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.

Latest news: Dutch Royal Couple visits Marine Science Workshop: Start New Collaboration for VU

20 May 2019

Willem-Alexander-Maxima-smallKing Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima advocated for scientific research into the risks of plastic pollution and climate change by attending the North Sea Meets Baltic Sea Science Workshop held in Warnemünde (Rostock), Germany on 20 May 2019 in the presence of the international press. They were introduced to Baltic Sea scientific facts by Prof. Ulrich Bathmann, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), who hosted the Royal Couple, Minister-President Manuela Schwesig, and 50 invited scientists from Germany and the Netherlands. The Dutch King and Queen also were treated to a live micro-lecture on marine microplastics on the Baltic Sea beach adjacent to the IOW. With the power of attorney granted by the VU’s Rector Magnificus V. Subramaniam, Dr. Heather Leslie of the VU’s Dept. of Environment and Health signed the Letter of Intent to intensify cooperation between 12 Dutch and German scientific institutions. Read more

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