Round Tables 2018-03-28T07:30:32+00:00

12th SCT

April 18-21, 2018. Belgrade, Serbia

Round Tables



Chairs: Tao Wang1,, Nursen Basaran2,

Panelists: Nursen Basaran2, Silvia Berlang de Moraes Barros3, Hanan Ghantous3, Mary Gulumian5, Anne Kahru6, Vesna Matovic7

1 Achaogen, Inc, USA; 2 Hacettepe University, Turkey; 3 University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; 4 Food and Drug Administration, USA; 5 University of Sao Paulo; 6National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Estonia; 7 University of Belgrade, Sırbia  

Although the global share of women in research has been increased for the last decades, women are still remain underrepresented in many areas of science including toxicology not only in developing countries but also in many developed regions. It is actually difficult for women to get a good position in research. Gender differences in researchers are even more pronounced in some developed countries such as UK, Japan and Canada compared to some developing countries. According to the report of Elsevier (1) in 12 comparator countries and regions over 20 years, in developed countries, the percentage of women in science and research in the area of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Pharmaceutics and also in the implementation of policies and legistration are still lower than men. But compared to other areas, a relatively high portion of women among researchers in Pharmacology & Toxicology and Pharmaceutics has been observed. The data about the situation of women in toxicology research in developing countries is not clear but it seems that female representation is still lagging behind in scientific bodies. The push for gender equality in developed and in developing countries is not easy and seems to need time. The panel is aimed to describe the situation of women researchers in toxicology in some developing countries and also to increase and foster the awareness of power of women in the areas of toxicology.

Keywords: women, toxicology, developing countries



Chairs: Blase Billack 1,, Petar Bulat 2,

1 St. John’s University, New York, USA; 2University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Panelists: Nursen Basaran3, Claudio Colosea4, Emanuela Corsini4, Elaine Faustman5, Mary Gulumian6, Anne Kahru7

3Hacettepe University, Turkey; 4University of Milan, Italy; 5University of Washington,USA; 6University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; 7National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Estonia


We invite all conference participants, especially undergraduate students from developing countries who are majoring in science and science advisors of such students, as well as other interested researchers and toxicologists, to actively participate the Round Table. The aims of this discussion are to increase awareness about career choices and opportunities in toxicology and to increase interest and motivate undergraduate students to pursue graduate biomedical education pertinent to toxicology. Attendees will hear from toxicology leaders from both developed and developing nations, who will not only provide personal perspectives but also describe education programs in toxicology in their home countries as well as related educational initiatives to promote the science of toxicology which are being put forth by large toxicology societies such as SOT and EUROTOX. At the conclusion of the formal Round Table presentation, and to foster interactive dialog, the panelists will meet with small groups composed of students and graduate student mentors. The Panel will also describe potential career opportunities after the PhD in toxicology across different employment sectors (academia, government, and industry).


Keywords: toxicology education, career perspectives, career opportunities, undergraduate students, developing countries



Chairs Richard Brown1,, Dorota Jarosinska2,

1World Health Organization HQ, Switzerland,  2WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Germany

Panelists: Sameeh Mansour – National Research Centre, Egypt; Salmaan H. Inayat-Hussain – Petronas, Malaysia; Claudio Colosio – International Centre for Rural Health, Italy; Cherylynn Wium – Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, South Africa; Arina du Plessis – Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, South Africa; Bob Diderich – Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Emanuela Corsini – International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX


In 2015, countries in the United Nations adopted a set of goals for the next 15 years, which are the backbone of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include several targets, which directly relate to chemicals and health, including targets on reducing health impacts of hazardous chemicals and poisoning (target 3.9), sound management of chemicals through the life-cycle (12.4) and chemicals in water (6.3). In addition to the targets specific for chemicals, toxicology can also contribute towards achieving other SDGs, such as the goals relating to food production, working conditions, innovation (environmentally sound technologies) and waste management in cities.

This Round Table discussion will feature different perspectives on how toxicology can contribute to the wider SDG agenda. The Round Table participants will bring together views of different sectors and stakeholders. They will represent academia, industry (petrochemical sector), occupational health (agricultural sector), a poisons centre, an international organization and a professional society.

The Round Table aims to frame developments in toxicology, such as those presented in the Congress, in the wider context of contributing to the Sustainable Development agenda.

Keywords: sustainable development, health, poisoning, life-cycle