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EUROTOX 2019 Helsinki - Great turnout

With more than 1,600 participants representing 63 nations, and 62 exhibitors from across the world, the EUROTOX Congress held September 8-11, 2019 in Helsinki was an absolute success.

Thank you to all congress participants, scientific partners, exhibitors, sponsors, and the local organising committee chaired by Prof. Kai Savolainen, and Dr. David Bell, for making this congress possible. 

The congress took place in Finlandia Hall, a modern and a highly sophisticated venue, full of European history. "Toxicology - Science providing solutions" was the congress's theme, offering a scientific program dealing with new and emerging technologies, personalised medicine, and epidemiology of exposure to chemicals, as well as climate change and the modifying effects of the arctic environment. 

The city of Helsinki City invited the congress delegates to a City Reception in the historic City Hall on Monday evening, while the Gala Dinner, organised at the Clarion hotel on Tuesday, included an entertainment musical act to kick off the fun-filled event, followed by hours of favourite dance tunes from the local DJ enticing guests to show their moves and party the night away.

Photos of the event have been posted on the congress website.

EUROTOX Executive Committee has two new faces

Theo de Kok (The Netherlands) and João Paulo Teixeira (Portugal) are the two new EUROTOX Executive Committee (EC) members elected during the Business Council Meeting (BCM19) held September 10, 2019, in Helsinki. Also joining the EC is Vesna Matovic (Serbia), who had previously served as member, and was re-elected for a 2nd term. Theo de Kok is chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the joint 2022 IUTOX-EUROTOX International Congress of Toxicology (ICT) that will be held in Maastricht. João Paulo Teixeira has been an active member of the EUROTOX Education SubCommittee since 2013, and is currently Vice President of the Portuguese Toxicology Association (APTox).

"We are delighted to have Theo and João Paulo join the EC. Theo will be a great asset to ensure a successful collaboration with iUTOX in the 2022 ICT Maastricht congress, while João Paulo will continue to assist in the development of the rolling education program. Vesna is enthusiastic about serving another term, and so are we", said EUROTOX President, Prof. Heather Wallace.


Front row (left to right): Mumtaz Iscan (Past-President), Heather Wallace (President), Felix Carvalho (President-Elect), Emanuela Corsini (Member), Vesna Matovic (Member). Back row (left to right): Theo de Kok (Member), Mattias Öberg (Member), João Paulo Teixeira (Member), Martin Wilks (Secretary-General), Thomas Weiser (Treasurer),

Former EUROTOX President continues to serve

Nancy Claude, former EUROTOX President (2010-2012), was elected during the Individual Member annual meeting in Helsinki, September 9, 2019. Nancy served as Individual Member deputy for two terms, and now takes over the role after Arturo Anadon, who served as EUROTOX individual Member delegate from 2014 to 2019, retired.  

Nancy has been an active member of EUROTOX not only serving as President, and its various SubCommittee, but she was the Chair of the local organising committee (LOC) for the 2011 EUROTOX Paris congress.  

Both Arturo and Nancy (picture on the left) have worked diligently to sponsor more than 60 new individual member applications over the last five years. EUROTOX has more than 200 individual members around the world. Most individual members are not affiliated to a European toxicology society, hence the title Individual Member. All scientists interested in toxicology are eligible to apply for EUROTOX Individual Membership.  For more information about individual membership, visit the Individual Member section of the EUROTOX website.

New EUROTOX Speciality Section established 
The first In2Tox meeting establishing the speciality section was held Monday, September 9, 2019 during the 2019 EUROTOX Helsinki congress.
In2TOX SS is the name of the new EUROTOX Speciality Section serving as a focal point offering EUROTOX members interested in the field of in vitro and in silico toxicology the opportunity to network and interact. The speciality section will be active supporting activities related to the submission of workshops and symposia for upcoming EUROTOX annual congresses, and promoting educational activities that emphasise developments in fundamental and applied in vitro and in silico toxicology.  For more information, visit the In2TOX section page.

To join In2TOX, or any of the other Speciality Sections, complete the application                   

Cefic-LRI Workshop & Innovative Science event highlights chemical risk assessment advances 

Registration is now open for the 21st Annual Cefic-LRI Workshop & Innovative Science Award Ceremony, which will be held on November 20-21, 2019 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel, in Brussels, Belgium.

This workshop is an opportunity to hear all about the latest developments from LRI-funded breakthrough research in chemical risk assessment, with an exclusive session on "Addressing microplastic risk assessment: where next?".
The event, open to all and is free of charge, aims at gathering the human health and environmental toxicology community showcasing the latest advances made through industry-funded research. It is an excellent networking opportunity for all scientists committed to work together towards the common goal of chemical safety.

Be ready for the 2021 Ljubljana SP Call 

The call for scientific proposals for the 2021 EUROTOX congress taking place September 12-15, 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia is coming soon. Hosted by the Slovenian Society of Toxicology, the congress will serve as a Toxicological Kaleidoscope to emphasise multidisciplinary science innovation promoting safer medicines and chemicals.

A new session format for either workshops or symposia, lasting a total of 90 minutes with a maximum of 3 speakers, will be offered.  The call will go out early December 2019, and the  deadline will be March 1, 2020. Ready, set, buzz away!

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