The courses offered by the Swiss Centre of Applied Ecotoxicology, operated by Eawag and EPF Lausanne, share expert knowledge and teach professional competencies. There is one introductory course in ecotoxicology every year, as well as a course for practitioners or, alternatively, one on damage to natural systems.
Between five and ten of these events take place each year.
- Foundation-level courses teach the basics for understanding environmental problems and provide an overview of the topic.
- The consolidation-level courses provide participants with an integrated, holistic understanding of environmental problems through the use of concrete examples and case studies.
- The practical application courses teach the participants practical methods of identifying and understanding environmental problems, as well as ways of mitigating them.
The courses are generally two to three days long and include lectures, practical exercises and group work. Each course is a stand-alone unit that can be taken irrespective of other courses. Written notes are provided for all courses. The fees are between 300 and 450 CHF (200 to 300 euros) per day, including VAT, catering and course notes. An invitation to attend is sent along with the registration form to potential participants three months before the start of a course. Participants receive written confirmation that they can attend the course. Most of the courses take place at the Eawag premises in Dübendorf or Kastanienbaum.