Environment and Health


Conducting academic research and training to better understand the impact of environmental contaminants on human health and the environment.

Research Topics

The unique combination of chemists, toxicologists and epidemiologists enables a holistic approach of environmental and human health topics.


Our expertise and research output make an important contribution to the knowledge needed for informed environmental governance of the most pressing environmental pollution issues.


View all of our publications from 2005 onwards, sorted by year of release and categorized by publication type, ranging from journal articles and doctoral theses, to lectures and conference contributions.

Research Facilities

A wide range of analytical instruments is available to identify and guantify the various contaminants in all sorts of matrices and to determine their toxicity.


The bachelor programme Health and Life focusses on all aspects of life, health and disease from the level of the molecule to the level of society.


Watch our videos about the projects CleanSea, ENFIRO and Young Minds at Risk.


An overview of events at the Department of Environment and Health.

Staff A-Z

Search our research, teaching and laboratory staff alphabetically by surname. Click on a person's name to view their contact details, profile and publications.


Contact us and find out how to reach the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the O|2 Lab building.


25 March 2019

MicroplasticsAt a news conference in the Hague 23 March 2019 for the press and policy makers, E&H researchers Heather Leslie and Dick Vethaak gave presentations about a newly launched “Microplastics & Health” research programme in which they, as well as Marja Lamoree of E&H, are participating. They were interviewed on Dutch NPO Radio 1 and for the largest Dutch national daily newspaper, De Telegraaf. The common goal of the 15 upcoming Microplastics & Health studies is to investigate the potential impacts of tiny plastic particles on human health. Read more

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