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On October 4th Paul Scheepers was elected on the board of the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES).
This society started in 1990 to bring together epidemiologists, toxicologists and physicians active in the field of exposure assessment. The society publishes the Journal of Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology ( 

As academic councilor he will involve students and young researchers in ISES and reach out to colleagues in academia in countries that face great challenges with limited resources. In exposure sciences current healthcare related issues are plasticizers in medical devices (phthalates), formaldehyde in anatomy/pathology, and medical drug residues in hospital wastewater.
Other current topics are urban air pollution (diesel engine emissions), industrial emissions (e.g. PFOA in Dordrecht), consumer safety (e.g. bisphenol A), pesticides residues in food (e.g. glyphosate, fipronil) and worker’s safety (hexavalent chromium). The NRC report Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy (ES21) provides a good overview of the challenges. ISES has been working closely together with the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ). On a joint meeting in Basel in 2013 the idea was born for the first independent ISES meeting in Europe.The RIVM, University of Utrecht and Radboudumc hosted this 26th ISES meeting in Utrecht. On this well attended meeting a European Chapter of ISES was initiated.
Scientific contributions from Nijmegen included: hospital indoor air quality, biomonitoring of cyclosiloxanes, mercury in gold mining, residential pesticides exposures and use of biomonitoring in chemical incidents. A highlight was the Young Exposure Scientists Award for Jacqueline Biesterbos for her thesis: Assessment of Consumer Exposure to Personal Care Products in 2015. Another success was the ‘sensor fair’ where participants presented their future exposure monitoring ‘gadgets’ with a demonstration of the VIDITA system (


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