The MODEL-EDC Workshop brought together experts from different fields of ecotoxicology and endocrine disruption to facilitate a discussion on current assays for evaluating and predicting the environmental risks of xenobiotics, how useful assays are for monitoring marine systems and the potential impact of xenobiotics on marine environments, challenges and future directions. This will create a consolidated network of experts in these topics capable and willing to submit at least one proposal for funding (e.g. European project, JPI, Training network or COST action). The organisers also expect to produce a manuscript for submission to a journal such as Aquatic Toxicology, Environmental Research, or others. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the meeting was held online and brought together 18 speakers from 10 countries (in Europe and America) that contributed expertise in ecotoxicology, environmental protection and monitoring, and 35 participants from 20 countries.
Three of ERGO’s partners instructed at the workshop. Peter Matthiessen (MATT) presented ‘Overview of EDCs in the marine environment – past and present’ on 22 November. On 23 November, ERGO‘s Coordinator Henrik Holbech (SDU) presented ‘Fish – thyroid (EDC assays, impacts, mechanisms-gaps)’ and later that morning, Lisa Baumann (UHEI) presented ‘Histopathology as a tool for several biological outcomes and organisms’.