The European Human Exposome Network Launch Event

The launch event of the European Human Exposome Network on 11-February was attended by around 240 on-site participants from 23 countries. In addition, the event’s webcast registered 674 unique page views and 1129 total page views

The interest generated by the event also extended to social media such as Twitter; more than 90 tweets about the event were posted by over 50 persons.

In their welcoming presentations, representatives from the European Commission reminded the audience about the history and background behind the creation of the Network and outlined its potential to contribute to the European Green Deal and its various components, in particular, but not only, to the Zero Pollution Ambition.

Help us show that prevention is the best cure.

– Irene Norstedt, Acting Director – People Directorate, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium

We have been studying trees, but we have forgotten the forest.

– Philippe Roux, Head of Unit, European Commission, Country Knowledge and Scientific Committees, DG Health and Consumers, Luxembourg


Enlightening presentations by key note speakers Dr Christopher Wild and Dr Gary Miller successfully set the ground for a prolific day of exchanges and dialogue.

The Exposome, an opportunity from the molecular to the socio-political.

– Christopher Wild, Emeritus Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France

The exposome is the missing ” everything else”.

– Gary Miller, Vice Dean of Research Strategy and Innovation, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, US


Presentations of the nine Network’s research projects alternated with panel discussions, where Science and Policy engaged in a stimulating dialogue.

We need to review how we assess success.

It is not about projects funded, it is about the impact we have.

And we can only have impact if we work together

– Roel Vermeulen, Coordinator of the EXPANSE exposome project, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

February 20, 2020