Published: 06 October 2017
Category: Annual ETS Meetings
Annual ETS Meetings

Monday 10th to Thursday 13th September 2018 in Berlin, Germany

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the 46th annual meeting of the European Teratology Society in Berlin, Germany 10th to 13th September 2018. The conference will take place in the conveniently located NH Alexanderplatz Hotel, in the centre of Berlin, within easy reach of the many cultural locations within this city.

The Key sessions for ETS 2018 will include:

Education Course
Adverse Outcome Pathway’s (AOP)


  • Infectious diseases during pregnancy
  • Microbiome – during pregnancy and infancy
  • Ocular Teratogens: New visions on old dangers
  • Endocrine disruption: Focus on the Thyroid
  • The programme will also include the ETS/TS debate on “Are we ready for alternative testing?”
  • The ETS Presidents’ award lecture on Zika virus: an update
  • The ETS/Elsevier best manuscript presentation
  • Free communication and poster presentations will provide opportunity for all participants to present and discuss their activities.

In addition to the scientific programme which will provide a stimulating atmosphere for scientific exchanges as well as opportunity to make new acquaintances; there is Berlin: The conference hotel is in a peaceful corner of the city called Friedrichshain – Berlin’s hip, artists’ district. Just next door there is a park and open air cinema, and down the road, a handful of coffee shops and beer gardens. It is also located just three tram stops from Alexanderplatz square: which is one of the liveliest places in Berlin, with shops, cinemas, restaurants, and many other historical attractions within walking distance.

Finally, with resources in mind: in addition to the blocks of rooms reserved in the NH Alexanderplatz Hotel at preferential rates for the conference delegates, cheaper accommodation options are available in Berlin to meet all budgets.

I look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the ETS conference in 2018.

Welcome to Berlin,

Dr. Nicola Powles-Glover,
Vice President of the ETS.


ETS Officers

President: Shay Giles
Past President: Alberto Mantovani
Vice-President: Nicola Powles-Glover
Treasurer: Steffen Schneider
Secretary: Richard Bartlett

ETS Council

Deirdre Brennan
Steven Van Cruchten
Julian French
Elise Lewis
Francesca Maranghi
Derek Newall
Birgit Peter
Richard Vogel
Dirk Marien

Meeting Organisation

Solution office e.K.
Julia Robker
Bergstr. 2 
29646 Bispingen

Tel.: +49 5194 97449-0
Fax: +49 5194 97449-4
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Programme Overview

Monday 10th September 2018
ETS Council Meeting 1 09.00-13.00    
ETS Education Course: 14.00-14.15 Introduction on AOPs Manon Beekhuijzen, Charles River, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Adverse Outcome Pathways
Chairs: Manon Beekhuijzen (The Netherlands), Alberto Mantovani (Italy)    
14.15-15.00 Using AOP for the hazard characterization of pesticides Susanne Hougaard, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Denmark
15.00-15.45 Using AOPs for the assessment of Endocrine Disruptors- like modes of action Stefano Lorenzetti, National Institute of Health, Italy
15.45-16.15 Coffee  
16.15-17.00 Using AOP for safety assessment of pharmaceuticals Jane Stewart, ApconiX Ltd., UK
17.30-18.30 Young Scientists' Happy Hour NH Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
18.30 Welcome Reception NH Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
Tuesday  11th September 2018   
Welcome address 09.00-09.15   ETS President
President’s Award Lecture  09.15-10.00 Zika virus: an update David Baud, University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland 
Symposium 1
Infectious Diseases During Pregnancy
10.00-11.00 S1-1 Global health aspects of infections in pregnancy Walter Ricciardi.  National Institute of Health, Italy
  11.00-11.30 Coffee  
  11.30-12.15 S1-2 Clinical aspects of infectious diseases during pregnancy Manon Vouga, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland
  12.15-12.30 General Discussion with chairs ands speakers  
  12:30-13.30 Lunch  
Symposium 2
Ocular Teratogens: New visions on old dangers
Chairs: Deirdre Brennan (Ireland), Luc De Schaepdrijver (Belgium)
13.30-14.15 S2-1 ‘Eye’ spy: Emerging visions and new insights in ocular teratology Deirdre Brennan, University College Dublin, Ireland 
14.15-15.00 S2-2 Opioids and the developing visual system Alan Mulvihill, NHS Lothian Edinburgh, UK
  15.00-15.30 Coffee  
  15.30-16.15 S2-3 Ocular Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Blindness  Bart Leroy, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium
Free communications
Chairs: Dirk Mariën (Belgium), Geertje Lewin (Germany)  
16.15-16.30 F1 The Association between the Maternal Diet and the Gut Microbiome: a Systematic Review Siofra Maher, University College Dublin, Ireland
16.30-16.45 F2 Retrieving mode of action information by automated effect pattern analysis using the zebrafish embryo toxicity test Elisabet Teixido, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
16.45-17.00 F3 Ontogeny of key zebrafish genes involved in the disposition of xenobiotics from the embryonic until the juvenile stage Chloé Bars, UAntwerp, Belgium
17.00-17.15 F4 An integrative analysis through systems biology tools suggest beta-catenin protein (CTNNB1) interconnecting the main hypotheses of thalidomide teratogenesis Thayne W Kowalski, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Poster session 17.20-19.00    
Wednesday 12th September 2018   
Symposium 3
Endocrine disruption: focus on the thyroid
Chairs: Elise Lewis (US), Steffen Schneider (Germany)
08.30-09.15 S3-1 Thyroid hormones and the developing brain: Rodent models to define phenotypes, elucidate mechanisms, and inform quantitative predictive modeling Mary E. Gilbert, US EPA, North Carolina, USA
09.15-10.00 S3-2 Thyroid hormone measurement in developmental toxicity studies: technical and interpretation issues Volker Strauss, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  10.00-10.30 Coffee  
  10.30-11.15 S3-3 Disruption of thyroid physiology during pregnancy: a vulnerable timeframe Tim Korevaar, Erasmus UMC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Free communications
Chairs: Shay Giles( Ireland), Derek Newall (UK)  
11.15-11.30 F5 An AOP-based Ontology for Spina Bifida Caused by Disturbance in Retinoic Acid Signaling Aldert Piersma, RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
11.30-11.45 F6 An adverse outcome pathway framework to support the assessment of DART liabilities of compounds. Alun Myden, Lhasa Limited, Leeds, UK
11.45-12.00 F7 Aberrant Methylation of Pax3 Gene and Neural Tube Defects in Association with Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Aiguo Ren, Peking University, Beijing, China
12.00-12.15 F8 Concentration-response analysis of data obtained in mouse foetuses exposed in utero at E8 to azole antifungals (cyproconazole and triadimefon) alone or in mixture. Elena Menegola, Univeristà degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy 
  12.15-13.30 Lunch  
Young Scientists Round Table (including lunch)
Chairs: Deirdre Brennan (Ireland), Steven Van Cruchten (Belgium)   
12.30-12.40 Introduction by Chairs  
12.40-12.50 Identifying latent sources of exposure to mercury in the mediteranean: the case of Cyprus Ismini Tzanaki, European University of  Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
12.50-13.00 Necessity of screening for volatile air pollutants in industrial workers: potential health implications Athanasios Athanasiou, European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
13.00-13.10 Effects of Octylphenol and Bisphenol A on calcium signaling in cardiomyocyte differentiation from mouse embryonic stem cells   Jae-Hwan Lee, Chunbuk National University, Chunbuk, Republic of Korea
13.10-13.20 Preterm piglets as a translational model for premature babies: focus on hepatic drug metabolism Laura Buyssens, UAntwerp, Belgium 
  13.20-13.30 Discussion and Conclusion  
ETS/TS Exchange Discussion
Chairs: Paul Barrow (Switzerland), Sue Makris (USA)
13.30-14.15 Are we ready for alternative testing? Discussants: Manon Beekhuijzen, Charles River, ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
Nicole Kleinstreuer, NIH, Durham, USA
Symposium 4
Young Scientists Symposium
Chairs: Deirdre Brennan (Ireland), Dirk Mariën (Belgium)
14.15-14.50 S4-1 Localization of cytochrome P450 activity in the zebrafish embryo and larva Evy Verbueken, UAntwerp, Belgium
14.50-15.25 S4-2 From coincubation to preincubation: strategy adjustments in the mDarT Casper Pype, UAntwerp, Belgium
  15.25-15.55 Coffee  
  15.55-16.30 S4-3 Applying discovery toxicology approaches for prediction of developmental phenotypes  Kathryn Wolton, Syngenta, Bracknell, UK
2019 ETS Conference Presentation 16.30-16.45 Presentation on the 2019 ETS conference in Cologne Germany Steven Van Cruchten, Belgium
ETS AGM 16.45-18.00   ETS members only
ETS Gala Dinner 19.30-   Umspannwerk Ost
Thursday 13th September 2018   
Elsevier Award Lecture 09.00-09.45 Intra-laboratory validated human cell-based in vitro vasculogenesis/angiogenesis test with serum-free medium Tarja Toimela, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Co-speaker: Tuula Heinonen, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Symposium 5
Microbiome during pregnancy and infancy
Chairs: Birgit Peter (The Netherlands), Nina Hallmark (France)
09.45-10.30 S5-1 The Microbiome and Early Development: An Introduction Tim Gant, Public Health England, UK
  10.30-11.00 Coffee  
  11.00-11.45 S5-2 The Microbiome and Pregnancy Omry Koren, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  11.45-12.30 S5-3 The Microbiome and Brain Development Rochellys Diaz Heijtz,  Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Farewell Address 12.30-12.40    
ETS Council Meeting 2 13.00-14.00    
9th Berlin Workshop on Developmental Toxicology
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Call for Abstracts

Participants interested in giving an oral or poster presentation are invited to submit an abstract. Work on topics related to the main symposia or the education course and ETS/TS Discussion, will be given preference for free communications.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the ETS officers or selected experts. Accepted abstracts received before 30th April 2018 will be published in the Special Conference Issue of Reproductive Toxicology. Abstracts received after this date will be distributed at the meeting.

Abstract template:

The maximum size of posters is 1000 mm wide x 1500 mm high (i.e. portrait format).

  • Authors names should appear in bold, with surname first followed by full first name and second initial. Presenting author should be indicated with an asterisk after surname. Example: Beekhuijzen*1 Manon, Mantovani2 Alberto, Barrow3 Paul. Failure to follow this format will result in incorrect indexing in the journal.
  • Affiliation in italics, name of institute, place and country only. Multiple affiliations indicated by superscript numbers after surnames.
  • One line spacing before body text.
  • Abstract body in plain text in one paragraph, no indents or empty lines. No figures or tables
  • Up to three references may be cited indicated by numbers in square brackets in line with the text. The reference style of Reproductive Toxicology should be used ( authors#20300).
  • Organize text in: introduction, methods, results and conclusions. Provide factual text. Avoid general statements like: “results will be presented”.
  • Use 300 up to a maximum of 500 words for complete abstract (including title, authors, affiliation and text).
  • Add preference choice for poster or oral presentation.

Abstract deadline (extended): 30th April 2018

Please email abstracts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ETS/Elsevier Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded during the ETS meeting:

  • The Teddy Edwards Prize for Research into Congenital Malformations, awarded to the poster or free communication, which best exemplifies the aims of the Society.
  • The ETS and Elsevier Publication Award Prize for best Reproductive Toxicology manuscript in the previous year.
  • The ETS Prize given best poster or free communication delivered by a young scientist at the conference.
  • The Elsevier Best Presentation Award for best poster or free communication at the conference.
  • The ETS Presidents Award lecture, given by an esteemed member of the society at the invitation of the president.
  • The ETS Young Scientist Round Table Medal for the best presentation at the young scientist round table discussion session.


ETS Young Scientist/Student Support

Thanks to our Sustaining Membership Sponsors, the ETS has the opportunity to encourage, educate and support a number of young scientists/students through travel grants, research/congress bursaries, young scientist prizes and reduced registration fees. In order to be eligible, students must submit an abstract for presentation at the conference and apply for membership to the Society. Applications should be made by the student’s Supervisor to the Secretary of the ETS. Awards will be given at the discretion of the ETS.

ETS Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Education Course: Adverse Outcome Pathways

More information coming soon


Social Programme

Welcome Reception – 10th September 2018, 18.30 h

The Welcome Reception will take place at the conference venue, the NH Hotel Berlin

We would like to invite you to this get-together to meet with old and new colleagues and friends and have a good and merry start to the Conference. Even late-comers will have a chance to come around and enjoy the evening.

Young Scientists Happy Hour

The Young Scientists Happy Hour, an informal get-together to foster networking opportunities for students, researchers and professionals of all ages will take place on Monday 10th September 2018 at the same venue where the Welcome Reception takes place.

ETS Conference Dinner – 12th September 2018, 19.30 h

The conference dinner will take place in the restaurant Umspannwerk Ost also located in Friedrichshain like the conference hotel.

The listed building is the oldest transformer station in Berlin and was built in 1899 to 1900 from the architect O. Springmann as a transformation station for steady supply of electricity in Berlin.

The building has style elements of Renaissance. The mighty steel-glas gates in the ground floor are today the entrance of the 7 meter high restaurant with an open kitchen. The gallery of the restaurant was former the integrated gangway where the transformation process was operated and controlled.

Dress code: Business casual

Address:   Umspannwerk Ost
Palisadenstraße 48
10243 Berlin


ETS Annual Meeting Registration

Please register online at: you will be able to pay directly by credit card (American Express, Master Card and Visa).

The fees quoted are inclusive of VAT (19%). A VAT receipt will be issued to permit VAT registered companies to reclaim the tax.


Registration Fees

Complete Congress (including 19% VAT)

 Until 31 May 201801 - 30 June 2018After 30 June 2018
ETS Members € 445.00 € 475.00 € 565.00
Non-Members € 540.00 € 570.00 € 660.00
Students* € 130.00 € 140.00 € 165.00

Above fees include all scientific sessions, free communications, lunch, welcome reception and ETS Conference dinner.

One-Day Registration (including 19% VAT)

 Until 31 May 201801 - 30 June 2018After 30 June 2018
ETS Members € 130.00 € 140.00 € 160.00
Non-Members € 165.00 € 175.00 € 215.00
Students* € 65.00 € 70.00 € 75.00

One-Day fees include the ETS lectures, free communications and lunch for the registered day.

Education Course (including 19% VAT)

 Until 31 May 201801 - 30 June 2018After 30 June 2018
ETS Members € 90.00 € 100.00 € 135.00
Non-Members € 130.00 € 145.00 € 170.00
Students* € 50.00 € 60.00 € 75.00

Accompanying Person (including 19% VAT)

 Until 30 June 2018After 30 June 2018
  € 100.00 € 100.00

The Accompanying Person fee includes welcome reception and ETS Conference dinner. Entrance to the scientific sessions and lunch is not included.

* Students registration to be supported by supervisors’ letter.



Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations are to be notified in writing to the ETS Conference Organizing office. Refunds will be made under the following conditions:

  • You may cancel at no penalty within 48 hours of placing your registration.
  • Until 1 July 2018 a 60% refund of the registration fee will be given.
  • After 1 July 2018, no registration fees will be refunded.
  • All refunds will be handled after the Conference.  



The conference hotel is holding a limited number of rooms until the 30th July.

The congress hotel (Hotel NH Berlin Alexanderplatz) is located close to the Alexanderplatz where are many hotels in different categories. Public transportation is very close to the hotel and gives the possibility to reach all cultural highlights easily.

Make your reservation as early as possible. Berlin is well booked all year!

HotelCategoryDistance to congress venueRoomPrice/ night *rooms blockedAvailable tillcontact/ how to book

NH Berlin Alexanderplatz

 congress venue Classic single

€ 109.00

70 30th July 2018

via telephone: +49 30 22385889
via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
keyword: ETS 2018

InterCityHotel Berlin Ostbahnhof

 2 km Classic single

€ 95.00

20 12th August 2018

via telephone: +49 30 29368300
via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
keyword: ETS 2018

Ibis Hotel Berlin Ostbahnhof

 2 km Classic single

€ 100.00

30 12th August 2018

via telephone: +49 30 257600
via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
keyword: ETS 2018

There are a lot of smaller hotels and bed and breakfasts in walking distance to the congress venue that can’t offer speacial allotments for conferences. It might be cheaper to have a look for a room in such a hotel. So delegates are welcome to book their own accommodation other than the accommodation service offered by the Congress Secretariat. You can have a look here (google maps).

ATTENTION: Avoid Hotel Fraud 

Unfortunately, several exhibitors and attendees of different congresses each year fall prey to accommodation offers from fraudulent companies.

Fraudulent companies repeatedly email our show participants with room offers for the week of ETS. Their website and/or emails mention ETS Congress, and even include our logo in the hopes of looking like an official or legitimate provider.

These groups promote attractive deals with local accommodation providers, but once payment has been received, the company disappears and can no longer be contacted by phone or email. Once the attendee contacts the hotel directly about their room, they realise the hotel has no record of them or their stay. Not only is their money gone, they must then scramble to find last-minute accommodation, which is rarely convenient to the venue.

This practice takes money directly from our customers and negatively impacts their ETS experience. We do everything we can to stop these companies preying on our attendees, and we don’t want this to happen to you.

Room reservations should be made directly with the hotel, using the reservation method indicated in their listing below. This is the only official way to book a room for Congress. Neither the ETS, nor solution office, utilize the services of any housing/accommodation vendor(s) and do not contact attendees regarding accommodations. Please do not make arrangements with any vendors who contact you directly to offer help with booking accommodations for the ETS Congress 2018.


Meeting Organisation – Registration Queries

Solution office e.K.

Julia Robker
Bergstr. 2 
29646 Bispingen

Tel.: +49 5194 97449-0
Fax: +49 5194 97449-4
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Congress Venue

Hotel NH Berlin Alexanderplatz
Landsberger Allee 26-32
10249 Berlin

The NH Berlin Alexanderplatz is located near the famous Alexanderplatz in Friedrichshain, a little bit East of the city center. Over the road there is the ‘’Volkspark Friedrichshain“, a park with two lakes. Friedrichshain is one of the trendy districts of Berlin and has experienced gentrification. Close to the hotel is a tram and a bus station.

  • 0.25 km Volkspark Friedrichshain
  • 0.39 km Berliner Kriminaltheater
  • 4.52 km Rotes Rathaus
  • 0.56 km Computerspielmuseum


Climate in Berlin

September is still a good month to travel to Berlin. By day it could get up to 20 degrees. At night temperatures fall to about 9 degrees. So it is better to take a jacket with you.


How to get to Berlin

You can get to Berlin easily by plane or by train.

By plane

Berlin has two airports, Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) and Berlin Tegel (TXL). The new airport BER will not open before 2020.

By train

Information coming soon


From the airport to the hotel

Hotel Address:
Hotel NH Berlin Alexanderplatz
Landsberger Allee 26–32, 10249 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 4226130

By Bus / Metro

From the Airport Tegel (TXL): Take the bus TXL, which departs every 5–10 minutes, to
get to the station “Alexanderplatz”. From there take the M5 or the M6 for the station
“Klinikum im Friedrichshain”. It’s a 40–50 minutes trip from the airport Tegel.

From the Airport Schönefeld (SXF): Take the S9, which departs every 10–15 minutes,
for the station “Alexanderplatz”. Please switch trains and take the M5 or the M6 for the
station “Klinikum im Friedrichshain”. It’s a 50 minutes trip from the airport Schönefeld.


From Tegel: it will take 40 minutes and cost around 35–40 €.
From Schönefeld: it will take 40 minutes and cost around 40–50 €.

By Train

From Klinikum im Friedrichshain: Turn right and you will find the hotel on the opposite street.
Closest metro station: Klinikum im Friedrichshain
You can choose between a single ticket (3,40 €), a day ticket (7,70 €) or a ticket for a week (37,50 €). Within the ticket price, you can take the train and the bus in all sectors (ABC).

By car

The hotel’s GPS Coordinates: 52.523316°N 13.436977°E
Parking: Offsite: 2 €/hour, 15 €/day
Please contact Julia Robker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



The official language in Germany is German. It is a West Germanic language. German is also spoken in parts of neighbouring countries like Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium and Lichtenstein.


Currency & Exchange

As Germany is a member of the European Union the currency is the Euro (€), divided into 100 Cent. Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks and exchange offices. ATMs are widely available.



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The electrical supply in Germany is 230v/50Hz. Sockets are suitable for europlugs and plugs of Type F (grounding clips on both sides).

Check that your appliance supports dual voltage and frequency.



Germany is a member of the European Union and of the Schengen Area.
Therefore, separate immigration controls are maintained. Citizens of EU and EEA countries (and Switzerland) only require a valid national identity card or passport.

Non-EU nationals may need to apply for a visa to travel to Berlin. Please consult the following link:

Visa Requirements

It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the Congress. When the registration has already been paid, the registration fee minus a handling fee of € 50.00 will be refunded after the Congress if the visa was applied for in time, and proof of this, together with an official notice from the embassy confirming that a visa could not be granted, is forwarded to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Letter of invitation

If you need a letter of invitation for your visa you can request one via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Please note that a letter of invitation will only be issued after you have registered and paid for the congress.


Sponsors & Exhibitors

There are several opportunities to sponsor the ETS annual meeting. Please have a look at the application form or contact the meeting organisation directly under: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download Application for Sponsorship

Last Updated: 31 August 2018