Summer Academy

International Summer Academy on Spatial Ecotoxicology and Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment - Using an Open Community Approach

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Participants of 2017 with Ulrike Höfken, Minister for the Environment, State of Rhineland-Palatiate; Prof. Dr. May-Britt Kallenrode, new President of the University of Koblenz-Landau; Prof. Dr. Gabriele E. Schaumann, Vice President  of the University of Koblenz-Landau; Prof. Dr. Ralf Schulz, founder of the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau (Photo: K. Hiller)
Find out more about this unique program.
General Information
The International Summer Academy gives an overview on ecotoxicological risk assessment with a focus on the use of freely available methods and resources of remote sensing and spatial analysis using GIS. The course provides young scientists with inexpensive tools and programs that are oriented for use both in developing and developed countries.
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The International Summer Academy on Spatial Ecotoxicology and Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment is organized by the groups Ecotoxicology & Environment and Landscape Ecology.


Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with financial support from the Federal Foreign Office.

An increasing number of chemical substances are being released into our environment. Developing countries are particularly affected with high contamination, but often have inadequate control mechanisms and insufficient resources for risk assessment.
Spatial analysis offers more and more applications and potential within ecological risk assessment. The growing Open Community Approach makes this technology available for everybody.
Experts of various disciplines from national and international institutions will combine basic concepts of ecotoxicology with methods of geographic information system analysis. This will be illustrated with practical examples, both in the field and at the computer.
Your benefits:
  • Scholarships: Participants from ODA countries can apply for a full scholarship thanks to funding by the DAAD!
  • Networking: Two weeks of international exchange!
  • ECTS: Up to 5 ECTS-credits can be awarded!
  • Transition of expert knowledge: Experts from different nations and international disciplines and institutes conduct the course!
Download Flyer (2017) (pdf)