Dec 062012


The sixteenth Biennial International Symposium on Toxicity Assessment (ISTA 16) will be hosted by the University of the Western Cape. The meeting will be held on the luxury cruise liner, the MSC Opera, from the 21st till the 26th of February 2013. The meeting cruise will be a return trip between Cape Town and Walvis Bay, Namibia. Delegates will be able to experience excellent scientific sessions, Cape Town with its floral diversity, Namibia the driest sub-Saharan country and as a special bonus, the hospitality of the Namibian and South African people.

ISTA16 will provide a platform to present the latest information and discuss developments on all facets of eco-sustainability and environmental toxicology. The ISTA 16 will bring regulators, researchers, professionals, administrators, policy makers and NGOs together to exchange ideas, identify resource and research needs for the better management of public health and ecosystem, and to discuss strategies addressing consumer demands using sustainable and environmentally friendly industries. It also provides opportunities for networking and potential international collaborative research partnerships.

Young students and researchers are strongly encouraged to participate in the ISTA 16 meeting. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for meeting peers from all over the world and also for meeting potential supervisors for post graduate and post doctoral studies.

Confirmed Plenary Session Speakers

Professor Christian Blaise, Environment Canada
Professor Stephen Klaine, Clemson University, USA
Professor Paule Vasseur, Metz University, France
Professor Lou Guilette, Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Professor Taisen Iguchi, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan
Professor Jacqueline Goldin, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Professor Hannes van Wyk, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Scientific Session Themes

  • Special session on Xenopus laevis.
  • Aquatic toxicology and ecology.
  • Terrestrial toxicology and ecology.
  • Biomarkers and bio-indicators.
  • Environmental risk assessment, environmental safety, regulatory toxicology and public health.
  • Environmental and green chemistry.
  • Genomics, proteomics and bio-informatics in ecology and ecotoxicology.
  • Remediation and mitigation.
  • Emerging concerns – nanomaterials, biotoxins, etc.
  • Endocrine disruptors.
  • Human needs vs Environment.
  • Miscellaneous.

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