International Advisory Board

Timbre has been supported by an independent International Advisory Board (IAB): The IAB has been consisting of experts which were not project partners, but had rich experience in the fields which were touched by the project. This way, more expertise was taken into account, to improve the project outcomes and make it better transferable beyond the project partner’s institutions, contacts and countries. The IAB has enabled a close knowledge and know-how exchange with stakeholders from the practise and regulation since the IAB members are linked, directly or indirectly, to stakeholder organisations and networks in the area of sustainable regeneration of brownfields such as CABERNET, CLARINET, Common Forum, NICOLE and the US-German Bilateral Working Group. They have been acting as multipliers and guarantees that the TIMBRE outcomes:

  • reflected the demands of end-users;
  • achieved broad visibility and acceptance among the relevant stakeholder groups;
  • met the market requirements.

The members advised the Timbre members regularly at the annual project meetings and in a mentoring format of specific IAB-members reviewing the outcomes of specific work packages.

Find here the reviews of the IAB on the projects progress:

The Timbre project partners appreciate the time and support of the IAB members!

Ann Vega (USA)

She has worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in the Office of Research and Development (ORD) since 1989. Ms. Vega is currently the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) Revitalization Research Program Manager and manages research related to regeneration of potentially contaminated sites. Specifically, she is leading the development of a decision support/analysis system ( that will enable stakeholders to systematically analyze the complex trade-offs of regeneration thus enhancing the quality of
regeneration decisions. Ms. Vega is the EPA Program Manager for the US-German Bilateral Working Group. She participates on the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) Brownfields Team. Prior to becoming involved in brownfields and regeneration, Ms. Vega was the Quality Assurance Manager (QAM) for a division within NRMRL. In addition to reviewing QA project plans, performing quality audits, and reviewing division products, she participated on several Agency workgroups to enhance the quality of science within EPA.

Annette M. Gatschett (USA)

Annette Gatchett is currently the Acting Director for the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), Cincinnati Division, at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As the Acting Division Director, she is responsible for leading a team of more than 40 expert scientists in the science of human health risk and ecological risk assessment. In her 26 years of service with the EPA, she has been involved in many environmental areas including research, development, evaluation and verification of innovative remedial treatment technologies for Superfund sites. A prior appointment includes, Acting Deputy Director for Management in the National Risk Management Laboratory (NRMRL). In this role she was responsible for managing financial and human resources for a research staff of 400 engineers, chemists, biologist, economists, hydrologists and other scientist and administrative support staff. Key areas of research in the laboratory include, environmental technology development and verification, environmental decision support tools, restoration and protection of land, water and air. In addition she has served as the Acting Division Director for the Land Remediation and Pollution Control Division, where she was responsible for managing a variety of research areas including, hazardous waste, water quality and environmental stressors, waste containment, sediments, land recycling and technical support.In the area of technology commercialisation, she participated in a number of workgroups related to innovative technology commercialisation and also worked in the Federal Technology Transfer Act Program, fostering new environmental technology commercialization.

Annette participates in many intergovernmental partnerships such as the Environmental Council of States, Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council and the Brownfields National Partnership Working Group. Internationally, she served as the Program lead on the US-German Bilateral Working. This government to government group focused on brownfields revitalisation and sustainable redevelopment.

Detlef Grimski (D)

Detlef Grimski is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience in waste and contaminated land management with the German Federal Environmental Agency, Dessau (Umweltbundesamt – UBA). Established 1974 as an independent federal authority, the UBA is the advisory authority on environmental protection in Germany. Detlef Grimski has outstanding experiences in waste management policies, landfill management, policies and strategies for contaminated land, brownfield regeneration and remediation technologies for contaminated soil. He has been involvement in several international programs and projects, among others the Concerted Actions CARACAS, CABERNET and CLARINET (Leader of working group 1 on brownfield regeneration). He has been one of the main initiators of the international and interdisciplinary RTD project RESCUE.

Dietmar Müller (AUT)

Dietmar Müller is a member of the Austrian Environmental Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt). He is a senior expert being responsible for strategic planning and supervision of groundwater and soil management at the national Austrian level. Besides leading several national working groups (e.g. Committee on Risk Assessment at the Austrian Standards Institute) he has been since 1998 increasingly involved in European and international networks (e.g. International Working Group on Contaminated Land, national delegate to ISO/TC 190 and CEN/TC 345 ‘Soil quality’) as well as projects and in particular coordination actions on contaminated sites, groundwater and soil protection (e.g. FP4: CLARINET; FP5: BRIDGE; FP6: RISKBASE). Actually he is secretary to EURODEMO+, which is network stemming from a FP6- project to initiate and promote information exchange regarding innovative technologies for soil and groundwater remediation. Since 2001, Dietmar Müller has been associated lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna.

Dominique Darmendrail (EU)

Dominique Darmendrail is General Secretary of the Common Forum, a major European association with the general objectives to develop strategies for the management and treatment of contaminated sites and for land recycling with respect to “sustainable resource protection” for contaminated land and groundwater. Common Forum offers expertise to the European Commission, relevant stakeholder networks and European Union research projects. It intends to continue to provide mutual professional support by being a platform for exchange of knowledge and experiences, establishing a discussion platform on policy, research, technical and managerial concepts of contaminated land, as much as being a platform for initiating and following-up of international projects among members.

Hans A. van der Sloot (NL)

Hans van der Sloot (M.Sc., Ph.D, Chemistry) is an independent consultnat and was senior scientist in the Environmental risk assessment group of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). He has almost 30 years of experience in waste research, is (co) editor of various books on waste research and leaching tests, and an associate editor of Waste Management. Since 1980 he has been involved in the standardisation of leaching tests at the national level, European and international level. Hans van der Sloot was project leader for the European validation study on CEN TC 292/CEN TC 308 Compliance leaching test and Elute analysis methods. He was involved in the discussions on Annex II of the EU Landfill Directive. He coordinated the project HORIZONTAL on horizontal standardisation of test methods for soil, sludge and bio-waste supported by Member States, DG ENVIRONMENT, JRC and DG RESEARCH. He is a member of the national research team on the development of sustainable landfill technologies and heavily involved in the development of a database/expert system (LeachXS) for environmental evaluation of materials for utilization and disposal. He is also involved with discussions on the Health & Environment criteria (ER3) for construction products in the European Construction Products Directive. Furthermore, he was invited to help in maintaining the link to FP7 topic ENV.2010.3.1.3-1 on re-use and recycling of construction and demolition waste.

Paul Syms (UK)

Paul Syms is a renowned expert on brownfield regeneration and its political enforcement. Professor Paul Syms has more than 35 years’ experience in the regeneration of previously developed land and buildings. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University he ran his own urban regeneration consultancy and was a partner in charge of the Manchester office of chartered surveyors, King Sturge. Paul Syms has acted for internationally-known development companies, local authorities and landowners and contributed to a wide range of reports. He is the author of publications on issues such as contaminated land, development and design and building homes on used land and previously developed land: industrial activities and contamination. In August 2004, the English national regeneration agency on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) appointed Professor Paul Syms as a specialist advisor on brownfield land as Project Director – National Brownfield Strategy being responsible for progressing and developing a long-term strategy aimed at unlocking the potential of England’s stock of previously developed land. Since 2007, Paul Syms has been Honorary Professor at the Centre for Urban Policy Studies at the University of Manchester.