Hans Bruyninckx – Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA)

The added value of human biomonitoring for chemicals policy making – 28 April – 3:05 pm CEST


Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency since 1 June, 2013.

In 1996 Dr Bruyninckx completed a PhD in international environmental politics at Colorado State University. From 2010 to 2013, he was head of the policy oriented research institute, HIVA, in Leuven, Belgium. He was head of the Political Science department at Leuven University from 2007 to 2010. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in areas including environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He has taught on global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU en­vironmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance. Throughout his ca­reer Dr Bruyninckx has worked with and advised governmental agencies, civil society and businesses.


The HBM4EU project was launched in 2016 with the aim of improving the collective understanding of human exposure to hazardous chemicals and developing HBM as an exposure assessment method. The project had €74m in funding and jointly implemented by 120 partners from 28 participating countries – 24 EU member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Israel and the European Environment Agency. One of its aims was to ensure the sustainability of HBM in the EU beyond 2021. The project ended in June 2022. The website will not be updated any longer, except the page on peer reviewed publications, but will be online until 2032.