SFT vårmöte 2024

SFT Vårmöte 2024

Vetenskapligt program:

Pharmaceuticals in the environment

- effects and mitigation

SFT vårmöte ägde rum den 12 april i Konferenscentrum Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20, Göteborg. I anslutning till SFT vårmöte fanns möjlighet att dagen innan följa med på studiebesök till Gryaab AB den 11 april på eftermiddagen.

SFT Annual meeting 2024:

Pharmaceuticals in the environment
- effects and mitigation

Friday the 12th of April in the Wallenberg conference venue, Göteborg Universitet, Medicinaregatan 20, Göteborg.

Study visit to Gryaab AB - Thursday afternoon the 11th of April.



13:15              Meet-up at Göteborg Central Station outside Pocket shop

13:30             Transport by taxi to GRYAAB

14:00            Study visit at GRYAAB

16:00            Return to Central Station

18:30            Dinner at venue in central Göteborg (at cost price) - Steampunk Lab: Viktoriagatan 2B



09:30           Registration

Årsmötesförhandlingar (in Swedish)

10:00            Årsmötesförhandlingar (på svenska)


Scientific Program (in English)

12:00            Registration and lunch

13:00            Welcome and introduction to the theme 2024

13:10             Elin Lavonen, BioCell Analytica

                     Effect-based methods in cells – a holistic approach to assess the presence of pharmaceutical residues and other

                     organic micropollutants in water

Academic perspective

13:30            Daniella Gomez, GU
                     Occurrence of antibiotic resistance in the Göta Älv and associated wastewater treatment plants

13:50            Thomas Brodin, SLU
                     Ecological effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment, -bridging the gap between lab and field

14:10            Bethany Carney Almroth, GU
                     Chemical contaminants and additives in recycled plastic pellets from the Global South


14:30            Coffee break

Stakeholder perspective

15:00           Paul Giffen, AstraZeneca
                    Toxicology evaluation of HFO-1234ze(E) - a propellant with near zero global warming potential for use in

                    Metered Dose Inhalers

15:20           Cecilia Berg, Swedish Medical Products Agency
                    Environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals – A regulatory perspective

15:40           Bengt Mattson, Lif
                    Characteristics of green pharmaceuticals – and do they exist?

16:00           Wrap-up of the day, mingle

17:00           End of the annual meeting

Dinner at cost price and possibility to go wild in the Gothenburg night life


More about our invited speakers

Elin Lavonen holds a Ph.D. in environmental analysis from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Since completing her doctorate, she has worked at various organizations, including Norrvatten and Stockholm Water and Waste. Since 2021, she has been employed as a water specialist at BioCell Analytica. Additionally, she holds a part-time position as a Professor of Practice in water purification technology at Aalto University in Finland.

Daniella Gomez is a PhD student at the department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. My research focuses on studying the effects and acclimation mechanisms of freshwater microorganisms towards chemical pollutants, and on the spread and establishment of antibiotic resistance in the environment. I study microbial adaptation at both community and individual level, in both lab and field studies, using a combination of phenotypic endpoints, genomic, and transcriptomic tools.

Bethanie Carney Almroth is a professor of ecotoxicology at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She studies the environmental impacts of plastics, microplastics and chemicals in plastics products. Her research is interdisciplinary and seeks to understand solutions to plastics pollution and sustainable development. She is also a member of the Scientists Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty.

Tomas Brodin is an aquatic ecologist with a background in evolutionary and behavioral ecology, which he combines in studies of ecological effects of pharmaceuticals in aquatic systems. Since 2018, he is a Professor at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies at the Swedish University of Agriculture, Umeå.

Paul Giffen currently works as a project toxicologist within AZs Respiratory and Inflammation therapy area, also overseeing the non-clinical safety assessment of candidate molecules and novel excipients through all phases of clinical development and including post marketing.

Cecilia Berg is a PhD (yr 2000) and docent in ecotoxicology, Uppsala University. She held a postdoctoral position at the EU Commission Joint Research Centre (at the European Chemicals Bureau) in Ispra, Italy. After that Cecilia worked at Uppsala University for 20 years as a principal investigator and leader of a research group in experimental ecotoxicology, and as a teacher in ecotoxicology and toxicology. For the last two years Cecilia works at the Medical Products Agency as a non-clinical assessor.

Bengt Mattson works at the Swedish research-based pharmaceutical industry association Läkemedelsindustriföreningen (LiF) as a policy manager. With a strong foundation in the pharmaceutical industry and an extensive experience in corporate and organizational settings, he is a committed sustainability expert who is focused on advancing pharmaceutical sustainable development and accomplishing global sustainability objectives. He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in polymer chemistry from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH.