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 


Risk assessment in Water, Sediment and Soil - hybrid course

22./23. March 2022, in German, in Dübendorf, cours fee: 550 CHF
Course management: Marion Junghans

The course provides an introduction to the environmental risk assessment of relevant substances in these three compartments. In the course the organisers address the different regulatory frameworks in prospective and retrospective risk assessment. Protection goals and the specific consideration of the precautionary principle are presented. The scientists also give an outlook on current efforts in Switzerland and the EU to improve risk assessment. The topic of risk communication, which is becoming increasingly important in discussions with society, is also addressed.

The course is organised as a hybrid course, which means that participation is possible both on-site and online via Zoom. Please indicate in your registration under remarks if you prefer to participate online.

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Online-Biomonitoring and In Situ-Bioassays

25. October 2022, in English, in Dübendorf,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 in a high time resolution using aquatic organisms as indicators and therefore allow insights into peak introduction patterns. To date, it is mainly established for drinking water and surface water assessment; an application for wastewater is currently being explored. In situ-bioassays, exposing organisms directly in their natural environment e.g. in cages, are established for different environmental compartments, such as water, sediment and soil. An overview of both areas will be followed by presentations of selected case studies for different environmental matrices and compartments. Also future research needs and perspectives for the application of online-biomonitoring and in situ-bioassays in regulation will be discussed.

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