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

27. October 2020, in German (course material also in English), in Dübendorf, course fee 300 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.  

Speciality: For those who wish to participate in this course but cannot travel to Dübendorf, the course will be transmitted by videoconference to Lausanne (EPFL) with translation assistance and on-site support, including catering. If you wish to follow the course from Lausanne, please indicate "Lausanne" in the "Comments" section of your registration.

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Microplastic in the environment

26./27. January 2021, in German, in Dübendorf, course fee 550 CHF
Course management: Alexandra Kroll, Lothar Aicher

Microplastic particles are regularly detected in the environment worldwide. Nevertheless, we still know little about their effects on ecosystems and on human health. The course gives an overview of the sources, detection methods, occurrences and effects of microplastics. The difficulties in all these areas due to material properties will be highlighted and critically discussed with course participants and speakers. Risk assessment approaches will be presented as well as the current knowledge on the (targeted) degradation and retention in wastewater treatment plants. Specifically, the environmental concentrations of microplastics in Switzerland and the risk for humans and the environment are discussed.

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