¡Hola a todos!
Last June, after the Summer School I stayed in Belfast for my first Secondment at Queen’s University. It was a great experience for me. I must say that I am deeply grateful with everyone there! Professionally it was a month of constant learning and personally it was great to share very special moments outside the Lab with the other PhD students.

Then, it was time to get back to Valencia, since I had planned to attend to a Conference in Madrid from 11th to 13th of July. The 11th Iberian and 8th Ibero-American Congress of Environmental Pollution and Toxicology (CICTA) was organized by the Ibero-American Society of Environmental Pollution and Toxicology and took place at the Superior Technical School of Forestry Engineers of the Madrid Polytechnic University. The theme of the conference was the “Environmental protection in a global changing world: technological, scientific and social challenges”.



The opening conference given by Dr. Helmut Segner was titled “The vertebrate immune system as a target of endocrine disrupting compounds” and the topic of endocrine disruption was continuously addressed in several sessions during the event. It was a unique experience to exchange and meet many researchers in our field. Also, I had the opportunity to give an Oral Presentation at the “Animal replacement for an efficient environmental assessment” session, where several questions regarding the application of alternative methods challenged me and provided me excellent feedbacks and suggestions from more experienced and respected scientists.

I am looking forward to see you all in Aachen!

¡Hasta pronto, buen verano!

Elizabeth

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