Welcome Message
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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.

The theme of Dioxin 2017 will focus on communicating scientific discoveries by recognizing the contributions of the early pioneers and promoting the work of your young researchers. The Dioxin symposia continue to expand to include new and emerging persistent organic pollutants. This has resulted in the most significant gathering of scientists presenting recent scientific results on both legacy and emerging pollutants.

Vancouver is Canada's 3rd largest, city with a population of 2.5 million. It is home to diverse cultural communities from all corners of the world. There are many attractions in Vancouver including Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Science World. The weather in August in Vancouver is almost perfect. Temperatures range from 20 to 28C and the chance of rain is less than 20 percent.

The symposium will be held at Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It was built in 2001 and as a result of its design and functionality won the 2001 Emporis Skyscraper Award. There are numerous restaurants, theatres and many attractions within walking distance. Public transit directly to many areas including the airport is within walking distance of the hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you to DIOXIN 2017 and we wish you a successful meeting and a pleasant stay in Vancouver.

Mehran Alaee

Environment and Climate Change
867 Lakeshore Road, P.O. Box 5050
Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7S 1A1
Email: mehran.alaee@Canada.ca
Eric J Reiner

University of Toronto
Department of Chemistry
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1A1
Email: Eric.Reiner@UToronto.ca