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"Health and Environmental Risks: Organisation, Integration and Cross-fertilisation of Scientific Knowledge"

Objective

"Today, human risk assessment and environmental risk assessment are typically separated. Existing risk assessment (RA) experience and regulations are challenged by future RA needs.
- There is a lack of mutual understanding between subject matter experts of individual disciplines.
- Data from toxicological and ecotoxicological studies is not readily accessible by risk assessors across disciplines.
- The need for RA will continue to increase (e.g. REACH or toxicity of mixtures) along with budget restrictions and political and public pressure to reduce the number of animal tests. Therefore, more cost effective, predictive and rapid tests for high quality sustainable RA are needed including a better exploitation of existing data.
- More transparency in RA is needed to allow better risk communication to regain consumer/public trust and to give unambiguous guidance for improved risk management.
- Scientific RA plays an increasing role internationally for global risk governance and as a tool to support sustainable trade practices. Divergence often arises on risk policies and measures, sometimes due to different RA approaches. Therefore, stronger international co-operation in this area is needed.
Against this background, the overall objective of the proposed coordination action HEROIC is to establish and co-ordinate a global network of European and international experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to establish stronger interfaces between human and environmental RA, between RA and risk management, between the various agencies and countries within the EU and between agencies and industry.
To this end, the HEROIC consortium members will make full use of their own extensive networks to involve stakeholders and experts in workshops, roundtables and outreach activities. These coordinating activities will result in enhanced sharing of knowledge, building consensus and development of clear, easily understood, transparent and unambiguous integrated RA procedures."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Address
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 217 871,80
Administrative Contact
Martin Wilks (Dr.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 125 054
Address
Largo Gemelli 1
20123 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Balordi (Dr.)
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 136 185
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geneviève Primel (Ms.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 73 048
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christina Steveni (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 108 512
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandre Péry (Dr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 94 096
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
BENAKI PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 54 153
Address
Stefanou Delta Street 8
14561 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Panayota Panayotounis (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 127 937,76
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
FAUST UND BACKHAUS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 43 421
Address
Fahrenheitstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Faust (Dr.)