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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