On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Scientific Committee, and International Advisory Board (IAB) it is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Vancouver for the 37th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - DIOXIN 2017.

The year 2017 marks the 37th anniversary of the Dioxin Symposia. In 1980, Otto Hutzinger organized the first symposium in Rome, Italy. Since then, annual symposia (except 1983) have been held in cities around the world. Over the past 37 years, there have been major advances in the analytical determination, and the understanding of the transport, fate and toxic behaviour of these compounds. The year 2017 also marks the 150th anniversary of Canada. We will have numerous activities and celebrations showcasing Vancouver and Canada (click for full message)




Dioxin 2017 Abstract Submission - FINAL POSTER DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2017

The deadline for submission of abstracts for poster presentations is extended to June 30, 2017. Delegates can submit Dioxin 2017 abstracts in 2 formats: an extended abstract or a short abstract. An extended abstracts consists of ~4 pages that may also be published as a short paper in the 2017 volume of the Organohalogen Compounds journal (see http://dioxin20xx.org/ohc_database_search.htm for details) or a short abstract (less than 1 page) which will be published as a onference abstract only. Both short and Extended Abstracts can be submitted. Students that want to be considered for the Otto Hutzinger Student Awards must submit an Extended Abstract which will be used in the award selection process. Format details for both abstract types are listed on the Abstract Page (click on http://dioxin2017.org/showcontent.aspx?MenuID=3423 for more details).

Special Sessions at Dioxin 2017

Dioxin 2017 will have numerous sessions (click here to see list) including Special Sessions on a wide variety of topics including new and emerging persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as halogenated flame retardants and perflourinted chemicals. The conference will hold at least five parallel sessions throughout the meeting. We are planning to dedicate one of the parallel sessions entirely to Flame Retardants (FRs) and related POPs, and another to Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS). There will also be enhanced special sessions on Environmental Forensics and New and Emerging Instrumental Methods and Techniques and POPs Analysis.


We have secured a guaranteed hotel room rate of $199.00 CAD ($148US or 140€  as of March 3, 2017) per night. This rate applies 3 days before and after the conference. The Sheraton Wall Centre is a four star hotel and the current hotel rate for the conference week not using the link below is $595 CAD per night. August is a very busy time in Vancouver and we highly recommend you secure accommodation as soon as possible as we are expecting the Conference Hotel to sell out. If you book your room for the conference using the link below, you can cancel your booking before August 15, 2017 without penalty.

Conference hotel booking link:https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1609222576&key=10C4505B

Visa Requirements

Visas are required to enter Canada for citizens of a select number of countries. For a list of countries requiring a visa to enter Canada please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.

For information on how to apply for a visa to enter Canada please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-how.asp#visitorvisa.

If you require a Letter of Invitation please email registration@dioxin2017.org with your full address and affiliation. 

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of March 15, 2016 all visitors from visa-exempt countries are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before entering Canada. For more information on obtaining an eTA please visit www.Canada.ca/eTA. 

Canadians Holding Dual Citizenship

As of November 16, 2016 anyone holding dual Canadian citizenship will require a valid Canadian passport in order to board their flight. For more information in dual Canadian citizenship please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/dual-canadian-citizens.asp.