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Tuesday, 2 July 2019 at 13:00 - Wednesday, 3 July 2019 at 16:30 (BST)


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Event schedule: the conference will last from 2nd July (starting at 13.00) until 3rd July 2019 (ending at 16.30).


‘Creating better outcomes for a sustainable future - Advances in Environmental Risk Assessments'


The combination of sustainable and intensive agricultural production with environmental protection and social responsibility is challenging. Our event offers a unique opportunity to hear and discuss recent scientific knowledge, developments and applications in environmental protection in the context of agricultural production.

This inaugural event on Chemical Safety will hopefully be the first of many with some well known industry and regulatory speakers being lined up. The event is being organised by Fera Science and is to be held from 2nd July (starting 13.00 BST) to 3rd July 2019 (ending 16.30 BST) in York, UK. The event will cover topics related to recent advances in environmental risk assessments, as well as regulatory risk mitigation measures.

The Symposium will be subdivided into scientific sessions dealing with:

 Environmental Fate 

 Modelling

 Endocrine Disruptors

 Higher Iter Aqautic Risk Assessments  

 Disruptive Technologies & the Regulatory Landscapes 

The symposium will be organised in the form of invited lectures, oral communications and presentations. The topics covered, and scientific structure, will be of interest for academia, research organisations, industry, government and NGOs.



13.00 – 13.30     Coffee & Registration for the Symposium



Chemical Symposium (starts 1.30pm) – Conference room

Professor Andrew Curran  | Chief Scientific Adviser, Director of Research and Head of GSE Profession HSE

Opening Remarks 



14.00 - 16.00      Environmental Fate & Modelling – update & new ways of modelling

Dr James Hingston, Environmental Fate and Behaviour Team, Chemicals Regulation Division

Regulatory surface water exposure assessments: past, present and future…


David Patterson, Principal Environmental Fate Modelling Consultant TSG

"Simulate to accumulate: FOCUS surface water in the era of multi-year modelling”


16.00 - 16.30      Q&A      



Wednesday 3 July 2019 (conference room only)

9.30 - 10.00        Breakfast rolls/Coffee 

10.00 – 11.30     Endocrine Disruptors (Human Health/Environment & Regulatory) translating this across to the environment with an industry/regulatory perspective

Dr Karen Thorpe, Fera

‘Evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption”

Steve Ruckman, Human health ED expert, TSG

Title to be confirmed

Dan Pickering, Syngenta

Title to be confirmed



11.30 – 13.00     Higher Tier Aquatic Risk Assessment

Christopher Taylor, Regulatory Ecotoxicologist, Health & Safety Executive

Mesocosm studies and their use in pesticide regulatory risk assessments: A regulatory view point 

Mick Hamer, Syngenta

Title to be confirmed


13.30 – 14.15     Lunch/Networking 



14.15 – 15.15    Disruptive Technologies & Regulatory Landscape - Richard Glass, CHAP

15.15 – 16.15     Tours (small groups) of the Site Facilitates & Mescosom

16.15 - 16.30      Q&A/Closing session





Andrew Curran

Professor Andrew Curran BSc (Hons) PhD FSB FCMI Hon FFOM is the Chief Scientific Adviser and

Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He has responsibility for the professional leadership of 850 scientists, engineers and physicians, and for development and delivery of HSE’s science strategy.

James Hingston

James Hingston leads a team of 20 regulatory environmental fate specialists at HSEs Chemicals Regulation Division, the UK competent authority with responsibility for pesticides, biocides, detergents and general chemicals.  James joined HSE in 1996 and has contributed extensively to the development of UK specific guidance and models to assess surface water exposure via pesticides, as well as being a contributing author on the Elink guidance linking aquatic exposure and effects assessments.  His PhD focussed on the environmental fate of wood preservative biocides in aquatic environments.

David Patterson

I’ve worked in the field of environmental fate modelling and risk assessment for over a decade now. Starting at Battelle in 2009 I then took a role as a fate modeller at Syngenta in 2011 where I eventually became the team lead for EU fate risk assessment and modelling. I also represented Syngenta’s technical position to regulatory authorities and at ECPA. At ECPA my roles included: the sediment modelling subgroup and sitting on the product application timing and plant growth modelling panel. Now at TSG since 2018 my current interests include multi-year surface water modelling and guidance development for kinetic assessment.

Karen Thorpe

Karen is an applied biologist working in the field of aquatic ecotoxicology. Karen’s expertise is on understanding the impacts of emerging environmental contaminants (including endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and plastics) on stress physiology and reproductive success of invertebrates and vertebrates, particularly fish. Karen has recently joined Fera from the university of York, where she was a senior lecturer in aquatic ecotoxicology.

Steve Ruckman

Steve Ruckman is a leading expert in mammalian toxicology and human health risk assessment. With over 35 years’ experience delivering programmes in agrochemicals, food additives, health food ingredients and pharmaceuticals, Steve’s expertise in toxicology and risk assessment is unprecedented. Steve has also developed expertise in the safety assessment and regulation of nutraceuticals and functional foods and has published on the subject.

Christopher Taylor

Since graduating in 2007 from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Biology Chris has gained 11 years’ experience of in the field of ecotoxicology. From 2008 to 2013 he worked within the Environmental Sciences department of a large contract laboratory, conducting and occasionally study directing a wide range of standard and higher tier aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology studies for regulatory purposes. From 2013 to present Chris has held the role of Regulatory Ecotoxicologist for the Chemicals Regulation Division within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), acting as the UK competent authority for the regulation of both pesticide and biocide chemicals. In this role he has gained extensive experience of conducting ecotoxicological risk assessments according to modern regulatory guidance documents, and including many established and more novel higher tier refinement methods, supporting such assessments at EU-level Peer Review Meetings. His activities for HSE have also included the development and delivery of training workshops, offered to attendees from the agrochemical industry, academia and other regulators. 

Richard Glass

Richard Glass joined CHAP (Crop Health and Protection) in October 2018 as Innovation Hub, with over 30 years of experience in agriculture with a wide range of crops and climatic zones. A farmer’s son, born in County Durham he worked in Latin America, France and Spain before joining the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Central Science Laboratory (CSL) in 1991. During a 23 year career at CSL and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) he coordinated EU and EFSA funded projects dealing with pesticide exposure and improving exposure risk assessments, most recently with aggregate and cumulative exposure models, and the Safe Use Initiative. While at Fera led a range of Defra funded projects dealing with spray drift and bystander/resident exposure. Prior to joining CHAP he spent 5 years in the private sector managing regulatory field studies in the EU and south east Asia. He continues to be a trustee of the Association of Applied Biologists, with specialist groups dealing with precision agriculture and pesticide application.

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Fera Science Ltd
National Agri-Food Innovation Centre (NAFIC)
Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 2 July 2019 at 13:00 - Wednesday, 3 July 2019 at 16:30 (BST)

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Fera Science Ltd

Fera is a national and international centre of excellence for interdisciplinary investigation and problem solving across plant and bee health, crop protection, sustainable agriculture, food and feed quality and chemical safety in the environment.

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