PRIMO aims to provide an interdisciplinary scientific forum for presenting and discussing research on the environmental effects of anthropogenic activities on the health of our oceans and the organisms within.
 
PRIMO21 aims to embrace global environmental challenges on toxic responses in aquatic and marine ecosystems. PRIMO21 will bring together world-leading scientists and the next generation environmental scientist to the City of Gothenburg on the Swedish West Coast.
 
Specific topics will be on impact of climate-related changes such as temperature, pH and oxygen on pollutant responses in marine organisms. A variety of topics relevant for ocean as well as human health will be addressed such as environmental chemistry in relation to mechanisms of toxicity, novel environmental contaminants, responses to every-day environmental chemicals, noise- and chemical pollution from shipping/boating, microbiome-chemical interactions, mixture toxicity, mathematical modeling, mechanisms of toxicity, mechanisms of nanometal/engineered nanomaterials, mechanisms of toxicity of microplastic/nanoplastic, organ-specific toxicities, carcinogenesis, toxicokinetics, toxicogenomics of non-model organisms, pollutant responses on behavior, ecophysiology from health of aquatic organisms to ecosystem services in the ocean.
 
Examples of pollutants of concern are petroleum polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, halogenated hydrocarbons, pesticides, surfactants, plasticizers, pharmaceuticals & personal care products, metals, engineered nanomaterials, micro & nanoplastics, algal toxins & other natural products, unconventional oil & gas exploration (fracking) chemicals, noise pollution and other pollutants of marine and aquatic environments.
 
PRIMO21 will also bring together scientists with stakeholders to consider how PRIMO science contributes to the move towards a more sustainable future. A session will be devoted to research translation and promoting PRIMO science in academic education.