Dr. Benoît Ferrari

Dr. Benoît Ferrari


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Centre Ecotox
GR B0 392
Station 2
1015 Lausanne

Tasks at the Ecotox Centre

  • Strategic and operative management of the Centre
  • Group Leader Sediment and Soil Ecotoxicology
  • Planning, supervision and implementation of applied research projects in sediment and soil ecotoxicology
  • Planning, implementation of and teaching in continuing education courses

Areas of Expertise

  • Development of exposure and effect indicators for evaluating chemical stress
  • Integration of such indicators in laboratory- and field-based approaches for assessing the quality of aquatic ecosystems
  • Development of adapted bioassays for active biomonitoring
  • Transfer of such ecotoxicological tools and approaches to end users


  • since sept 2019

    Interim Director of the Ecotox Centre

  • 2013 - 2019

    Group leader for sediment and soil ecotoxicology at the Ecotox Centre.

  • 2008 - 2013

    Invited researcher: Irstea (Cemagref), UR Aquatic environments, Ecology and Pollution, Lyon, France. Assessment of the quality of ecosystems, active biomonitoring

  • 2002 - 2008

    Assistant: University of Geneva. In charge of the development of the ecotoxicology laboratory at Institut F.-A- Forel.

  • 2000 - 2002

    Engineer of research: Irstea (Cemagref), Freshwater Ecosystems Biology Unit, Lyon, France. Environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals.

  • 1996 - 2000

    Dissertation: Université de Metz, France, UR Ecotoxicité, Biodiversité, Santé Environnementale. Evaluation of the ecocompatibility of wastes: Ecotoxicological approach.

  • 1995 - 1996

    Scientific collaborator: Université de Metz, France. Literature review on the state of the art of the ecotoxicological evaluation of wastes.