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A practical modelling course using the MERLIN-Expo tool for simulating exposure to chemicals in the environment (12-13 September 2016, Newcastle, UK)

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The MERLIN-Expo group is organising a training session to support users and potential users of MERLIN-Expo to get the most out of the software. This course will be comprised of lectures and practical sessions to teach advanced modelling methods for the assessment of human and environmental exposure to chemicals. The participants will gain knowledge of modelling environmental fate, human exposure and pharmacokinetics.
MERLIN-Expo is a modelling tool for assessing the risk of environmental pollutants for biota and/or humans. The tool provides an integrated approach that links both aspects of chemical risk: the environmental processes that determine the risk of exposure, and the biological processes that determine the pharmacokinetic aspects of exposure. In addition, it accounts for the lifetime exposure of different human populations, and for exposure through multiple pathways. The tool links a library of environmental and biological models that can be selected depending on the type of chemical and exposure route. In addition it offers build-in routines to perform uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.

The MERLIN-Expo team is organising a training course in Newcastle on 12-13 September 2016, with the aim to support users and potential users to get the most out of the tool.

During the practical sessions, MERLIN-Expo will be used to demonstrate calculations of exposure in a variety of contexts. This will include various environmental compartments (e.g. water/sediment, soil/food), ecological food webs and human exposure via various pathways. Participants are invited to bring their own data to discuss with the MERLIN-Expo trainers.

This course is suitable for scientists involved in research of contaminants interested in modelling the exposure and risk for organisms or humans, who want to learn about the possibilities of applying the Merlin-Expo tool. This could be from an industrial perspective (e.g. those working with biocides); a research perspective (e.g. postgraduate students and academic researchers); or a legislative perspective (e.g. civil servants working for chemical regulatory authorities).

The trainers are taken from the MERLIN-Expo group that developed both the science and the software and hosted a series of successful training events in 2015 as part of the 4-FUN project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.

For more information about the course and to register, see

MERLIN-Expo is free and can be downloaded at

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