Keynote speakers

Following keynotes have been confirmed:

  • Thomas Maes (Cefas, UK): The Plastic Tide. Sunday 22 May at 6pm during the Opening Ceremony - Main auditorium
  • Arja Rautio (Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland): Climate Change and Environmental Contamination by Chemicals: Do They Affect Ecological and Human Health? Monday 23 May from 4:30pm - 5:15pm in Auditorium 800.
  • Marc Leonard (L'Oreal, France):Environmental Assessment of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products: Challenges and opportunities. Tuesday 24 May from 4:30pm-5:15pm in Auditorium 800.
 Wrap-up keynote speakers: Thursday 26 May at 1:55pm at the Closing Ceremony - Auditorium 800
  • Serenella Sale, Scientific Officer at the European Commission
  • Ketyl Hylland, Professor in Toxicology and Marine Ecology at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Veronique Poulsen, Head of the Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate Unit in the Regulated Products Assessment Department at ANSES
  • Todd Gouin, PhD Environmental Modeller, Safety & Environmental Assurance 

Thomas Maes


Arja Rautio


Marc Leonard



Serenella Sala 


Ketil Hylland


Veronique Poulsen 

Todd Gouin




About Thomas Maes

Thomas Maes is a recognised science leader with nearly 10 years' experience in many aspects of coastal and ocean monitoring, ranging from chemical pollutants and related biological effects to marine litter and other emerging compounds. He has good interpersonal skills and is an effective communicator in different languages. Thomas is Cefas` International and National Monitoring Programme Coordinator who joined Cefas in 2008 after an international career as environmental manager for large marine development projects.  He coordinates and develops Cefas` international monitoring programmes and provides advice to UK Government issues related to human activities such as contaminant and other emerging pressures. He is involved in the assessment of data and adaptation of monitoring programmes for further implementation of the MSFD. Thomas is currently also chairing the OSPAR monitoring and assessment group (MIME) and acting as the UK expert on Marine Litter in the European task groups. He manages large, multi-disciplinary research projects and monitoring programmes including leadership of several EU-funded programmes in relation to contaminants and marine litter (e.g.: MICRO, MARLISCO,...).

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About Arja Rautio

Arja Rautio, research professor, MD, PhD, Eurotox ERT, has been working in the field of circumpolar health since 2006 in the Thule Institute and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland. She is leading and participating in several national and international research projects, which focus on climate change, environmental health, risk assessment, and indigenous health and wellbeing. She is a chair of the University of the Arctic Thematic Network of Health and Wellbeing in the Arctic (, and is leading the international Master's and Doctoral programs on Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing. Dr Rautio is working as a national key expert in the Human Health Expert groups of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme ( and Sustainable Development Working Group ( She has been nominated as a national member to the International Arctic Science Committee - Social and Human Sciences Group ( She is a chair of the Nordic Society of Circumpolar Health.

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About Marc Leonard

Marc Leonard is presently head of L'Oreal Research & Innovation, Environmental Research Department. He obtained his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort (France), with a specialization in environmental toxicology from the Centre des sciences de l'Environnement - Metz University (France). The main activities of his department cover two domains : (1) Environmental Assessment of raw materials and cosmetic preparations with applied research aimed at developing cost-efficient assessment tests as potential alternatives to the corresponding OECD guidelines. Domains cover acute and chronic aquatic toxicity (soft and marine waters), bioaccumulation and biodegradation assessment. (2) Invertebrates and Fish Embryo models as potential alternative methods in Human Toxicology and Pharmacology.

 He has been co-chairman of the HESI (Health & Environmental Sciences Institute) Committee on the Emergence of Animal Alternative Needs in Environmental Risk Assessment. He was member of the OECD Fish Embryo Toxicity Expert Group, and OECD Expert Group on Invertebrates Reproduction. He has hosted and co-organized several international workshops on the Fish embryo model with international partners such as HESI and UFZ (Helmotz Center) and contributed to publications in these fields.

About Serenella Sala   

Serenella Sala is Scientific Officer at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre, at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Since 2010, she has been supporting and coordinating several projects related to sustainability science and sustainability assessment, with a focus on policy support. Her research is mainly devoted to the application of Life cycle assessment for the evaluation of the sustainability of production and consumption. Moreover, she is supporting the development of  the EU recommendations for models and factors for life cycle impact assessment. She is environmental scientist by background with a PhD in ecotoxicology and applied ecology. She has been the chair of the science committee of Setac Europe in  2015-2016.

About Ketil Hylland 

Ketil Hylland is a professor in Toxicology and Marine Ecology at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. His main research interest lies in how external stressors, particularly chemicals stressors, affect organisms, communities or environmental processes with a special focus on marine ecosystems. Over the years he has been involved in research concerning a wide range of toxicants and stressors, including metals, endocrine disruptors, PAHs and oil. His interest in PAH ecotoxicology originally stemmed from obvious environmental issues in Norway: Norwegian fjords with aluminium or ferrosilicium smelters have been among the most heavily PAH-polluted in the world, and releases from the offshore oil and gas industry are complex, but the main toxic components have been thought to be PAHs. Hyllands research group have been developing and using small-scale as well as long-term studies with a large range of fish species to investigate effects of oil-related PAHs, using a range of sublethal responses to clarify effects. During the past two decades he has co-ordinated international activities aimed to map and develop methods to monitor the effects of pollutants in marine ecosystems. During this period, his research group has increasingly investigated effects of PAHs and other stressors on genotoxicity, used in different contexts, including mechanistic studies,  environmental monitoring, aquaculture and in arctic ecotoxicology.

About Veronique Poulsen 

Dr. Veronique Poulsen is a 20-year experienced ecotoxicologist. She Heads the Ecotoxicology and Environmental fate Unit in the Regulated Products Assessment Department at ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety). She obtained her PhD in conducted research on aquatic microcosms at INERIS (National Institute of Industrial Environment and Risks, France). Her team of 30 ecotoxicologist and environmental risk assessors is in charge of the risk assessment of pesticides prior to their authorisation. She has been involved in the organisation of many workshops at EU and international level, related to pesticide risk assessment methodology (e.g. aquatic macrophytes, bees, endocrine disruptors, non-target terrestrial plants, ecosystem services,etc.) and their regulation. 

About Tod Gouin 

Tod is an Environmental Fate Modeller, working for the Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre at Unilever, based in the UK, June, 2009. Prior to joining Unilever, he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Environmental & Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He received his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Don Mackay at Trent University in Canada in 2005. His research interests have largely focused on studying the environmental fate and transport of organic chemicals.