The 34th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (Dioxin 2014) will be held at the Hotel Meliá
Castilla in Madrid, Spain, from 31 August–5 September 2014.
This international symposium was first held in Rome, Italy, in 1980, and has been held in different cities around the world
ever since. The Dioxin conference is one of the biggest international meetings and has previously attracted up to 1200 delegates
from over 40 different countries, always counting on the invaluable support from multiple key sponsors and exhibitors.
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Halogenated persistent organic pollutants are mostly man-made chemicals that pose a recognized threat to humans and the environment.
This year, Dioxin 2014 will continue to present recent advances in all areas dealing with these contaminants by gathering a scientific community
determined to look for new scientific strategies, policies, and technological advances to protect the global environment from
these and other related chemicals, and preserve human health and the ecosystem worldwide.
High-quality plenary lectures will be presented by the following leading scientists: Joan O. Grimalt (Spanish National Research
Council, Spain); Antonia M. Calafat (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA); Ricardo Barra (University of Concepción,
Chile); Hindrik Bouwman (North-West University, South Africa); Jiang Guibing (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China); and Jacob
de Boer (Institute for Environmental Studies, Netherlands). Oral presentations and posters will be presented in parallel,
covering different topics pertaining to halogenated persistant organic pollutants including: Sources; environmental levels
and ecosystems; food and feed; toxicology; human exposure; regulation; policy and risk assessment. A core topic will be the
analytical determination of these pollutants that in turn will cover various subfields: Sampling and preparation methods;
new screening methods; novel instrument techniques; non-target and emerging contaminants; multidimensional techniques; QA/QC;
inter-laboratory studies; reference materials; development of bioanalytical methods; and data handling. The analytical identification
and quantification of many of these halogenated pollutants can be extremely challenging, and so chromatography will hold a
prominent position, particularly when hyphenated with mass spectrometry in a different array of modalities, as it is able
to provide an unrivalled degree of sensitivity and selectivity.
Outstanding student presentations will be recognized with the "Otto Hutzinger Student Award" that acknowledges scientific
contributions to the field of halogenated persistent organic pollutants. All students, whether undergraduate or graduate,
presenting an extended abstract for either an oral or poster presentation are encouraged to apply for this award.
In short, this symposium offers a high quality scientific programme combining both traditional topics and emerging issues
that will be complemented by special satellite events and exhibitors presenting their latest equipment and services. Furthermore,
an exciting social programme awaits all attendees. Dioxin 2014 will provide great opportunities for all delegates from all
over the world to exchange new ideas face to face and to establish future collaborations. Finally, the success of Dioxin 2014
will be enhanced by the special atmosphere of Madrid's social life, an essential element in generating synergies for scientific
cooperation and friendship.
The deadline for poster contributions has now passed, but the organizers are open to late entries.
Chair Person: Dr. Begoña Jiménez
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