Wageningen University/Alterra

Contact: Paul van den Brink

Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Sciences,

Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group

Wageningen University (WU) founded in 1918, has in recent decades evolved into one of the world’s leading education and research centres in plant, animal, environmental, agrotechnological, food and social sciences.. Wageningen University has therefore formulated its mission as follows: “Wageningen University wishes to develop and disseminate the scientific knowledge needed to a sustainable supply of society’s demand for sufficient, healthy food and a good environment for humans, animals and plants.” Recognising the importance of disseminating knowledge and expertise, WU offers students from around the world a wide range of educational programmes, including a special
international Master of Science Programme as well as a post-graduate programme. Wageningen University and Research Centre.
The University has been integrated with the Agricultural Research Department (DLO), the Institutes for Applied Research in Agriculture, the International Agricultural Centre (IAC), the International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement (ILRI) and the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), establishing Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR). Within its sphere of activity (agro-production chains and the green space) Wageningen UR focuses on sustainable agricultural production chains (plant and animal);agrotechnology, nutrition and health; development of natural habitats and conservation of natural resources anduse of the multifunctional ‘green’ and ‘blue’ (aquatic and atmospheric) spaces. www.wur.nl; www.wu.nl; www.alterra.nl

Department of Environmental Sciences

The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) is one of five Departments of Wageningen University. DES covers and co-ordinates the activities of twenty chairs and their accompanying research groups which form the foundation of the scientific education and research activities at university level.

Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group

The research of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group focuses on the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring predominantly in freshwater ecosystems. The main goal is to develop new knowledge and better instruments for restoration and management of aquatic ecosystems. The research is multidisciplinary (environmental engineering, environmental chemistry and aquatic ecology) and ranges from the laboratory scale (detailed process studies) to the actual ecosystems’ scale (field studies). The multidisciplinary expertise of the team comes together in the development of integrated models for ecosystem and water quality management. The research approach is quantitative with a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art statistical and modelling techniques. www.aew.wur.nl

Paul van den Brink

Paul J. Van den Brink (21-06-68) is a professor of chemical stress ecology and works at the research institute Alterra and the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group of Wageningen University, both belonging to the Wageningen University and Research centre. He is involved in supervising and executing international projects on the scientific underpinning of higher tier risk assessment procedures for contaminants Recent research topics are the development of effect models (e.g. food web, meta-population and expert base models), Trait based Ecological Risk Assessment (TERA), the validation of risk assessment procedures (e.g. Uniform Principles and Species Sensitivity Distribution concept) and human and ecological risk assessment of pesticide use in developing countries in the tropics. Since 1994, Paul van den Brink has published over 85 peer reviewed papers, for two of which he won an international prize. In 2006 Paul won the LRI-SETAC Innovative Science Award. He also organized and took part in many international workshops and courses. Paul van den Brink is presently a member of the SENSE research school (www.sense.nl), associate fellow of the Canadian River Institute, president of SETAC Europe (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) and editor of the journal: ‘Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’. www.aew.wur.nl/UK/Staff/PvdB/

CREAM projects hosted by the University of Wageningen / Alterra: