20th International Akademie Fresenius ECOTOX Conference "Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecotoxicology and Risk Management" +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

25 Nov - 26 Nov 2020, Online Conference | Die Akademie Fresenius GmbH

20th International Akademie Fresenius ECOTOX Conference "Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecotoxicology and Risk Management" +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

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Overview

+++ONLINE CONFERENCE++++

For many years, the Akademie Fresenius Ecotox Conference has been the perfect platform for bringing together the scientific, industrial and regulatory communities. With the COVID-19 crisis, it has become difficult to gather physically. However, since we all need to continue to learn from one another, we have decided to keep up our dialogue in the virtual space. We therefore cordially invite you to join this year’s Online Conference. Plenty of exciting presentations are awaiting you! And they will all be accessible from the comfort of your home or your office, thus reducing travel on the one hand and increasing accessibility on the other hand. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Highlights

    • Ecotoxicology update from EFSA
    • KEMI on General demands to risk assessment in the Northern Zone
    • New developments in the Ecosystem Services-based approach to support ERA for agrochemicals
    • Opportunities and benefits from using an ecosystem services approach for the risk assessmentof plant protection products – towards mainstreaming biodiversity in food production
    • New studies in aquatic, terrestrial and bee ecotoxicology
    • Risk communication during the Covid 19 Pandemic: Best practice & lessons learned
    • Risk communication in the Agri-Sciences
    • New developments in mechanistic modelling in regulatory ERA for pesticides

    Who do you meet?

    Professionals working in the fields of:

    • Ecotoxicology
    • Hazard, exposure and risk assessment
    • Risk management
    • Field studies
    • Modelling
    • Regulatory affairs
    • Registration and authorisation
    • Scientific advisory
    • Technical and environmental affairs
    • Monitoring

    Sectors taking part:

    • Agrochemical industry
    • Research institutes
    • Authorities
    • Environmental consultants
    • Professional associations

    Picture credit: © hfox und © reluk - Fotolia.com
     

    Programme

    PLEASE NOTE: The indicated times refer to Central European Time CET.

    For further time zones, please view here.

    Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    10:45 CET - Start of the Online Conference

    Welcome address by the organisers and introduction by the Chairs

    Peter Dohmen, Germany
    Mark A. Clook, Health and Safety Executive, Chemicals Regulation Directorate (HSE/CRD), United Kingdom

    11:00 CET - Regulatory Developments

    How to use pesticides and protect the environment and biodiversity? – Specific protection goals for environmental risk assessment within the framework of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009

    • Description of the project objectives and way of working
    • EFSA method to define specific protection goals
    • Current status and next steps

    Zsuzsanna Koenig, European Commission, Belgium

    Ecotoxicology Update from EFSA

    Domenica Auteri, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

    General demands to risk assessment in the Northern Zone – Highlights in the updated guidance document

    • New achievements in higher tier risk assessment for birds and mammals – Better guidance, new scenarios and adjustements in focal species
    • Bee risk assessment Interim approach – Clear guidance including chronic risk assessment for honey bees and acute risk assessment for bumble bees
    • Upgraded level of protection for fish and non-target plants – Updated assessment factors

    Mariana Ledesma, Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), Sweden

    Update on the Central Zone

    Wolfgang Krämer, The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), Austria

    13:00 CET - Lunch Break

    14:00 CET – Ecosystem Services

    Developments in the application of the Ecosystem Services-based approach to support ERA for agrochemicals

    This presentation will draw on discussions at a recent CARES II multi-stakeholder workshop and proof of concept study to explore:

    • The feasibility of applying an ecosystem services-based approach to ERA using currently available data and methodologies
    • The added value of an ecosystem services approach to environmental decision making

    Lorraine Maltby, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Industry point of view: Opportunities and benefits from using an ecosystem services approach for the risk assessment of plant protection products – towards mainstreaming biodiversity in food production

    Virginie Ducrot, Bayer CropScience, Germany

    15:10 CET - Risk Communication

    Risk communication during the Covid 19 Pandemic: Best practice & lessons learned

    • Risk perception
    • Risk literacy
    • Risk communication in politics
    • Behaviour change

    Mirjam Jenny, Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany

    The Case for Effective Risk Communication: Lessons from a Global Pandemic

    Blair Paulik, Integral Consulting, United States

    • The global pandemic has presented risk communication challenges and highlighted existing gaps in our risk communication systems
    • Solutions to effective risk communication include:  tailoring your message to your audience, acknowledging uncertainty, earning trust, and seeking training 
    • Placing science-based information in the hands of public officials and providing tools for effective communication will contribute to better-informed decisions for protecting public health and the environment

    16:40 CET - End of the first conference day
     

    Thursday, 26 November 2020

    10:50 CET - Start of the second day of the online conference

    Opening remarks for the second conference day by the Chairs
     

    11:00 CET – Aquatic-Terrestrial-Bee Ecotoxicology

    A case of perceived risk and actual risk: The relevance of pesticide residues in manure as potential exposure route for non-target arthropods – The cause of the decline of farmland birds?

    • 2019 Dutch study on pesticide residues in manure claimed its impact on soil-life and respectively its responsibility for the decline of farmland birds
    • Description of study that was triggered by commotion in parliament to investigate whether these claims could be substantiated indeed
    • Overview of study outcome

    Ivo Roessink, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

    Representativeness of freshwater mesocosm studies for saltwater Species

    • Mesocosm studies on freshwater communities are frequently used as refinement
    • In some cases lower tier assessments are driven by species (e.g. marine species) that cannot be assessed in the mesocosm study (see EFSA recurring issues 2019)
    • Proposals for assessment strategies for such cases are presented

    Philipp Janz, BASF, Germany

    The mason bee – a pollinator that can be used in regulatory testing?

    • Biology of the Mason bees
    • Ring-testing a non-Apis pollinator and its challenges
    • Results with recommendations for testing

    Silvio Knaebe, Eurofins/International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relationships (ICPPR), Germany

    12:40 CET- Lunch break

    13:40 CET – Methodology

    New developments in mechanistic modelling in regulatory ERA for pesticides

    • First experiences with GUTS modelling on basis of the EFSA TKTD modelling
    • Activities for the development of scenarios and model acceptability criteria within the  SETAC interest group “Effect modelling”

    Andreas Focks, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    Effect modelling for regulatory ERA of pesticides

    • Viewing effect models as in silico toxicity tests is key to problem formulation
    • The devil is in the details: DEB-TKTD modelling choices
    • Learning from clinical trials: protocol pre-publication & mesocosm model ring-testing

    Roman Ashauer, Syngenta, Switzerland/University of York, United Kingdom

    The Minimum Detectable Difference in ecotoxicology – current practice, critiques and new developments

    • The current use of the MDD, especially for mesocosm studies
    • Statistical aspects and alternatives
    • Use of the MDD: effect evaluation and study reliability

    Udo Hommen, Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME), Germany

    Practical experiences with OECD 229 and OECD 231 from a laboratory point of view

    • Hands-on experience with FSTRA and AMA: lessons learnt and future testing strategies.
    • Conclusions: What worked and what was changed, results and quality measures.

    Stefan Höger, Innovative Environmental Services (IES), Switzerland

    15:50 CET End of the Conference

    Speakers

    Name

    Company

    Ashauer

    Roman Ashauer

    Syngenta, Switzerland/University of York, United Kingdom

    Roman Ashauer is Eco-modelling Lead at Syngenta. Previously he was Associate Professor at the University of York, UK, where he led a research group until 2018. He has won several awards for his research on effect modelling for environmental risk assessment of chemicals.

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    Auteri

    Domenica Auteri

    European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

    Domenica Auteri is an Ecotoxicologist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of regulatory environmental risk assessment of pesticides. She is the Team Leader of the Ecotoxicology Team in the Pesticides Peer Review Unit of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).” She was responsible for the review of the neonicotinoids. She coordinated, from EFSA side, the drafting of the ECHA/EFSA guidance on identification of endocrine disruptors. Currently she is leading her team for with the review of the guidance documents for birds and mammals and bees.

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    Dohmen

    Peter Dohmen

    Germany

    Peter Dohmen recently retired from his position as a Senior Ecotoxicologist at the Agricultural Research Centre of BASF in Limburgerhof/Germany, bringing along profound knowledge and experience in the ecotoxicology field.

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    Ducrot

    Virginie Ducrot

    Bayer Crop Science Division, Germany

    Virginie Ducrot is the Head of the ecotoxicology group at Bayer Crop Science and has over 15 years of research experience ecotoxicology. Having worked as scientist in the French National Institute for Agronomic Research, as external expert for the PPR Panel at EFSA, and as member of the VMG-eco panel at OECD, she has promoted innovative methods in ecotoxicology (aquatic, terrestrial plants) and effect modelling for the environmental risk assessment of chemicals.

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    Focks

    Andreas Focks

    Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

    Andreas Focks is an Ecological Modeller at Wageningen Environmental Research, as a part of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. His work focusses on mechanistic modelling and statistical analysis of effects of chemical stressors on the biotic environment, at levels of individuals, populations and communities. Since July 2020, he has been a member of the EFSA PPR panel.

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    Hommen

    Udo Hommen

    Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Germany

    Udo Hommen is an Ecotoxicologist and works at the Fraunhofer IME as Study Director for mesocosm studies and consultant for Environmental Risk Assessments of chemicals. He is involved in several research projects and initiatives focussing on the use of ecological models for risk assessment.

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    Höger

    Stefan Höger

    Innovative Environmental Services (IES); Switzerland

    Stefan joined Innovative Environmental Services (IES) Ltd in 2014 as Chief Operation Officer and became Chief Executive Office in 2017. Prior to this, he worked for Harlan Laboratories, formerly RCC, for over 7 years, initially as a Study Director in aquatic ecotoxicology and later as Head of the Ecotoxicology Department of Harlan Switzerland.

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    Janz

    Philipp Janz

    BASF, Germany

    Philipp Janz is a Regulatory Ecotoxicologist at BASF conducting risk assessments for PPPs and biocides with focus on higher-tier assessment for aquatic organisms. He has several years of experience in conducting and evaluating aquatic mesocosm studies.

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    Mirjam Jenny

    Robert Koch Institute, Germany

    Mirjam Jenny leads the science communication unit at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. She is a cognitive decision scientist and combines insights and methods from cognitive psychology, computer science, and medicine to develop cognitive science and AI-based communication and decision tools. Her areas of focus are science and risk communication, (digital) risk literacy, risk communication, data science and algorithmic and medical decision-making.

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    Knaebe

    Silvio Knaebe

    Eurofins Agroscience Services Ecotox, Germany

    Silvio Knaebe is Head of the Field Department at Eurofins AgroScience Services Ecotox and an active member of International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relationships (ICPPR). After his PhD he started in environmental testing 1999 first with a focus on non-target arthropods and since 2009 he has been working on honey bees.

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    Koenig

    Zsuzsanna Koenig

    European Commission, Belgium

    Zsuzsanna Koenig is currently Policy Officer at the DG SANTE in the Pesticides and Biocides Unit. She has been working at the European Commission since 2002.

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    Krämer

    Wolfgang Krämer

    The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), Austria

    Wolfgang Krämer is a Senior Ecotoxicologist and deputy head of the Department for Ecotoxicology and Efficacy of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety. He has many years of experience in environmental risk assessment and is involved in the activities on harmonization in the central zone.

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    Ledesma

    Mariana Ledesma

    Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), Sweden

    Mariana Ledesma has been working as a Regulatory Ecotoxicologist at the Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) conducting ecotoxicology data evaluation and risk assessment since 2009. As Swedish representative for the Northern Zone in the ecotoxicology section for plant protection products, she has led the work with the Interim approach for bees as well as participated in the break-out group responsible for the update of the Higher tier for birds and mammals.

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    Maltby

    Lorraine Maltby

    The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Lorraine Maltby is a Professor of Environmental Biology at the University of Sheffield and has over 30 years of research experience in aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology. Having served on several UK and European advisory committees/expert groups she is currently a Member of the ECETOC Scientific Committee and the UNEP Scientific Expert Group on Chemicals and the Environment.

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    Paulik

    Blair Paulik

    Integral Consulting, United States

    Blair Paulik (PhD) is a Project Scientist at Integral Consulting, an environmental consulting company based in the United States with projects around the world. In addition to her environmental toxicology expertise, Dr. Paulik is passionate about risk communication. She is a steering committee member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Science and Risk Communication Interest Group and is leading the development of a Science and Risk Communication group at Integral.

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    Roessink

    Ivo Roessink

    Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

    Ivo Roessink (PhD) is a Senior Scientist in Environmental Risk Assessment at Wageningen Environmental Research. He investigates the environmental impact of different stressors, ranging from chemicals such as plant protection products to exotic species. His research encompassed both aquatic and terrestrial topics dealing with chemicals, exotic species, pollinators and non-target arthropods or combinations thereof.

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    Participation Fee: € 795.00 plus VAT.

    The registration fee includes the following benefits:

    • Participation in the Online Conference
    • Conference documentation (available after the conference via download from our website)
    • Certificate of attendance

    Representatives of an authority or a public university are therefore eligible for a reduced fee of € 495.00 plus VAT per person (please provide evidence). The reduced fee cannot be combined with other rebates.

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