Preliminary list of short courses:

This is a preliminary list and more courses are being scheduled.

The ecotoxicology of plastic marine debris


Plastic pollution is ubiquitous, but quantitative estimates on its impact in various ecosystem compartments are limited, mostly due to metodological challenges in ecotoxicity assays. There is the urgency to standardize common methodologies to measure and quantify effects of exposure to microplastics in the laboratory settings.

The course will focus on:

  • Standardization of the assay procedures;
  • Choice of the test species and meaningful endpoints;
  • Data analysis and interpretation.

Course instructors: Elena Gorokhova, Martin Ogonowski and Zandra Gerdes will give lectures and lead the discussion.


Chemicals Legislation: Understanding and navigating the scene

Marlene_ègerstrandGood decisions rely on well-founded knowledge, and to improve science-to-policy transfer of scientific data, scientists need to be well educated also on the regulatory process.

The purpose of the course is to give PhD candidates the possibility to deepen their understanding of how chemicals are regulated and how scientific data is used and can improve risk assessments of chemicals. The course contains lectures and group work. Students will be asked to read a couple of articles and do a short exercise prior to the course.

Course instructor: Marlene Ågerstrand


How to make nice figures:  The theory and practice of visual displays of quantitative information

One of the core responsibilities of a scientist is to clearly communicate the results of their work to others.  In quantitative disciplines this communication almost always requires illustrating data using graphs or figures that are presented in oral
presentations or published in journal articles.  Whereas the value of clear communication using the written word is well recognized, the value of clear communication through visual displays of scientific data is still under-appreciated.  This 1-day course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction designed to enable participants to produce clear and effective visualizations of their scientific data.  Theoretical aspects of good data visualization will be drawn from the work of Edward R. Tufte, and practical aspects will focus on the use of vector graphics software to optimize default graphs produced by spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.  Participants will select a case study and produce a data visualization based on Tufte’s principles, and constructively critique and evaluate each other’s work.

Course instructors: Matthew MacLeod, Annika Jahnke and Zhe Li


Analysis of mercury in hair samples using dry-combustion atomic absorption spectrometry

markusMercury is one of the most potent environmental toxins occurring also naturally, and thus it has been hovering on political agendas for decades, recently culminating in a global treaty to protect human health and the environment (Minamata convention). Further, attention is now being directed towards the impact of mercury intake on our collective intelligence and associated societal costs. Interestingly, within your individual universe, the content and exposure of your body is known to be reflected fairly well in the concentration of mercury in your hair. As a diagnostic tool, such a measurement has the advantage of being almost non-invasive, and nowadays also unusually simple and rapid. Furthermore, it may reveal some key aspects of your diet, not least also your dietary history back in time. Here we will provide a hands-on opportunity to explore not only an analytical method but also exposure patterns to be found among the YES participants.

Course instructor: Markus Meili


What’s in Your Dust? An Introduction to Environmental Mass Spectrometry.

jonathanThis interactive short course requests participants to bring a house dust sample to be analyzed for environmental endocrine disruptors. The course will begin in the classroom with introduc
tory lectures on environmental mass spectrometry (MS) and will migrate to the laboratory for an applied workshop using GC-PCI-MS/MS for targeted analysis of chemicals yourdust.

Course instructors: Jonathan Martin, Chang’er Chen and Ioannis Athanassiadis

Teaching in higher education: An overview

alexandra_durso_headshotIn this course, we will discuss a broad spectrum of issues of relevance in higher education pedagogy today. Be
ginning with an overview of higher education practices within European countries that are part of the Bologna Process, we will take up examples of current practices, expectations, and challenges that exist regarding teaching at the university level. Drawing from course participants’ own experiences in higher education in different contexts, this course will be a mix of shorter lectures along with group work.

Course instructor: Alexandra D’Urso (SLU)