This scientific meeting from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institution of Environmental Sciences will discuss the legacy of Rachel Carson in the 50th year since publication of her hugely influential book, Silent Spring. The publication of Silent Spring triggered a debate that led to a ban on the insecticide DDT and started the modern environmental movement.
The meeting will explore Rachel Carson’s influence on legislation, pesticide usage and design, and the “environmental movement”. It will also cover current regulation, toxicology and environmental assessment and look at what the future issues might be.
This one-day meeting is relevant to environmental scientists and toxicologists with an interest in the historical perspective.
The following speakers and topics have been confirmed:
- Professor Andy Smith (University of Leicester): Rachel Carson and the pesticide debate: DDT as a paradigm
- Dr Joseph Rodricks (Environ): Rachel Carson’s influence on US legislation
- Dave Bench (HSE): UK Pesticides Regulation
- Prof Alistair Boxall (University of York): Uptake and metabolism of environmental contaminants
- Steve Edgar (Vertase FLI): Remediation of Pesticide Contaminated Land
- Professor Stuart Harrad (University of Birmingham): The Changing Profile of Human Exposure to Persistent Organic Chemicals
- Dr Keith Tyrrell (PAN UK): (TBC) Neonicotinoids and bees
- Professor Ragnar Löfstedt (King’s College, London): Balancing precaution withpragmatism
The cost of the meeting is £110 for RSC or IES members, £140 for non-members and £30 for student members of RSC/IES.