Stakeholder Workshop 2024

Improved methods for assessmnet of metabolic effects of endocrine disrupters. Stakeholder workshop 24 April 2024.

Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are defined as exogenous chemicals that alter functions of the endocrine system, thereby causing adverse health effects in an organism or its progeny. These substances are also suspected of being related to the development of metabolic diseases such as obesity, fatty liver, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. However, validated methods to evaluate the metabolic effects of endocrine disruptors have been lacking for a long time. There is also a lack of a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms by which these chemical compounds disrupt metabolic processes and can cause health impairments.

EDCMET arranges a stakeholder workshop on Wednesday 24 April 2024 at 9 -12 CET.

In the workshop, the EDCMET speakers provide insight into the scientific achievements and the progress in method development. In addition, stakeholders share their perspectives on the work done in EDCMET.

We welcome representatives from research, regulatory authorities, industry, civil society and contract research organisations, policy makers as well as other experts working in the field of EDs.

The event is free of charge and open for all. No registration is required.

Date and time

24 April 2024 at 9:00 – 12 CET


The workshop is arranged as an online-only event via WEBEX.


9:00 Welcome and introduction
Albert Braeuning, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR

9:05 Overview of EDCMET
Anna-Liisa Levonen, EDCMET coordinator, University of Eastern Finland

9:20 Stakeholder perspective / EU Parliament
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament

9:35 Scientific results of EDCMET (15 min per presentation)

In silico methods to identify endocrine disrupting effects of chemicals
Nick Plant, work package leader, University of Leeds

In vitro and omics methods to assess metabolic effects of EDs
Rinie van Beuningen, work package leader, Pamgene

In vivo models for the assessment of metabolic effects of EDs
Jukka Hakkola, work package leader, University of Oulu

Population-based assessment of exposure to chemicals and ED-related metabolic effects
Arja Rautio, work package leader, University of Oulu

10:35–10:45 Break

10:45 Stakeholder perspective / PEPPER platform
Philippe Hubert, Director

11:00 Stakeholder perspective / EDCMET External Scientific Advisory Board
ESAB members Philip Marx-Stoelting, Nico N.P.E. Vermeulen and Olavi Pelkonen

11:20 General discussion
Albert Braeuning, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR

11:50 Wrap-up and concluding remarks
Anna-Liisa Levonen, EDCMET coordinator, University of Eastern Finland

12:00 End of workshop

Programme in pdf format

Find the programme in pdf format here.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825762.