Call for Abstracts - Emerging Contaminants at Dioxin Vancouver

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The 37th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)-- DIOXIN 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia-- is organized around the theme of communicating scientific discoveries by recognizing the contributions of early pioneers and promoting the work of young researchers.

Given this theme, we believe it is particularly appropriate to place ongoing research on halogenated substances in the context of the lessons of the past—and to discuss whether and how we have learned from these lessons. We are therefore hosting a session at this year’s meeting titled: “Emerging Contaminants: Lessons Learned from the Past, Current Practices and Future Trends.”

We welcome talks discussing how early pioneers broke open or revolutionized a field:

- Who in your eyes is the Rachel Carson of brominated flame retardants or PFAS?

- Are you a young scientist working on an “old" problem, such as chlorinated paraffins, an “old” chemical seeing new uses?

- Do the so-called emerging chemicals of the day present truly new problems in environmental science or are we seeing the same problematic characteristics in new molecular clothing?

- What new tools and approaches are needed, and what can be learned from the past without reinventing the wheel?

Abstracts are due May 22. Please consider submitting an abstract to our session (, we are listed as session 12, Emerging Contaminants: Lessons Learned from the Past, Current Practices and Future Trends. 

Feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues who may be interested.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Carla Ng, University of Pittsburgh & Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto