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- IUPAC-sponsored event -


International Workshop on
Crop Protection Chemistry in Latin America

14-17 February 2005
University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica


International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR)
Ministerio de Agricultura de Costa Rica (MAG-CR)

CropLife Latin America
Cámara Insumos Agropecuarios


· Prof. Elizabeth Carazo, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
· MSc. Sergio Abarca, Ministerio de Agricultura, San José, Costa Rica
· Prof. Roberto Gonzalez, Univesity of Chile, Santiago, Chile
· Dr. Carlos Hernández, EARTH, Limón, Costa Rica
· Eng. Carlos Hidalgo, CropLife Latin America, San José, Costa Rica
· Dr. Ron Parker, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs, Washington, DC, USA
· Dr. Ken Racke, IUPAC Advisory Committee on Crop Protection Chemistry, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
· Dr. Sue-Sun Wong, Taiwan Agricultural Chemicals and Toxic Substances Research Institute, Taichung, Taiwan

Elizabeth Carazo or Kenneth Racke

This workshop on "Crop Protection Chemistry in Latin America" is designed to address contemporary and emerging issues related to harmonized approaches for environmental assessment and regulation. This workshop is the 6th in a series sponsored by IUPAC since 1988, and previous meetings have included successful sessions in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Seoul, Korea.

Crop protection chemistry is at a critical juncture in Latin America. The use of agrochemicals for crop protection purposes has increased significantly in recent years, and the region now is one of the most important areas for agricultural production and export to world markets. At the same time, research and regulatory interests for sustainable agricultural production and a high level of environmental protection have increased. There is clearly a need to identify and prioritize the key regional issues related to crop protection chemistry and environmental protection, and also to exchange ideas and information regarding harmonized approaches for the scientific evaluation and regulation of crop protection chemistry.

An invitation is extended to all interested scientists to come to beautiful Costa Rica and join experts from across Latin America and from around the world in the important deliberations being planned.

The program for the meeting will include lectures, posters, and discussion sessions with simultaneous translation. The primary focus will be environmental and regulatory aspects of crop protection chemistry. Key scientific topics for the 3-day scientific program include:

· Environmental fate and impacts
· Analysis & monitoring of pesticide residues
· Risk assessment and mitigation
· Regulations and standards
· Product quality criteria and specifications
· Food residues, dietary intake, and MRLs
· Worker exposure and training
· Natural products and biopesticides

Proposed poster contributions will be accepted beginning with the second workshop circular during August, 2004. All proposed contributions will be subject to evaluation for scientific merit and suitability by the Organizing Committee.

The workshop will be held on the beautiful campus of the Universad de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica, and is easily reachable by taxi and shuttle bus from Santamaría International Airport.

Advance as well as on-site registration will be available.
Discounted fees may be available for students and scholarships in case of demonstrated financial need.

Advance registration: $250
On-site registration: $350

A variety of lodging including hotels, guest houses, and dormitories representing a range prices will be available to participants.

Following the 3-day scientific program, a day of touring and local agricultural visits will be available to workshop participants.

The Republic of Costa Rica occupies 51,100 sq km in the heart of the Central American isthmus. It is bordered to the north by Nicaragua and to the east by Panama. Climate and terrain vary dramatically, and major regions include volcanic mountain chains, a central high-altitude plain, and coastal lowlands. Costa Rica is a tropical country, with a dry season generally between late December and April. The country's biodiversity attracts nature lovers from all over the world. National parks cover almost 12% of the country. International flights arrive at San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport, and there are good connections to major cities in the US, Canada, and many Latin American countries.

Further information: Elizabeth Carazo or Kenneth Racke

For latest update see <www.altcomcr.net/crop-prot-chemistry>


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