Keynote Speakers

“Seas, Oceans, and Public Health in Europe”

Prof. Lora Fleming, University of Exeter, UK

Sunday, 7 May 2017 (Opening Ceremony) – 6:00pm, Gold Hall

Professor Lora Fleming is the Director of the European Centre of Environment and Human Health and Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School. She is a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience and expertise in environment and occupational exposures and human health research and training.

With various international collaborators, Professor Fleming is involved in research and training in the new metadiscipline of Ocean and Human Health. She is the recipient of the 2013 Edouard Delcroix Prize and the 2015 Bruun Medal of the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), for her research and other activities in Ocean and Human Health. Professor Fleming is a Member of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the NIEHS Gulf Oil Study, and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science Board.

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“10 years of REACH: Achievements, Scientific Challenges and Research Needs

Mr. Geert Dancet, Executive Director of European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

Monday, 8 May 2017 – 4:30pm, Copper Hall

Geert Dancet became the first elected Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in January 2008. Under his leadership, the Agency successfully managed all regulatory processes of the REACH and CLP regulations. ECHA has become one of the large-size regulatory agencies of the EU with over 500 staff members in charge of the EU chemicals legislations, including the new Biocidal Products and PIC regulations. His mandate was renewed in 2012 and will end on 31 December 2017.

The Commission nominated him as interim Executive Director in January 2007 in order to set up the Agency in Helsinki as from 1 June 2007.

From 2004 to 2007 he was the Head of the REACH Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. The unit was co-responsible for taking the REACH proposal through the regulatory process in the Council and the European Parliament as well as for developing and coordinating the REACH implementation strategy, which included the preparations for the new Chemicals Agency.

He first joined the European Commission in 1986 and worked for most of his Commission career in the competition policy field. Prior to working for the European Commission, Mr Dancet enjoyed a brief academic career in the University of Leuven (Belgium) and was a programme coordinator for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Colombia.

He studied economics, econometrics and philosophy at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Mr Dancet is married with four children.

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“Product Environmental Footprint”

Dr. Michele Galatola, Product Team Leader, DG Environment, European Commission

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 – 4:30pm, Copper Hall

Dr. Michele Galatola has a master degree and doctorate in Environmental Sciences. Since 1996 he is profesionally active in the area of environmental technologies, environemntal management systems and, in particular, life cycle assessment (LCA). After having worked for several years for the Italian Research National Agency (ENEA), since 2005 Dr Galatola is working for the European Commission. From 2005 till 2010 he has been Research officer being responsible for main research funding actions in the area of life cycle assessment, eco-innovation and environemntal technologies. Since July 2010 Dr Galatola is working in the Environmental Department of the European Commission, being responsible of the EU Ecolabel from 2010 till 2013 and leading the developemnt and then the pilot phase of the Environemtnal Footprint methods developed by the European Commission.

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