The 20th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology (ESTIV2018) was organized by ESTIV in collaboration with the German Toxicology Society and the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing-Europe in Berlin-Germany on 15-18 October 2018. The conference program consisted of 8 regular sessions, a keynote lecture (Paula Alves, Universidade Nova de Lisboa-Portugal), the Björn Ekwall award lecture (Anna Forsby, Stockholm University-Sweden), 2 student sessions (selected abstracts and career session), 2 European project sessions (Eu-ToxRisk and In3), 2 lunch sessions (JSAAE and InnoSysTox), 2 general assembly sessions (ESTIV and SSCT) and a continuous poster session.
The conference was preceded by 2 workshops (debate sessions) on adverse outcome pathways and guidance on good in vitro method practices/good cell culture practice, and was followed up by a practical workshop focused on in vitro/in silico testing and modelling. ESTIV2018 was attended by 447 participants originating from 45 countries around the world, among which 18% with an industrial background and 19% students. A total of 285 abstracts was submitted, of which 43 oral presentations have been selected and the remaining ones presented as poster. ESTIV2018 was supported by 35 sponsors and 32 exhibitors.
As much as 10 young researchers received a travel bursary from Applied In Vitro Toxicology, the Björn Ekwall Memorial Foundation, CellTox, EUROTOX, PETA and epaa to attend ESTIV2018. The 4 best poster presentation awards provided by the DoerenkampZbinden Foundation, Applied In Vitro Toxicology, EUROTOX and Elsevier/ESTIV were granted to Esther Wenzel (Technische Universität Braunschweig-Germany), Maria João Bessa (Portuguese National Institute of Health, Porto-Portugal), Tom Wahlicht (InSCREENeX, Braunschweig-Germany) and Nicoleta Spinu (Liverpool John Moores University-United Kingdom), respectively. The Elsevier/ESTIV best oral presentation award was granted to Astia Rizki Safitri (University of Tokyo-Japan).
The proceedings of ESTIV2018 will be published in a special edition of Toxicology In Vitro. The ESTIV board cordially thanks all participants, speakers, poster presenters, sponsors and exhibitors for making ESTIV2018 the most successful ESTIV conference in its history.