PLENARY SPEAKERS

We are planning to have 9-10 plenary lectures delivered by renown scientists. At present we can confirm 8 speakers that agreed to deliver a lecture. More information on additional speakers will be added soon.

Professor Ricardo Barra

Prof. Ricardo Barra, is a Full Professor and  Director of the Eula Chile Center, Universidad de Concepcións a Universidad de Concepción, Chile. He is environmental chemist and toxicologist.

Dr. Barra is a Biochemist and PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of Concepción Chile, since over 25 years have been working on POPs pollution in Chile and in the south American region. He was a member of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (2008-2012) and also a chemicals and waste Panel member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF, 2014-2018), his research focuses on the fate and effects of pollutants in the environment with a special interest in the fish biomarkers field and effects assessment in aquatic ecosystems and also in the interdisciplinary field of sustainability issues. Dr. Barra has also helped the implementation of risk assessment procedures for chemicals registration in the aquaculture facilities in Chile, currently is enrolled as scientific advisor of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) based in Germany and is the Director of the EULA Chile Environmental Sciences Centre at the University of Concepción in Chile, as well as researcher of the Coastal Socio Ecological Millenium Institute (SECOS) and the Water Research Centre for Agriculture and Mining in Chile (CRHIAM). He  will lecture on Persistent Chemicals in the South American Environment: ¿Where we can go from here?.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, A board certified toxicologist, Dr. has served as the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP). Prior to her appointment as NIEHS and NTP director in 2009, she spent 19 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she directed the largest division focusing on environmental health research. Birnbaum started her federal career with 10 years at NIEHS,first as a senior staff fellow in the National Toxicology Program, then as a principal investigator and research microbiologist, and finally as a group leader for the institute’s Chemical Disposition Group. Birnbaum has received many awards and recognitions. In October 2010, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. She was al so elected to the Collegium Ramazzini, and received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Rochester, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois. At Present she is a Scholar In Residence in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division, 2020-2025 at Duke University

Dr. Birnbaum will deliver the plenary lecture on Comparisons Between the Dioxin and PFAS in a Broad Environmental, Health and Economic Perspective

Susan Burden, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Burden is the Executive Lead for PFAS in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development and a member of the EPA Council on PFAS. She started her career at EPA in 2010 after earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) provides the best available science and technology to inform and support public health and environmental decision-making. Over the past several years, ORD has been working to expand the scientific foundation for understanding and addressing risks from PFAS. Dr. Burden will give an overview of key PFAS research needs for environmental decision-making and ongoing ORD efforts to address these needs.   

Dr. Gaud Dervilly

Dr. Gaud Dervilly is a researcher, holding a PhD in Food Science (2001) completed with a specialization in public health in 2009. She is head deputy of LABERCA Research Unit (INRAe/Oniris, France) and scientific adviser. She manages research projects to address chemical food safety issues to characterize consumer’s exposure and study the effects of chemical exposure, involving targeted and non-targeted mass spectrometric strategies, such as metabolomics. She is author of ~130 scientific articles (h-index 29) and received the Euroresidue Award for “Excellent Contribution in Residue Analysis” in 2012. She teaches at the academic level at Nantes University (France), is a regular lecturer at SARAF (School for Advanced Residue Analysis) and VLAG (Wageningen University, NL). Membership in scientific councils both at institutional levels (National Veterinary College, Nantes) and at international scientific event (Euroresidue, NL; International Food and Water Research Center, Singapore).

Dr. Gaud Dervilly will deliver a lecture entitled “Towards a characterization of the ever-expanding consumer chemical exposome: strategies and technical solutions”

Professor Cynthia de Witt

Prof. Cynthia de Wit, is a professor of environmental science at the Department of Environmental Science, Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. from the Lund University, Sweden, in 1988. She led a national study of polychlorinated dioxins and related chemicals in the Swedish environment at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, before moving to Stockholm University. Over the past 20 years her research has focussed on the analysis of legacy and emerging flame retardants (brominated, chlorinated, organophosphate-based) in indoor and outdoor environments. This has included human exposure assessments for both adults and children as well as studies of levels and trends in terrestrial and Baltic Sea food webs. Currently her research is focused on the mass balance of organohalogen compounds in a sewage treatment plant using a combination of targeted and non-targeted approaches. She is a co-lead of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Expert Group of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) since 1994. In that role, she has helped lead five international assessment reports on persistent organic pollutants, including contaminants of emerging concern, in the Arctic.

Prof. De Witt will give an overview of Recent Developments and Comparisons Regarding Organohalogenated Flame Retardants Being Found in Food Webs of The Arctic And Baltic Sea, Including Results for New Halogenated Flame Retardants such as Chlorinated Paraffins. 

Professor Miriam Diamond

Prof. Miriam Diamond. She is a Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto. Dr. Diamond research is motivated by the need to develop defensible strategies to reduce chemical contaminants in the environment and to identify and connect sources of chemical emissions to the   movement of chemicals through systems and ultimately to exposure.  She focuses on the systems with relatively high levels of contaminants such as indoor environments and outdoor urban systems.  Her methods include mathematical modelling, sampling (and developing methods to sample various environments) and analytical chemistry. 

Dr. Diamond will talk about  fate, transport, environmental analysis and human exposure to halogenated persistent organic Pollutants

Dr. P. Lee Ferguson

Dr. P. Lee Ferguson is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Duke University in Durham, NC. He received B.S. degrees from the University of South Carolina in Chemistry and Marine Science in 1997 before earning a Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography at State University of New York – Stony Brook in 2002. His postdoctoral research was conducted in the area of proteomics at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA.  Before joining Duke, Dr. Ferguson was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Carolina.

Research in the Ferguson laboratory is focused on Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Specifically, a major thrust of research in the lab involves the application of high resolution, accurate mass (HRAM) mass spectrometry coupled with multidimensional chromatographic separations, bioaffinity isolation techniques, and chemoinformatic methods to detect, identify, and quantify emerging contaminants (including endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, surfactants, and persistent organic pollutants) in wastewater and drinking water.  His recent work has centered on the development of non-targeted analysis workflows and methods and on the assessment of polyfluorinated alkyl substances in water and wastewater.

Professor Hrissi K. Karapanagioti

Prof. Hrissi K. Karapanagioti is an associate professor of Environmental Chemistry with emphasis on liquid pollution in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Patras, Greece. She has earned her Masters and PhD from the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, USA. She is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program “Waste Management” in the Hellenic Open University, Greece and in 2012 was a visiting professor at Newcastle University, UK.

Since 2004, her research interests include plastic and microplastic pollution in terms of monitoring, plastic degradation and microplastic formation, interaction of plastics with organic pollutants and microorganisms. She is the co-editor of two books related to plastic and microplastic pollution with Springer and IWA, co-author of several papers on the same topic, and co-organizer and presenter of several sessions organized by G20, GESAMP, UNEP, IAEA, EGU, NOAA, etc. She is also interested in the development of sorbent materials such as biochars for the removal of hydrophobic organic pollutants, dyes, and metals from water and wastewater.

Her talk will provide an overview on “Microplastics: Sources to Sink and Physical and Chemical effects”

SYMPOSIA TITLE SESSION
Environmental presence, Exposure and health risk of flame retardants (3 sessions) BFR
From Good Science to Good Risk Management (2 Sessions) GSGRA
Global Monitoring of POPs (2 sessions) GLO
Presence and Distribution of perluorinated compounds in the environment (2 sessions) PFAS
Chalanges and Solutions in Analysis of Polyfluorinated Pollutants (3 Sessions) ANP
Polychlorinated Biphenyls - Environmental Occurrence and Solutions (2 sessions) PCB
Fate, Detection and Analysis of Chlorinated Parrafins (1 session) PARR
New advances in detectiona and analysis of PCCD/Fs (2 Sessions) DX
Evaluating Toxicity of Polyfluorinated Compounds (2 Session) PFT
New Insights into Toxicology of Brominated Flame Retardants (1 session) FRT
Advances in Remediation of Halogenated POPs (2 sessions) REM
Bioremediation of Halogenated POPs (1 Session) BIO
Microplastics - a New environmental Challenge (1 Session) MICRO
Advanced Analytical Methods for Halogenated POPs (1 Session) AAM
Progress in Methods for POPs Analysis (1 Session) POPA
Environmental and human exposure to plastisizers and other consumer product chemicals (1 Session) PLAS
Human Exposure and Risk Assesment to Persistent Organic Pollutants (2 Sessions) HERA
Wildland and wildland-urban interface (WUI) firefighting: Current knowledge and new studies (1 Session) WUIF
Fate and Transport of Halogenated POPs (1 Session) FATE
Non Stockholm Pops - Formation, Environmental Presence And Toxicitty (1 Session) NOPS
The Intersection Of Science And Policy: What Lessons Can Be Learned From Dioxin? (Discussion Forum) DSF
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