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 usually 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 


Online Biomonitoring and In Situ Bioassays

25. October 2022, in English, in Dübendorf / online (Hybrid), course fee: 350 CHF
Course management: Cornelia Kienle

This course aims to provide an overview on the application of online biomonitoring and in situ bioassays to monitor the quality of water, soil and sediments. Online biomonitoring is applied to evaluate water quality with high time resolution using aquatic organisms as indicators and therefore allowing to capture patterns of peak events. To date, the method has mainly been established for drinking water and surface water assessment; the application to wastewater is currently being explored. In situ bioassays, exposing organisms directly in their natural environment e.g. in cages, have been established for different environmental compartments, such as water, sediment and soil.

An overview of both methods will be followed by presentations of selected case studies for different environmental matrices and compartments. In addition, future research needs and perspectives for the application of online biomonitoring and in situ bioassays in regulation will be discussed. The course is organized as a hybrid course. When registering, please indicate whether you prefer to attend on-site or online.

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Einführung in die Ökotoxikologie

29./30. March 2023, in German, in Dübendorf, course fee: CHF 550
Course management: Cornelia Kienle

The course will focus on the effects of pollutants on aquatic and soil ecosystems and introduce ecotoxicological test systems to measure these effects. In addition, the behaviour of pollutants in the environment, the risk assessment of environmental chemicals and the associated legislation are on the programme. In a practical part, participants gain an insight into an aquatic ecotoxicology laboratory with selected tests and test organisms.

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Brigitte Bracken
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