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The 21st international symposium "Pollutant Responses In Marine Organisms" (PRIMO21) will take place on 22-25 May 2022 in Gothenburg on the Swedish westcoast. The PRIMO 21 symposium brings together international world-leading researchers and experts with stakeholders from society.

22 May 2022 - 25 May 2022
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The deadline for the “Early Bird” registration/payment is March 7 and the online registration/booking/payment service will open shortly on the PRIMO 21 website.
University of Gothenburg


PRIMO 21 Gothenburg begins with Mattias Alexandrov Klum giving an inspirational lecture in connection with the welcome ceremony at the symposium's opening on 22 May. The symposium itself will then last for three full days where researchers and other experts present their findings from current environmental research.

The symposium concludes with a session followed by a panel discussion in which researchers and experts together with representatives from authorities and decision-makers participate and, among other things, discusses how new research findings can be transferred to and implemented in management to achieve the goals of a more sustainable future.

The PRIMO 21 symposium will take place at Chalmers Conference Center in Gothenburg. The University of Gothenburg with the undersigned will host the symposium. Since the start of the 1980s, the PRIMO symposia have focused on the effects of environmental pollutants on the health of marine and other aquatic organisms. In recent years, plastics and particles from marine littering have received increased attention at the PRIMO conferences. Another PRIMO theme is environmental monitoring and remediation activities.

We are facing major global challenges as a result of climate change. Climate change can have direct health effects on organisms, as well as indirect health effects by e.g. affect the spread of environmental pollutants in seas, lakes and rivers. At PRIMO 21 Gothenburg 2022, we therefore broaden the PRIMO focus to also include how climate change (temperature, pH, salinity, oxygen content) affects the effects of environmental pollutants on aquatic organisms.

One of the most important success factors for the PRIMO symposia is the introduction and inclusion of the next generation of environmental researchers. Over the years, the PRIMO meetings have provided an excellent environment and meeting place for students and researchers early in their careers to find research contacts, network internationally, get inspiration for their own research, give the opportunity for increased experience exchanges and create new research projects. The PRIMO symposia have made themselves known and famous for having an open and welcoming atmosphere where world-leading researchers from different disciplines open doors, welcome and introduce the next generation of researchers. Over the years, PRIMO has been the breeding ground for many successful international research projects. To stimulate and facilitate the next generation of environmental researchers to participate in PRIMO21, the fee will be lower for students. Travel scholarships in the form of paid hotel costs are offered to about 30 students. In addition, the students who have done the best poster and the best lecture are each rewarded with their prize at the end of the symposium.

Another novelty with PRIMO 21 Gothenburg is to include authorities and other organizations with the aim of getting to discussions and concrete proposals on how knowledge from current research, which PRIMO researchers contribute to, can be transferred to authorities and other organizations for a more sustainable management of seas, lakes, rivers and the organisms therein. The PRIMO 21 symposium therefore aims to create an interdisciplinary meeting forum, where e.g. environmental scientists, ecotoxicologists, chemists, biologists, bioinformatics, mathematicians meet to discuss with representatives, decision-makers and other stakeholders in society the transfer of knowledge from research to education and administration and vice versa.

The online submission service for Abstract is open until February 21, 2022.

The deadline for the “Early Bird” registration/payment is March 7 and the online registration/booking/payment service will open shortly on the PRIMO 21 website.

The Early Bird” conference fee for students (graduate or undergraduate) is 2700 SEK and for other participants the fee is 4600 SEK. In addition to access to all sessions, the conference fee includes the welcome ceremony, lunches, coffee/tea brakes and refreshments in connection with poster sessions.

More information is available on the website for PRIMO 21 Gothenburg.