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Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Project duration:
01.10.2011 to 30.09.2015
EU contribution:
3.751.910,80 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 290100.  


Innovative biodiagnosis meets chemical structure elucidation – Novel tools in effect directed analysis to support the identification and monitoring of emerging toxicants on a European scale


EDA-EMERGE aims to train a new generation of young scientists in the interdisciplinary techniques required to meet the major challenges in the monitoring, assessment and management of toxic pollution in European river basins considering the enormous complexity of contamination, effects and cause-effect relationships. By integrating innovative mode-of-action based biodiagnostic tools including in vitro tests, transgenic organisms and “omics” techniques with powerful fractionation and cutting edge analytical and computational structure elucidation tools, a new generation of effect directed analysis (EDA) approaches will be developed for the identification of toxicants in European surface and drinking waters. Innovative method development by young researchers at major universities, research centres and private companies will be closely interlinked with a joint European demonstration program and higher tier EDA and extensive training courses. EDA-EMERGE ESRs will learn to organise and run international and interdisciplinary sampling and monitoring campaigns and benefit from the expertise of one of the most experienced private companies in this field. Strong networking between academia, the private sector and leading regulators in the field of river basin management and pollution management ensures the relevance of the research for practice and excellent employment opportunities for EDA-EMERGE ESRs. The combination of cutting edge science with training in multiple complementary (soft) skills offered with a strong emphasis on commercial exploitation and media competence will further enhance employability of well-trained ESRs not only in research and academia but far beyond. An internationally composed advisory board will introduce new perspectives of monitoring, assessment and management of emerging pollutants within and outside of Europe.


  • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH, Germany (Coordinator)
  • Environmental Institute s.r.o., Slovakia
  • Stichting VU, Netherlands
  • Institut national de l’environnement industriel et des risques INERIS, France
  • Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz, Switzerland
  • KWR Water Research Institute, Netherlands
  • Ruder Boskovic Institute, Croatia
  • Watchfrog, France
  • Vereniging voor christelijk hoger onderwijs wetenschappelijk onderzoek en patientenzorg, Netherlands