The International Network of Environmental Forensics (INEF), a non-profit interest group within the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), is now finishing preparation for its 2013 conference. After stops in Calgary in 2009 and Cambridge in 2011, the third gathering of this biannual event will be held at The Pennsylvania State University from June 10 through June 12, 2013.
Program Chair Frank Dorman has lead a top-notch team in creating an agenda that will include a day-long short course and plenary presentations as well as oral and poster technical presentations. Jack Cochran, Restek’s Director of New Business & Technology, is a member of both the organizing and program committees, and he will also be speaking along with other Restek chemists. Attendees can expect to learn from internationally recognized experts who are currently practicing and/or studying in the field of environmental forensics. As defined by the INEF, “environmental forensics is the use of scientific techniques to identify the source, age, and timing of a contaminant into the environment.”
The submission deadline for abstracts has passed, but registration is still open. Those with real-world experience in environmental forensics are especially encouraged to attend, as are students looking to pursue studies in environmental forensics. In addition to the full technical program, student submissions will be judged, with the top three winning $1,000, $500, and $250 (U.S.) as part of INEF’s student outreach program. All accepted students will also have the option of publishing their work with the RSC.