Message from the president
Dear ESTIV Members,
In this first newsletter of 2019, I am proud to announce that the ESTIV2018 conference (15-18 October 2018, Berlin-Germany) has been the most successful ESTIV meeting in its history. Indeed, this 20th ESTIV conference has hosted 447 participants from 45 countries worldwide and received a total of 285 abstracts. You will read several contributions related to ESTIV2018 in this newsletter. Besides the scientific program, several other important events took place during ESTIV2018, including signing a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (JSAAE) and granting ESTIV honorary membership to Chantra Eskes. Along with Laura Suter-Dick, Eleonora Buzanska and Philippe Bourrinet, Chantra Eskes left the ESTIV Board during the ESTIV General Assembly (17 October 2018, Berlin-Germany) because of end of term. The ESTIV Board is grateful to all 4 of them for their years of commitment and contribution to ESTIV. A number of new ESTIV Board members have been welcomed during the ESTIV General Assembly, including Erin Hill and Hajime Kojima, American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology (ASCCT) liaison and JSAAE liaison, respectively. Many activities are upcoming. ESTIV will also continue to organize free webinars together with ASCCT and invites its members to propose relevant topics to be covered during these webinars. Furthermore, ESTIV will be represented during annual international toxicology conferences, including the EUROTOX meeting. You will read more about this in the current newsletter. I hope you find the information provided in this newsletter useful.