Dedicated openGUTS courses
Regular GUTS courses. Starting
on October 2019, we will be providing a regular 2-day course
in Wageningen (The Netherlands) on using GUTS in risk
assessment of plant protection products. This course will
apply the openGUTS standalone software (and the Matlab
prototype if there is a specific interest). Download the flyer.
Target audience. This
course aims at professionals interested in applying GUTS for
the authorisation of plant protection products (PPPs):
Content & Result. The
course focuses on the application of GUTS models for
assessing the risk of plant-protection products (PPP) under
time-variable exposure in aquatic systems. GUTS is the
accepted toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic approach for the
endpoint survival. The theory behind GUTS models will be
introduced and course participants will learn how to use the
latest implementation of the GUTS models in openGUTS; a
user-friendly standalone software. Furthermore, they will
practice assessing the results and learn how to interpret
them. Hands-on exercises include model calibration and
validation, and model predictions in consideration of the recommendations
given by EFSA. Participants should at least hold a
Bachelor degree or similar in natural sciences, and have
some experience with the use of models, preferably in risk
- Consultants and business representatives working for
industry and/or consulting agencies who apply GUTS for
dossiers (evaluation, preparation and submission).
- Scientists performing research on TKTD modelling with
interest in GUTS applications in risk assessment.
- Regulators working for admission authorities who
evaluate dossiers containing GUTS applications or are in
general interested in an improved link between exposure
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands (we will
arrange a shuttle service from the train station
Dates: 16, 17 and 18 October 2019 (starting the
afternoon of the 16th, ending after the morning of the 18th)
Course leader: Dr
Andreas Focks (Wageningen Environmental Research)
Roman Ashauer (Syngenta) and Dr Tjalling Jager
Maximum number of participants: 30
Course fee: €1950,- (no charge of VAT) and covers
tuition, course materials, coffee/tea, lunches, 2 dinners.
Employees of an admission authority/university can apply for
a reduced course fee of €1500,-.
Traveling and accommodation costs are not included.
A few places at a strongly reduced fee are available for PhD
students, please contact the course leader for more
Registration: please register through this Google
Registration and payment is handled by Wageningen UR.
On-site GUTS courses. Apart
from the 2-day open course in Wageningen, we also intend to
offer the course on-site at your offices. This may be an
interesting option for authorities or industries that have
more employees that need to be familiarised with the model
and the software. We are still thibking about the format and
the pricing for this option, but you may contact Tjalling
Jager (see email at the bottom of this page) to discuss
Other interesting courses and events
- Sandrine Charles organises an extensive winter
school 6-10 January 2020 (in Lyon, France)
focussing on ecotox effect models in a broader sense.
- We intend to organise the Summerschool on TKTD
modelling again in 2020, likely in a slightly different
format from the previous runs. Information
on the previous runs of this course.