About Chemstrres

The full title of the project is “Swedish-Chinese chemical pollution stress and risks research program in the Yangtze river delta region”. CHEMSTRRES was granted by the Swedish Research council (VR) in November 2013, and officially started Jan. 1, 2014.

The aim of CHEMSTTRES is to develop a structured framework for assessment of chemical environmental hazards and risks in the highly industrialized and trade intensive Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region, with its commercial center, Shanghai.

The framework integrates;

  • Study design, methods and evaluation
  • Environmental assessments
  • Ecotoxicological effect assessments  

The research is conducted through method developments and assessments addressing a regional environment with highly complex mixtures of pollutants and strongly polluted water, soil and wildlife.

CHEMSTRRES is a research project aimed to feed in their results to risk management of chemicals and the environment, both in China and in the EU.   

The project is a cooperation between researchers at Stockholm University, the Swedish Museum of Natural History (NRM) and at Tongji University (TJU).

Read the Project plan from the full application here:



The background for Chemstrres is the work done in the project “Development of a Yangtze River Delta Monitoring Program, including an Environmental Specimen Bank and an Environment and Health Laboratory” a SIDA funded Partner Driven Cooperation project, 2011-2013. This was a project to include transfer of knowledge in science related to environment and health in the Yangtze River Delta area i.e. a project that was focused on how to structure, improve and develop environmental research in this Chinese region. The project efforts were concentrated to the Taihu Lake basin. The project partners represented academia from Stockholm University, Swedish Museum of Natural History and Tongji University.

The project managed to establish a close, in-depth and promising cooperation for the future with several main results. These are:

  • construction of a new laboratory for environment and health research, the Sino-Swedish Environment and Health laboratory (Sinosweehl) and the Yangtze Environmental Specimen Bank (Yangtze ESB), both meeting highest international standards;
  • collection of specimens for the Yangtze ESB was initiated and the activities are ongoing;
  • scientific solid results established on environmental pollutants in abiotic and biological samples collected within the Taihu basin;
  • structured monitoring planning has been transferred to promote high quality research monitoring to be pursued by the Chinese partner;
  • successful training and exchange between the partners;
  • a bilateral workshop series has been established on environment and health issues.

The results have converged to highly improved understanding of environmental issues of concern in the Yangtze River area and how to approach these concerns in the future. The positive cooperation atmosphere, hunger of new knowledge, capability to learn and diligence expressed by the partners, made much more happen within the project than expected from the start.The level reached is now to be taken further through both Chinese and Swedish initiatives on chemicals, health and environment.

Read the final report from the SIDA project here: