The European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV) and the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology (ASCCT) are pleased to announce that the next ESTIV Applied In Vitro Toxicology Course will take place at the Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, April 14-19, 2019. Prospective attendees are encouraged to register through the online registration system which is now open. Pin the event in your own calendar!

Because of the overwhelming success, 5 additional seats can be offered for the course with registration deadline 31 March


Course Scope

In vitro toxicity methods are gaining importance, in particular as a response to a number of European legislative changes that call for more mechanistically-based decision-making and limit or even prohibit the use of animal experimentation for risk assessment purposes. Hence, there is an urgent demand for toxicologists and risk assessors to implement in vitro testing results into regulatory safety evaluation of chemicals. This course aims at meeting this ubiquitous need by training individuals who wish to start or pursue a career in this direction or to gain an update on the state-of-the-art of applied in vitro toxicology.

Target Audience

This course is intended for (post)doctoral students and early-stage scientists from industry, academia or regulatory agencies who recently became active in the field of in vitro toxicology. Applicants should ideally have a background in toxicology, biology, chemistry, (bio)medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, veterinary sciences or equivalent. Attendees are expected to be proficient in English. A maximum of 30 participants will be enrolled in the course on a first-pay/first-served basis, yet priority will be given to members of ESTIV, ASCCT and affiliated societies. The number of participants originating from and based in Romania is limited to 10.

Course Organisation

This 6-day course is organized by ESTIV in collaboration with the ASCCT and combines cutting-edge lectures by leading experts with highly interactive group exercises. The lectures cover a broad spectrum of subjects pertinent to regulatory, screening and investigative in vitro toxicology. The group exercises consist of real-life case studies in which the participants will apply the principles of in vitro toxicology to the risk assessment of chemical substances. Course examination will be based upon presentation and discussion of the case studies. The participants will receive a certificate in case of a positive evaluation. Furthermore, the participants will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with respect to skin and eye irritation testing in vitro.