International Conference for Environmental Specimen Banks

hosted by Federal Environment Agency, Germany

Permanent Representation of the Land Hesse, Berlin

Start: Monday, 15 Nov 2010 10:30

End: Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 16:30

    Please note that the conference is limited to 100 attendants. 

    The conference programme is now online ! 

  • Conference programme

  • Invitation

    Dear colleagues,

    I kindly invite you to the international conference for environmental specimen banks organised by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the German Federal Environment Agency. The conference is addressed to scientists and regulators working in the field of environmental sciences and human health.

    Environmental specimen banks (ESBs) are an important investment into a safer future. Since the early concepts in the 1960s, more and more ESBs have started to systematically collect samples from the environment and human populations. With these samples at hand an old dream of mankind comes true: We can travel back in time and actually look into the past. With evidence from there we can substantiate the assessment of important problems faced in the present. ESBs can offer great help in answering questions about the effectiveness of the present chemical managements in decreasing our chemical burden and what chemicals still need to be regulated

    We see great advantages in establishing sustainable ESB networks and connecting the millions of worldwide archived samples. Such cooperation can facilitate exchange of expertise and provide for consolidated answers to global problems, e.g. environmental and human exposure to chemicals. Other, yet unknown questions related to healthy environments may arise in future. The occurring changes of climate and biodiversity, for example, are altering the picture of research programmes around the planet. It is a tempting challenge to investigate whether the ESB community can help with indicators and time trends.

    The conference will take place on November 15-16, 2010 in the historical centre of Berlin. On the evening of the first conference day you are cordially invited to a social dinner at the Berlin Museum of Natural History.

    I am very much looking forward to your contribution to the interesting discussions at the conference going along with presentations on the state of environmental specimen banking, evolving ESB concepts and cutting edge information from chemical analysis.

    Yours sincerely,

    Jochen Flasbarth

    President, Federal Environment Agency

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