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Plenary Speakers

Wednesday, August 28

Prof. Frank WANIA

Title: Modelling Polychlorinated Biphenyls: Mechanistically Linking Chemical Production to Human Exposure and Health Effects

Dr. Frank WANIA is Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. He has wide-ranging research interests related to environmental contaminant fate, with a focus on gaining a mechanistic understanding of contaminant enrichment processes through a combination of fieldwork, laboratory experimentation and model simulations. He has made important contributions to understanding and quantifying cold-trapping phenomena of persistent organic pollutants on a global scale and along elevation gradients in mountains. Current research activities deal with the development and application of passive air sampling techniques, the use of deterministic models to quantify and assign sources of variability in the contaminant exposure observed in human and wildlife biomonitoring studies, and the investigation of organic contaminant fate in urban watersheds. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).