|Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Scientific Committee and the International Advisory Board, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Madrid, Spain, for the 34th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants. Dioxin 2014 will continue in the tradition of previous symposia as the leading international conference for scientists, regulators and exhibitors presenting recent advances in all areas of Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants.
We are very fortunate to have received more
than 650 short papers from 41 countries that will be presented at this meeting. Less than half of the papers have been scheduled for oral presentations in five concurrent sessions and
the rest have been scheduled in three poster sessions. A high quality scientific program has been prepared combining both traditional topics and emerging issues; covering the seven
main topics of the symposium and 10 special sessions. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Stockholm Convention on POPs. To commemorate this milestone, we have organized a special session to highlight POP research conducted in support of the Global Monitoring Plan, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the Convention.
As in previous symposia, the scientific program will be complemented with exhibitors and vendor seminars, presenting their latest advances in the field of Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants. We are extremely grateful to all sponsors, exhibitors and scientific partners for their generous support of the meeting, which is crucial to its success.
The theme for Dioxin 2014 is "Our students, our future". In this spirit, we were able to give the opportunity to participate to many students; and we are very pleased to organize a special student activity "Science with tapas" on Sunday, August 31st. We have also planned students to participate during the symposium highlights on Friday September 5th. A few selected students from each scientific topic will present their highlights of the symposium. It is very inspiring to hear how they feel and what they will tell us about the future in POP research. We hope these activities will give them additional opportunities to network with scientist from around the world, in keeping with the international spirit of Dioxin Symposia
This year, we are gathering in Madrid, a cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural and artistic heritage. If there is one thing that characterizes Madrid, is its contagious passion for life, reflected in its friendly
and welcoming people. The success of Dioxin deals will be enhanced by the special atmosphere of our city's social life; which is an essential element in generating synergies for scientific collaboration and friendship. We wish all the participants to have an enriching and positive memory of Spain.
Last but not least, an exciting social program awaits all delegates. All participants are invited to an informal reception on Sunday at the official venue of the Dioxin 2014, and the official welcome reception on Monday which will be held at the Cecilio Rodriguez Gardens, one of the more popular green spaces in the city of Madrid. We are sure that Dioxin 2014 will provide a great opportunity for all
the delegates from all over the world in exchanging new ideas and to establish future collaboration.
Welcome to Dioxin 2014 in Madrid!
Dr. Begona Jimenez
Symposium Chair, Dioxin 2014