12th Network Conference on
Persistent Organic Pollutants

Date: 10 and 11 April 2019

Book your place on the Conference


Edgbaston Park Hotel, 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.

Registration fee

Registration is inclusive of meals and refreshments.

Unless otherwise stated, registration also includes overnight accommodation and breakfast at the University’s Conference Park on 10 April.  Fees are:

  • £250 (early bird full delegate)
  • £180 (early bird full delegate) without overnight accommodation on 10 April.
  • £350 (late registration full delegate)
  • £125 (Student/NGO delegate)
  • £55 (Student/NGO delegate) without overnight accommodation on 10 April

Please register as early as possible as places are limited.  The “early-bird” rate is available until 15 February 2019.  From 16 February the registration fee will be £350.

A limited number of places at the discounted rate of £55 for students and NGO representatives are also available without overnight charge on 10 April 2019.  You are advised to register for these places as soon as possible.

To register, please visit the University's online shop.

Conference format

A full programme of oral and poster presentations selected from those submitted will be supported by plenary talks.

This will include:

  • Dr Holly Nel, University of Birmingham, The Global 100 Plastic Rivers project: Investigating microplastic contamination in over 100 rivers around the world
  • Dr Andrew Turner, University of Plymouth, The origin and recycling of POPs and metals in plastic consumer products

Call for papers

The conference is open to all researchers from the UK and overseas. Contributions from young researchers are particularly welcome. This year, a special focus is being placed on research into the influence of microplastics on the environmental fate and behaviour of POPs and related xenobiotic chemicals and we especially encourage presentations on this topic. This is in addition to the usual focus on all aspects of research into UNEP/UNECE POPs, “candidate” POPs, halogenated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds and related chemicals of concern, including “pseudo-POPs” like pharmaceuticals and current use pesticides. Presentations from previous conferences are also available for viewing.

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
  • Regulatory Aspects

Abstract submissions

Presentations will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted.  Abstracts (prepared in Microsoft 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 1 February 2019. When submitting, please state whether you would prefer an oral or a poster presentation slot.

Social programme

There will be a poster session between 17:00 and 19:00 on 10 April 2019.  This will be followed by a Conference Dinner with drinks.

Trade Exhibitors/Sponsors

Enquiries from organisations interested in purchasing trade exhibition space at the conference are welcome, as are ideas for sponsorship.  Please contact Marian Jordan at the earliest opportunity to discuss your requirements.


For all questions related to the conference, in the first instance please contact:

Marian Jordan
Network Administrator
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tel:  +44 121 414 6989
E-mail:  m.a.jordan@bham.ac.uk

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