Keynote Speakers

Pierre Ayotte, Researcher and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Canada.

Pierre Ayotte is professor at the Department of social and preventive medicine, Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval and Research Coordinator at the Quebec Toxicology Centre of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Dr Ayotte is an acknowledged expert in environmental toxicology and epidemiology. He was involved during the past 25 years in several studies investigating relations between exposure to environmental contaminants and health, especially among Indigenous populations in the Arctic. Dr Ayotte has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is a Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

The title of his presentation will be Mining non-targeted mass spectrometry data to identify halogenated compounds of emerging concern.

Åke Bergman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Åke Bergman is professor in Environmental Chemistry since 1993 at Stockholm University and nowadays Guest professor at Örebro University (Örebro, Sweden) and at Tongji University in Shanghai, since 2012. He started his research career 1975. Dr. Bergman has a broad interdisciplinary approach in his research with particular focus on organic environmental chemistry and with emphasis on persistent organic pollutants and related compounds. He has worked with chemical synthesis, reactivity and analysis, and kinetics of pollutants, e.g. PCBs, DDTs, brominated flame retardants. Dr. Bergman initiated the series of workshops/symposia on brominated flame retardants in 2001. He has a long-lasting interest in research on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Dr. Bergman has served at numerous national and international expert groups and review panels on BFRs and EDCs. Dr. Bergman has contributed to the scientific community with more than 500 scientific publications/reports and as a PI of a large number of EU and nationally funded research projects. He has been main supervisor of 30 Ph.D students and the founder of teaching Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm university.

The title of his presentation will be Forty years with the eyes on flame retardant research and regulation.

Natsuko Kajiwara, Senior Research Scientist, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.

Dr. Natsuko KAJIWARA is currently a senior researcher of Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan. Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry. Her current special field is the research on the behavior of plastic additives such as flame retardants in consumer products during usage, after disposal, and recycling processes. She is also working to elucidate the transfer pathways and behavior of flame retardants to dust from treated materials. Since 2016, she is involved in a working group under the Basel Convention to prepare technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants.

The title of her presentation will be: Environmentally sound management of end-of-life products containing PBDE and HBCD.

Heather M. Stapleton, Associate Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

Dr. Stapleton currently serves as Deputy Director for the Duke Superfund Research Center, and co-Director of the Duke Center for Environmental Exposomics. Her current research projects focus on identifying flame retardant chemicals in consumer products, exploring routes of human exposure to SVOCs and examining mechanisms of thyroid hormone dysregulation. In 2012 she testified in front of the US Senate Environment & Public Works committee on human exposure and toxicity of new-use flame retardants.

The title of her presentation will be: Flame retardant use in US residential furniture: new policies, new flame retardants and what it means for exposure.