ARISTO project summer school

Six funded places available to PhD students interested in microbial ecology, environmental risk assessment and pollutants biodegradation

The EU funded ARISTO project is organising a summer school that aims to provide insights into the complex interactions driving the response of environmental microbial communities to different stressors. Topics covered will include biodegradation of pollutants and the life cycle and responses of N cycling microbial groups and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as key functional microbial groups in soil ecosystems. Novel risk assessment approaches for pesticides and terrestrial ecosystems will be presented, including soil microbiome analysis and pesticide mixtures. The training will also include mathematic modelling for pesticides, an indispensable element of environmental risk assessment.

Soil microorganisms are essential for soil health, so it is important that the methods used to assess pesticide toxicity reflect the impact of their use on this group of organisms. ARISTO is a European Industry – Academia Network for Revising and Advancing the Assessment of the Soil Microbial Toxicity of Pesticides. This European Commission funded project aims to revolutionise how the toxicity of pesticides to soil microorganisms is assessed. Nine research fellows are being trained in a multinational and multidisciplinary environment by seven academic and nine industrial partners, of which NCIMB Ltd is one

The Summer School will be attended by the 9 PhD students of the ARISTO project but it will be also open to PhD students beyond the ARISTO project network that are interested in microbial ecology, environmental risk assessment and pollutants biodegradation. There is no fee for the students attending the summer school.

ARISTO is a European Industry – Academia Network for Revising and Advancing the Assessment of the Soil Microbial Toxicity of Pesticides.

Venue: Conference and Cultural Centre in the old Monastery Paou , Argalasti Pelion Greece

Date: 27 – 31 May 2024.

More information on how to apply: can be downloaded here

Deadline: 15 April 2024