Cremona, Italy

The Future of Environmental and Human Health Exposure Modelling of Chemicals

when 29 June 2015 - 3 July 2015
duration 1 week

The MERLIN-Expo software is a new tool for the assessment of human exposure to environmental contaminants, and will play a central part in this summer school in the teaching of subjects along the themes of advanced modelling methods, environmental fate, human exposure and pharmacokinetics.

MERLIN-Expo was identified by the European Commission as a highly promising; it integrates multimedia, PBPK and dose-response models to address the entire exposure assessment chain, in addition to accounting for the lifetime exposure of different human populations and exposure through multiple pathways. Understanding the nature and extent of exposure is key to understanding the risk to human health, and with growing scientific insight into how chemicals affect humans, competence in the use of advanced modelling methods is necessary to be able to assess complex exposure scenarios.

This summer school will be comprised of lectures and hands-on practical sessions using the MERLIN-Expo tool so that students gain an excellent understanding of the principles of advanced modelling techniques. A day trip to the Milan Expo 2015 event will be included in the course.

The summer school is endorsed by SETAC and will also be run as part of the CEEP program (

To find out more and to register to attend please visit:

Course leader

James Garratt and Gabriella Fait

Target group

• Junior modellers
• Doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers
• People in the early stages of their career
• Those who require a better understanding of environmental modelling to help them in their activities (environmental chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology etc.)
• All people wishing to learn about advanced modelling methods and the new MERLIN-Expo tool.

Course aim

The summer school will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to:

• learn about future trends in environmental and human exposure assessment
• learn about advanced modelling methods
• gain experience in addressing environmental problems using the new MERLIN-Expo tool
• meet highly experienced professionals from industry and academia
• network with people working in similar areas

Fee info

EUR 0: There are 20 free-of charge places, available on a first-come first-served basis. Additional attendees will be required to pay a fee of 900 Euro.