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.

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.


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.

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.

Latest news: Universiteit van Nederland features VU's Plastic Soup Scientist on November 6

16 October 2018

Universiteit van NederlandPrepare for a bumpy ride! The Universiteit van Nederland is examining scenarios that might lead us to ‘the end times” such as: the great insect die-off, serious Gulf Stream disruption, the next pandemic virus, and what is disastrous about the plastic soup and what can be done about it. Plastic pollution expert Dr. Heather Leslie will join other Dutch scientists in giving a series of 5 short lectures on the theme “the end of time”. The lectures will be filmed in front of a studio audience on 6 November 2018 at 8 PM in Amsterdam. Read more

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