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Conference programme

Join us as we embark on a journey of collaboration, science and knowledge for tomorrow's chemical landscape.

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Registration and morning coffee 
08:00 - 09:00 (EET)


09:00 - 10:00 (EET)

​09:00 - 09:15

Mercedes Viñas
Director for Submissions and Interaction European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) 

​09:15 - 09:20
Keynote video address:
Future of chemical regulation under the Green Deal

Virginijus Sinkevičius
European Commissioner, Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

​09:20 - 09:40

​Juhani Damski
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of the Environment of Finland

Interview by Chris Burns, Moderator.

​09:40 - 10:00

​​Sharon McGuinness
Executive Director
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Interview by Chris Burns, Moderator.

Coffee break and networking

10:00 - 10:40 (EET)


10:40 - 12:15 (EET)

This session navigates the critical components in tomorrow's chemical landscape: green and digital transition and regulatory coherence.

​10:40 - 10:55
Tomorrow's chemical policy through today's lessons

​​Martin Hojsík
Vice President of the European Parliament
Member of ENVI Committee
Renew Europe Group

​10:55 - 11:15
Role of international collaboration in chemicals management

Bob Diderich
Head of the Environment, Health and Safety Division
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

​11:15 - 12:15
Innovation, the green and digital transition and regulatory coherence as key components in tomorrow's chemical landscape

Dorothee Arns
Director General
European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC)​

Frida Hök
Deputy Director
International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec)

Marco Mensink
Director General
European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)

Kristin Schreiber
Director, Chemicals, Food, Retail
European Commission - Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Peter van der Zandt
Director of Risk Management
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Panel discussion moderated by Chris Burns.


12:15 - 13:45 (EET)

One-to-one sessions with ECHA experts

13:00 - 17:00 (EET)


13:45 - 14:45 (EET)

This session explores how scientific research is addressing regulatory challenges in chemical safety. The panel discusses investments in alternative methods, regulatory needs, and the role of international collaboration.

​13:45 - 14:45
Bridging science and regulation

Joanna Drake
Deputy Director-General
European Commission - Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Ellen Fritsche
Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT)

Juliette Legler
Professor of Toxicology
Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University

Mike Rasenberg
Director of Hazard Assessment
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Matthieu Schuler
Managing Director-General Science for Expertise Division
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES)

Panel discussion moderated by Chris Burns.

Coffee break and networking

14:45 - 15:15 (EET)


15:15 - 16:15 (EET)

This session focusses on the dynamics between usability, data sharing, and artificial intelligence to promote chemical safety. How can data transform the way we approach chemical regulation and safety, and who has the right to control and access it?

​15:15 - 16:15
Creating tomorrow’s knowledge with data

Martin Adams
Head of Programme for Biodiversity, Health and Resources
European Environment Agency (EEA)

Ofelia Bercaru
Director of Prioritisation and Integration
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Peter Korytár
​Policy Coordinator
European Commission - Directorate General for the Environment

Simon Hodson

Executive Director
Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA)

Michael Warhurst
Executive Director
CHEM Trust  

Panel discussion moderated by Chris Burns.

​16:15 - 16:30
Closing remarks

​​Sharon McGuinness
Executive Director
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Meet and greet ECHA staff

16:30 - 18:00 (EET)