News, events


CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group is publishing a five-volume book series “Engineering Tools for Environmental Risk Management” edited by Hungarian scientists:


The European Commission organises a 'Soil stakeholders' conference' in Brussels on 5 December 2016. The event is a contribution of the European Commission to the World Soil Day 2016 aiming at raising awareness on the importance of soils and the ecosystem services that they deliver. It is also part of the implementation of the EU Soil Thematic Strategy.


ECHA  (Európai Kémiai Ügynökség) a brómozott tűzgátlószer decaBDE műanyagokban és textíliákban történő korlátozását javasolja.

ECHA javaslata az Európai Bizottság felé, hogy a dekaBDE gyártásának és piacra vitelének  korlátozását javasolja, valamint minden olyan terméknek, amely 0,1%-nál nagyobb mennyiségben tartalmaz dekaBDE-t.

Gruiz Katalin

France has registered its intention in 2013 to submit an REACH Annex XVII restriction proposal for bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper.

Bisphenol A, also commonly referred to as BPA, is an organic chemical which is the essential basic building block (intermediate) for high performance polymer plastics and coatings, mainly polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Many countries has banned the use of BPA in infant feeding (baby) bottles.

The opinion from the French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labour (Anses) published in April 2013 confirms the health effects of bisphenol A, particularly for pregnant women in terms of potential risks to the unborn child. Some exposure situations, mainly related to the handling of thermal paper (cash register receipts, credit card receipts, etc.), leading to potential risk for human health have been identified. Therefore, France submitted its proposal on 17-01-2014 for the restriction of BPA in thermal paper.

Vaszita Emese

A SOILUTIL projekt konzorciuma projektzáró konferenciát szervez.

Részletek az alábbi oldalon:
SOILUTIL Konferencia és Helyszíni Bemutató, 2013. november 14-15, Budapest

UN DESD Conference

Learning Today for a Sustainable Future - UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya and Stakeholder Meetings, 4-8 November 2014, Okayama, Japan

Environmental, economic and social indicators tell us that our current model of progress is unsustainable. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course (UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon).


Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.

Termékeny talaj

An animated film, LET’S TALK ABOUT SOIL, was produced for the World Soil Day by designer and animator Uli Henrik Streckenbach for the Global Soil Week and the Global Soil Partnership with the support of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) – Global Soil Forum, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Deutsche Welle.

Fenntartható energia

United Nation according to Millennium Development Goals initiated that the year of 2012 will be dedicated to 'Sustainable energy for all'. With leadership from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN-Energy – a coordinating group of 20 UN agencies – is undertaking the new global initiative.

Fenyvesi Éva
Xenofilter unit developed in the project

The CDFILTER project (TECH_08-A4/2-2008-0161) supported by the National Development Agency has been finished. The coordinator CycloLab Cyclodextrin R&D Laboratory Ltd., and the partners in the conzorcium: ORGANICA Technologies Ltd., Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd., Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Sciences, Cooperative Research Centre for Environmental Sciences has fulfilled the main objectives.

Gruiz Katalin

The proposal for harmonised classification and labelling of cymoxanil was submitted by Austria in June 2011, and the following public consultation ended on 29 July 2011.

Some concerns were raised on the appropriateness of the classification proposal, and now  ECHA organises a meeting of experts to discuss the reproductive toxicity and the repeated dose toxicity of cymoxanil.


Vaszita Emese
Raw materials

The Commission has a issued on 29.2.2012 a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on making raw materials available for Europe's future well-being. The communication contains the proposal for a European innovation partnership on raw materials.

Phtalates in toys

REACH: Danish Proposal for New Phthalates Restrictions

On 19 September 2011, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a proposal made by Denmark that would amend the REACH Regulation. The proposal would restrict four phthalates in articles intended for indoor use and articles that may come into direct contact with the skin or mucous membranes. Interested parties are invited to provide comments during the public consultation period.


2011, the year of Chemistry:

 a series of power-point presentations and posters demonstrate the importance of chemistry and the use of chemical substances in medical care and diagnosis, agriculture and food production, energy production and other industries.


WEBINARS on the management of chemicals under REACH organised by ECHA.



Gruiz Katalin
E. coli STEC O104

Bean sprouts may be behind Escherichia coli outbreak.

German-grown bean sprouts have been identified as the most likely potential source of the deadly E. coli outbreak in the north of Germany, authorities said on Sunday.

There was no definite proof as yet but “a connection has been found involving all the main outbreaks,” the agriculture minister for the state of Lower Saxony, told a news conference.

In a statement, the ministry also advised Germans to “not eat any bean sprouts right now!”

Gruiz Katalin

A new book is planned to be published (in English) by Maralte (Leiden, The Netherlends) Publishing House (, editors Katalin Gruiz, Tamás Meggyes and Éva Fenyvesi summarising the new results of environmental engineering research and the associated technical methodologies and tools. The topics dealt with are based on 15 years research-development and publication experience of the Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science of the Budapest Unviersity of Technology and Economics. The book plans to offer a holistic view establishing a comprehensive approach to environmental problems of our planet conbtributing to the development of environmental science, technology and management primarily in the interest of a sustainable environment.

Vaszita Emese
Environmental information

The conference of the „ENFO” Project (Environmental Information)  took place on Friday, 28th May 2010 with almost 60 participants.

Vaszita Emese

A special edition of "Land Contamination & Reclamation" (Land Contamination & Reclamation, 17 (3-4) 2009 EPP Publications Ltd) dedicated to the MOKKA project, edited by Katalin Gruiz and Tamás Meggyes has been recently published under the title "Innovative decision-support tools for risk-based environmental management".