8th Network Conference on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Venue: Nicolson Building, Winterbourne Botanic Gardens, University of Birmingham

Date/time: 8th and 9th May, 2014

Full programme

Thursday 8th May

10.00 - Registration, coffee and trade exhibition (posters to be mounted during this period) 

11.00 - Welcome, Stuart Harrad 

11.05 - PLENARY “ Classical versus Emerging Flame Retardants" - Ethel Eljarrat, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research-Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Spain Classical vs emerging flame retardants

12.05 - “ "Spatial and temporal variations of the size distribution of the atmospheric particulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Czech Republic"” - Céline Degrendele, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

12.25 - “Detection and confirmation of dioxins and furans in food and environmental samples using triple quadrupole GC-MS/MS technology” - Cristian Cojocariu, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK

12.45 - Poster Briefs- 2 minutes maximum per poster: “ Microscopic investigations of indoor dust contamination with Brominated Flame Retardants” – Cassandra Rauert. “ A long way from home: Current-use flame retardants in Norwegian snow” – Olivier Bertrand

13.00 - Lunch, poster viewing and trade exhibition. 

14.00 - “ Diseases linked to PFOA exposure from contaminated drinking water” – Tony Fletcher, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

14.30 - "Breastfeeding: are second thoughts prompted by contaminants? A case-study from C8 Science panel study population" - Debapriya Mondal, University of Salford, UK

14.50 - "Mixed halogenated dioxins in breast milk of first time mothers in Ireland" - Christina Tlustos, Food Safety Authority, Ireland

15.10 - "Brominated flame retardants in UK human milk; implications for infant exposure and relationship to external exposure" – Mohamed Abdallah, University of Birmingham, UK

15.30 - Coffee, poster and trade exhibitionSession 2 (cont.) 

15.50 - "How regulators identify, screen and assess potential PBT & vPvB substances under the European REACH regulation" - Steve Dungey, Environment Agency, UK

16.10 - "The UK’s Persistent Organics Pollutants Multimedia Emission Inventory: an overview" - Sabino Del Vento, Ricardo-AEA, Oxon, UK

16.30 - “Stockholm Convention – UK Implementation Priorities?” - Steve Morgan, DEFRA, UK

16.50 - Tea, poster viewing and trade exhibition (to 17.50)

17.50 - Walk (approx. 2 minutes) to accommodation at Conference Park

19.00 - Conference Dinner, followed by drinks reception at Conference Park Bar (sponsored by SAL Ltd)  

Friday 9th May  

08.00-09.00 Breakfast followed by walk to Winterbourne Botanic Gardens 

9.30- PLENARY "Combining measurements and models to understand emissions, fate, exposure and pharmacokinetics of POPs" - Matthew MacLeod, Stockholm University, Sweden

10.30 - "Levels and potential sources of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in marine fish culture in Malaysia" - Ananthy Retnam, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

10.50 - “ Assessment and improvement of plant uptake and cattle biotransfer models used in exposure assessment tools for soils contaminated with organic pollutants” - Koki Takaki, University of Reading, Reading, UK

11.10 - Coffee, poster and trade exhibition  Session 3

11.30 - "POPs in fish from UK marine waters: an investigation in the context of MSFD" - David Mortimer, Food Standards Agency, UK

11.50 - "HUMAN DIETARY EXPOSURE TO PBDEs AROUND E-WASTE RECYCLING SITES IN EASTERN CHINA" - Iryna Labunska, Greenpeace Research Laboratories, Exeter, UK

12.10 - "The Assimilation of Dioxins and PCBs into chickens and eggs through contaminant transfer and uptake" – Sean Panton, Food and Environmental Research Agency (fera), York, UK

12.30 - Lunch, poster viewing and trade exhibition

13.30 - “Review of PAHs in the indoor environment and implications for human exposure” - Yuning Ma, University of Birmingham, UK

13.50 - “Effects of fire conditions on the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): Sampling and analysis of fire effluents” – Abdulrhman  Dhabbah, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

14.10 - “Fire Smoke Toxicity-what’s in the smoke?” - Anna A Stec, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

14.30 - “ A-team, ADAPT, ELUTE, INFLAME et al: An overview of POPs research at Birmingham” – Stuart Harrad, University of Birmingham, UK

14.50 - Closing remarks, Stuart Harrad

15.00 Closed