COST Action TD 1407 Workshop

Technology Critical Elements in ecosystem and human health

19-20 April 2018
National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn, Estonia



The workshop focuses on Technology Critical Elements (TCEs), including the Platinum Group Metals (PGM), Rare Earth Elements (REE), as well as Nb, Ta, Ga, In, Tl, Ge and Te, which are increasingly exploited and emitted due to their use in new technologies in the fields of communication, mobility and energy.

The workshop addresses the current status of knowledge to identify existing priority gaps and discuss perspective for future research. The 2 days program is articulated in podium and poster sessions presenting available knowledge on:

  • exposure characterization, including exposure pathways, from environment to humans
  • (eco)- toxicology including forms, species, mixtures and bioavailability
  • toxic effects/endpoints at all organisational levels: cell, tissue/organ, individual, community, ecosystem
  • toxicokinetics: uptake, distribution, metabolism, elimination, bioaccumulation, detoxification
  • predictive modelling and markers in humans, animals and/or the environment
  • environmental risks, including food chains
  • potential human health risks, including sensitive/vulnerable population sub-groups

The workshop hosts keynote lectures on:

  • High risk scenarios
  • Risk assessment for ecosystem and human health



  • Chiara Frazzoli, Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Rome, Italy
  • Laure Giambérini, Université de Lorraine, Metz, France
  • Anne Kahru, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Sonja Zimmermann, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


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