15th Symposium on Chemistry and Fate of Modern Pesticides
9th European Conference on Pesticides and Related Organic Micropollutants in the Environment
Santiago de Compostela (Spain), October 4th -7th, 2016

Santiago de Compostela was the venue of the new edition of these joint Conferences. Santiago, the capital of Galicia, has also a deep-rooted university tradition, lasting for more than 500 years, which supplies a town plenty of life between its historical walls.

The Organizing Committee was engaged to share with all participants, the culture and the tradition of Galician people, reinforced by the Conference location, in the historical centre of Santiago de Compostela, which was declared Cultural heritage/patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1985. Santiago is the final destination of the legendary medieval way of pilgrimage Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and example of historical, urban and environmental regeneration, which attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its fantastic monuments.

This biennial conference followed the format of the successful previous joint events held in Halkidiki, Greece (2004); Almería, Spain (2006); Marseille, France (2008); Matera, Italy (2010); Porto, Portugal (2012) and Ioannina, Greece (2014). The conference aims at providing all participants with a comprehensive multi-disciplinary update on pesticides and other organic micropollutants, especially emerging contaminants, highlighting environmental issues, new analytical techniques/technologies (e.g. High Resolution Mass Spectrometry) and food safety aspects.

The Conference consisted of a three-day meeting co-organized by INGACAL-CIAM- Galician Institute for Food Quality -Agricultural and Agronomic Research Centre and USC- University of Santiago de Compostela, under the auspices of ENEAP – European-Mediterranean Association for Environmental Education, Assessment and Protection, IAEAC – International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry and GRIFA – The Pesticide and Environment Italian Research Group.

The plenary session was opened by representatives of the three supporting organizations and by the Chair and Co-Chair of the Conference, Dr. Thierry Dagnac and Dr María Llompart.


pestidices2016-8-organizing-committeeOrganising Committee

More than 180 participants coming from 30 countries attended the conference. The scientific programme included 9 Invited Keynotes given by outstanding scientists, 35 Oral Presentations and 123 Poster Contributions. In parallel with this schedule, an exhibition of the most recent developments in analytical instrumentation, chemicals, materials and accessories, and scientific books were organized. Actually, specialists of the companies supporting the event as diamond and gold sponsorships gave five talks.

The following scientific topics were covered with nine scheduled related sessions:

– Sample preparation methods and analysis of pesticides and organic contaminants,
-Application of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry for the analysis of pesticides and organic contaminants,
– Fate and behaviour (modelling) of pesticides and organic contaminants in the environment,
– Passive sampling devices for the analysis of pesticides and emerging contaminants in water,
– New miniaturized techniques for the detection of pesticides: bio-sensors,
– Degradation and transformation processes of pesticides and organic contaminants,
– Levels of pesticide and organic contaminant residues in food and in the environment,
– Remediation techniques and mitigation strategies for pesticides and emerging contaminant,
– Risk assessment for pesticides and organic contaminants – Toxicity studies.

The “Roland W. Frei Award” sponsored by IAEAC, awarding the best poster presented by a young scientist, was given to Gerardo Álvarez for his work entitled: “Understanding the photochemical behavior of cosmetic preservatives in personal care products and in aqueous environment”.

pestidices2016-7-the-roland-frei-award-winnerProf. Joan Albaigès (IAEAC), Gerardo Álvarez

GRIFA also awarded two grants to the presenting authors (young researchers) of the two best oral communications:
-Daniela Capela: “Challenges in the quantification of siloxane compounds in environmental and cosmetic matrices”.
-Edouard Lehmann: “Pesticide application in gardening: assessment of resulting impact on water resources quality using grab samples and POCIS, case study of Loumbila lake, Burkina Faso”.

Finally, Analytical and Bio-analytical Chemistry (ABC) sponsored two other poster prizes in form of Springer book vouchers to:
-Agata Giardina: “Air plasma for pesticides removal: a novel approach”.
-Isabelle Batisson: “Reduction of pesticide contamination in agricultural soils: a bioprophylactic approach”.

A special issue of the “International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry” (Taylor and Francis) devoted to the conference is being edited, containing peer-reviewed papers following the regular rules of this Journal.

Participants enjoyed a nice dinner, which took place at an extraordinary location in the heart of Santiago, the Pazo de San Lorenzo, which, besides having a great historical value, is part of National Artistic Heritage.

pestidices2016-5-gala-dinnerGala dinner

In view of the success of these joint events, it was announced at the end of the meeting that the 10th European Conference on Pesticides and Related Organic Micropollutants in the Environment and the 16th Symposium on Chemistry and Fate of Modern Pesticides would be celebrated in Italy, in 2018.

We wish a lot of success to the new organizing committee and encourage the scientific community to attend this very promising Conference.

Thierry Dagnac – Maria Llompart
Chair – Co-Chair

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