Call for Sessions at Dioxin 2018

Dioxin 2018 will host a Students Session prior to the main symposium and there will be the PCB Workshop and four major Special Sessions ((i) Biodetection Methods for POPs and Related Food and Environmental Contaminants; (ii) Environmental Persistence, Analytical Methods and Risk of Human and Veterinary Pharmaceuticals that can act as pseudo-POPs; (iii) Legacy and Emerging Fluorinated Organic Compounds Update; and (iv) Progress in Industrial Technology and Sustainable Chemistry to Phase out and Control POPs). We are requesting submissions for ideas for extra Sessions at Dioxin 2018. If you are interested in organizing a session related to any aspect of Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) or Pseudo-POPs at the Dioxin 2018; please send a Title for your requested Session (Special or Traditional) along with a brief description by email to Jerzy Falandysz (, and Larry Robertson ( by December 31, 2017.

Students for Students – Pre-Dioxin 2018 Symposium Students Session “All POPs and Pseudo-POPs” (Advisors: Mehran Alaee and Eric J Reiner) is free for the students with a presentation and registered at Dioxin 2018 and for students without presentation fee is 25 € (for coffee break and lunch).

The Students Session will be held at the symposium venue which is located very close to the Old Downtown Kraków area. Only students may present at this gathering and one submission per registered student is permitted at this time. The oral presentation is to be 20 minutes in length (including questions). Ideally, all submissions are to be a one page abstract or a four page short paper (see the guidelines established by the meeting organizers). In addition to the oral and poster presentations, there will be a short (5 min) poster highlight session. This is to consist of short oral presentations that are intended to give young researchers the opportunity to present their work and initial results with an opportunity to receive constructive feedback. Awards for the best student presentation (oral or poster) will be granted to students for outstanding presentations at the Students Symposium. Your abstract can be considered as accepted unless you receive a notice of rejection. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Any supporting company or sponsor of the Students Session is welcome – a platform for a company displays and inserts will be available.


Plenary Speakers

Monday, August 27 : Beate Escher

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Leipzig) : “Bioanalytical tools for the assessment of mixtures of organic micropollutants in water, sediment, biota and people”.

Tuesday, August 28 : Kurunthachalam Kannan & Nobuyoshi Yamashita

State University of New York (Albany) & National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, AIST (Tsukuba) : “An update on legacy and emerging perfluoroalkyl substances”.

Wednesday August 29 : Larry Robertson

The University of Iowa (Iowa City) : “Hepatic effects of halogenated biphenyls”.

Thursday, August 30 : Richard Hull

University of Central Lancashire (Preston) : “The effect of fire retardants on smoke toxicity”.

Friday, August 31 : Martin Rose

Manchester University (Manchester) : “Dietary exposure, risk assessment and regulation for legacy and emerging POPs”.


10th International PCB Workshop (26-30 August, Q Hotel Plus) ● Chairs : Magdalena Urbaniak & Larry Robertson

Stockholm convention, sources, exposures, inventories and actions to reduce exposures ● Chairs : Niklas Johansson & Keri Hornbuckle

Exposures/mixtures of chemicals ● Chairs : Geniece Lehmann & Mattias Öberg

Novel studies on PCB toxicity and mechanisms action ● Chairs : Mirek Machala & Michael Duffel

Regulatory actions – Where are we going? Follow up on recent actions +”new end-points” + ongoing new initiativesChairs : Helen Håkansson & Vince Cogliano


Special Sessions and Chairs

Biodetection Methods for POPs and Related Food and Environmental Contaminants ● Chairs : Daniela Meloni & Lisa Connolly

EFSA Special Session: EFSA risk assessments of persistent organic pollutants in food and feed ● Chairs : to be announced

Environmental Persistence, Analytical Methods and Risk of Human and Veterinary Pharmaceuticals that can act as pseudo-POPs ● Chairs : Beate Escher & Jolanta Kumirska

Legacy and Emerging Fluorinated Organic Compounds-Update ● Chairs : Nobuyoshi Yamashita & Kurunthachalam Kannan

Progress in Industrial Technology and Sustainable Chemistry to Phase out and Control POPs ● Chairs : Roland Weber & Allan Astrup Jensen


Other Sessions

  • Abiotic Environmental Compartments
  • Advances in Environmental Forensics
  • An Analytical Update for Dioxins and Related Halogenated Compounds
  • Biochemistry and Toxicology of POPs
  • Biomonitoring and Levels I: An Update
  • Biomonitoring and Levels II: Environmental Obesogens
  • Contaminated Sites – Cases, Remediation, Risk and Management
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Toxicology of POPs
  • Emission, Control and Cleanup
  • Endocrine Disruption I: Biochemical and Molecular Mechanisms
  • Endocrine Disruption II: Tyroidogenicity, Exposure and Health
  • Endocrine Disruption III: Multi-models, Mixtures, and Translation
  • Environmental Metabolomics and Effect Directed Analysis
  • Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals
  • Epidemiology
  • Exposure – Food Chain, Maternal, Indoor, Occupational and Accidental
  • Exposure – POPs in Pets and their applicability as Models for Human Health
  • Fate and Behavior of Volatile Methylsiloxanes in the Environment
  • Halogenated PAHs and PAHs
  • Legacy and Emerging Flame Retardants I: Environmental Levels and Human Exposure
  • Legacy and Emerging Flame Retardants II: Metabolism and Toxicokinetics
  • Legacy and Emerging Flame Retardants III: Identification, New Analytical Methods and Application
  • Levels in Human Foods and Animal Feeds
  • Mechanisms of Formation and Destruction of Halogenated Dioxins, PAHs, Biphenyls and Similar Compounds
  • Non-target Screening – Multimedia Analysis
  • Organometallic Contaminants
  • Persistent Biocides and Pesticides
  • Polychlorinated Naphthalenes and Chlorinated Paraffins (PCNs/CPs)
  • POPs and Emerging Contaminants in Developing Countries
  • POPs in Polar, Circumpolar and Alpine Regions
  • QAQC of POPs Analysis Part A – Recent ISO and National Standards
  • QAQC of POPs Analysis Part B – Novel QAQC Approaches
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Sampling and Preparation
  • Sources, Fate, Transport, Modelling and Inventories
  • Strategy for a Non-Toxic Environment: POPs and Policy
  • Toxicity of Fire Smoke
  • Varia on POPs


Dioxin 2018 Abstract Submission – Deadline for an abstract submission is May 11, 2018. Your abstract can be considered as accepted unless you receive a notice of rejection.

Delegates can submit Dioxin 2018 abstracts in two formats: a one page abstract or a short paper which is optional. A one page abstract should have up to 600 words; (please, click here to view a one page abstract template), and will be published on a symposium USB stick. A short paper consists of a four pages (please, click here to view a four pages abstract template), and will be published on a USB stick and can be published in the 2018 volume of the Organohalogen Compounds ( Students applying for a Otto Hutzinger Award must submit a four pages short paper and for students attending the Pre-Symposium Students Sessions only a one page abstract is required.

The official format of an oral presentation is via projector using Microsoft PowerPoint (see PowerPoint template). Other formats will not be accepted. Due to time restrictions, presenters will not be allowed to connect their own computers to the data projectors at the Symposium. All presenters must load and test their presentations in the Audio Visual Preview Room the day prior their session (it should be sent also in advance by e-mail to (link will be provided from June 1, 2018) but not later than August 1, 2018). Rehearsals and editing will not be allowed on the Symposium computers.



A selection of hotels with rooms available at reduced rates for the DIOXN 2018 participants will be posted. Cheap rooms in a dormitory style accommodation – located very close to the Old Town Kraków area – will be available for students who will participate in the Pre-Symposium Student Session and the core Symposium.

Symposium hotel booking link: (please, click here to view a link).

Visa Advice

If you require an invitation letter for your visa application please contact the Symposium Secretariat well in advance of your departure to Kraków. We are unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates. Invitation letters will be prepared solely for individuals attending Dioxin 2018 and will be mailed directly to them. The visa application may require weeks to be finalized, so please check with your local Polish embassy or consulate. Please be advised that you must be a registered and paid attendee/presenter before we can process your request. You should then contact the Dioxin 2018 Symposium Secretariat, providing us with your full name, postal address and passport details, including your date of birth. Because the procedure for issuing invitation letters will need nearly one month, please send your completed form as soon as possible and by no later than 1 May 2018, to ensure your attendance at the Symposium. This is not a commitment on the organizers’ part to provide any financial support; it is simply to support delegates in obtaining a visa or travel funds.

Please note that Poland is a part of the Schengen agreement. To obtain a visa, please note carefully ALL of the following:

Look up on the web your nearest Polish embassy and visa office for opening times, location and fees etc. (most are located in capital cities).

Check carefully the procedures and documents required to make a visa application.

Apply to the visa office using the letter of invitation provided by Dioxin 2018 Symposium Secretariat and request a „Business” visa along with all other required documents and your passport, including fees etc.

Please ensure that you apply for a visa in sufficient time ahead of your departure.

Annex II of the Schengen Visa Code (EU regulation 810/2009) includes a non-exhaustive list of “supporting documents” that sheds some light on the categories.

Here are the most relevant bits:

  1. Invitation letter from the organizers of the Dioxin 2018 Symposium
  2. Travel ticket
  3. Hotel reservation
  4. Letter from your employer stating your employment status and salary (proof of funds).

The correct Schengen visa type for attending a scientific meeting is „Business”. This is a short interaction for professional purposes (graduate students are considered professionals as well), and thus they fall into that category. If you hold a passport from a waiver country or qualify for one of the other exemptions, you can be automatically granted a visa of this type.

For a list of countries not requiring a visa to enter Poland, please visit

For information on how to apply for a visa to enter Poland please visit

Note: Should your visa application be unsuccessful, we can process a refund for your Dioxin 2018 registration upon receipt of evidence.

All important details and dates are presented on the conference website – that will be updated regularly.