The Consortium

There are over 60 researchers from 15 institutes located in 10 European countries who collaborate in ZeroPM. In addition, ZeroPM benefits from both an extended stakeholder group and an advisory board.

The ZeroPM consortium

Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
Project Coordinator and WP5 Leader

The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) has been a leading international centre for research and consulting within geosciences for over 60 years. NGI is a private foundation with office and laboratory in Oslo, branch office in Trondheim and daughter companies in Houston, Texas, and Perth, Australia.
Stockholm University (SU)
WP2 Leader
Stockholm University (SU) is one of the largest universities in Sweden. SU is the region’s centre for higher education and research within science, the humanities and the social sciences. The Department of Environmental Science has long been a world-leading organization within the field of environmental organic chemistry and is especially well known for its research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Department was one of the first organizations in Europe to conduct research on PFAS starting already in the late 1990s.
Milieu Law and Policy Consulting (Milieu)
WP3 Leader
Milieu Law and Policy Consulting (Milieu) has been providing high quality consultancy services in the field of European Union and international environmental law and policy since 1994. Over the last 20 years, Milieu has established a reputation in the fields of chemicals policy and legislation. We have successfully delivered studies on a range of EU chemical policy issues, including in the field of endocrine disruptors, biocidal products, human health, and environmental toxicology.
International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec)
WP4 Leader
The International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) is an independent non-profit organisation that advocates the substitution of toxic chemicals with safer alternatives. Through cross-border collaboration and practical tools, ChemSec encourages progressive chemicals legislation and pushes businesses towards the transition to non-toxic alternatives. At the heart of ChemSecs’s strategy is to interlink the interests of companies, those making chemicals policies and financial investors. A knowledge of industry’s capacity to adapt to stricter regulations makes it easier for decision makers to take the necessary steps to support them, and subsequently give progressive companies a competitive advantage. The investment sector, in turn, can translate the way that companies adapt to future regulation into potential financial performance.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
WP6 Leader
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is a unique university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences and medical sciences. The Department Environment & Health (E&H) carries out academic research and training to strengthen our understanding of the impacts of environmental contaminants on human health and the environment. Multiple disciplines such as analytical chemistry, (eco)toxicology, risk assessment, epidemiology and health sciences are brought together to both educate students and conduct world class research. The systems studied by this unique group span from the molecular level to populations, ecosystems and society.
DVGW German Water Center (TZW)
WP7 Leader
The water research facility Technologiezentrum Wasser (TZW – German Water Centre) in Karlsruhe is an organisational, budgetary, and politically independent, non-profit organisation of the Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGW – German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water). TZW cooperates with water suppliers, companies, specialist authorities, universities and colleges in applied research and scientific advice. Based on its extensive research activities and practical experience, it develops solutions and concepts for all areas of the national and international water industry, including the development of relevant standards, guidelines and regulations and acts as contact point for authorities, ministries and associations in all questions in the field of drinking water supply. The main focus of the research activities lies in the areas of analytics and substance evaluation, microbiology and molecular biology, environmental biotechnology and contaminated sites, groundwater and soil, technology and economy.
German Environment Agency (UBA)
Umweltbundesamt (UBA – German Environment Agency) is Germany’s main environmental protection agency. UBAs task is to ensure a healthy environment with clean air and water, free of pollutants to the greatest extent possible. UBA gathers data on the state of the environment, detects environmental problems, assess them and proposes solutions. We are concerned with a broad spectrum of issues, including, e.g., waste avoidance, climate protection, pesticide approvals and chemical regulation under the REACH framework.
University of Luxembourg (UniLux)
The University of Luxembourg (UniLux) is a multilingual, international and research oriented university founded in 2003. The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) is an interdisciplinary research centre established at the University in 2009. It is accelerating biomedical research by closing the link between systems biology and medical research.
Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Group (EMPA)
Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Group (EMPA), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology, is a research institution within the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) domain and plays an important role in education, science and innovation in Switzerland. It specializes in applications, focused research and development, and provides high-level services in the field of sustainable materials science and technology. Its core tasks are innovative collaboration with industry and public institutions, ensuring the safety of people and the environment, knowledge propagation and university-level teaching.
University of the Aegean (UniAeg)
The Water and Air Quality Laboratory (WAQL), belongs to the Department of Environment (University of the Aegean). The main focus of its research activities lies in the areas of chemical analysis of inorganic and organic pollutants to the environment and to the development and application of treatment technologies for water, wastewater and sludge. WAQL cooperates with water and sewerage companies and food and chemical industries providing scientific solutions and advices. It also cooperates with different Greek Regions and Greek Ministry of Environment on topics related to the Greek legislation for wastewater and sludge reuse.
TG Environmental Research (TGER)
TGER offers consultancy services include the development and application of environmental fate and exposure models for use in assessing the environmental and human health risks of chemicals used in commerce. TGER is recognised as offering services that bridge the gap between research and application, supporting industry with applicable tools. In addition to consultancy tools, TGER carries out scientific work related to substance physical-chemical properties to complex environmental systems, prioritizing chemicals for risk assessment and mapping sources of chemicals to their adverse effects.
Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers)
Chalmers tekniska högskola (Chalmers – Chalmers University of Technology) has developed leading research in the areas of life sciences, materials science, information technology, micro-and nanotechnology, environmental sciences and energy. Chalmers’ Department of Technology Management and Economics is home to the Swedish Life Cycle Center, the national competence center for the environmental assessment of products and material systems and a hub for industry-academia interaction. It is also home to the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA), the largest Swedish grouping of academics studying environmental assessment methods and the dynamics of technical change.
Norwegian Water Research Institute (NIVA)
The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is a national non-profit research organization and is the leading competence centre for aquatic and marine environmental and resource issues in Norway. NIVA is specializing in environmental monitoring of persistent and mobile substances such as PFAS and has done so on behalf of the Norwegian Environment Agency through several monitoring programmes over the last five years. NIVA’s laboratory is suitably equipped for the analysis of trace analysis of these compounds including the best available gas and liquid chromatographic instrumentation. NIVA has been leading the development of passive sampling techniques for sampling of surface and groundwater as well as sediments and recently the combination of different sampling techniques with non-target and suspect screening.
University of Vienna (UniVie)
The University of Vienna (UniVie) is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. The Urban and Environmental Psychology group was founded in 2020 with the establishment of the new Chair in Urban and Environmental Psychology, to strengthen UNIVIE’s interdisciplinary, applied and impact-focused research, in line with its “Third Mission” strategic approach. The Third Mission approach describes the increased translation of academic and technical knowledge to address growing societal and economic challenges. PM substances are a classic example of such a challenge situated between society, environment and technology.
Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft E.V. (ITEM)
The Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM) is one of 74 institutes and research institutions of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft, Europe’s leading organization for applied research. Protecting man from health hazards in our industrialized world and contributing to the development of novel therapeutic approaches are the aims Fraunhofer ITEM is pursuing with its contract research. With its expertise ITEM supports government, national and international organisations and industry in assessing the risk of existing and new products.