9th Network Conference on Persistent Organic Pollutants


15th and 16th April, 2015


Nicolson Building, Winterbourne Botanic Gardens, University of Birmingham (accommodation at Conference Park, University of Birmingham)

The venue is a 15 minute taxi ride from Birmingham New Street rail terminus, which in turn is a 15 minute train journey from Birmingham International Airport (BHX).  Flights to BHX are available from a large number of UK, European and worldwide cities.

Conference flyer

Download the conference flyer (PDF 172KB)

Registration Fee

  • £275 (early bird full delegate)
  • £350 (late registration full delegate)
  • £150 (Student/NGO) delegate

Registration is inclusive of overnight accommodation at the University’s Conference Park on 15th April and all meals and refreshments.

Please register as early as possible as places are limited. The “early-bird” rate is available until 27 February 2015. From 28 February the registration fee will be £350.

A limited number of places at the discounted rate of £150 for students and NGO representatives are also available. Again you are advised to register for these places as soon as possible.

To register on-line visit the Online Shop

Conference format

There will be plenary talks given by leading international figures at the start of the programme for each morning and afternoon.  These will be supported by a full programme of oral and poster presentations selected from those submitted.

Confirmed Plenaries are:

  • Dr Cathrine Thomsen, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.  “Biomonitoring of POPs in Norway:  past, present and the future”
  • Dr Daniel Zalko, University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France.  “Halogenated flame retardants:  metabolic fate in the context of toxicology”
  • Dr Laurent Debrauwer, University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France.  “Untargeted metabolomics approaches to assessing environmental exposure to POPs and their biological effects”

Call for papers

The conference is open to all researchers from the UK or overseas.  Contributions from young researchers are particularly welcome.

We are seeking contributions that cover all aspects of research into UNEP/UN-ECE POPs, “candidate” POPs, Brominated Flame Retardants, perfluorinated compounds and related chemicals of concern.  

Papers from the 8th conference in 2014 may be viewed at the 8th Network Conference page

All aspects of research will be considered but key areas are:

  • Human Exposure (trends, pathways, biomarkers, Biotransformation…. etc)
  • Human Health Impacts
  • Measurement and Modelling of Environmental Levels, Fate and Behaviour
  • Advances in the Sampling and Measurement of POPs
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Formation, Sources, Emission Inventories and Release Pathways

Abstract submissions

Presentations will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted. Abstracts (prepared in Microscoft Word) should not exceed 400 words in length, and should be submitted via emailing the abstract as a Word document to Marian Jordan (m.a.jordan@bham.ac.uk) by no later than 24th January 2015.  

When submitting, please state whether you would prefer an oral or poster presentation slot.