Liese Gilles – Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium

Harmonising efforts to support policy making – 27 April –  4:30 pm CEST

 The main goal of HBM4EU is to obtain quality controlled and comparable HBM data, with European wide coverage, to inform the development of environment and health policies. The presentation will showcase how we obtained harmonized data for children, teenagers and adults, from 23 European countries. Which tools have been developed to facilitate harmonized conduct of HBM in Europe. How existing HBM capacity is used and how to sustain and improve this harmonized European HBM data collection towards the next HBM project.


Liese Gilles has obtained her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Hasselt University (2017). After her studies she joined the Health unit at VITO to work on the HBM4EU project (2017-2022). She coordinated the aligned studies under HBM4EU and is part of the data management team at VITO.


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.