Dear master and PhD students,

We are pleased to announce that the second ERASMUS+ ToxLearn4EU Summer School will be organized at Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium from June 29th to July 6th 2024.

The summer school will focus on “Risk assessment of emerging hazards due to climate change and pollution: impacts on humans and ecosystems“.

There will be no attendance fees. The project will cover travel costs and will arrange accommodation.

Stay tuned for more information on the detailed programme for the summer school.

See you in Belgium!

ToxLearn4EU Summer School HASSELT









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SS Program


Geert Biermans

Federal Agency for Nuclear Control, Belgium

Vaios Fytsilis

Maastritch University, The Netherlands

Nele Horemans

Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Belgium

George Johnson

Swansea University, UK
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Dr George Johnson is a steering member of the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) Genetic Toxicology Technical Committee (GTTC) and co-chair of the quantitative and mode of action subgroups. The HESI provides an international forum to advance the understanding of scientific issues related to human health, toxicology, risk assessment, and the environment. From being awarded UKEMS Young Scientist Award in 2012 to President-Elect for the EEMGS society in 2019, Dr. Johnson has published numerous articles in prestigious journals. A major aspect of many of his projects has been the derivation of point of departure metrics for use in human health risk assessments. In addition, Dr. Johnson has been lead academic on numerous international collaborations and consultant for different institutions, including US-FDA-NCTR, Health Canada, RIVM-Netherlands, AstraZeneca, Food Standards Agency, GlaxoSmithKline, among others. Byond research. Dr Johnson is actively engaged in academia, teaching and mentoring students in Swansea University.

Birgit Mertens

Sciensano, Belgium
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Dr Birgit Mertens is a distinguished researcher in the field of pharmaceutical sciences, having obtained her Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2005 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2010, she received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences also from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Following her doctoral studies, Dr. Mertens started working as a scientist in the Risk and Health Impact Assessment Unit of the WIV-ISP (the predecessor of Sciensano). In this capacity, she has been instrumental in various projects focusing on the safety evaluation of food-related compounds, including the investigation of the genotoxic potential of food contact materials, publishing numerous articles in prestigious international per-reviwed journals. Dr. Mertens also plays a pivotal role in coordinating multiple activities and projects centred on advancing alternative methods to animal testing. Since April 2023, she is leading the Risk and Health Impact Assessment service and continuing to shape the research landscape of this field.

Kenneth Van Brabant

Hasselt University, Belgium


  • Amaya Azqueta (Universidad de Navarra)
  • Stefano Bonassi (Università Telematica San Raffaele Roma)
  • Ann Cuypers (Hasselt University)
  • Roger Godschalk (Maastritch University)
  • Sophie Hendrix (Hasselt University)
  • Helga Stopper (Julius-Maximilians-Universität of Würzburg)
  • Ariane Vettorazzi (Universidad de Navarra)