Scientific committee

In order to guarantee that the work performed adheres to the highest scientific standards, a committee of reputed independent scientific experts has been set-up. This group of experts have been notably assigned to perform the signing-off of specific scientific or technical approaches that are to underpin the work as well as to peer-review the technical deliverables.


Jean-Christophe BALOUET

French judicial expert
Dr Jean-Christophe Balouet is a French judicial expert and member of the National Company of Judicial Experts in Environment. He started investigating cabin air quality in 1996, and co-authored the aerotoxic syndrome in 1998. He has contributed several scientific articles over the issue and chaired the three Aerospace Information Reports (AIR) on air quality, by SAE.

Dietmar Breuer

Head of the department “Chemical and biological agents“
IFA, Sankt Augustin, Germany
Dr Dietmar Breuer is head of the ‘chemical and biological agents’ department at IFA the central research and testing institute of the DGUV. Dr Breuer’s previous professional experiences include; research chemist at the university of Paderborn (Germany). He is also teaching as honorary professor at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science. Dr Breuer is a permanent guest of the Senate Commission for the investigation of health hazards of chemical compounds in the work area and is a chairman and member of various CEN and ISO working groups and committees investigating this issue of workplace air quality.


Research Scientist,
Italian National Research Council (ISAC - CNR), Rome, Italy
Dr Francesca Costabile took her (cum laude) in environmental engineering, postgraduate degree in environmental chemistry, and PhD in mechanical engineering. She worked as visiting researcher and postdoc at the Tsinghua university and Peking university (China), and at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric research (Germany), and was lecturer at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Physics and Engineering departments) and Venice International University.
Currently, she has a permanent scientist position at the Italian National Research Council (CNR - ISAC, Institute for Atmospheric Science and climate), and is adjunct professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Atmospheric Chemodynamics, 64 hours). She has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the area of air quality, tropospheric aerosols, and relevant health effects. In particular, her main field of research is the characterisation of combustion derived ultrafine particles in the atmosphere.

Christine E. Hellweg

Head of the Department of Radiation Biology at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine
DLR, Köln, Germany
Dr Christine E. Hellweg (2001 Dr. med. vet., 2012 Habilitation) is head of the department of Radiation Biology at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the DLR in Cologne, Germany, since 2015. Dr Hellweg has gained scientific and project management experience as Principal Investigator of several experiments at the heavy ion accelerator GANIL in Caen, France and as Coordinator and later spokesperson of the Helmholtz Space Life Sciences Research School (SpaceLife) at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine. Her major research interests are the biological effects of radiation and other environmental stressors at the cellular and molecular level. She developed screening assays for cyto- and genotoxicity. She is reviewer for 23 scientific journals and author of 53 peer-reviewed publications. She successfully advised 10 doctoral theses, 15 diploma or master theses, and 3 bachelor theses and teaches as “Privatdozentin” at the Free University of Berlin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Immunology) and at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Rheinbach, Germany (Radiation Biology).

Dr. Sven Schuchardt

Head: Dept. of Bio- and Environmental Analytics
Dr Sven Schuchardt studied chemistry and biology at Christian–Albrechts University in Kiel (Germany). He prepared his thesis (Dr. rer. Nat.) at the department of toxicology at the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (Campus Kiel). He gathered special expertise in the field of MS and NMR. Dr Schuchardt started his career as head of analytical laboratory in a biotechnological company. After five years of industrial protein analytics he became an expert in analytical chemistry and toxicology at Fraunhofer ITEM. Since 2006 Dr Schuchardt is head of the Bio- and Environmental Analytics department.

Andreas Vahl

Managing Director
SAREL Consult GmbH
Dr Andreas Vahl gained comprehensive experience on aircraft systems & safety as well as risk management in industry and research. Besides lecturing in ‘Reliability of Aircraft Systems’ at Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, he is the management director of SAREL Consult GmbH - an independent company dedicated to systems safety and reliability. Previous positions include managing director at Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung GmbH (ZAL), Head of Research & Technology Business Development at Airbus Operations GmbH as well as gaining valuable experience in ‘Product Integrity’ within the Safety & Reliability section of Airbus Deutschland GmbH.

Dr. Chris van Netten

Professor Emeritus, School of Population and Public Health
Faculty of Medicine at University of B.C.
As Emeritus Professor at the School of Population and Public Health Faculty of Medicine at University of B.C, Dr van Netten has a background in chemistry, mathematics, chemical engineering, biochemistry, membrane and neurophysiology, nuclear chemistry and clinical chemistry. He developed and taught new graduate programs in ‘Environmental and Occupational Toxicology’ and ‘Industrial Hygiene’. Dr van Netten has published 132 articles, 20 of which were in the area of aircraft air quality. He has been a member of 23 national and international committees, has two patents, and is a reviewer for several international scientific journals. He has also been involved in numerous media documentaries and interviews.

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