Forum agenda and keynote speakers

The final agenda and abstract booklet for the Young Scientists Forum can be accessed here.

Keynote Speakers

Ass Prof Susana Loureiro, University of Aveiro


Susana Loureiro is an Assistant Professor with Habilitation at the Biology Department, University of Aveiro and the coordinator of the Thematic Line Ecology and Functional Biodiversity of CESAM-Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies.

Susana Loureiro started her undergraduate studies at the University of Coimbra, in Biology, following an MSc in Ecology at the same university. In 2000 she started a PhD in Biology at the University of Aveiro. Her PhD focused on the hazard assessment of soils from a mine in the northeast of Portugal, Jales Mine. In 2005, she was hired as Assistant Researcher at the University of Aveiro, at CESAM & Department of Biology.

In 2010, she started her involvement in nanoecotoxicology, being the UAVR PI for the FP7 NanoFATE project and the WP leader for ecotoxicology. This nanoecotoxicological challenge continued with the Horizon2020 NanoFASE project that started in 2015, where she is the WP9 deputy, on bioavailability, and responsible for the mesocosms exposures. In 2016, she started as UAVR PI the ERANET SIINN NanoFARM project, looking at effects of nano agro-chemicals in soil organisms within a long-term approach and also looking at their transfer in soil trophic chains. In another project that started in 2016, the mixture toxicity approach was again part of her role in the Water JPI project We-Need, on groundwater contamination.

She is one of the members of the Science for Environment Policy Advisory Group, where she reviews studies proposed to be in the News Alert. She is the University of Aveiro representative of the National Technical Commission for Nanotechnologies CT 194.

Her main topics of research are related to mixture toxicity assessment, combined effects of chemicals and natural stressors, multigenerational effects, long-term effects, and nano-ecotoxicology, including both fate and effects of nanomaterials.


Dr Mark Miller, The University of Edinburgh

Mark Miller is a Senior Research Scientist working in the Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Mark’s research investigates the effects of air pollution on the cardiovascular system (the heart, blood vessels and blood). His main focus is the biological pathways by which the particles in vehicle exhaust can cause heart disease. He also has an interest in the potential for manufactured nanoparticles to cause harm to the cardiovascular system.

Mark’s research findings have received extensive coverage in the national and international media. His work contributed to the Department of Cardiology’s Queens Anniversary Award 2014-16 for outstanding contribution to scientific research. He is an Editor of the journals Particle & Fibre Toxicology and Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as an Expert Member of COMEAP, the UK governmental advisory Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution. His work is predominantly funded by grants from the British Heart Foundation.