Scopes Valorization Grant Workshop 2013

Project No. SCOPES IZ73Z0_128025

Establishing and developing of an ecotoxicology platform in
Serbia and Croatia: a focus on zebrafish (Danio rerio)

April 22-24, 2013 – Novi Sad, Serbia


This joint research project has been promoted by three partner groups from Switzerland (Prof. Dr. Karl Fent, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, School of Life Sciences, Muttenz and ETH Zürich, Department of Environmental Sciences), Croatia (Dr. Tvrtko Smital, Laboratory for Molecular Ecotoxicology, Ruder Boškovic Institute, Zagreb) and Serbia (Prof. Dr. Radmila Kovacevic, Laboratory for Ecotoxicology, University of Novi Sad). The main project goal was capacity-building and promoting ecotoxicological research groups in Serbia and Croatia.

This overall goal has been fulfilled by performing two core project activities. The first part of the project was directed to the transfer of knowledge and expertise that will enable the Serbian and Croatian partners to improve their overall research capacity, performing part of the research using zebrafish (Danio rerio) and related cell lines as highly established and promising models in biomedical and ecotoxicological research.Picture1-1024x478 Graduate students from both countries were trained in Switzerland. A small scale zebrafish facility and equipment needed for maintenance of fish cell cultures were established at the Serbian partner laboratory. Both Serbian and Croatian partners acquired knowledge needed for performing classical zebrafish acute toxicity assays, as well as the recently established zebrafish embryotoxicity DarT test.