 188923 / Last updated on: 2016-09-19