The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2024 took place from April 14 to 19 and was covered by a series of press conferences featuring renowned scientists in the field. ECH Director and geoscientist Thilo Hofmann participated in the press conference on Monday, April 15th, on the topic of „Food Health, Water Supply and Tire-derived Compounds“ to share his expertise on food contaminated by microplastics caused by tire abrasion.

The press conference garnered significant attention from major international and national media outlets, including APA, New Scientist, Kurier, Standard, Salzburger Nachrichten, and more. Stay tuned for further insights from our research on plastic additives in the environment.

Watch the press conference here.


  • Marijn Gülpen
    Environmental Science Group, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
  • Paloma Esteve
    Departamento de Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Thilo Hofmann
    Centre of Microbiology and Environmental System Science, University of Vienna, Austria; Co-Director of the ECH