Professional Training Courses

The professional training courses will be held off site at the Univesidad de Cartagena (Claustro San Agustin), Calle de la Universidad, Cra. 6 #36-100.

Professional training courses are coordinated based on feedback from previous participants, input from the SETAC membership community, and discussion with the local program committee for the biennial meeting. The focus is on selecting cutting-edge and general scientific topics of interest. In addition, non-scientific courses that support skills scientists might need to succeed, for example communication or presentation skills, are offered. The courses are taught by experts in the field. Reserve your spot in a professional training course when you register for the meeting.




Full-day $30.00
Half-day $25.00

Sunday Full-Day Courses

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | 15 September

Course Language: Spanish
Course Level: Introductory
Instructors: Ellen Mihaich, Environmental and Regulatory Resources, LLC; Steve Levine, Bayer CropScience; James Wheeler

In response to concerns that certain environmental chemicals might interfere with the endocrine system of humans and wildlife, regulations have been promulgated in regulatory bodies around the world targeting the evaluation of these types of effects. The purpose of this short course is to address key topics related to endocrine system evaluation and regulatory requirements around the world. The course provides basic information on vertebrate endocrine systems, mechanisms of control, and adverse effects. The focus is the estrogen, androgen and thyroid systems, although new endocrine system targets will be discussed. The requirements of the USEPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, as well as those for REACH and other regulatory initiatives around the world, including the development of definitions and criteria in the EU, will be reviewed. Screens and tests used in these programs are presented, including plans for the evolution of the USEPA program, with the use of high throughput in vitro assays, in silico modeling and development of adverse outcome pathways. Use of weight of evidence evaluations in interpreting the data will be covered. Finally, an interactive simulation will be staged where small groups of participants can engage in a transparent and quantitative weight of evidence evaluation of data.

Course Language: English
Course Level: Intermediate
Instructors: Eucharia Oluchi Nwaichi, University of Port Harcourt Nigeria

Chemical practitioners i.e. Scientists including environmental toxicologists, engineers, technicians, trades people, business people or anyone else who has contact with chemicals at work or at home, should promote a positive perception and public understanding and appreciation of chemistry. This is done through research, innovation, teamwork, collaboration, community outreach and high ethical standards. Chemistry professionals include scientists and engineers, who, by virtue of their specialized education, certifications or licensures, are authorized to offer chemistry services to the public and should act as role-models, mentors and advocates of the safe and secure application of chemistry to benefit humankind and preserve the environment for future generations. They should instill and encourage curiosity and innovation early and often, and recognize and award achievements where appropriate. They should provide professional inputs and opinions to government and other decision makers regarding environmental, industrial, and other issues. The Global Chemists Code of Ethics (GCCE) was created collaboratively with scientists from around the world, and is meant to either be adopted by chemical societies, institutions, or governments, or to be slightly modified depending on cultural needs. An actionable GCCE is guided by the stipulations outlined in The Hague Ethical Guidelines and the Code of Conduct Toolkit.

Course Language: Spanish
Course Level: Introductory
Instructors: Cynthia Armendariz Arnez, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Avocado production is part of the economic significant activities for rural people in Michoacan, Mexico. Michoacan is the biggest producer globally. It represents nearly 4% of GBP for the State. This agricultural practice offers almost 150,000 employs. Several social, environmental, ecological, economic and health impacts are associated with avocado production and little efforts has been made to characterize and measure this implications. During this course, the participants will know the pertinent of include community participatory approach for designing, share and implement better monitoring tolos and intervention strategies based on local knowledge. Finally, we will present an integrated management proposal to reduce environmental, social and health impacts of pesticides use in Mexico and compare this proposal with an integrated monitoring methodology. Participants will work in a workshop session to share information on integrative strategies in pesticides management in their own countries. At the end, in plenary, all participants will identify what in their own experience are the critical points to design a strategy (taking into account local, regional and National scales) to provide information for academia, governments, NGO’s and society stakeholders involved in pesticides use, distribution and regulation.

Course Language: English and Spanish
Course Level: TBD
Instructors: John Elliott, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Miguel Mora (USA), Christine Bishop (Canada) and Rafa Mateo (Spain)

This course will provide an overview of the field of wildlife ecotoxicology along with educational material and practical tools for researchers to apply to address the toxicological threats to wildlife in Latin America. The course structure will involve lectures on essential science concepts of ecotoxicology, history and background of contaminant effects on wildlife, and case studies of current priority topics. The second part of the course will provide practical tools for wildlife ecotoxicologists in Latin America. Methods and approaches to wildlife ecotoxicology will be introduced and students will be challenged with theoretical, but applied exposure scenarios and real world problems. Participants, with instructor support, will then utilize the information provided and their own knowledge to design a study to answer specific questions. Students will work alone or in small groups of no more than 3 or 4 (depending on the number of participants we will offer enough scenarios that the groups will remain small). The second part will 5 to 10 min short presentations and discussions of their proposed approaches to these scenarios.

Sunday Morning Half-Day Courses

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | 15 September

Course Language: Spanish
Course Level:
Instructors: Marta Schuhmacher, Rovira i Virgili University

Risk assessment is a tool to organize structure and compile scientific information in order to help identify existing hazardous situations, anticipate potential problems, establish priorities and provide basis for regulatory controls and/or corrective actions. In this course, we learn how physical-chemical properties of pollutants, biodegradability, potential of bioaccumulation and toxicity modify the exposure and risk. We will learn to classify chemicals according to their hazards to humans and the environment. Environmental multimedia models will be used to estimate the increasing concentrations of pollutants in air, water, soil and food. Exposure case studies will be analized taking into account different routes/pathways and factors influencing exposures. At last, the risk characterization process that involves a prediction of the probability and severity of health and ecological impact in the exposed population and environmental damages will be carried out.