Thank you for your participation. We hope to meet you again at ISPTS2019 in the USA during October 25-29, 2019.

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The International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances (ISPTS) is a well‐known international conference series hosted in prominent academic institutions around the globe.
Persistent Toxic Substances (PTS) are receiving worldwide attention due to their high resistance to degradation from abiotic and biotic factors, high mobility, high bioaccumulation, and long‐term toxicity to the environment and human health. The ISPTS provides the primary platform for scientists, experts and students working on PTC to discuss and exchange information on environmental processes and toxicity, as well as on the development of innovative technologies for contamination control and remediation of PTS (including organic & metal-organic compounds, and so called "micro-pollutants").

The Symposium will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following themes:

1. Sources, transport and fate of PTS

2. Emerging contaminants of concern

3. Toxicology and eco-toxicology of PTS

4. Analytical and bioanalytical methods

5. Fate and Toxicity Modeling

6. Risk assessment of PTS

7. Mitigation and remediation of PTS

8. Environmental pollution and health

9. Tribute sessions to the lifework of Prof. Karl Fent


Building on the great success of the previous ISPTS held annually since 2004, the 2018 edition of the ISPTS will add the FHNW to the prominent list of hosting organizations and underline the pioneering role Switzerland takes in PTS research / legislation (i.e. micropollutants). Further, it will be the opportunity for a scientific inauguration of the brand new FHNW campus. The number of participants is limited to 400. The conference is accompanied by a social program on 10./11. November.


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We are happy to announce the following award winners


Young Scientist Awards:

  • Beatrice Cantoni (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Guangbo Qu (RCEES)


Agilent Awards:

  • Oral: Caroline Davis (EAWAG)
  • Poster: Senka Terzic (Rudjer Boskovic Institute)



Wellington Awards

  • Oral: Vítor Vilar (FEUP); Yujie He (Nanjing University); Maja Đolić (University of Belgrade)
  • Poster: Linlin Yao (RCEES), Takashi Fujimori (Kyoto University), Andreas Libonati Brock (Technical University of Denmark)


We thank all presenters for their outstanding contributions. Also, we would like to thank the selection committee for their assistance in rating the poster / oral presentations. We thank our industrial partners that made these awards possible through their sponsorship.

Please note that that neither Agilent nor Wellington is providing their Sponsorship with any intention to induce, influence or reward past, present or future purchases or recommending of any of their products.