6th Norwegian Environmental Toxicology Symposium

25-27. October 2016, The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) hosted the 6th edition of NETS - Norwegian Environmental Toxicology Symposium (NETS2016).

NETS is an interdisciplinary symposium with focus on research-based solutions to solve challenges related to protection of the environment, and in particular increasing knowledge on how anthropogenic stressors affect different parts of the ecosystem alone and in combination with other stressors. NETS aims to bring research, management and industry together to address contemporarily important topics, as well as those that is anticipated to become the challenges of tomorrow.

The symposium was held at Oslo Science Park, and attracted 140 participants from academia, competent authorities and industry. The symposium was a three-day event, packed with science and good discussions. Over 100 abstracts were presented at the symposium.

>> Download program and abstract book here (pdf)

The symposium kicked off with a mini-seminar on AOPs, Adverse Outcome Pathways, a conceptual framework for organizing existing information about the linkage between the chemical perturbation of a molecular (biological) target and the adverse outcome(s) of regulatory relevance (e.g., negative human health outcomes or impacts on survival, growth, or reproduction in wildlife).

This mini-seminar, led by Dan Villeneuve (USEPA), was followed by a student pre-symposium, with lectures and presentations for MSc students, PhD students, post docs and other young researchers.

The scientific program over the next two days was dedicated to assessing and solving environmental challenges in a multiple stressor world.

FORUM, the main auditorium in Oslo Science Park, was the venue for the majority of talks during the 6th NETS. (Photo: Harald B. Borchgrevink, NIVA)

The symposium kicked off with a mini-seminar on AOPs, Adverse Outcome Pathways, a conceptual framework for organizing existing information about the linkage between the chemical perturbation of a molecular (biological) target and the adverse outcome(s) of regulatory relevance (e.g., negative human health outcomes or impacts on survival, growth, or reproduction in wildlife).

This mini-seminar, led by Dan Villeneuve (USEPA), was followed by a student pre-symposium, with lectures and presentations for MSc students, PhD students, post docs and other young researchers.

The scientific program over the next two days was dedicated to assessing and solving environmental challenges in a multiple stressor world.


From the poster session at Oslo Science Park (Photo: David Pettersen Eidsvoll, NIVA).

- The platform and posters clearly displayed the width and the excellence our scientific community are producing and the lively discussions in breaks, during the poster session and symposium dinner underlined the importance of NETS for advancing both science, networking and scientific careers, NETS2016 chair and organizer, Knut Erik Tollefsen, says.

- The participation of Norwegian bodies for research funding, the regulatory community and industry as sponsors of NETS2016 emphasize the importance that NETS have both for advancing and taking advantage of Norwegian environmental science also in non-academic environments.

Awards

During the closing ceremony, prizes to best platform presentations and best poster presentation was awarded. The winners were:

Posters

Johanna Bodin, Department of Toxicology and Risk assessment, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, for “Exposure to bisphenol A, but not phthalates, accelerates diabetes type 1 development in NOD mice”.

Andrea Sahlmann, University of Oslo, for “Baseline and oxidative DNA damage in marine species from four different phyla”.

Platforms

Morgan Lizabeth Bender, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway, for “Effects of chronic dietary petroleum exposure on reproductive development in Polar cod (Boreogadus saida)”.

Mari Engvig Løseth, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), for “Differences in exposure to environmental contaminants depending on habitat ecology and location in white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) chicks from Norway”.


Andrea Sahlmann received her award from Sam Kacew and Ketil Hylland on behalf of the committees.  (Photo: Harald B. Borchgrevink, NIVA).

>> Read more about the symposium at niva.no/nets2016

David Pettersen Eidsvoll has produced a short summary in video format. View it in the window below.

 

Last updated 07.11.2016