Experts' profiles - Heidelore Fiedler
Heidelore Fiedler
Heidi Fiedler is a Scientific Officer at DTIE, Chemicals Branch. She joined UNEP in 1998; presently she is responsible for the capacity building program for dioxins/furans and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs). She has developed guidelines to develop dioxin emission inventories (Dioxin Toolkit) and guidance to analyze POPs. They were successfully field-tested in all UN regions and became international standard methods used by countries in national reporting to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention or for global POPs monitoring. Heidi is implementing dioxin and laboratory capacity building projects in all UN regions using science-based approaches; the results contribute to the open and transparent process to review and update the Toolkit endorsed by the Stockholm Convention COP. Recent emphasis is on the quantification of dioxin emissions from open burning of waste and biomass in developing countries where these activities often are the major dioxin sources.

Before joining UNEP, Heidi was a senior scientist at the University of Bayreuth, Chair of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology and the Bavarian Institute of Waste Research, Augsburg, Germany. She is editor of the Section Persistent Organic Pollutants and Dioxins of the scientific journal Chemosphere; she is also secretary of the International Advisory Board to the International Dioxin Symposia.

Heidi has a Masters in Chemistry from Universitaet des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken, Germany, and a Ph.D. from the same University. She has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology of Oerebro University, Sweden. Heidi is also a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Beijing, China.
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