The Launch Event of the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative successfully took place on the 8 December, followed by a first round of stakeholder consultation on the 9 December. The presentations of the speakers who used slides can be found below, in addition the full event can be watched via the web streaming link.
The European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU) is a joint effort of 26 countries and the European Commission, co-funded by Horizon 2020. The main aim of the initiative is to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe. HBM4EU will thereby provide better evidence of the actual exposure of citizens to chemicals and the possible health effects to support policy making. This launch event is organised under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, demonstrating the high-level interest in human biomonitoring across the EU.
The HBM4EU initiative represents a novel way of collaborating between several Commission services, EU agencies and national representatives, highlighting how research funding can build bridges between the research and policy worlds. At the launch event, the initiative will be presented publicly for the first time, including key features, envisaged activities, the expected impact and information on how stakeholders can stay informed about the initiative, and the subject in general.
The conference programme is structured around the following sessions:
- Welcome and introduction of the political framework
- Presentation of the HBM4EU initiative
- The international HBM landscape - challenges and opportunities
- Key features of HBM4EU
- National expectations for HBM4EU
- The way forward