A quick summary video with some impressions of our summerschool last autumn on data treatment and bioinformatics of next-generating sequencing data in ecotoxicology. Just ignore the voice-over… 😉
Talks and Präsentations
Below you find a copy of my presentation from this year’s SETAC meeting in Barcelona. The corresponding report – which is hopefully easier to understand than a couple of slides – will be published by the Swedish Chemicals Agency in the near future. I’ll post a link as soon as it is available.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions!
Hm…what do you get when you start as the first speaker? Yeah, non-functional audio (microphone). My apologies, you have to crank up the volume quite a bit, hope it’s understandable…
We presented the results of the Marine Paint programme at its final conference here in Gothenburg at the beginning of this week. And we also took the opportunity to discuss things with a couple of journalists. So, if you can follow Swedish, here’s the pressrelease from the University and the corresponding article in Göteborgs Posten, the local newspaper.
If you prefer German, here’s the interview that I did with Deutschlandfunk:
We’ll post an English summary of the conference on our homepage soon.
ECETOC, the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals, conducted a 2-day workshop on mixture toxicity and risk assessment last week in Berlin. Around 80 (my estimate) toxicologists and ecotoxicologists, coming from industry (obviously the majority), academia and regulation. The first day was occupied with a collection of presentations on various topics, covering (amongst others) the recently published WHO/ICPS workshop report, the MCR (maximum cumulative ratio) concept, the draft opinion of the EU Scientific Committees on mixture toxicity assessment, and several case studies.
I had the honor of chairing one of the breakout groups on the second day (on mixture toxicity assessment), together with Prof. Alan Boobis from the Imperial College in London. The group was actually a bit big for being really productive and additionally, the participants certainly had different backgrounds and interests. So, we didn’t invent the wheel during those 3 hours, but it was certainly a highly interesting exchange of thoughts and perspectives. The workshop organizers are currently preparing a report on those two days, I’ll provide more details and perhaps some comments as soon as that text is publically available.
I came across a couple of concepts during the workshop that I really need to wrap my brain around. Food for thought – althought this beautiful summer weather certainly doesn’t help focussing… 😉 Where’s my camera?
Although it’s already a couple of weeks in the past: I’m still going through all the follow-up tasks from the SETAC Europe meeting in Milan in May. Oh well… didn’t a wise man say that the journey is the reward?
Anyway, although exhausting it was great to meet lots of old friends and acquaintances, getting to know new people, making new plans, reviewing (or being reminded of) old ideas – and generally not getting enough sleep. Fun!
SETAC actually put a lot of the meeting slides online, at meetings.setac.org/
I had the honor of giving the final summary of the talks and topics related to the “risk assessment” theme. In 15 minutes. Summarizing 12 session “offically” dedicated to risk assessment, countless others that touched upon the subject one way or another, hundreds of related posters and some keynote lectures. Meaning, that this was simply an impossible task. I could not even highlight most issues on a general scale – and it certainly was a very biased, personal summary. My sincere apologies to everybody I didn’t mention, for every topic that I didn’t list.
Anyway, if you’re interested to see how I tried to wiggle my way through: here’s a copy of the slides. Enjoy!