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: Plastic Soup Children's Lecture at Nemo Science Museum

January 2019

Children at nemo lecture plastic soupWhat’s in the plastic soup? That’s what the 8 to 12 year-olds at Amsterdam’s NEMO Science Museum wanted to know at the children’s lectures given by E&H’s Dr. Heather Leslie on 20 January 2019. The interactive 1-hour lecture included energetic knowledge exchange between the scientist and her well-informed young audience. Many ideas were discussed about the reasons why plastic soup is created, what kind of plastic pollution we can detect in nature, who is affected, and how science and creativity can help us prevent the plastic soup from growing, growing, growing. Read more

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