Next MAS in Toxicology programme starts in September 2016

31 August 2016 is the application deadline for the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Toxicology programme, starting September 2016. The programme is run by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne in collaboration with the SCAHT. It is a two year part-time study programme consisting of four day teaching blocks every three weeks over three semesters and requires students to write a Master’s thesis. Successful completion of the course is recognised as providing the theoretical knowledge for professional registration as a toxicologist by EUROTOX. There is a possibility to attend individual modules with free-student status if places are available. For prerequisites and further information click here.

EU critera for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

On 15 June, after a delay of more than 2 years, the European Commission presented draft scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors under pesticides and biocides legislation. Identification requires establishing a causal link between adverse effects on human health and an endocrine mode of action; health effects and mode of action should consider all relevant scientific evidence by robust systematic review, using a weight of evidence-based approach. See EU press release

EFSA Traineeships Call 2016

European Food Safety Authority: Are you a young graduate searching for a challenging experience in a stimulating and dynamic EU Agency? Do you want to apply your skills and knowledge in one of the areas within EFSA’s remit? Are you searching for an opportunity to be involved in a European organisation’s daily work? Apply for a traineeship by 31 July 2016. As a trainee you will provide contribution to the general activities of EFSA, under the supervision of a Traineeship Adviser through a rewarding and challenging experience in a multicultural environment. Further information.

Dr. Martial Saugy appointed as Director of new Center of Research and Expertise in anti-Doping sciences

Dr. Martial Saugy, former Head of the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD), has been appointed as the new and first Director of the just founded REDs - Center of Research and Expertise in anti-Doping sciences located on the grounds of the University of Lausanne. The new center was inaugurated on 25 May 2016 and will provide independent expertise and research in anti-doping sciences in a multidisciplinary and innovative approach, as well as reinforce education at academic level and training to all stakeholders involved with doping in the wider scientific, medical and sport community. Link to report in RTS Journal, 25.05.2016, 19:30h about the REDs.

EUROTOX 2016 Congress - Final call for abstracts

The 52nd European Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology will take place on 4 - 7 September 2016 in Seville (Spain). Further information on the congress.

20th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing / 17th Annual Congress of EUSAAT, Linz (AT)

Registration is open for the 20th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing / 17th Annual Congress of EUSAAT which will take place in Linz, Austria, on 24 - 27 August 2016. This includes a Practical Training Course "Application of commercially available human tissue models". EUSAAT Young Scientist Travel Awards are available. Deadline for travel award and abstract submission is 31 May 2016. Further information.

A milestone in the battle against arsenic- and fluoride-contaminated drinking water

Over 300 million people worldwide use groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride as a source of drinking water. The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) has developed a method whereby the risk of contamination in a given area can be estimated using geological, topographical and other environmental data without having to test samples from every single groundwater resource. The research group’s knowledge is now being made available free of charge on an interactive Groundwater Assessment Platform (GAP). www.gapmaps.org enables authorities, NGOs and other professionals to upload their own data and generate hazard maps for their areas of interest. Further information.

Identifying EU endocrine disruptors

On the occasion of an expert conference organised by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and held in Berlin on 11 and 12 April 2016, a consensus on the identification of endocrine disruptors was reached. Among other things, the document produced lists the criteria for identifying the hazard potential of harmful endocrine substances. 23 internationally renowned scientists and four observers of the EU Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) participated in the conference. Further information.

Change of congress venue for EUROTOX 2016

Due to the global instability that particularly affects Turkey, the Local Organising Committee of the 2016 EUROTOX congress has suggested the relocation of this year’s congress. Prof. Ali Esat Karakaya and Prof. Hilmi Orhan, together with colleagues from the Turkish Society have eagerly been working to make Istanbul an ideal location, however, due to unforeseeable reasons, and after careful evaluation of their proposal, the Executive Committee feels that it is in the best interest of EUROTOX to proceed with this change.

The new location is Seville, Spain and the venue is the Sevilla FIBES Congress Center. The dates of the congress will remain the same, 4 - 7 September 2016. See also the updated congress website www.eurotox2016.com.

Feedback on AOPs welcome - deadline 11.04.16

OECD has launched a survey to explore the utility AOPs for regulatory assessment of chemicals and to identify development priorities. The survey is mainly for chemical safety regulators who are experiencing a transition in their work towards an increased use of ‘alternative’ methods and AOPs. However, stakeholders that come from the regulated community and environmental NGOs are also welcomed to participate. The deadline for the survey has been extended until 11 April 2016. Further information.

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