REMINDERS

  • 2nd SIBECOL meeting/XXI AIL Conference - 3-8 July 2022

    From July 3 to 8, the 2nd SIBECOL meeting/XXI AIL Conference will take place in Aveiro.Important dates: Poster and presentation submission: from January 1 to February 28 Registration: from March 1st. More information here.  

  • Call for papers - RIESCOS Network

    The Ibero-American Thematic Network CYTED-RIESCOS, coordinated by Rosa Freitas, proposed a special issue to the journal Environmental Research entitled "Environmental occurrence of plastics and toxicity assessment in organisms”. Submissions are open from 15 September to 15 December 2021 More information here.


NEWS

  • Webtalks: Fate and effects of organic contaminants in marine environments | online | 28 outubro

    This workshop will highlight which are the oceanic hotspots of accumulations of persistent and emerging organic contaminants. What are their sources? Do we understand their fate well enough to predict for their accumulations? Do these contaminations pose environmental risks? Free online event with mandatory registration here. Programme

  • Researcher José Alves was invited to Client Earth Global Summit (28-30 September) in the session “Maintaining migration in the animal kingdom”

    This is the second year Client Earth organizes this virtual event, hosting a global forum for experts, peers and partners from across the environmental movement and other sectors to explore new ways of effecting change for a brighter, healthier future planet. Client Earth, a global organization that operates under the banner “Working to protect life on Earth”, supports environmental causes, using the law to defend several issues: defending wildlife and habitats; protecting forests; tackling pollution and climate change, and others. The event is free of change and more information can be attained here.

  • World Food Day, 16 October

    Every day, people are exposed to complex mixtures of chemicals mainly through food. In order to assess human exposure to food contaminants, it is crutial to carry out their biomonitoring, that is, to detect their presence directly in biological samples such as blood, hair, urine or breast milk, or to predict their effects on the human body at an early stage, in order to reduce exposure to chemicals and contribute to improve public health. Coordinated by the German Federal Environment Agency, the HBM4EU (European Human Biomonitoring Initiative) is a European consortium with the participation of 30 countries, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, financed under the European Horizon 2020 program and in execution from 2017 to 2021 (https://www.hbm4eu.eu/). This initiative aims to use human biomonitoring to assess human exposure to chemical substances, with a view to better understanding the associated health impacts and improving the assessment of chemical risks. One of the chemical substance groups studied under HBM4EU are the mycotoxins, natural compounds produced by fungi and present mainly in food. In this context, two mycotoxins were selected to study: deoxynivalenol (DON), which promotes intestinal disorders and inflammation, and fumonisin B1 (FB1), a possible human carcinogen. The ongoing work program under HBM4EU for mycotoxins is led by Portugal. Author: Paula Alvito

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