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The International Symposium Series on Environmental Contamination

The U.S. Department of Energy has redefined the role of science and technology in environmental restoration and preservation.  The new approach includes fully integrated partnerships with universities and the private sector for the development of solutions to environmental problems worldwide.  The work which has been conducted over the years at Florida State University under the direction of Dr. Roy Herndon has been of particular value to DOE in its efforts to clean-up the waste legacy of the Cold War years.

Gerald Boyd
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Environmental Management
U.S. Department of Energy

The IICER conducts, biennially, the International Symposium and Exhibition on Environmental Contamination in Central and Eastern Europe.  This symposium series was conceived and organized at the end of the Cold War by Drs. Roy Herndon (IICER-Florida State University) and Peter Richter (Technical University of Budapest).  The IICER manages all aspects of the planning, organization and implementation of this symposium series using IICER staff and supported by state-of-the-art computer hardware and software.

Scientists, engineers and other environmental specialists from around the world attend these meetings to discuss environmental, technology-based and human health related problems, and to arrive at solutions to these problems.  These symposia are designed to provide the IICER with an on-going database of information which can be used by the U.S. Department of Energy and others to identify and evaluate the status of technologies which have the potential for being deployed at U.S. sites as well as at sites in Central and Eastern Europe.

This symposium series was initiated in 1992 in Budapest, Hungary.  In 1994 the symposium was again held in Budapest; the 1996 and 1998 meetings were held in Warsaw, Poland.  The Fifth International Symposium and Exhibition on Environmental Contamination in Central and Eastern Europe conducted in Prague, Czech Republic was a great success.  Over 700 people participated including 400 Student Scholars and Symposium Fellows.  45 countries were represented at this international symposium.  A CD of the proceedings will be available soon.  Refer back to the IICER webpage in the future for updates on the Sixth International Symposium to be conducted in Prague in 2002.

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