- Quantitative methods of exposure assessment
Objectives: methods for estimating dose (exposure); probabilistic exposure assessment methods; identification and assessment of the environmental transport of biological, chemical and physical agents; study and survey of population exposure factors; characterization of sensitive groups.
- Quantitative microbiological risk assessment – QRMA
Objectives: environmental exposure to pathogenic organisms (viruses, bacteria, parasites); study and development of dose-response models for population and sensitive groups; applying QRMA for reuse water; biosolids in agriculture; water for human consumption.
- Risk assessment of exposures to chemical agents
Objectives: non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic effects associated to low dose rates; applying to contaminated land; air contaminants; pesticide residues in food and water.
- Uncertainty analysis in risk assessment
Objectives: methods of identification and analysis of variability and uncertainty in models; probabilistic methods: Monte Carlo, Bootstrap; probabilistic distribution of exposure parameters and dose-response; statistical data analysis in risk assessment.
- Natural and technological disasters
Objectives: quantitative estimation methods for exposure assessment in chemical accidental. Transport risk assessment of dangerous goods; integrated risk assessment of large industrial sites; mapping of vulnerability associated with technological and natural disasters.
- Risk management and decision making
Objectives: methods for criteria in order to define tolerable risks and quality standards; cost-benefit analysis; social distribution of risks and benefits; analysis of environmental conflicts and risk perception.
- Public involvement in environmental risks management
Objective: qualitative approaches addressed to inclusion of local knowledge, professional experience and social actors.
- Toxicology in Silico
Objective: models in silico for environmental performance; prediction of human exposure and toxicity applying in silico models for chemical safety.