Professor Olalekan Fatoki

Former Director of Research at the University of Venda and the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at CPUT.

Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment:  The South African Perspective

Professor Fatoki holds an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a PhD degree in Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry) from the University of Salford in England. He served as Head of the Department of Chemistry and Head of the Directorate of Physical Sciences at the University of Fort Hare.

His major research interest is in the development of methods to monitor environmental pollutants. His work on environmental analytical chemistry has been published widely in accredited journals. His current research focuses on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), such as organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), phthalate ester plasticisers and heavy metals, and their associated impact on health.

Gertie Arts

Senior researcher in the field of aquatic risk assessment, aquatic ecotoxicology and aquatic ecology at Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre and Immediate past president of SETAC Europe

Environmental Risk Assessment: The missing gaps in Africa.

gertie_arts_smallDr. Gertie H.P. Arts studied Biology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. She is Doctor in the Natural Sciences and received her title in Aquatic Ecology at the same University. She works at Alterra as a senior scientist in the Environmental Risk Assessment team. She is involved in higher tier experiments for higher-tier aquatic risk assessment procedures for contaminants (e.g. for the registration of pesticides). She works on the ecological evaluation of pesticide-risks and on ecological and other aspects of freshwaters in the Dutch agricultural landscape, e.g. multistress and eutrophication. She is an expert in aquatic macrophyte risk assessment. Research focuses on the effects of contaminants on aquatic macrophytes in different experimental settings and at different levels of biological organisation. Within the Dutch Pesticides research Program, she participates as a project representative of the theme “Ecological Risk Assessment of Pesticides”, dealing with the effects and ecological risks in surface water. In 2008 she was deputy project leader of the Nature Balance. For this project she worked three days per week at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in Bilthoven, The Netherlands in 2008. Because of her broad ecological and abiotic knowledge of aquatic ecosystems she has been involved in the Natura 2000 reporting of aquatic habitats in The Netherlands and in projects within the context of the Water Framework Directive and its application. Over the last 1.5 years, she participated in the Red List Project for the European Commission. Within this project she was member of the freshwater group and cooperated in this group to perform a red list assessment for freshwater habitats in Europe. She also participates in freshwater projects where Natura 2000 and the Water Framework Directive both play a role.

She has been member of SETAC 2006 Scientific Committee. She has been co-chair of the Organising Committee of the AMRAP workshop focusing on Aquatic Macrophyte Risk assessment for plant protection products and from 2009 until 2015 she was chair of the Steering Committee of the SETAC Advisory Group AMEG (Aquatic Macrophytes Ecotoxicology Group, since 2014 Plants Advisory Group). Since 2010 she is member of the SETAC Europe Council. From May 2014 until May 2015 she was vice-president of SETAC Europe. From May 2015 to May 2016 she was president of SETAC Europe. From May 2016 to May 2017 she is immediate past president of SETAC Europe. From 2014 – 2017 she is co-chair of the Steering Committee of the non-target terrestrial plant workshops organized under the umbrella of SETAC. From May 2011 until January 2016 she was Plant Editor of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.