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July 2006 Symposium on Nanotechnology and the Environment: Life Cycle of Nanomaterials: Biography

Dr. Stig Irving Olsen

Technical University of Denmark
Department of Manufacturing Engineering Management
Lyngby, Denmark

Dr. Stig Irving Olsen is a biologist with 17 years of experience in environmental science. The key areas of his work have been eco-toxicological and toxicological assessments of chemical substances and life cycle assessment (LCA).

Dr. Olsen has, among other assignments, worked on eco-toxicological and toxicological evaluation of pesticides, elaboration of European-classification proposals for substances, toxicological evaluation of plastic materials, and methodological development of toxicological and ecotoxicological assessments in LCA where comparative evaluation are important. In this connection he was a co-chairman of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe working group on assessment of toxicological impacts in LCA.

Dr. Olsen spent one year at European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) acquiring further, extensive knowledge about the EU risk assessment scheme a.o. through working on the revision of the technical guidance document for risk assessment of chemicals. Particular emphasis was put on the comparative aspects of LCA and risk assessment in, e.g., substitution and the feasibility of using LCA in the risk management of chemicals.

Since January 2005 the focus of his work has been on environmental assessment of micro/nano production in a life cycle perspective. Dr. Olsen is an expert member of the Danish Technological Council work group on nanotechnology and toxicology.

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