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New initiatives coming our way

As the new EUROTOX President, I would like to thank again BelTox, the Belgian Society of Toxicology and Ecotoxicology, who ran the successful EUROTOX 2018 congress held September 2-5 in Brussels. Over 1,400 delegates from around the world experienced outstanding plenary and award lectures as well as interactive Continuing Education Courses, and a full scientific and social programme.  I think we can safely say there was something for everyone! Organising and staging a conference is a challenging task, and I am very pleased to tell you that the preparations for EUROTOX 2019, taking place September 8-11, 2019, in Helsinki are already highly advanced.

In Europe over the last decade or so, we have seen a decrease in the visibility of Toxicology in terms of both departments and training opportunities.  On the other hand, there is increasing public concern over all aspects of chemical safety and this requires expert toxicologists to support regulatory agencies such as ECHA, EFSA and EMEA, and in academia to train the next generation. EUROTOX therefore has a critical role in promoting toxicology, training toxicologists and risk assessors and developing new methodologies to support and sustain our discipline.  In order to do this we need your help.  If you have any thoughts on this important topic, please send me an email.

EUROTOX will host a booth at the forthcoming SOT meeting in Baltimore, USA where we will promote both EUROTOX and our EUROTOX 2019 Helsinki congress. So if you are in Baltimore, please stop by and say hello.

Thanks for your continuous support!
Heather Wallace

Help us recognise scientific excellence

Support the recognition of outstanding professionals in toxicology by nominating candidates for these two awards. Contact your national societies (the list is found in our website) to nominate professionals that you believe have made scientific contributions and should be recognised for their professional excellence in toxicology. 

2019 EUROTOX MERIT AWARD recognising professionals with a distinguished career in European toxicology
The award recipient will be invited to the annual congress and presented with the award during the opening ceremony.

2019 BO HOLMSTEDT LECTURE Award recognising scientists who have made outstanding research contributions to the science of drug or chemical toxicology. 
The award recipient will be required to present the lecture two times; the first time during the EUROTOX congress, and then the following year during the SOT annual congress.

See the official call here. The deadline for submission is January 30, 2019

LRI celebrates 20 years advancing risk assessment

The Long-Range Research Initiative Programme (LRI) of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) is organising its 20th annual workshop on 14 and 15 November 2018, at Le Plaza Hotel, in Brussels. This year marks the Cefic-LRI 20th Anniversary. The theme of this milestone event is “20 Years of LRI Advancing Risk Assessment”.

The event will start on the evening of November 14 with an invited poster session and a networking cocktail, followed by a Red Carpet Gala Dinner for the 2018 LRI Innovative Science Award ceremony.

On Thursday, November 15, the workshop will feature presentations and posters on the most recent LRI research projects, covering key topics in chemical risk assessment such as environmental effects and fate, industrial exposure assessment, systemic repeated dose and developmental toxicity, adverse outcome pathways, or endocrine disruption.

Information about the event is available here:

EUROTOX supports young scientists at ESTIV2018

EUROTOX is pleased to support young scientists at the recent ESTIV2018 meeting held October 15-18, in Berlin, by offering two different awards each of €500.  The EUROTOX travel bursary was awarded  to Renato Ivan de Ávila Marcelino. According to ESTIV's President, Mathieu Vinken. "this young Brazilian researcher has an impressive track record and publication list, and intends to present some very interesting work on the in vitro testing of cosmetic dyes". The EUROTOX best poster presentation award was conferred to Tom Wahlicht (InSCREENex, Braunschweig-Germany) for his poster entitled "Functionally immortalised cellular test systems for bioassay development and in vitro toxicology testing". The congress theme "New approach methodologies for in vitro toxicology applications" hosted 447 participants from 45 countries, and it's considered by ESTIV's President, Mathieu Vinken as "the most successful conference thus far". The conference's scientific program consisted of a keynote lecture, the Björn Ekwall Award ceremony and lecture, 9 regular sessions with oral and poster presentations, 2 student sessions and 2 European project sessions. 
Get ready...
The three-month call will start December 1, 2018 and end March 1, 2019.
The new timeline will allow the submission of more current and leading-edge topics. Plus new scientific proposal format lasting 90 minutes will be available!
The Chemical Safety and Alternative Methods Unit, which runs the European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL-ECVAM), is organising a Summer School in May 21-24, 2019 at the JRC Ispra site in Italy. The “JRC Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science: Challenges and Future Directions" intends to share knowledge and experience on the latest non-animal approaches used in research and testing including in vitro methods and computational modelling. It is tailored for post-graduate students (PhD/Master) and young scientists, active in fields related to toxicology, biomedical research, alternative methods, exposure science, or risk assessment. More info at:
Applications are now open until January 15, 2019.

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