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42nd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Bureau

Werner Klein (Germany)

Werner Klein

Dr. Klein has more than 30 years experience in research, research planning and assessment, targeting at environmental protection and started with metabolism work in mammals and plants in the late sixties as well as being involved in the development of the scientific concepts and methodologies (biocides and environmental chemicals) e.g. for the First Environmental Protection Program of the German Federal Government, 1971.

Involve early in the OECD Chemicals Program, Dr. Klein prepared the Expert Group work for chemicals assessment harmonisation (hazard identification, etc.) and has substantial experimental work regarding testing for the targets and projects for the development of priority setting and environmental risk assessment, both for chemicals and pesticides.

More recently, he has been involved in experimental and modelling work concerning the development and implementation of the Common Principles for Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides. Strategic work includes special groups of chemicals (e.g. metals, veterinary drugs considering specifics for risk assessment).

He has developed proposals for the inclusion of the elements of chemical risk assessment in LC Analyses to achieve consistent evaluation and assessments. In recent years he has been increasing involved in organising, managing and (co-)chairing scientific workshops (national and International) on different segments or for total risk and benefit assessment and management, e.g. OECD Workshop on Approaches to a Harmonisation of Environmental Assessment of Plant Protection Products for Authorisation Purposes -The political, administrative and scientific-technical issues.

The institute is working multidisciplinarily (chemistry, biology, ecology, geosciences). Considering the targets of interest, there is co-operation with universities and other research institutions within and outside Europe.

He has substantial involvement in the EU Environment Programs for many years. Participation in recent SCOPE-Projects (e.g. Endocrine Disrupters Project 2000-2003) and at present chair of the SGOMSEC Group dealing with methodologies for the safety assessment of chemicals (fine particles just published, bioavailability of heavy metals in press). SCOPE and SGOMSEC Projects are multidisciplinary and include the involvement of scientists from developing countries.

Education and Career
University: Chemistry, University of Bonn (1956 - 1961). PhD: Synthetic organic chemistry, University of Bonn (1965)
Postdoctoral work: Theoretical organic chemistry, metabolism of pesticides (1965 - 1968) Habilitation: Technical University München, Weihenstephan, Ecological Chemistry (1977)

Positions held
GSF - Institut für ökologische Chemie, Deputy Head of the Institute, Head of the Department 'Fate of chemicals in the environment' (1969 - 1983)
FhG-Institut für Umwelt- Executive Director ( 1983 until retirement Oct. 2001) chemie und Ökotoxikologie:
University of Duisburg: Full professor in Ecological Chemistry (since 1985)

IUPAC Involment
Klein is presently president of the Chemistry and the Environment Division. He has been involved since 1978 when he became a member of the Commission on Agrochemicals.

Related Professional Activities
Following acknowledgement of expertise, called into committees and high level groups, for instance:

  • Selection of Scientific Advisory Committees and Commissions:
    Interministerial Task Force on Environmental Chemicals and Biocides (1971 - 1978)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Ecotoxicology (SCOPE) (1975 - 1987)
  • Member of SGOMSEC since 1991, chair since 2002
    SCOPE National Committee (since 1998)
  • International Society of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Member of the Board (since 1978)
  • Expert Commission for the Registration of Pesticides in Germany (1987 until retirement)
  • Scientific Steering Committee for Consumer Health and Food Safety of the EU-Commission (1997-2003), Member of the Task Force on Harmonisation of Risk Assessment Procedures, Chair of a working group on risk by electromagnetic radiation; co-chair of a working group on quality of life concerns in risk benefit evaluations.
  • Scientific Advisory Committee on Toxicology and Ecotoxicology of the EU (1988-1997), chair of ecotoxicology section (1994-1997)
  • Member of the Advisory Panel on Ecological Research of the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology (since 1989)
  • GDCH Scientific Group Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Member of the Board (1990 - 2000)
  • Federal Biological Research Agency (BBA), Member of the Board (1991-2002)
  • Forschungszentrum Umwelt und Gesundheit (GSF), Scientific Advisory Board (1992-1995, chair 2000-2004)
  • Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig/Halle (UFZ), Scientific Advisory Board (1992-1996)
  • Commission for the Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (since 1996)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee on Soil Protection of the Federal Environmental Ministry (since 1998)
  • Editorships: Managing Editor of the Journal "Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety"
  • Chemosphere, Section Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Quality and Safety (Book Series)
  • Biomedical and Environmental Sciences
  • Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoffforschung
  • Quality Assurance: Good Practice, Regulation and Law


  • Merit Award of IAES/SECOTOX (1984)
  • Bundesverdienstkreuz (1998) (Federal Award of Merits donated by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany)


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