Invited speakers

Vance Trudeau

Vance Trudeau

Research Chair and Professor,

Faculty of Science,

University of Ottawa



Integrative neuroendocrine control of fish reproduction: multiplicity and application’

Vance Trudeau is known worldwide for his work on the neurobiology of reproduction and growth using fish and frogs as models, as well as the impact of Endocrine Disruption Compounds on them and the potential implications for environmental and the human health. Research Chair in Neuroendocrinology and Full professor Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa.


Ilaria Corsi

Research Chair and Adjunct Professor,

Dept of Physical, Earth and

Environmental Sciences,

University of Siena (Italy)


‘Ecosafety Assessment and Design of Nanomaterials entering the Marine Environment’

Ilaria Corsi is a marine ecotoxicologist mainly working on legacy and emerging pollutants including nanomaterials and their environmental behaviour and biological effects on marine organisms as invertebrates and fish. Main research interests are biotransformation involved in cellular response and toxicity, bioaccumulation and trophic web transfer.


Daniel Zalko

Toxalim, INRA
'The complex fate and effects of bisphenols : from exposure issues to metabolomics-based systems biology studies'
Dr Daniel Zalko studied veterinary medicine and holds a PhD in Life Sciences and Toxicology. He is a Research Director at the French National Institute for Research in Agronomy (INRA). He heads the “Metabolism of Xenobiotics” group at TOXALIM, INRA’s research centre in food toxicology (Toulouse, France). His research focuses on the metabolism of food and environmental contaminants, with an emphasis on the relationship between specific bioactivation pathways and adverse toxicological outcomes.


Sadasivam (Sachi) Kaushik




‘Solid Science Needed for Sustainable Development’

Sadasivam (Sachi) Kaushik, a strong figure in the area of Fish Nutrition research, is honorary Director of Research in INRA, where he had been since more than three decades, as the founder-director of the Fish Nutrition Joint research units and head of the Hydrobiology Station at St Pee sur Nivelle, France. Currently, he holds a position as European Research Area (ERA) Chair at the University of Las Palmas, Spain, on Ecosystem approach ton Sustainable aquaculture development (  He has been actively involved in a European research initiatives linked with aquaculture nutrition aiming towards development of low FM-low FO (low fish meal low fish oil), sustainable aqua feeds for ensuring nutritional quality and food safety of farmed seafood. He is currently coordinating an FP7 project, ARRAINA ( Besides his strong publication record with close to 300 scientific publications and an even greater number of communications in different venues, has been closely involved with the aquaculture research and industry. He is also the President-of the European Aquaculture Society (

Kristin Schirmer

Kristin SchirmerEAWAG




‘Using fish cells in culture to predict the impact of chemicals to fish’

Kristin Schirmer is a cell biologist interested in understanding how chemicals and other stressors impact on aquatic organisms, in particular on fish. In order to unravel mechanisms of impact on the (sub)cellular level and to establish links between effects observed in cells in culture and in fish, her group establishes and analyses fish cells in vitro, cultured in varying degrees of complexity, in combination with computational models. Much of this work has potential to aid in the reduction or replacement of fish for environmental risk assessment of chemicals, such as with regard assessing the impact of chemicals on reduced survival and growth.