RAPID SCREENING OF AQUATIC ORGANIC POLLUTION AND TOXICITY USING BIOASSAYS AND BIOSENSORS

This course was held at the Department of Environmental Chemistry of IDAEA-CSIC (Barcelona, Spain) on 26-27 November 2016 and it was tailored for PhD students, master students and postdoc researchers in chemistry and environmental sciences. The focus of the course was the development and application of biological techniques of analysis for the rapid detection of organic contaminants or their effects. Click here to download the flyer.

In this course, special attention was devoted to immuno-analytical techniques, miniaturized and remote unmanned operating systems, as well as ecotoxicological approaches to evaluate the effects of toxic mixtures. Practical sessions were organized to show relevant aspects of the above-mentioned approaches. Six lecturers were invited and 23 participants from 10 different Institutions attended the course. Approximately 50% of the participants were not members of the project, showing the great interest of this topic among the scientific community. The course combined theoretical sessions in which the students learnt the basis of a number of biological techniques of analysis for the rapid detection of organic contaminants and practical sessions in which these techniques were applied to real samples. The students showed high interest on the topics included in the course as well as on the practical sessions. The content and development of the course completely fulfilled the expectations of both lecturers and students.

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