31st International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants
POPs Science in the Heart of Europe

Dear colleagues and friends,

Professor J.-F. FocantOn behalf of the Local Organising Committee, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 31st International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants. Dioxin 2011 to be held from 21-25 August 2011, in the beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium. We are proud to be able to continue the tradition of the Symposium Series as an interdisciplinary forum for communicating scientific advances and emerging issues in a friendly atmosphere.

Brussels is the Capital of Belgium and Europe. This 1000 year old city is rich in cultural and architectural heritage but also interestingly features art nouveau style. Moreover, Brussels is the city of fashion and design. No doubt the cosiness of Brussels will truly make it your European Village. The symposium venue is conveniently located in the city centre and within walking distance to the market place (Grand Place). Brussels international airport is only 15 minutes away and directly connects to most major cities around the world. High speed trains also ensure very fast connections to Paris, Amsterdam, and London.

Dioxin 2011 will focus on the science of dioxins and other persistent organic pollutants following major advances in analytical determination, the understanding of emission, transport, fate, degradation, toxic behaviour, regulations, along with the growing attention in developing countries and global pollution issues. The 2011 symposium will offer a high quality scientific programme, including keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations. Some 800-1000 delegates are expected to register to the symposium, classically representing more than 800 abstracts presented in up to 5 parallel sessions during 4 days.

In conjunction with the Symposium, there will be an exhibition involving instrumentation, chemical products, accessories, analytical companies, scientific journals, legal entities, research centres, and others.

In line with the Dioxin Symposium Series, which are known for the quality of the social programme, Dioxin 2011 will feature many opportunities to enhance interactions between students, academics, and science professionals from around the world.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the capital of Europe!

Professor J.-F. Focant
Symposium Chair