CONGRESS SERIES HISTORY

As-2006 | Mexico City, Mexico

As-2008 | Valencia, Spain
As-2010 | Tainan, Taiwan
As-2012 | Cairns, Australia
 
 
 
 
 

Buenos Aires

Also known as "La Reina del Plata" (The Queen of the Rio de la Plata) in and old tango, is a cosmopolitan city, whose architecture combines old buildings with modern towers  and spacious parks.

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As2014 has finished. We thank all participants for their attendance and hope that As2014 has been fruitful for your collaborations and friendships.


Our gratitude to the Faculty of Economical Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires for the splendid place given to celebrate our congress and to the Buenos Aires Regional Faculty of the National Technological University (FRBA-UTN) for the printing of the short abstracts book, banners, invitations, certificates and other printed materials of this Congress.

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On behalf of the organizing committee, we cordially invite you to join the 5th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (As2014), to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 11-16 May 2014. The theme of As2014 is "One century of the discovery of arsenicosis in America (1913-2014)", to commemorate 100 years of the discovery of the effects of arsenic in human life in Latin America.

The Congress intends to invite and integrate researchers involved in different study areas in an open forum, and to strengthen relations between academia, industry, research laboratories government agencies and the private sector to share an optimal atmosphere to interchange knowledge, discoveries and discussions about the problem of arsenic in the environment.

Arsenic has been an issue of concern in last decades because of the serious incidence on human health coming from ingestion of water with small amounts of arsenic for prolonged periods.

The presence of the element in water intended for drinking has caused the spread of arsenicosis (known as HACRE, hidroarsenicismo crónico regional endémico in Spanish), a set of signs and symptoms manifested mainly by dermatological disorders, such as melanodermia, leucodermia and/or palmoplantar keratoderma, which may evolve into more serious pathologies, such as different types of cancer. The affected populations usually live in countries with low-income levels, and the disease largely affects dispersed rural and periurban populations. Around 100 million people are at risk in Asia and it is estimated that in Latin America the population at risk exceeds 14 million people, with high incidence in Argentina (about 4 million people), Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. In the rest of the world, the most affected countries are India, China and Bangladesh, although the presence of arsenic in groundwater has been also found in some European countries and in the United States.

Since 2006, four events of International Congress on "Arsenic in the Environment" were held in different countries (Mexico, 2006, Spain, 2008, Taiwan, 2010 and Australia, 2012). In the previous 4th International Congress of Arsenic in the Environment (Australia, 2012), Argentina has been elected to host the next Congress. This is consistent with the fact that, in 2014, 100 years of the discovery of HACRE by Dr. Abel Ayerza in the city of Bell Ville, Province of Córdoba, are commemorated. Dr. Ayerza was the first to relate skin disorders with the consumption of groundwater with high concentrations of arsenic. For this reason, the organization of the next 5th International Congress in the Latin American region is considered relevant.

The topics to be covered in As2014 will be grouped under the following general areas:

Theme 1: Arsenic in environmental matrices (air, water and soil)

Theme 2: Arsenic in food

Theme 3: Arsenic and health

Theme 4: Removal Technologies

Theme 5: Mitigation Management and Policy

 

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