Agnès Rortais, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Agnès joined the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as a senior scientific officer in the Methodology & Scientific Support Unit (MESE) and Preparedness Team in 2008. She is an ecologist (PhD from JCU in Australia) by training and before joining EFSA, she worked 7 years as a postdoc at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS, France) on various projects related to bee ecology. At EFSA, she develops methodologies and tools on holistic and systems-based environmental risk assessment. The current focus of this work is on insect pollinators and non-target arthropods. She coordinates EFSA’s large project MUST-B on the development of a holistic approach to the environmental risk assessment of multiple stressors in honey bee colonies. This includes the development of an agent-based model called ApisRAM outsourced by EFSA and developed by Aarhus University (Denmark) for predictive and post-authorisation risk assessment of pesticides. It also involves stakeholders' engagement with the establishment of the EU Bee Partnership (EUBP) and a platform to promote harmonised data collection and sharing on insect pollinators in Europe. The platform is outsourced by EFSA and developed by BeeLife, a member of the EUBP.
Environmental risk assessment of pesticides: transitioning to a systems-based approach