Annemarie van Wezel (MSc in Biology, PhD in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology) has 25 years’ experience as a scientific researcher in risk assessment, toxicology and environmental chemistry, and environmental policy assessment. She has published over 45 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is experienced in working closely with the political process and interacting with the press. Annemarie also has experience in leading complex interdisciplinary research projects and has successfully headed research-group collaborations involving up to 60 people. She was the programme director of the ‘Environmental Risks of Nanoparticles’ (€ 7.5 million) project in the FES-funded NanoNextNL, and leads the ‘Shale Gas and Water’ (€ 1.8 million) consortium which is financed by NWO/ALW and water companies. She is a member of the Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides, and of the Dutch Health Council. She is chair (as per rotation) of the Crisis Expert Team Environment and Drinking Water. Currently, Annemarie works as a principal scientist and a professor in the field of water quality and health at, respectively, KWR Watercycle Research Institute and Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.