About the Symposium

After 32 years the Symposium is not chaired by Attilio Del Re, retired last November, who organised the first edition in the 1979 with Paolo Fontana. Attilio was able to drive the Symposium from national to international features and to keep it at the scientific top level during these years. We wish to thank him for his commitment to the scientific growth of the Symposium and of our community.

General and specialist subjects are covered in this edition on the pesticide behaviour in air, plant, soil and water system. Particular focus is on the use of modelling to support regulatory and policy decision-making. Sessions are dedicated to: advanced laboratory and field studies, monitoring programmes in EU, use of different mathematical techniques to predict environmental contamination, landscape risk assessment of pesticides and its mitigation, regulatory aspects of pesticides use.

These themes are broadly covered in the six sessions of the Symposium, during which speakers set the scene by identifying emerging themes of research and chairmen stimulate discussion. Platform presentations and poster sessions provide an evaluation of current progress in: basic processes (i.e. sorption, transformation, volatilization, plant interaction), models of pesticides environmental fate, indicators of environment quality, landscape risk assessment, mitigation techniques, and environmental monitoring programs.

The purpose of the Organising Committee was to develop a forum to stimulate exchange of the most recent information in the various field of pesticides science and to promote development of constructive interactions between research, regulatory and industrial communities. Given the large number of contributions (more than 140), these expectations have been fulfilled.

For the first time the Symposium doesn’t have paper proceedings but electronic ones. Also we are moving from refereed papers to extended abstracts.

Thanks are due to the many colleagues from our institutions who collaborated to make this 14th Symposium happen. Thanks are also due to participants and sponsors, and to the Scientific Committee.

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