It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2018 joint meeting of the Belgian and Dutch Environmental Mutagen Society.

Communicating toxicology: What’s the risk?
Thursday November 29, 2018
Vlaams-Europees Verbindingsagentschap, Kortenberglaan 71, Brussels

Scientists and risk assessors generate valid and robust data, which should allow risk managers and policy makers to take measures to ensure safe use of medicines, chemicals, cosmetics and food ingredients. However, we should recognise that humans are hardwired to feel first and think second, so how biased are our recommendations, and, even more importantly, how do we get our message across.
During this symposium, keynote lectures will address scientific and regulatory issues in the field of GMO’s, pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics and plant protection products. During a workshop, the participants can experience and learn how media works and highlight the hazards, exposure, risks, harm-benefit balances and residual uncertainties.

Please find additional information and the program for the symposium in the attachments. More information will be available at

How would you communicate your research results to the general public?!
We invite PhD students, postdocs and scientist to demonstrate how they would communicate their research results to the general public in a pitch presentation and/or poster session.

To submit an abstract for the BEMS/DEMS symposium 2018 please mail to, with "ABSTRACT" in the subject of your E-mail, by the 5th of November 2018.

Please also complete the abstract submission form ( , which also contains the instructions on how to prepare the abstract.
The acceptance of your abstract will be confirmed by e-mail on the 16th of November 2018. Presenters of accepted abstracts will be allowed to register under early bird registration fee before the 23rd of November 2018.

Registration for the meeting is now open at

Early bird registration deadline has passed, only those accepted for a pitch or poster presentation can still register at this fee: €75,-

Standard registration, from 6th of October until the 19th of November: €85,-

Late / on site registration: €100,-

We are looking forward to see you in Brussels!

On behalf of the Belgian and Dutch Environmental Mutagen Societies,

Lode Godderis, BEMS Chair
Giel Hendriks, DEMS Chair


BEMS-DEMS-Communicating Toxicology-Flyer

Program of the day:

9:30 - 10:00Registration & coffee
10:00 - 11:00Science and Media: not an evident relationship. Prof. Leo Neels, Itinera Institute
11:00 - 11:30Science in the GMO debate : Between evidence and controversies. Dr. Didier Breyer, Service Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB), Sciensano
11:30 - 12:00Risk assessment and risk perception, just a question of terminology?  Prof. Vera Rogiers, In vitro Toxicology and Dermato-Cosmetology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
12:00 - 12:30Preclinical profiling of experimental drugs: the case of BIA 10-2474. Prof. Mario van der Stelt, Molecular physiology, Leiden University
12:30 - 12:45Young Scientists Poster Pitch presentations
12:45 - 13:45Lunch & POSTER SESSION
13:45 - 14:15Is glyphosate a carcinogen? Dr. Mark Martens, MMTA bvba
14:15 - 16:15Interactive workshop. Moderator: Marleen Finoulst, journalist

Case studies: Fipronil & GenX/PFOA

16:15 - 16:30Closing remarks
16:30 - 17:30Drinks