Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Modelling training course - A practical modelling course using the MERLIN-Expo tool for simulating exposure to chemicals in the environment

Date: 12 September 2016 - 13 September 2016
Location: Holiday Inn, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The MERLIN-Expo group is organising a summer training session to support users and potential users of MERLIN-Expo to get the most out of the software. This course will be comprised of lectures and practical sessions to teach advanced modelling methods for the assessment of human and environmental exposure to chemicals. The participants will gain knowledge of modelling environmental fate, human exposure and pharmacokinetics.

During the practical sessions, MERLIN-Expo will be used to demonstrate calculations of exposure in a variety of contexts. This will include various environmental compartments (e.g. water/sediment, soil/food), ecological food webs and human exposure via various pathways. Participants are invited to bring their own data to discuss with the MERLIN-Expo trainers.

What is MERLIN-Expo?

MERLIN-Expo is a modelling tool for assessing the risk of environmental pollutants for biota and/or humans. The tool provides an integrated approach that links both aspects of chemical risk: the environmental processes that determine the risk of exposure, and the biological processes that determine the pharmacokinetic aspects of exposure. In addition, it accounts for the lifetime exposure of different human populations, and for exposure through multiple pathways.

The tool links a library of environmental and biological models that can be selected depending on the type of chemical and exposure route. And it offers build-in routines to perform uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.

MERLIN-Expo can be downloaded at

Who is this for?

This course is suitable for scientists involved in research of contaminants interested in modelling the exposure and risk for organisms or humans, who want to learn about the possibilities of applying the Merlin-Expo tool. This could be from an industrial perspective (e.g. those working with biocides); a research perspective (e.g. postgraduate students and academic researchers); or a legislative perspective (e.g. civil servants working for chemical regulatory authorities).

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