SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
14 April 2016
Volume 17 Issue 4

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SETAC/iEOS Joint Focused Topic Meeting on Environmental and (Eco)toxicological -Omics and Epigenetics

Leda Mirbahai, University of Birmingham, and David Spurgeon, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

SETAC and the UK Environmental ’Omics Synthesis Centre (iEOS) are organizing a joint focused topic meeting on “Environmental and (eco)toxicological Omics and Epigenetics: Science, Technology and Regulatory Applications,” which will be held from 12–15 September at the Zebrastraat Conference Center in Ghent, Belgium. The application of -omics in environmental and (eco)toxicological science is a fast-moving area of research, with new knowledge of the epigenome bringing an important new perspective to understanding species response to environmental perturbations. This jointly organized meeting will be focused on bringing together the best possible scientists and practitioners in the field of environmental and (eco)toxicological -omics and epigenetics to address key questions within the field and to identify areas that require immediate attention, such as the nature of dose–response relationships for epigenetic effects and how to incorporate this information in chemical risk assessment. The aim of this meeting is to showcase these new scientific approaches and insights, as well as their practical and regulatory applications.

Why attend this meeting?

  • Gain a perspective on an emerging and a fast-moving area of ecological and (eco)toxicological research
  • Experience keynote lectures from world-renowned invited speakers, including:
    • Mark Blaxter, University of Edinburgh, UK
    • Ben Brown, University of California, USA
    • Juliette Legler, Brunel University London, UK
    • Jeroen Raes, Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Ghent University, Belgium
    • Joëlle Rüegg, Swetox and Karolinska Institutet , Sweden
    • Gilbert Schönfelder, Department Experimental Toxicology and ZEBET, Germany
    • Mark Viant, University of Birmingham, UK
    • Eske Willerslev, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Participate in interactive discussions with leading researchers from government, business and academia
  • Overview key advances that have been made within the field, which will also highlight current technologies used for studying epigenetic processes
  • Present your research as a platform or poster presentation
  • Submit research papers and review papers for a journal special issue on “Epigenetics and the Aquatic Environment: Emerging Patterns and Implications”
  • Network at poster sessions, coffee and lunch breaks, and at social activities in the vibrant historical city center of Ghent

Important Deadlines

  • Submit an abstract by 15 June
  • Early registration ends 8 August
  • Registration ends 1 September

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