Advances in Environmental Risk Assessments

  • This inaugural event will cover topics related to recent advances in environmental risk assessments, as well as regulatory risk mitigation measures.
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Advances in Environmental Risk Assessments

Chemical Symposium - Advances in Environmental Risk Assessments 

On 2rd & 3rd July 2019 at Fera Science Ltd, York, key industry figures and guests came together for the inaugural Advances in Environmental Risk Assessment Symposium. Great debate and discussions were had with the sharing of ecotoxicology and environmental insights underpinned with regulatory perspectives. 


The combination of sustainable and intensive agricultural production with environmental protection and social responsibility is challenging. This 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.


ABSTRACTS from Day 1 PM
David Patterson - TSG Consulting "Simulate to accumulate: FOCUS surface water in the era of multi-year modelling"

The impending shift to a 26 year modelling framework for surface water modelling in the EU inevitably brings with it substantial challenges for both notifiers and regulatory authorities. 

The presentation covered various aspects of accumulation within the FOCUS surface water scenarios from Plant Protection Products (PPP) concentration to CPU run time.

James Hingston - HSE "Regulatory surface water exposure assessments: past, present and future…” 

This presentation took a look back at how our regulatory surface water exposure assessments have developed over time, where they are now and where they might get to in the near future.  Focussing on the UK experience, it looked at the evolution in our assessment of spray drift, from simple schemes based on empirical data through developments in mitigation options, the introduction of the UK LERAP scheme and more recent developments in drift reduction technology.  

Future options were explored, including more flexible ‘toolbox’ type approaches to mitigation and the development of drift models and what could be achievable with future technologies.  Looking at exposure via subsurface drainflow, the presentation covered the development from simple tier 1 edge of field screening models through to the latest versions of our multiyear multi scenario higher tier models including probabilistic tools such as webfram  and look to the future and use of improved soil, crop and hydrological datasets to support fully spatially distributed models and the options to move from edge of field to catchments in our regulatory assessments.

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We were pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser at Health & Safety Executive  opened proceedings at our inaugural Chemicals Symposium. Following the opening remarks, Dr James Hingston, Health & Safety Executive, CRD presented 'Regulatory Surface Water Exposure Assessments, Past, Present and Future'.

Over the two days, we will welcomed speakers from regulators and international organisations alike from recognised key blue chip companies of Syngenta, TSG, and many more to hear about and discuss recent scientific knowledge, developments and applications in environmental protection in the context of agricultural production.

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



"Risk management options should be considered in terms of their positive and negative effects according to technical and economic factors, environmental security, social issues and organisational capabilities. The chosen strategy will usually involve terminating, mitigating, transferring, exploiting or tolerating the risk"


What's on the Agenda?

 The Symposium will be subdivided into scientific sessions dealing with:

• Environmental Fate

• Modelling

• Endocrine Disruptors

• Higher Tier Aquatic Assessments

• Disruptive Technologies & the Regulatory Landscapes



Join us in York for a leading debate on..

Related Fera Product 1

Endocrine Disruptors

Let's discuss the challenges of understanding and interpreting the required assays for your regulatory submission required for endocrine disruptor screening against the backdrop of the latest EPA regulations. 

Related Fera Product 2

Disruptive Technologies

One of the largest and fastest growing agriculture sectors is in new technologies (precision agriculture, advances in seed treatment technology, formulations). How do these technological advances fit into global regulatory frameworks?

Related Fera Product 3

Higher Tier Aquatic RAs

Mesocosm studies and their use in pesticide regulatory risk assessments. Let's discuss the regulatory perspective on their need, conduct, analysis and interpretation as well as the pros and cons of the conventional static mesocosm design versus flow-through.


The Speakers....

Mick Hamer

Mick Hamer

Worked for Syngenta and its legacy companies at Jealotts Hill Research Station since 1978.  Initially studied the bioaccumulation of 14C-labelled pesticides in fish in water only and water/sediment systems and followed this with practical experience of aquatic ecotoxicology in the laboratory and the field (mesocosms).  Since 1990s have worked in environmental risk assessment, especially aquatic, focusing on the development and implementation of higher tier approaches.

Steve Ruckman

Steve Ruckman

Steve has over 35 years’ experience delivering programmes in agrochemicals, food substances and pharmaceuticals. He also leads the Human Health team at TSG Consulting, which covers hazard and risk assessment, residues and chemistry. Steve’s career spans contract research, consultancy and the pharmaceutical industries, including roles at Huntingdon Life Sciences (now part of Covance) and Cambridge Environmental Assessments. 

Dan Pickford

Dan Pickford

Dan is an ecotoxicologist with over 20 years involvement in the field of endocrine disruption, in academic, regulatory and industry roles. After an 11 year stint as a lecturer at Brunel University, during which he contributed to the EFSA PPR panel, Dan joined the Environmental Safety function at Syngenta, where he combines ecological risk assessment and ecotoxicology study monitoring with his role in ED testing strategy for Syngenta active ingredients.  



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Karen Thorpe

Karen brings a wealth of experience in the Aquatic Ecotoxicology sector and expertise in using model fish species to study the influence of chemicals on fish physiology and reproduction. Karen gained further expertise in the effects of a range of chemical and physical stressors on the fish endocrine and immune system through her Postdoctoral Research at the Universities of Exeter, Basel and Prince Edward Island. 

Andrew Curran

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. 

Chris Sinclair

Chris Taylor

Chris has over 11 years’ experience in the field of ecotoxicology. Since 2013  Chris has held the role of Regulatory Ecotoxicologist for the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 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. academia and other regulators. 



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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.  

David Patterson

David Patterson

David has worked in the field of environmental fate modelling and risk assessment for the last decade. Joining Battelle in 2009 he took a role as a fate modeller. David joined Syngenta in 2011 becoming team leader for EU fate risk assessment and modelling. Also representing 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. Joining TSG in 2018, David's work now includes multi-year surface water modelling and guidance development for kinetic assessment.

Richard Glass

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.  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.



Meet karen

Jonathan Gill

Jonathan Gill is a qualified robotic engineer with 14 years of experience specialising in mechatronic systems. Jonathan diversified into remotely operated vehicle operation for over six years with the sole purpose of completing tasks remotely by mechatronic actuation honing skills of subsea technology teleoperation and supervising the ROV team in the harsh offshore environment.


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