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 


Biomarkers for measuring pollutant effects on aquatic organisms - hybrid course

29. October 2021, in German (course material also in English), in Dübendorf, course fee 350 CHF
Course management: Anne-Sophie Voisin

Biomarkers make it possible to measure the effects of pollutants and other stressors on organisms. In environmental monitoring, they can provide important information for assessing the environmental quality.  The course aims to give an overview of the currently available biomarkers, the possibilities for their application and an outlook on future developments in this field. It has been accepted as an advanced training course for animal testing professionals (0.5 days).

The course will be conducted in hydrid mode - online and on-site at Dübendorf. When registering, please indicate under comments whether you would prefer to participate online or on site.

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COVID-19 Protection concept of Eawag for on-site participation

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Introduction à l'écotoxicologie

15./16. November 2021, in French, in Lausanne, course fee: 550 CHF
Course management: Rébecca Beauvais

The course teaches the fundamentals of ecotoxicology, from pollutant sources and their degradation in the environment to bioassays and risk assessment. The necessary concepts (legislation, derivation of quality criteria) and methods (bioassays, biomarkers, bioindicators) for the ecotoxicological assessment of water, sediment and soil quality are presented and illustrated with exercises and case studies.

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