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SOE Co-hosts China POPs Forum 2013

The 8th National Symposium on Persistent Organic Pollutants (China POPs Forum 2013) was held in Xiamen on May 17. Its theme was, “Preventing POPs, Protecting Blue Homeland”.

More than 400 attendees were present at the forum, including delegates from scientific research institutes, administrative offices and enterprises home and abroad. The main topics covered at the forum included, “POPs analytical methodology”, “status of POPs pollution”, “migration, transformation and environmental fate of POPs”, “technology for POPs replacement, reduction, and control”, “hazardous effects and ecotoxicology of POPs”, “crisis evaluation and modeling” and “supporting and international implementation”, included 166 presentations and 246 papers. This forum consisted of 12 keynote presentations, 42 sub-presentations, 87 graduate presentations and 25 posters.

Prof. Hong Huasheng from XMU, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Xiamen University and one of the most famous experts on Marine Environmental Sciences in China, received the 2013 Award for his outstanding achievement during the ceremony.

The forum was jointly organized by POPs Research Center of Tsinghua University (PRCTU), the Stockholm Convention Implementation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (CIO/MEP), Committee of POPs of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences (PCPCSES), and the Environmental Chemistry Commission of the Chinese Chemical Society. The China POPs Forum 2013 was co-hosted by SOE, the College of the Environment and Ecology (CEE), Xiamen University (XMU) and Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems.

Prof. Yu Gang, Director of PCPCSES and PRCTU and Dean of SOE, presided over the opening ceremony. Of those who attended and delivered speeches included Mr. Li Qingbiao, President Assistant of XMU and Director of the Science and Technology Section, Mr. Ren Guanping, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of PCPCSES, Mr. Zang Wenchao, Director of the Division of Chemicals, Department of Pollution Prevention and Control, Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Ms. Ding Qiong from CIO/MEP.