Student Activities and Awards


Sunday Social (Registration area):
August 20th, 11:30am-3:30pm
Networking is a key to success in scientific research. Come and meet the other students (your future collaborators) attending Dioxin 2017 for lunch and scavenger hunt at English bay (food from Nat’s pizza, vegan and gluten free options available).

Lunch and Learn (Parksville):
Tuesday, August 22nd, 12:00-12:45pm
How to Talk to the Media Effectively
Josh Silberg
Science Communications Coordinator, Hakai Institute

Thursday, August 24th, 12:00-12:45pm
Navigating Grant Applications
Dr. Karen Kohfeld
School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

For more information and to register (including dietary restriction) please contact Marianna DiMauro (




• The Student Activity Team is led by Karen Compton and Mariana DiMauro from Simon Frazer University
         o Sunday afternoon get together
         o Friday morning Summary Session

• A 50% reduction in the registration fee for student volunteers that help at least 4 hours at the registration desk, manage AV equipment in their session of choice, mobile device tutorial room, etc.

• Dioxin 2017 Student Award: 25x$200 award for students presenting at Dioxin 2017. Student should be first author and enrolled fulltime in graduate program at a post-secondary institution. Only four page abstracts will be considered for this award. Each student must submit a recommendation from her/his supervisor indicating the level of his/her ontribution to the project. Applicants should send their letter of interest and arrange for their supervisor to send the recommendation letter to

• We want all students to fully experience the symposium. As a result we have set aside 25 junior suits that can accommodate up to four students at a rate of $169/night plus taxes ($42.25 per student per night). To apply for the student accommodation award please send an email to  

• The Sheraton Wall Centre has graciously donated $200 grants for up to 25 students participating at Dioxin 2017. To apply please, send an email to Preference will be given to student presenting their work at Dioxin 2017. 


Otto Hutzinger Student Awards

The Otto Hutzinger Student Awards are presented for outstanding student presentations at the annual Dioxin Symposium to acknowledge their scientific contribution to the field of halogenated persistent organic pollutants. This award honours Professor Otto Hutzinger as the founder of the Dioxin Symposia and his continuing interest as a teacher and researcher committed to moving science forward and to stimulating young students and the next generation of researchers. Six awards will be granted to two students in each of the following three categories:

A. Sources and analysis of legacy and emerging POPs

B. Environmental occurrence of halogenated persistent organic pollutants

C. Human exposure, toxicology and risk assessment of POPs

The Otto Hutzinger Student Awards will be presented by the International Advisory Board of the Dioxin Symposia on Friday August 25, 2017. The award consists of a plaque reflecting a local aspect of the current year’s Dioxin Symposium as well as an honorarium. The winners’ names will be published on the Symposium’s website after the event.



The grants are available ONLY for delegates living in Countries included in the range between Low-income economies ($1,045 or less) and Lower-middle-income economies ($1,046 to $4,125) classified by World Bank Data. Click on the link below to see the list of eligible countries.

Please refer to the official link before applying:  

Information to required to submit your application:

a. Updated Curriculum Vitae

b. Formal copy of documents certifying degree/s

c. List of publications

d. Job position, if any

e. Any other useful documents to facilitate selection