Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere appointed as the Belgian representative for the ‘expert group on invertebrate toxicity testing’

logooecd enThe OECD Test Guideline Program coordinates the development and publication of standardized test protocols (such as ecotoxicity tests) to enable hazard and risk assessment of chemical substances. Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere has recently been appointed by the Belgian Government Operational Directorate on Public Health and Surveillance as the Belgian representative for the OECD 'expert group on invertebrate ecotoxicity testing', which involves experts from several OECD countries. He will there contribute to discussions on ongoing and upcoming projects (such as life-cycle and multigenerational test systems with invertebrate species – one of the important research areas in our laboratory). In this regard, he will attend the upcoming meeting of the expert group at the OECD headquarters in Paris on 17-18 June, 2013.

LMAE at SETAC Europe

setaclogo2 thumb medium50 75The research group Environmental Toxicology will be presenting its research at the 23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Glasgow, UK from 12-16 May 2013. We will highlight our reserach in a total of four platforms, one poster corner and nine posters. To keep track of us during the conference, to download posters or to read more information, go to our dedicated SETAC webpage.


Our lab will be represented at the 17th PRIMO meeting (Pollutant Responses In Marine Organisms), 5th - 8th May 2013 in Faro, Portugal. More information can be found at the conference website: http://www.cima.ualg.pt/primo17/.  There will be three posters and one platform presentation.

Prof. Janssen elected Chair of EU Committee SCHER

eu logo enOn 11 and 12 April 2013, the first meeting of the newly appointed EU Scientific Committee SCHER took place in Luxembourg. After a rigorous selection procedure - i.e. there were more than 400 candidates - based on criteria such as scientific excellence and independence, Prof. Janssen was appointed as one of the 11 members of SCHER (Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks). Committee members are appointed for a three-year term and will provide the Commission with independent scientific advice on issues relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment. Following his appointment Prof. Janssen was then elected by SCHER members to serve as Chair of the Committee.

More information on SCHER and the inaugural meeting: http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/events/ev_20130411_en.htm#pics.

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Dr. ir. Frederik De Laender joined the Young Academy

jongeacademie Recently, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium decided to establish a Young Academy. Forty young researchers, amongst whom Frederik De Laender of our lab, have joined the Young Academy. They were selected from as many as 146 high-potential candidates who responded to the call for membership. These young researchers have three objectives: (international) interdisciplinary research, reflection about the current science policy, and science communication to the youth. Congratulations, Frederik!

Update: In total 13 researchers of Ghent University were selected. More information: http://www.ugent.be/nl/actueel/nieuws/ugent-jonge-academie.htm (Dutch)

Master dissertation subjects available

Recently some new Master dissertation subjects have been added to the website http://fbwsrv02.ugent.be/masterproef/nl/onderwerpen, for students wanting to make their Bioscience Engineering Master dissertation in our research group. The following topics can now be chosen:

  • Pesticides in aquatic ecosystems – from patterns to predictionsBiodiversity vs. Chemodiversity – exploring a new ecotoxicological conceptBack to the future: paleo-ecotoxicology.
  • The role of algal toxins in host-microbial interactions in the development of a sustainable larviculture of mussels and brine shrimp
  • Microplastics in the marine environment
  • Samen sterker? Het effect van metaalmengsels op de garnaal
  • Metal toxicology in freshwater sediments: environmental and biological factors affecting the sensitivity of benthic invertebrates
  • Marine toxins in the Belgian coastal zone from microalgae
  • Microplastic vervuiling op stranden en rond koraalriffen in Kenia? Een blinde vlek
  • Is 1 + 1 steeds gelijk aan 2? Modelleren van interactiepatronen in toxische mengsels met behulp van biologische netwerken
  • Virtual ecosystems for the ecological risk assessment of chemicals
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect and predict harmful aquatic species invasions
  • What does not kill me, makes me stronger: trans-generational inheritance of co-tolerance against heat and chemical pollution in aquatic organisms
  • Experimental validation of biotic ligand model predictions of aquatic metal mixture toxicity
  • Development of the marine free living flatworm Macrostomum lignano as an epigenetic model species
  • Impact van persistente organische polluenten op de marine primaire productie
For more information, see the website or contact Michiel.Vandegehuchte atugent2

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LMAE at SETAC Longbeachsetaclogo2

The research group Environmental Toxicology will be presenting some of its research at the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting in Longbeach, California from 11-15 November 2012. Come and see us at these dates and places!

Ghent University signs cooperation agreements with the Flanders Marine Institute

image marineugentOn August 23, 2012 the Ghent University signed a unique cooperation agreement with the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).24 research units from five faculties, united in the cluster 'Marine@UGent' will collaborte intensively with the VLIZ  on marine and coastal research topics. A warehouse at the 'Marine Station Oostende' (Oosteroever) will be arranged for the Ghent University researchers. It is expected that this and all other actions framed by this agreement will lead to a lot of new research findings.

"This multidisciplinarity and the desire to cooperate more actively on sea and coastal-related themes make this a unique consortium. By joining forces with the VLIZ we can also tie in more closely with the central supporting role and tasks that the Flanders Marine Institute plays" says Professor Colin Janssen, Chairman of Marine@UGent and also Vice-President of the VLIZ and head of the Lab of Environmental Toxicology at Ghent University.