Bern, Switzerland

Environmental pollution: from soils to human health

online course
when 9 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee CHF 75

Explore the fate, transport and health effects of contaminants in the environment through virtual keynote lectures and workshops analysing inorganic and organic pollutants, delivered by leading national and international scientists.

Course leader

Prof. Adrien Mestrot, Dr. Moritz Bigalke and Dr. Aurea Hernandez (Uni Bern). 10 high-profile speakers from national and Int. governmental agencies & universities-expertise includes food safety & veterinary, aquatic sciences & technology, environment

Target group

It is open to PhD and Postdocs from biology, bioinformatics, chemistry, environmental sciences, geography, medicine, plant sciences, veterinary medicine.

Course aim

Participants will gain detailed overviews of the key issues concerning environmental pollutions and their connections to global health. The keynote lectures focus on the biogeochemical cycles of inorganic and organic contaminants, their transformations and bioaccumulation. Toxicity assessments, health effects as well as the use of models to predict their environmental fate will be discussed. A final keynote on environmental legislation will allow the participants to put research on environmental pollution in a broader context.

The programme is complemented by two parallel workshops for in-depth analysis of inorganic or organic pollutants. The workshop on inorganic pollutants will provide an overview of innovative sampling and data analytical technologies to measure inorganic pollutants in the field. The workshop on organic pollutants will provide an overview of analytical methods to extract a wide range of organic contaminants in different environmental matrices with focus in state-of-the-art analytical technology such as high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS) couple to different ionization techniques and data processing (e.g., target, suspect and non-target analysis). Participants are expected to present and discuss their own work in short virtual presentations and can benefit from the interaction with international peers and renowned scientists.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants having successfully completed the Summer School will receive a certificate of attendance and can obtain 2 ECTS points. 2 ECTS correspond to 50 – 60 hours of work, consisting of preparatory work for keynote lectures and the participant presentation and full participation in the course. Acknowledgement of the ECTS points in the study programmes at home institutions other than the University of Bern is the responsibility of the participants.

Fee info

CHF 75: Non refundable

If you are offered a place on the course, you will then be sent details of how to pay. Your registration is completed and your place on the virtual school is guaranteed only once payment has been received.

Course fee reduction can be granted for students experiencing financial hardship.

For example:

those from a low-income family
a mature student with existing financial commitments
those with a disability
a student with a child or children, especially single parents


There are no scholarships but fee reductions or waivers can be offered to students with financial difficulties. See Fee section.

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