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Environmental Risk Assessment for Plant Protection Products conference – 23 March 2016

The assessment of environmental risk for pesticides is increasing in complexity.  More challenging criteria for products has led to an increase in refinements and higher-tier approaches in the assessment of risk.  An unintended consequence is greater uncertainty in regulatory decision-making.

Therefore, there is a need for regulatory scientists, risk assessors and risk managers to ensure that environmental protection is based on sound science and relevant to meet the increasing demands for sustainable, intensive, agricultural productivity.

To start discussion, stimulate ideas and share experience, a one-day conference will be held at the newly purpose built Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise in Hertfordshire, UK.  Platform presentations will be delivered by experts in environmental regulatory science, covering a range of topical issue.

The agenda is

08.00 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.10 Introduction to the Conference
09.10 – 09.50 Protection aims: what to protect, where, when and why? Professor Lorraine Maltby (Sheffield University)
Environmental Exposure
09.50 – 10.20 Refined surface water exposure assessment with VFSMOD to simulate risk mitigation of pesticide run-off and erosion by vegetated filter strips Dr. Robin Sur (Bayer CropScience)
10.20 – 10.50 Morning break
10.50 – 11.20 Environmental exposure via drainage – higher tier approaches and refinement options Sabine Beulke (Enviresearch)
11.20 – 11.50 Higher-tier approaches to groundwater exposure Andy Newcombe (Arcadis)
11.50 – 12.20 Environmental exposure from use on protected crops Ton van der Linden (RIVM)
12.20 – 12.40 Q&A
12.40 – 13.40 Lunch
Risk Assessment
13.40 – 14.10 What ecological modelling can do for risk assessment Dr. Andreas Focks (Alterra – Centre for Water and Climate)
14.10 – 14.40 Higher-tier approaches for risk to the aquatic compartment Mick Hamer (Syngenta Ltd)
14.40 – 15.10 Afternoon break
15.10 – 15.40 Field-based,  higher-tier, approaches for bees – a practical perspective Dr. Marco Candolfi (Eurofins)
15.40 – 16.10 EFSA NTA guidance Dr. Frank Bakker (Eurofins-MITOX)
16.10 – 16.30 Final Q&A
16.30 Close of Conference

And speakers include:

Professor Lorraine Maltby (Sheffield University)
Robin Sur (Bayer CropScience)
Ton van der Linden (RIVM)
Dr Andreas Focks (Modelling Chemical Stress Ecology Alterra, Centre for Water and Climate Team Environmental Risk Assessment)
Mick Hamer (Syngenta Ltd)
Marco Candolfi (Eurofins)
Dr. Gary Mitchell (FMC Corporation)
Sabine Beulke (FERA/Enviresearch)
Andy Newcombe (Arcadis)
Professor Juliet L Osborne (Environment & Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter) will also demonstrate BEEHAVE – the latest ecological model for evaluating pesticides and bee colonies.

How to register

The delegate price is £450 (excluding VAT) and you can register by:

Sponsorship opportunities also available.

Published 25th November 2015
Categories Agrochemicals, Articles, News
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