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Impact of plant protection products on organisms in air, soil and water: International Akademie Fresenius conference to discuss legislation, procedures and challenges

On 7 and 8 December, Akademie Fresenius is set to stage its 17th International Conference “Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecotoxicology and Risk Management” in Mainz. Top-ranking speakers from Europe and Brazil will be discussing the potential dangers facing the ecosystem through old and new plant protection products.

The experts will be discussing the latest findings on the risks to amphibians and reptiles posed by plant protection products as well as the challenges facing the risk assessment of biopesticides.

Once again, Akademie Fresenius has invited numerous representatives from the political arena and the authorities and from the plant protection industry to take part in this year’s conference. Scientists from the universities of Aarhus (Denmark) and Wageningen (the Netherlands) are also going to be participating, as well as managers from BASF and Syngenta, who will be illustrating the topic from an entrepreneurial perspective. Representatives from the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will be providing an up-to-date report on German and European legislation and ecotoxicologists from France, Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland will be presenting on numerous current issues.


  • Anne Alix, Dow AgroSciences
  • Yannick Bayona, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)
  • Paul J. Van den Bringen, University of Wageningen
  • Theo Brock, University of Wageningen 
  • Mark A. Clook, British Health and Safety Executive Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD, HSE)
  • Peter Dohmen, BASF
  • Achim Gathmann, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
  • Mick Harner, Syngenta
  • Phil Jarvis, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Great Britain)
  • Deborah Maximo, Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA)
  • Deborah Meier, Andermatt Biocontrol
  • Petter Melin, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
  • Benedikt Schmidt, Swiss Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Programme (KARCH)
  • Noa Simón Delso, Centre Apicole de Recherche et Information (CARI), Belgium
  • Franz Streissl, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Christopher John Topping, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Mark Whittaker, Applied Insect Science (APIS)
  • Christian Wolf, tier3 solutions

Our final programme is available here!

Date: 7 and 8 December 2017

Location: Mainz 

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44379 Dortmund

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