"Making sense out of (bio)analytical data in chemical mixture assessment"

There is currently no course scheduled. The next course is planned for October 2022. To express interest for the next course, please send an email to .

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of in vitro assays.

It is a self-paced online course consisting of 4 modules. Each module focuses on a different aspect of in vitro assays.

Module 1 provides basic knowledge for cell-based bioassays.
Module 2 deals with mixtures and environmental applications of in vitro bioassays.
Module 3 high-lights the importance of quality control and quality assurance of bioassays – after all: Your results are only as good as your methods.
Module 4 covers applications of in vitro assays for the risk assessment of chemicals.

The course can be taken as a 1 to 4 day course – if you do not wish to take the entire course, you can specify this in your registration.

1 day: module 1
2 days: modules 1 & 2
3 days: modules 1 & 2 & 3 or 1 & 2 & 4
4 days: modules 1 & 2 & 3 & 4

The course is based on the book "Bioanalytical Tools in Water Quality Assessment" which you can access by clicking on the link.

Each of the modules consists of some required reading, some recommended reading, exercises and an online session for discussions. In the table below you find these details for each module.

The exercises for each chapter can be found on this website on the corresponding chapter pages. For some chapters there is also a presentations and/or a video available which can also be found on those pages.

The course is held by Prof. Beate Escher. Prof. Escher presently teaches at the University of Tübingen and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in the areas of environmental chemistry, toxicology and risk assessment, which are also her research areas.

To register for the course, please send an email to

After this course, participants have a basic understanding of the fundamentals and the underlying principles of in vitro assays and their application in environmental monitoring.