Dioxin 2018 will host a Students Session prior to the main symposium and there will be the PCB Workshop and five 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) Progress in Industrial Technology and Sustainable Chemistry to Phase out and Control POPs, (iv) Legacy and Emerging Fluorinated Organic Compounds Update; and (v) European Food Safety Authority Special Session: EFSA Risk Assessments of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Food and Feed).

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.


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

Evolving approaches to assessing exposures and health risks from environmental chemical mixtures ● 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 initiatives ● Chairs: 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 : Ron L Hoogenboom & Tanja Schwerdtle

Environmental Persistence, Analytical Methods and Risk of Human and Veterinary Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products 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 E 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 and Obesogens
  • Contaminated Sites – Cases, Remediation, Risk and Management
  • Dioxins and other POPs in Vietnam and humans after Agent Orange
  • 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
  • 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 and Emerging Contaminants in Urban Environment
  • POPs in Polar, Circumpolar and Alpine Regions
  • QAQC of POPs Analysis – Recent ISO and National Standards
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Sampling and Preparation
  • Sources, Fate, Transport, Modelling and Inventories
  • Strategy for a Non-Toxic Environment: Addressing Persistence
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