Course List

The following courses have been approved by the Certification Programme Committee. The list contains all relevant information such as the course organiser, format and the assigned CRA topic.

We will update this list regularly. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email CRA@setac.org.

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Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles: From Theory to Practice

20-24 May 2019 5 days CRA specialised course 2 credits English
 University of Aveiro – Biology department, Portugal

The course provides an updated review and synthesis of the current state of ecotoxicology of contaminants and other global stressors (e.g. climate change) in amphibians and reptiles. It will also give an overview on different methodologies used to collect animals in the field, to culture them in the laboratory, and to generate ecotoxicological data. All the information will be complemented with the presentation of national and international case studies.

The course is targeted to scientists, post-graduation students (PhD and MSc) with a background in Biology, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, or related fields, members of consulting companies and of private and public institutions involved in environmental management.

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Ecological Risk Assessment: Issues and Applications to Improve Decision Making

25-30 August 2019  5 days CRA topic # 2 3 ECTS English
Roskilde University Field Station, Holbaek, Denmark

Outline: The Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) process consists typically of 4 stages: 1) Problem Formulation, 2) Exposure and Effects Characterisation  3) Risk Characterisation and finally 4) Risk Management. Frequently, this process is actually describing hazard, rather than risk. In the course, we will review the basic elements of the first three stages with examples of approaches that range from screening to advanced methods. At each stage the strengths and limitations of the approaches will be emphasised, particularly in regard to how they are integrated and influence uncertainty in the hazard/risk characterisation; with subsequent implications on regulatory and management decisions. Useful models for predicting retrospective and prospective risk will be discussed with hands‐on applications. In situ‐based approaches that improve the linkage of stressor (physical and chemical) exposures to biological effects will be demonstrated during afternoon lab and field exercises. In addition, budgetary considerations in project design and implementation will be considered. The course will combine lecture, laboratory and field demonstrations and experiments, and student assignments. At the end of the course participants will design and present an ERA to address a common scenario found in human‐dominated freshwater or coastal ecosystems.The course is recognised as an international PhD course, where students can get up to  5 ECTS and approved as an official SETAC Europe CRA course. The course is providing students a broad and extensive overview of the CRA topic 2: Basic concepts and principles in environmental risk assessment and legislative frameworks and furthermore addresses areas of topic 7: Supra-organism level ecotoxicology. Therefore, participants can earn 3 ECTS to cover topic 2.

Instructors: Henriette Selck (Roskilde University), Allen Burton (University of Michigan), Dan Salvito (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials)

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Speciation and Bioavailability of Metals, Organics, and Nanoparticles

30 September – 4 October 2019 5 days Specialised course 2 credits English
 Antwerpen, Belgium

The course program will focus on the analytical and physical chemistry of metal ions in complexing aqueous environments and the bioavailabilities of different species. Due attention will also be given to the speciation and bioavailability of organic compounds. Modern analytical speciation techniques such as DGT, PLM, DMT, stripping voltammetries, ligand exchange methods, SPME, radiotracer techniques, etc.will be discussed in methodological detail. The thermodynamic and kinetic backgrounds of metal ion binding by simple ligands, macromolecular complexing agents, colloids and nanoparticles will be a key topic. Particular attention will be paid to the speciation and physicochemical characterization of nanoparticles, including plastic particles, as well as the bioavailability of nanoparticulate chemical species. Existing equilibrium speciation codes will be critically tested in interactive exercises. Dynamic features of complex systems, including their practical lability characteristics, will be discussed on the basis of the underlying reaction kinetics and the pertinent transport conditions. Rates of biomembrane transfer of chemical species will be evaluated in terms of their physicochemical properties, and illustrated by a couple of case studies on metal uptake by organisms. Whole cell metal-responsive biosensors will be discussed in mechanistic detail.

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PREDITOX - Ecotoxicology and Predictive Modelling

06-10 January 2020  4 days Specialised course 3 ECTS English
 Jean Bosco Center, 14 Rue Roger Radisson, 69005 Lyon – France
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European guidelines for risk assessment of chemicals have recently been modified (REACH, directives for pesticides and biocides) in particular to improve their ecological realism while limiting the use of laboratory animal testing. In addition, the OECD undertook a revision of guidance documents for laboratory bioassays in order to strengthen the relevance of data analysis methods (e.g., OCDE guideline 243). These new official texts all recommend the use of appropriate mathematical and statistical modelling tools, for cognitive and predictive purposes. They promote the optimisation of data analysis (e.g., interpolation between the concentrations tested in bioassays) and the use of modelling as a basis for predicting effects under different environmental conditions (e.g., extrapolation between different scenarios and different exposure times, extrapolation from the individual to the population level, or extrapolation from one species to another).

This school aims at helping ecotoxicologists, regulators, managers, NGOs and other stakeholders to improve their skills in modeling and statistical inference for, among other things, a better analysis of their bioassay experimental data.

General knowledge in R is not mandatory but, having some basic skills can be helpful. For experienced R-users more advanced exercises will be provided. In the same way, basic statistical skills on hypothesis tests and basic dose-response curve can be helpful but are not mandatory.
Participants must bring their own laptop with a list of software that will be sent in advance.

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Aquatic Effect Assessment of Plant Protection Products – Advanced Course

expected in 2020 2.5 days CRA specialised course 1 ECTS English
 Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands
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An advanced course focusing on aquatic effect assessment according to EFSA guidance and offers a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises. This combination of theory and practice is an excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of aquatic effect assessment and to improve your skills.

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General Toxicology

After appointment self-study CRA topic # 5 3 ECTS English
 Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET) – Utrecht or Wageningen, The Netherlands
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The course is part of the Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET) programme and provide the opportunity to obtain extensive, basic theoretical knowledge of the general principles of toxicology and a basic insight in the application of toxicology in hazard and risk assessment. For further information about the application, duration, course fees and examination, please see the PET website.

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Exposure Assessment of Plant Protection Products for Ground and Surface Water Course

12-14 March 2019 2.5 days CRA specialised course 1 ECTS English
 Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands
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This course focuses on exposure assessment of ground and surface water and offers a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises.
It’s a hands on training by the combination of lectures, exercises and discussions. Back home you can apply new knowledge and approaches straight away in  your daily work. The content of the course focuses on leaching and aquatic  exposure, including emissions from greenhouses, of plant protection products. You will be able to apply the following models: GeoPEARL, PEARL, FOCUS_TOXSWA and GEM. Hands-on exercises include the determination of pesticide input parameters and interpretation of the results in  relation to the applied input parameters and in relation to regulatory use. This combination of theory and practice is an excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of exposure assessment and to improve your skills.

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CRA-Course on Environmental Exposure Assessment

18.-22. February 2019 5 days CRA topic # 3 3 ECTS English
 University of Osnabrück, Germany
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Whether or not a chemical may cause a risk to the environment is established in environmental risk assessment. As part of the risk assessment, the expected environmental concentrations are established in the so-called environmental exposure assessment. Such exposure assessments are required by various EU directives, e.g. those on plant protection products, on biocides, pharmaceuticals and on industrial chemicals. Environmental exposure assessments are performed in a tiered process. That means that the assessments start simple and are refined if necessary. First-tier assessment usually involves a mathematical simulation in order to predict the concentrations of the chemical in the environment. As part of that simulation, the reactions and the transport processes, which chemicals undergo in the environment, are represented mathematically. Solid exposure assessments require a complex skill set. It involves an understanding of the information used as model input. This understanding is conveyed for instance in the curricula of environmental chemistry. In addition, it requires an understanding of the basics of measuring fate processes in standard test and of integrating fate processes in mass balance models of single and multi-compartment representations of the environment.

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Biomarkers in Ecotoxicology: User-Friendly Approach

4 – 8 June 2018 5 days CRA topic # 5 English
 Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal
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This intensive course will consist of a combination of lectures, case-studies and practical sessions with the determination of four biomarkers and data analysis, and discussion of case-studies. The duration of the course will be one week. Theoretical classes, case studies and discussion sessions will be held during the morning, and laboratory classes/data analysis will occur during the afternoon.

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Risk Assessment

23-27 Oct 2017 1 week CRA topic # 2 1.5 ECTS English
 Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET) -Wageningen, The Netherlands
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The course is part of the Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET) programme and aims to familiarise participants with the general procedures followed during a toxicological risk assessment. Emphasis will be laid on the identification of hazards and risk posed to humans and the environment. For further information about the application, duration and course fees, please see the PET website.

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Speciation and Bioavailability of Metals, Organics, and Nanoparticles

6 – 10 November 2017 1 week CRA specialised course for topic # 3 2 ECTS English
 Antwerpen, Belgium

The course program will focus on the analytical and physical chemistry of metal ions in complexing aqueous environments and the bioavailabilities of different species. Due attention will also be given to the speciation and bioavailability of organic compounds. Modern analytical speciation techniques such as DGT, PLM, DMT, stripping voltammetries, ligand exchange methods, SPME, radiotracer techniques, etc. will be discussed in methodological detail. More information

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PREDITOX - Ecotoxicology and Predictive Modelling

10-13 July 2017  4 days CRA topic # 9 3 ECTS English
 Jean Bosco Center, 14 Rue Roger Radisson, 69005 Lyon – France
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European guidelines for risk assessment of chemicals have recently been modified (REACH, directives for pesticides and biocides) in particular to improve their ecological realism while limiting the use of laboratory animal testing. In addition, the OECD undertook a revision of guidance documents for laboratory bioassays in order to strengthen the relevance of data analysis methods (e.g., OCDE guideline 243). These new official texts all recommend the use of appropriate mathematical and statistical modelling tools, for cognitive and predictive purposes. They promote the optimisation of data analysis (e.g., interpolation between the concentrations tested in bioassays) and the use of modelling as a basis for predicting effects under different environmental conditions (e.g., extrapolation between different scenarios and different exposure times, extrapolation from the individual to the population level, or extrapolation from one species to another).

This school aims at helping ecotoxicologists, regulators, managers, NGOs and other stakeholders to improve their skills in modeling and statistical inference for, among other things, a better analysis of their bioassay experimental data.

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Ecological Risk Assessment: Issues and Applications to Improve Decision Making

5–9 June 2017  5 days CRA topic # 2 3 ECTS English
Roskilde University Field Station, Holbaek, Denmark
For further information, please send an email to the lead organiser Henriette Selck: selck@ruc.dk. To register, please send an email to Mette Nielsen: mettecn@ruc.dk no later than 15 May 2017.

Outline: The Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) process consists typically of 4 stages: 1) Problem Formulation, 2) Exposure and Effects Characterisation  3) Risk Characterisation and finally 4) Risk Management. Frequently, this process is actually describing hazard, rather than risk. In the course, we will review the basic elements of the first three stages with examples of approaches that range from screening to advanced methods. At each stage the strengths and limitations of the approaches will be emphasised, particularly in regard to how they are integrated and influence uncertainty in the hazard/risk characterisation; with subsequent implications on regulatory and management decisions. Useful models for predicting retrospective and prospective risk will be discussed with hands‐on applications. In situ‐based approaches that improve the linkage of stressor (physical and chemical) exposures to biological effects will be demonstrated during afternoon lab and field exercises. In addition, budgetary considerations in project design and implementation will be considered. The course will combine lecture, laboratory and field demonstrations and experiments, and student assignments. At the end of the course participants will design and present an ERA to address a common scenario found in human‐dominated freshwater or coastal ecosystems.The course is recognised as an international PhD course, where students can get up to  5 ECTS and approved as an official SETAC Europe CRA course. The course is providing students a broad and extensive overview of the CRA topic 2: Basic concepts and principles in environmental risk assessment and legislative frameworks and furthermore addresses areas of topic 7: Supra-organism level ecotoxicology. Therefore, participants can earn 3 ECTS to cover topic 2.

Instructors: Henriette Selck (Roskilde University), Allen Burton (University of Michigan), Dan Salvito (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials)

Costs: Course fee for PhD and CRA students: 6.000 DKK, for other participants: 10.000 DKK. The course fees includes accommodation and meals.

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CRA specialised course: Evaluation of ecotoxicity and degradation studies for use in environmental risk assessment of chemicals

6-7 May 2017  2 days and additionally online phase CRA specialized course # 2 2 English
In conjunction to the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium
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Abstract: Good decisions rely on well-founded knowledge, evaluated using systematic methods that promotes transparency. The purpose of the course is to give risk assessors, researchers and PhD-students the possibility to deepen their understanding of how aquatic ecotoxicity and degradation studies should be evaluated for use in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals. The course participants will get practice in applying currently recommended and used methods and criteria. The course will also include a discussion of actual controversies in the European and North American regulatory frameworks, and what could be done to overcome these problems.

Learning Outcomes: After the course, participants will be able to evaluate ecotoxicity and degradation studies using recommended best practice methods. Furthermore, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the difficulties and controversies that can arise when evaluating studies for environmental risk assessment of chemicals.

Course outline: The course starts with a webinar on how to evaluate ecotoxicity and degradation studies, followed by a two day contact time composed of lectures and intense group discussions. Finally participants will reflect the new learn methods within an essay.

Instructors: Marlene Agerstrand and Anna Sobek (Stockholm University)
Register here for the course only or in conjunction to the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Brussels.
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Ecotoxicology

16-27 Jan 2017  2 weeks CRA topic # 2 3 ECTS English
 Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET) – Utrecht and Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Please notice: You have to follow both weeks of the course to accomplish 3 ECTS for the CRA topic 2.
The course is part of the Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET) programme and offers basic ecotoxicological training for PhD students and scientists from universities and research institutes who in the future will be involved in ecotoxicological research. The course is also suitable for industrial and governmental researchers, managers and policymakers. For further information about the application, duration, course fees and examination, please see the PET website.

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Advanced Course on Biomarkers

30 May – 3 June 2016 1 week CRA topic # 5 3 ECTS English
CETEMARES Polytechnic Institute of Leira – Peniche Portugal
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The “Advanced Course on Biomarkers” aims to provide knowledge on user-friendly development of biomarker tools to assess and understand the impact of stressors in the environment by establishing a link between different levels of the biological continuum.

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Biomarkers in Ecotoxicology: User-Friendly Approach

30 May – 3 June 2016 1 week CRA topic # 5 3 ECTS English
 Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal
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This one-week course aims to provide knowledge about using biomarkers and their advantages (and disadvantages) to assess the ecologically relevant impact of stressors in the environment.

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Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles: From Theory to Practice

11-15 May 2015 1 week CRA topic # 6  3 ECTS English
 University of Aveiro – Biology department, Portugal
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The Future of Environmental and Human Health Exposure Modeling of Chemicals

29 June – 3 July 2015 1 week CRA topic # 4 2 ECTS English
 Cremona, Itlay
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The Use of Trait Based Approached in Community Ecology and Stress Ecology

21-25 Sep. 2015 1 week CRA topic # 7 3 ECTS per module English
Department of Life Sciences – University of Coimbra, Portugal

Biomarkers in Ecotoxicology: User-Friendly Approach

25-29 May 2015 1 week CRA topic # 5  3 ECTS English
 University of Aveiro – Biology department, Portugal

Advanced Course on Biomarkers - From Gene to the Ecosystem

1-5 June 2015 1 week CRA topic # 5  3 ECTS English
ESTM – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Peniche, Portugal