NaToxAq Conference 2020 – University of Copenhagen

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Natural Toxins: Environmental Fate and Safe Water Supply

Scope and Description

Natural toxins can pose varying degrees of risk towards ecosystems and even human health. “Natural Toxins: Environmental Fate and Safe Water Supply” is the first international conference focusing solely on the topic of natural compounds affecting the quality of our water resources and drinking water. The conference provides a unique platform to present latest findings in plenum and develop new ideas among experts and young researchers, setting the direction for future research in this rapidly evolving field and help guide water legislation.


  • Emerging compounds and sources of natural toxins
  • Environmental and human exposure
  • Analytical methods to determine exposure
  • Sampling, monitoring and modelling approaches
  • Physicochemical properties, environmental distribution and fate
  • Toxicity to aquatic/terrestrial organisms and humans
  • Risk assessment and regulation
  • Removal/management of natural toxins
  • Future challenges: climate change effects, biopesticides, …


Cutting-edge research

The NaToxAq project was the first to address natural toxins in the water environment in its entireness. With an exceptional degree of cooperation, we addressed all stages of natural toxin production, occurrence, transport, fate, removal and toxicity. Together with most innovative partners from industry we are covering both, basic research and applied sciences. We are inviting you to contribute and share your knowledge in the field of water-borne natural toxins and their impacts and are looking forward to discussion in this expert forum.

Fully plenary talks, poster sessions and networking opportunities

All talks will be plenary, so you don’t need to decide which talk is more relevant for you and don’t miss anything in the talks. However, there will be space for poster presentations, networking and discussions in an expert forum.

Keynote lectures by experts in the field of

  • Cyanobacterial contamination

Dr. Ingrid Chorus

  • Aqueous chemistry of natural compounds

Prof. Alan T. Stone

  • Science and water regulation

Prof. John Fawell

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Student-friendly registration fees and financial support

The conference is co-financed by the NaToxAq project and the European Unions’ Horizon 2020 programme. It is especially designed to facilitate networking among young researchers and promote connections between academia and industry. We also offer the possibility to apply for financial support. See more under registration.

Complementary skills training course for young researchers

We offer a complementary skills course on project and time management prior to the conference (June 9th) for young researchers. There are only few spots! Be quick – capacity is limited! See more under registration.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be hosted in the historic Augustinian Abbey. It offers spaces to enjoy a tepid summer evening outside, while also allowing for indoor festivities if the weather is less friendly.See more under registration.

Important dates

  • November 2019:
         Abstract submission & registration open
  • January 30, 2020:
         Deadline for abstract submission
  • March 15, 2020:
         Confirmation of acceptance
  • April 3, 2020:
         End of Early-Bird registration (discounted)
  • May 15, 2020:
         End of registration
  • Tue 9th June 2020:
         Training course for young researchers (limited spaces available)
  • Wed 10th - Fri 12th June 2020:
         Conference “Natural Toxins: Environmental Fate and Safe Water Supply”

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Location and access

The Conference takes place in the historic city of Brno – the second largest city of the Czech Republic and designated the “City of Music” in 2017. It is the hometown of the founder of genetics Johann Gregor Mendel and had one of the first completely electrically lit public buildings in the world, the Mahen Theater (built in 1882). With seven universities, Brno is still at the edge of scientific discoveries and innovation – which underlines the journey of natural toxins in the freshwater environment.

The city harbours gems of UNESCO cultural heritage both, in its heart, as well as its surroundings. It was in Brno that the visionary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe manifested his fame with the construction of the functionalist Vila Tugendhat (UNESCO cultural heritage). The Punkva Caves of the Moravian Karst offer magnificent views of the force of Water carving its way through rocks and stone with an underground river and gorgeous stalagmites. Nearby, there are also the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Lednice-Valtice and the Biosphere reserve Pálava – prime destinations for a weekend trip in line with the conference.

Brno can be easily accessed by the international airport of Brno, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Besides convenient public transport connections, we offer bus shuttles from major airports in the area for conference attendees to easily access the venue.

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Photo credits:
Barbara Kubíčková (ESR 14), Carina Schönsee (ESR9), Klára Hilscherová (RECETOX) and Dana Kolpin (USGS)