Wageningen University has appointed Professor Paul van den Brink to a Personal Professorship in Chemical Stress Ecology with effect from 1 June 2015. This chair will be part of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Management Group.
Professor Paul van den Brink (Oss, 1968) studied Environmental Hygiene in Wageningen. After graduating in 1992, he began working as a researcher at Alterra Wageningen UR. In 1999, he received his PhD at Wageningen University for his research into the effects of pesticides in surface water. In 2005, Van den Brink was seconded part-time to Wageningen University, and in 2008 he was appointed to a Special Professorship in Chemical Stress Ecology for 1 day per week. As a newly appointed Personal Professor, Van den Brink will now work for the university full time. He continues to focus on the ecological side effects of chemicals such as pesticides, cleaning agents, personal care products and pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment in Europe, Asia and Africa.
In 2006, Prof. Van den Brink received the SETAC Innovative Science Award from CEFIC-LRI, and between 2008 and 2012 was a member of the World Council of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). Since 2012 he has also been an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York (UK).