Published on June 26, 2014

Microplastics in the news: radio interviews with Prof. Janssen


Due to the rapidly growing scientific and public awareness on the occurrence and adverse effects of microplastics, news on microplastic usage and research is increasingly being picked up by the mainstream media. Just last month, it was shown that the polar ice caps harbour vast amounts of microplastics which could be released through global warming. A few weeks later, the state of Illinois passed legislation which will ban the manufacture of microbead containing products by 2018. As a leading authority on microplastic research in Belgium, Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen of the GhEnToxLab was asked to elaborate on these news items by the national radio channel Radio 1. You can listen again to these interviews on the website of Radio 1 (Dutch spoken).


Illinois bill interview

Polar ice interview

(courtesy of VRT - Radio 1)

Published on June 10, 2014

Francqui Foundation Fellowship for GhEnToxLab member Dr. Jana Asselman

BAEF logoDr. Jana Asselman (GhEnToxLab) received a Francqui Foundation Fellowship of the Belgian American Educational Foundation for the year 2014-2015 (BAEF). The fellowship is sponsored by the Francqui Foundation and is only awarded after a selection process based on the scientific excellence of the candidate and the research proposal. This year, nine researchers were awarded a Francqui Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship will allow Dr. Asselman to spend a year at Notre Dame University as a postdoctoral researcher (USA, and conduct innovative genomics research at the lab of Prof. Dr. Michael Pfrender. The project will focus on the genetic effects of metals to freshwater organisms exposed to salinity stress. Furthermore, this project will also provide a unique opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between GhEnToxLab and the lab of Prof. Pfrender. Congratulations, Jana!

Published on June 1, 2014

Are interactive effects of harmful algal blooms and copper pollution a concern for water quality management?

water researchCyanobacteria, commonly known as harmful algae due to their adverse effects on aquatic organisms, are a major concern to water quality. While it is well-known that cyanobacteria reduce the fitness of Daphnia sp., their combined effects with chemicals have hardly been documented. In our recent paper, we investigate how cyanobacteria act together with copper, commonly used in algaecides and fungicides, to impact the model organism Daphnia. The results show that cyanobacteria and copper together can considerably impair daphnid reproduction but that their combined effects are overall close to expectations based on their individual toxicities and hence of limited concern for water quality management.

Published on May 26, 2014

Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere elected for a second 3-year term in the SETAC Europe Council


Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere has been elected as a SETAC Europe council member (representing academia). The SETAC Europe council is the governing body of SETAC Europe that takes decisions about conferences, symposia, awards, public relations, finances etc. Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere will to contribute to further optimizing the opportunities within SETAC for tripartite (life-long) education, research, collaboration and communication between academia, industry and government.  He wants to achieve this by strongly interacting with the entire SETAC membership during all possible occasions, and bringing all relevant ideas, questions, worries, etc… of members to council for discussion, regardless of affiliation, country or career stage (because, according to him,  diversity in all its aspects is a basis for creativity and progress).  Congratulations Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere!

Published on May 26, 2014

Environmental effects on fished lobsters and crabs


In times of climate change, when the sea temperatures are increasing in the world oceans, and ocean acidification is becoming and increasing concern, information of environmental effects on key life history stages of important species is important and needs to be readily available. Lobsters and crabs are key commercial species, and due to their complex life cycle different environmental variable may have dissimilar effects on their abundance, depending on the life stage considered. This review will be very valuable for managers, fishermen as well as scientists alike.


Published on May 19, 2014

In Knack: Drs. Lisbeth Van Cauwenberghe comments on microplastic use in cosmetics.

lisbethLisbeth Van Cauwenberghe is currently conducting research on microplastics in a marine environment at GhEnToxLab. Knack (a weekly flemish newsmagazine) interviewed our colleague on the possible environmental and health issues of these microplastics.

Read the full article (Dutch) at:


Published on May 10, 2014

GhEnToxLab researcher Dr. Dieter De Coninck wins SETAC Europe Best Publication Award

setaclogo2 thumb medium50 75

Every year SETAC Europe organises the Best Publication Award in the categories risk assessment, chemical analysis and ecotoxicology. This year the SETAC Europe Best Publication Award for risk assessment went to Dr. Dieter De Coninck, for his paper “An approach to assess the regulatory relevance of microevolutionary effects in ecological risk assessment of chemicals: a case study with cadmium”.

Published on May 10, 2014

Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere stands for election for a second 3-year term in the SETAC Europe Council

setaclogo2 thumb medium50 75

At the General Assembly of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe in Basel on Wednesday 14 May, prof. Karel De Schamphelaere, is one of three candidates for being elected as a SETAC Europe council member (representing academia). 

Published on May 7, 2014

GhEnToxLab at SETAC Europe

setaclogo2 thumb medium50 75Another year, another SETAC conference. This month, our GhEnToxLab members will be presenting their research at the 24th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland from 11-15 May 2014. There we will highlight our research in a total of six platforms, one poster corner and nine posters. To keep track of us during the conference, a comprehensive list of our activities is provided below. 

Published on April 22, 2014

GhEnToxLab is now on Twitter!


Follow us on

where we provide updates on research,teaching

& other activities.

Get to know us!