About the Society
Japan Society for Environmental Chemistry (JEC)
The society was founded in 1990. JEC is made up of about 900 individual members including overseas members and students, 16 public interest organizations and 54 private supporting corporations as of March, 2020. JEC has been working on the wide area of environmental chemistry. Key area of JEC covers analytical chemistry, environmental monitoring, chemical dynamics, geochemical cycling, toxicology, ecological impact, waste treatment, and risk assessment of environmental chemicals, i.e., persistent organic pollutants (POPs), pesticides, heavy metals and trace elements, surfactants, microplastics and a variety of other chemicals. The activities of JEC will contribute to the sound management of environmental chemicals through the development of state-of-the-art science of environmental chemistry. The society has annual meetings to facilitate discussion among the researchers and to enhance the studies in the field. In addition, JEC has held international conferences for facilitating communication between researchers and stakeholders in different countries and exchanging knowledge related to environmental pollution by micro-pollutants by cooperating with societies in foreign countries: the first time in Hawaii in 1996, the second time in China in 2004, and the third time in Korea in 2010. Since 2007, we have included an international session in the annual symposium of JEC (177 presentations). JEC has close cooperation with international scientific meetings/societies such as the International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (Dioxin conference) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).