Integrated Risk Assessment and Monitoring of micropollutants in the Belgian coastal zone

Active partners

The project partners strive to collaborate as much as possible for the major tasks. Each task has a team leader and one or several partners that are responsible for the research. General coordination will be done by The Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology (UG-LMAE) of Ghent University, who will also be the central link between the project and the outside world. MUMM and VLIZ will be responsible for sampling and field deployment and will provide cruise time on their research vessels. MUMM, The Laboratory of Chemical Analysis (UG-LCA) of Ghent University and the Flemish Environment Agency (FEA) will collaborate on the chemical analysis. The ecological monitoring will be coordinated by The Marine Biology Section (UG-LMB) of Ghent University in close collaboration with UG-LMAE. The in situ assays, laboratory studies and the integrated risk assessment will be the responsibility of UG-LMAE, the latter in collaboration with subcontractor EURAS. Collection and storage of the environmental data will be done by VLIZ, who will also be responsible for reporting the data to IDOD. Final integration of the project which includes the performance of the integrated risk assessment and development of assessment/monitoring procedures, will be done by EURAS and UG-LMAE.

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Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology
(Ghent University)
Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models
Laboratory of Chemical Analysis
(Ghent University)
Marine Biology Section
(Ghent University)
Flanders Marine Institute


In the framework of the INRAM project, a collaboration exists between:

Follow-up committee

The follow-up committee has been selected, on the one hand, because its ability to provide either an active follow-up of the project Advise or its possibilities to promote valorization of the research. Members of the follow-up committee will be invited to provide, on a continuous basis, suggestions for valorization, information and advice. On the other hand, the committee has also been selected on the basis of the fact that the committee members are potential users of the results. In the table below an overview is presented of the members of the committee and the institutes or research groups they're affiliated with:

Members of the follow-up committee

Research group or Institute

Frank Maes Maritime Institute
(University of Ghent)
Bart Slabbinck Natuurpunt
Marja Lamoree Institute for Environmental Studies
(Free University of Amsterdam)
Flemish Environment Agency (VMM)
Dirk Courtheyn

Walter Gillis

Geert Raeymaekers
Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain
Scientific Institute of Public Health
Birgit Mertens Janssen Pharmaceutica
Serge Scory Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models
INRAM is a project Supported by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO): SSD Science for sustainable Development
General coordination: Colin Janssen
Hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute VLIZ