Student activities & awards

Dear Colleague,

You are invited to submit an Abstract to the Pre- Dioxin 2018 Students’ Symposium, „All POPs & Pseudo-POPs” on Saturday (25 August) prior to the main Dioxin 2018 Symposium in Kraków, Poland. Abstracts (for oral or poster presentation) submitted for the Students’ Session will be reviewed independently of the abstracts put forward to the core Dioxin 2018 Symposium.

The Students Session will be held at the conference venue (Auditorium Maximum, Jagiellonian University), 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 short abstract can be considered as accepted unless you receive a notice of rejection. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

We welcome Abstracts that highlight new findings on analytical methods and techniques, human and wildlife exposure,  suspected and known toxic sources, environmental fate and exposure pathways, body burdens and patterns (isomer specific), spatial and temporal trends, and health effects.

Kindly let us know in advance if you plan to submit an Abstract for consideration as an ORAL presentation.

NOTE: Participation in the Students Session is free of charge for student presenters who are registered for the Dioxin 2018 Symposium, and have paid applicable registration fees. Other attendants – please see details at

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.

We look forward to hearing from you — and hope to see you at Dioxin 2018 in Kraków.

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


Mehran Alaee¹ and Eric J Reiner²

¹Environment and Climate Change Canada (Burlington); E-mail:

²Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Toronto); E-mail:


Otto Hutzinger Award


Award Description

The Otto Hutzinger Student Award is presented for outstanding student presentations at the annual Dioxin Symposium to acknowledge scientific contribution to the field of halogenated persistent organic pollutants. This award honors Professor Otto Hutzinger as the founder of the Dioxin Symposia and his continuing interest as a teacher and researcher committed to moving science forward and to stimulating young students and the next generation of researchers. Six awards will be granted to two students in each of the following three categories addressing legacy and emerging halogenated persistent organic pollutants:


  1. Sources and analysis.
  2. Environmental occurrence, including fate, transport and remediation.
  3. Human exposure, toxicology and risk assessment of persistent organic pollutants.


Application Guidelines

To be eligible for a Hutzinger Award, a student must meet all of the following criteria:


  1. The applicant must be either a current or recently graduated student (undergraduate or graduate).Documentation of student status must be provided (i.e. statement from supervising professor or department chairperson to confirm student status or other official documentation).


  1. The student must submit a full 4-page paper using the guidelines established by the meeting organizers and described on the meeting website. The short paper must include the following sections: Title, Authors and Affiliations, Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results and Discussion (or a combined Results and Discussion Section), References, Figures and/or Tables.Students whose short paper do not meet these guidelines will not be considered.


  1. The student applicant must be the first author (identified by an asterisk or underlined) of the submitted research paper and must be the one who presents the work as an oral or poster presentation at the Symposium. Since this award is specifically directed toward assessment of the contributions and work of the student applicant, the paper can not contain more than four additional co-authors.


All of the above must be provided when submitting the 4-page paper. Scanned copies of the documentation for student status can be sent by e-mail with reference to the paper submission number.


Evaluation Criteria

The Otto Hutzinger Student Award is provided by the International Advisory Board of the Dioxin Symposia. A committee consisting of internationally recognized researchers will be appointed as judges. The committee will assess the papers submitted by all applicants and will prepare a short-list of candidates. Criteria for evaluation of the student oral or poster presentations will include originality and completeness of the work presented as well as the quality of the paper submitted. The judges will attend the student’s presentation and are also encouraged to interview the students to evaluate the student’s ability to communicate the objectives, methods, results and impact of their research as well as their ability to interact with the scientific audience. Based on the above, the judges will nominate two students from each of the above three categories to receive the Otto Hutzinger Student Award.


Other Dioxin 2018 Kraków Student Awards


Pre-Dioxin Symposium Students Session ●  Dioxin 2018 Kraków Student Award

The 10th International PCB Workshop ● Dioxin 2018 Kraków Student Award

Special (Biodetectors) Session ● Dioxin 2018 Kraków Student Award

Special (Fluorinated Compounds) Session ●  Dioxin 2018 Kraków Student Award

Special (Industrial Technologies) Session ● Dioxin 2018 Kraków Student Award

Special (Pharmaceuticals as pseudo-POPs) Session ● Dioxin 2018 Kraków Student Award


Patronage of The Mayor of the City of Cracow

Thank You to All of our Great Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters!