Save the Date: Highly Fluorinated Compounds – Social and Scientific Discovery

Save the Date: June 14 – 15, 2017

Northeastern University, Boston

Highly Fluorinated Compounds – Social and Scientific Discovery

This two-day conference in Boston will address the social, scientific, political, economic, and environmental health issues raised by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). It will examine both ubiquitous exposure in consumer products and discrete historic and recent contamination discoveries in drinking water and soil around the world.

This conference will bring together scientists, government agency professionals, community-based organization leaders, national and regional environmental advocates, retail and industry representatives, journalists, and lawyers. In addition to plenary speakers and panels, there will be time for smaller discussions (e.g., community activism, waste management, journalism).

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will be the keynote speaker. Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, will also be a speaker.

We hope to provide some financial support for community advocates to attend.

The conference is sponsored by the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (Northeastern University-Boston, MA), Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA), Testing for Pease (Portsmouth, NH), and Toxics Action Center (Boston, MA).

A detailed program will be published online in early 2017. To be notified when registration opens, please send your email address to Stephanie Knutson at:

For more information, visit our PFAS website at