EFSA@EXPO: What’s new in environmental risk assessment?

Environmental risk assessment (ERA) is an important part of maintaining a healthy environment and conserving biodiversity. ERA evaluates the potential adverse effects of regulated stressors on the environment and has become indispensable to regulatory decision-making. Setting the scene, Alan Gray of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the UK will discuss significant recent advances and remaining challenges in the field.

Speakers include Lorraine Maltby of the University of Sheffield, UK, and Glenn Suter of the Environmental Protection Agency, US, on operational environmental protection goals and ecosystem services; Joe Smith, an independent advisor from Australia, on the importance of good problem formulation; and Jörg Romeis of the Institute for Sustainability Sciences in Switzerland, on methods to assure high quality studies

The session concludes with a presentation by Jeff Pettis of the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory, USA, looking at a case study to examine how multiple stressors on bees can be assessed.

The session “Advancing environmental risk assessment” takes place on 16 October, from 09:00-13:00. Follow the session live on the EFSA@EXPO website.