Continuing Education

The Ecotox Centre is engaged in practice-oriented continuing education and training in the field of ecotoxicology with the goal of passing on expert knowledge and thus imparting professional skills. Selected courses are held in collaboration with the new Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT).

The further education courses are primarily intended for experts from administration, practice, research and industry. Every year, the Ecotox Centre offers a basic course on ecotoxicology and an application course and/or course on the impact on natural systems. Moreover, ad hoc workshops are held where the results of completed projects are presented and current topics are discussed.

In addition, the Ecotox Centre participates in education courses at university level and contributes its expertise in the field of applied ecotoxicology wherever needed. Teaching is done in close collaboration with ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne, universities and technical colleges.

Course programme 


Introduction à l'écotoxicologie

29/30 March 2017, in French, location: Lausanne, course fee: 550 CHF
Course management: Sophie Campiche

In this course the participants acquire basic knowledge in ecotoxicology. Various topics will be approached: First, an overview of the origin, behavior and fate of pollutants in the environment is given. The effect of pollutants on aquatic, sediment  and soil ecosystems will be discussed and illustrated presenting various test systems. Finally, the risk assessment of environmental chemicals and the relevant legislation are addressed. The practical part includes a visit to an ecotoxicology laboratory and the presentation of selected soil and sediment tests and test organisms.


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Multiple Stressoren - Wirkung von Chemikalien und Umweltfaktoren auf Organismen und Ökosysteme

24/25 October 2017, in German, location: Dübendorf, course fee: 550 CHF
Course management: Cornelia Kienle

In the environment, organisms are commonly not only exposed to chemicals, but to multiple stressors simultaneously. These include biotic factors such as food availability, competition or predation, and abiotic factors such as unfavorable temperature, oxygen content or pH. The two-day course provides an overview of the effects of multiple stressors on organisms and ecosystems. Scientific findings from laboratory experiments and monitoring studies will be presented, as well as concepts for the ecotoxicological assessment of multiple stressors in the regulatory practice. Scientists and regulators will report on the current state of knowledge in this increasingly important area in a symposium format.


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Symposium "Environmental Monitoring with Bioassays"

5./6. June 2018, in German and French, in Dübendorf, symposium fee: CHF 75/day
Course management: Etienne Vermeirssen, Benoit Ferrari

The use of bioassays to assess water quality has many advantages and the acceptance of bioassays has increased in recent years. For this reason, the Ecotox Centre organises a symposium on the topic of "Environmental monitoring with bioassays". Its focus is on the use and opportunities of bioassays for the regulatory monitoring of surface waters and sediments in Switzerland. The aim of the event is to provide experts from environmental agencies, private companies and academia with more in-depth practical information. On 5 June (9.00-17.10) the focus will be on water, on 6 June (9.00-17.10) on sediment. Both days can also be visited individually. 

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Umweltqualitätskriterien / Critères de qualité environnementale

5. September 2018, in German and French, in Bern, course fee: 300 CHF
Course management: Carmen Casado-Martinez, Marion Junghans

This course aims to provide knowledge on the theoretical backgound of environmental quality standards as well as practical experience in their derivation. In addition, the use of environmental quality standards in the regulatory context will be addressed.

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