Jana Klánová



Jana Klánová


Title of Presentation

“European and global monitoring programmes supporting legislation on the environment and health: a role of joint databases and specimen banks”


Date and Place

Session A10


Speaker Biography

• Full professor of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
• Director of the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) and RECETOX research infrastructure which is a part of the Czech Roadmap of Large Research Infrastructures as well as ESFRI Roadmap
• Research interest: Fate of chemical compounds in the environment, transport and transformation processes, human exposure pathways, environmental determinants of health
• Bibliometric Indicators: 130 refereed international journal articles, more than 2000 citations, h index of 29
• International Recognition: Member of the international Expert Group of advisors supervising implementation of the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention, Leading partner for the area of Health (HE-2) of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), Czech Delegate in the Programming Committee of Horizon 2020
• Research projects: EU Structural Funds (2), HORIZON 2020 (2), EU FP7(3), EU InterReg, AMVIS/KONTAKT, NATO, UNEP/GEF, UNIDO, Granting Agency, Technology Agency, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education of the CR
• Teaching activities: Environmental and analytical chemistry, QA/QC, Genomics and Proteomics



The aim of the Stockholm Convention (SC) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is to protect human health and the environment from adverse effects of POPs. The Article 16 of the SC requires regular effectiveness evaluation of the measures adopted to eliminate POPs releases. To that regard, a Global Monitoring Plan (GMP) was designed suggesting ambient air, human milk, and blood as core matrices. The first overview of the global distribution of POPs was established in 2008 (www.pops-gmp.org). Data on 12 initial POPs indicated significant gaps in knowledge on spatial distribution and temporal trends of POPs since very few countries have on-going monitoring programmes. European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme provided atmospheric data for several sites in Europe, and Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network offered limited information on the Great Lakes area. Country-specific pooled samples collected within the UNEP-WHO project allowed for an assessment of spatial trends of POPs in human milk. New monitoring efforts have been introduced in the last decade to fill the regional gaps. However, the lack of harmonization of sampling, analytical and data management approaches, as well as missing specimen banking strategy makes the global interpretation of resulting data difficult. While new compounds are being added to the annexes of the SC, it is often impossible to screen them in the old samples because they were not stored for future use. This important element has to be considered whenever new monitoring networks are built (currently especially emerging Global aquatic passive sampling network and new European human biomonitoring initiative).