«Fifty shades of cyanobacterial green»
Our PhD student Vittoria Mallia recently participated to the Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN cluster event “Clean Water” organized by the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission in collaboration with the Fundacio Institut Català de Recerca de l’Aigua (ICRA). The event took place in Girona (Spain), on the 22nd of October 2019.
Representatives from 12 different MSCA-ITN (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-Innovative Training Network) projects, met to discuss several interesting topics related to water. Vittoria is part of the PROTECTED project (Protection against Endocrine Disruptors). She presented her work about cyanobacterial toxins, their role in water risk assessment, their structural characterization and their potential interference with the endocrine system functions.
It was a great opportunity for networking, sharing knowledge, approaching such a huge field as water, from complementary points of view. The aim was to collect important feedbacks for policy makers, concerning water quality regulations. The importance of considering the essential role of natural toxins (i.e. cyanobacterial toxins) on affecting water quality, was highlighted.
More info about the projects and participants’ presentations can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-2020-msca-itn-cluster-event-clean-water_en