25 May 2018



From 13-17th May, the 28th Annual SETAC Europe Meeting took place in Rome. For one week, the Conference Center in Rome was the meeting place for scientists from academia, industry and government to present and debate the most recent scientific developments regarding environmental quality.

by Carina Schönsee (ESR9), Regiane Sanches Natumi (ESR10), Daniel B. Garcia Jorgensen (ESR11), Inés Rodríguez Leal (ESR1),  Barbara Kubíčková (ESR14)

The scientific program covered a huge spectrum of topics such as ecotoxicology, monitoring, fate and modeling of chemicals in the environment, risk assessment, risk management and science communication. The whole framework additionally offered great chances to meet with many experienced environmental scientists from all over the world and exchange about the research that is currently been done.

NaToxAq had a special participation at SETAC this year by contributing with its own track session entitled “Natural toxins and harmful algal blooms: water and food safety, analysis, toxicity and risks”. During this session, we had the opportunity to listen to experts in the field of natural toxins to learn about their latest findings and challenges that we still need to overcome. One of our ESRs, Regiane Natumi (ESR 10), gave a talk about the first outcomes of her work regarding cyanobacterial peptides beyond microcystins and their co-production dynamics under different nutrient conditions. She raised awareness that in the case of a cyanobacterial bloom there is a mix of potentially toxic chemical substances that deserves our attention.

All other attending ESRs (ESR 1, ESR 9, ESR 11, ESR 12, ESR 13 and ESR 14) presented their work during the poster session. It was a great way to discuss our findings with other researchers and to introduce the project to the broader scientific community. Many never heard about natural toxins and were highly interested in what we will find out over the next few years.