FLUOROS 2020: An International Symposium on Fluorinated Compounds and Their Impacts on Human and Environmental Health

October 13, 2020

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“FLUOROS 2020 – An International Symposium on Fluorinated Compounds and Their Impacts on Human and Environmental Health” will provide opportunity for unbiased and multidisciplinary exchange of information and networking for the latest developments and scientific advances on per- and polyfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS). PFAS have emerged to be of increasing concern for human health and the environment across the U.S. and globally.

FLUOROS 2020 is being organized by the STEEP (Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFAS) Superfund Research Center team, the sole SRP center entirely focused on PFAS. The meeting will be held October 13-16, 2020 at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence (RI), an inspiring setting with fully appropriate facilities.

The goals of FLUOROS 2020 are to address the rapidly evolving landscape of PFAS detection, health effects, remediation, regulation, and community response to PFAS contamination, with a diverse set of speakers and attendees, including opportunities for SRP trainees. National and international experts will provide overviews of then current state-of-the-art and submit perspectives looking lahead to new advances.

At least 300 attendees are expected, including scientists, federal, state, and local government officials, professionals, journalists, and community members to share the latest cutting-edge knowledge and resources on PFAS, and work towards minimizing human exposure to and environmental effects related to PFAS.

The overall aims of FLUOROS 2020 are to:

(1) Foster collaboration and networking among the attendees from different backgrounds. Diverse speakers will focus on (i) fate & transport; (ii) detection & remediation; (iii) toxicity & human health effects; and (iv) responses of affected communities to PFASs relevant to SRP and other stakeholders.

(2) Disseminate findings and new insights with key stakeholders, including affected communities, regulators, other SRPs and the scientific community at large.

(3) Provide a unique opportunity for SRP trainees to learn, interact, and expand their disciplinary and multidisciplinary awareness.

(4) Strengthen the national and global community’s capacity to address the human health and environmental impact of these “forever chemicals.”

Registration will open in Spring 2020. SAVE THE DATE! October 13-16, 2020

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