Training Activities

Training of Individuals

In cooperation with national and international universities, ECT offers training opportunities for young scientists, engineers and technicians from Germany and abroad. Practical courses and internships, usually ranging from 1 to 6 months, as well as scientific experimental work for bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees are supervised in cooperation with universities.

Training of Groups

ECT provides training courses for groups, particularly in terrestrial ecotoxicology. These courses consist of lectures and practical exercises about the fate of chemicals in soil, their effects on non-target arthropods and other soil organisms, statistical data evaluation and quality assurance requirements in ecotoxicological tests at laboratory and field level. Such training has been conducted in the context of (inter-) national training courses in Germany, Finland, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Brazil, Tunisia and Morocco for students and members of environmental agencies and industry. For example, courses on  methods and strategies of risk assessment of contaminated land were given in Coimbra (Portugal) in 2005, in Curitiba (Brazil) in 2008 and in Beni Mellal (Morocco) in 2010. Individual training directly at interested institutions (e.g. agencies or industry) is also possible.

Together with about 10 other German institutions (mostly universities), ECT is a partner of the postgraduate studies (PGS) initiative in ecotoxicology, jointly organized by the SETAC German Language Branch (SETAC-GLB) and the Society of German Chemists (GDCh). In close cooperation with e.g. the University of Gießen, we have performed several courses in terrestrial ecotoxicology since 2006.

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