Alexandre Arenzon, Ecotox Brazil Vice President
The Brazilian Society of Ecotoxicology (ECOTOX Brasil) hosted the 15th Brazilian Congress of Ecotoxicology: ECOTOX 2018 from 1–4 September 2018 in the warm, welcoming city of Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil. The theme of this year’s conference was “Ecotoxicology and Society: Bases for Sustainable Development.” Based on the attendance and the comments from the attendees, this meeting was deemed a total success. Approximately 600 people attended this conference and included members of 24 of the 26 Brazilian states and nine different countries (Brazil, United States of America, England, Australia, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Portugal and the Netherlands). The meeting’s program was well organized, featuring 14 short courses, 180 platforms presentations and 333 poster presentations. The main roundtables focused on themes such as “Cyanobacteria Blooms: Challenges to Control it,” “Mariana Mining Disaster, the Worst Environmental Disaster in Brazil” and “Progress and Challenges Related to Pesticide Risk Assessment in Brazil.” The program was rounded out with 11 speeches and 12 special sessions, including the hazard assessment in risk-based management of chemicals as part of the chemicals risk management symposium series presented by the SETAC International Programs Committee and an update on the status of the Global Horizon Scanning Project in Brazil. A couple of different approaches were tried as a means of disseminating knowledge to more people than just the conference attendees:
- An environmental education activity was organized for students of a public school and some conferences
- Roundtables and special sessions were transmitted during the event for local and regional academic community by UNIT TV Channel
The meeting also provided opportunities to catch up with long-time colleagues, meet old and new friends, and have some fun. The Ecotox Solidarity Race brought together more than 70 runners. Food and school supplies collected were donated to a public school.
In addition to positive comments on the high-level program of the meeting, attendees commented positively about the Tiradentes University (UNIT) venue, where the event took place, and about the second version of the Ecotox App.
The ECOTOX 2018 conference was promoted by the Brazilian Society of Ecotoxicology with local support from the Federal University of Sergipe (UFS) and UNIT along with support from the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (CNPq), the Ministry of Education (CAPES) and private companies. The conference organization was done by T&M Events.
The next ECOTOX meeting will be held in South Brazil in 2020.
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