15th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology, 25 to 28 Sept 2008, Stockholm, Sweden

Second Announcement

Welcome to the 15th International Congress on in vitro Toxicology, ESTIV2008 (former INVITOX Workshop), at Djurönäset in Stockholm 25-28 September, 2008.

PLEASE NOTE that the Congress will be held earlier than former announced.

Djurönäset Conference Venue is located 40 km east of Stockholm City, in the Stockholm archipelago.

PhD students are especially invited to participate for a reduced fee (
see below).
The congress is a joint venture organised by European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV), Scandinavian Society for Cell Toxicology (SSCT) and Expertrådet.

The Björn Ekwall Memorial Foundation (BEMF) award winner will give a lecture during the Opening session 25 September 2008.

For more information kindly visit the offical website for the congress.


1. Embryonic stem cells for developmental toxicology in vitro
Invited speaker: Dr. Martina Klemm, Proteosys, Mainz, Germany

2. In vitro models for aquatic ecotoxicology
Invited speaker: Dr. Kristin Schirmer, Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland

3. Topical toxicity and in vitro tests for allergy-inducing compounds
Invited speaker: Dr. Gavin Maxwell, Unilever, U.K.

4. New in vitro models and strategies: Gene ontology categorization and bioinformatics processing in cell culture phenotyping and toxicity testing
Invited speaker: Prof. Roland Grafström, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

5. Toxicokinetics and metabolism-mediated toxicity
Invited speaker: Prof. Olavi Pelkonen, Oulu University, Oulu, Finland.

6. In vitro models for tissue-specific toxicity; gastro-intestinal toxicity and hepatotoxicity
Invited speaker: Prof. Jürgen Borlak, Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Hannover, Germany.

7. Modelling of absorption, intracellular accumulation and excretion
Invited speaker: Prof. Per Artursson, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

8. Predicting models for acute toxicity and new strategies in neurotoxicology
Invited speaker Dr. Anna Forsby, Stockholms University, Stockholm, Sweden.

9. New approaches in validation
Invited speaker: Prof. Michael Sjöström, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.

10. Progress in implementation of alternative tests, future testing strategies, automatised screening, requirements of legislation
Round table discussions

Special Sessions

Satellite meeting - all day 24 Sept, 2008
A satellite meeting is organised by the EU-projects Vitrocellomics and Invitroheart in collaboration with the organizers of ESTIV2008 prior to the ESTIV2008, 24 September, 2008. Anybody who is interested, are welcome to participate. Detailed program can be found on


SSCT Special session – 9.00-12.00 25 Sept, 2008
Scandinavian Society of Cell Toxicology will be hosting a special session on methods in cell toxicology,
9-12.00, 25 September, 2008.

Sponsoring and exhibition opportunities

There are many sponsorship opportunities by which companies can contribute to the success of ESTIV2008. Sponsors may decide to become the Main sponsors or Gold or Silver sponsor or compile their individual sponsorship packages (official, printed matter, social events etc).

An industrial exhibition will be organised in the lobby of the main building, where the coffee breaks will be held.

For specific information on the sponsorship opportunities and exhibition, please contact Karin Gabrielson Morton at


Important Dates




Special Sessions






PhD students




Important Dates

Deadline for early registration:
24 June 2008

Deadline for cancellation of registration:
24 June 2008 (50% refund 25 June-24 August, 0% refund after 24 August)

Deadline for abstract submission: 
30 May 2008

Notification of abstract acceptance:
4 July 2008


Registration for ESTIV2008, satellite meeting and SSCT Special Session should be made online, please visit www.estiv2008.org 


Abstract submission

Abstracts for oral or poster presentation should be submitted online, please visit:

All participants giving a lecture, either selected oral or poster presentation, are entitled to submit a short manuscript for publication in a special issue of ‘Toxicology in Vitro’ (official journal of ESTIV).


PhD students

Registration fee
PhD students are allowed a discount on the registration fee (must be certified).

Travel Bursaries
ESTIV and SSCT wish to support some ESTIV and SSCT PhD students. Students wishing to apply for a travel bursary should contact:
secretary@estiv.org or

Young Scientist Awards
Students presenting an oral communication or a poster are eligible for the Young Scientist Award.

Two Young Scientist Award will be given:
• The SSCT Young Scientist Award (oral presentation and poster presentation)
• The ESTIV/Elsevier Young Scientist Award (oral presentation and poster presentation)


Contact: organiser@estiv2008.org
More information:

A joint venture organised by: