Eawag/ETH, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Janet Hering is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag) and a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zürich and Lausanne. As Director of Eawag ,...

she oversees a staff of over 450, including approximately 175 researchers and 84 technical staff members. Prof. Dr. Hering’s own research interests include the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements in natural waters, water treatment technologies for the removal of inorganic contaminants from drinking water, and knowledge exchange at the interface of science with policy and practice. She was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015.

 

Abstract


Getting Research into Policy and Practice (GRIPP) for Persistent Toxic Substances  

Beginning with the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, the accessible communication of science has had a profound impact on the regulation of persistent toxic substances (PTS). Despite the success of regulatory measures, PTS continue to pose threats to ecosystem and human health. In part, this discrepancy reflects the narrow regulatory definition of toxic substances, which does not account for many pathways by which chemicals can disrupt ecosystem function. As the global impacts of chemicals are attracting increasing attention, it becomes increasingly important to integrate knowledge on environmental fate and effects with product development (i.e., green chemistry). Examples will be provided of successful integration in the case of regulation and used as a basis for discussing the potential for comparable integration in product development and use.