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This page will be regularly updated with information and useful links to other relevant conferences and workshops in the field of emerging environmental pollutants.




27-29 April 2020, Beijing, China
Environmental Chemistry and Health 2020 Conference

Environmental Chemistry and Health 2020 brings together experts from academia, industry and government to discuss key topics and find environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology solutions for the sustainable management of ecosystems under broad themes:

  • Environmental/Analytical Chemistry
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Remediation Strategies/Circular Economy
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Human Exposure and Biomonitoring of Emerging Contaminants

Abstract submission: 15 January 2020
Early bird registration: 1 April 2020

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13-14 May 2020, Agropolis, Montpellier, France
EPIMAR: 1st EPIgenetics in MARine biology congress 

This first edition will explore cutting-edge aspects of epigenetics in marine biology: environmental epigenetics, developmental epigenetics and epigenetics in aquaculture. EPIMAR2020 aims at gathering scientists with interest in this field which has recently gained an increasing interest among all the scientific communities in biology.

The following key aspects will be presented:

  • Environmental epigenetics, which studies adaptive or non-adaptive epigenetic modifications over one or more generations, initiated in response to an environmental modification
  • Developmental epigenetics, which focuses on epigenetic changes involved in the fine regulation of gene expression involved in embryonic and cell differentiation in marine species
  • Epigenetics in aquaculture, with a focus for this first edition on epigenetic pathways which may be targeted by environmental cues to improve sustainable food production

Cutting-edge presentations on these topics aim at providing interaction and exchange opportunities to support the growing international scientific community on epigenetics in marine biology, which to date lacks a dedicated, regular and sustainable convention.

Abstract submission: by 1 February 2020

Registration: by 1 April 2020


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26-30 May 2020, Durham, N.C. USA
Nontarget Analysis for Environmental Assessment

The goal of this meeting is to move nontarget screening and its application forward in the context of environmental assessment by involving stakeholders from all sectors.
The meeting will have a mixed format with keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations, and breakout discussion and demonstration groups. The meeting will intensely cover nontarget screening approaches, from the analytical technology, to application in real-field studies and implementation in risk assessment.

The meeting will include three main topics:

  • Frontiers in nontarget screening: Instrumentation, data evaluation and application to monitoring the water environment
  • Identifying transformation products and metabolites formed in biological and technical systems
  • Tools to prioritize identification: Statistics, exposure indices, toxicity, fate modeling

Abstract submission: by 22 January 2020

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10-12 June 2020, Brno, Czech Republic
Natural Toxins: Environmental Fate and Safe Water Supply

“Natural Toxins: Environmental Fate and Safe Water Supply” is the first international conference focusing solely on the topic of natural compounds affecting the quality of our water resources and drinking water. The conference is organised as part of the NaToxAq EU partnership on natural toxins.

Occurrence of toxic natural compounds is widespread, often in close proximity to drinking water resources. Do we need to care? The conference is about how we sample, analyse, monitor, and quantify the fate/removal, toxicity and risks of natural toxins. We look forward to your contribution to stimulate discussions and research on this controversial and challenging group of emerging toxins.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 January 2020

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14-18 June 2020, Bern, Switzerland
ContaSed2020 2nd International Conference on Contaminated Sediments

Sediments are sources and sinks of contaminants, and play an important role in mediating pollutants across compartments of ecosystems. Following ContaSed2015, ContaSed2020 will focus on organic and inorganic sediment contaminant classes including microplastics, emerging contaminants, heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants.

Contributions dealing with empirical or modelling studies are invited to the following sessions:

  • Session 1: From source to sink: transport and deposition of contaminants in sediments
  • Session 2: Assessing risks of contaminants in sediments: methodologies and ecotoxicological case studies
  • Session 3: Analytical tools and methods for assessing sediment contamination
  • Session 4: Fate of contaminants in depositional settings
  • Session 5: Sediments as archives of historical pollution

Deadline for abstract submission: 26 January 2020

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22-26 June 2020, Milan, Italy
IWA EcoSTP 2020 “Impacting the environment with innovation in wastewater treatment”

The conference will bring together stakeholders involved in the water sector to promote a paradigm shift in wastewater treatment and management with a special focus on sustainability and circular economy. IWA EcoSTP 2020 will deal with innovative technologies, approaches and practices aimed at transforming wastewater treatment plants in the heart and driver of future major changes for environment, society and economy.

Conference topics:

  • Innovative technologies, approaches and STP layouts for sustainable wastewater treatment, resource recovery and wastewater reuse
  • Strategies for energy consumption and carbon footprint minimization in wastewater treatment
  • Occurrence, fate and removal of contaminants of emerging concern, including micro- and nano-plastics and antibiotic resistance, in wastewater and sludge
  • Natural-based solutions for resilient and smart wastewater treatment and management
  • Monitoring, modelling and control for effective process management, optimization and scale-up, also based on advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence
  • Digitalization and emerging ICT technologies for a new deal in water cycle
  • The wastewater biorefinery from lab to full scale: technical, economic and regulatory issues
  • Preservation of ecosystem quality and human health through risk based approaches
  • Economics of wastewater treatment and management
  • Integrated assessment for wastewater treatment and management under Life Cycle Thinking

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30 August - 4 September 2020, Nantes, France
DIOXIN 2020, the 40th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

For this edition in Nantes, there will be a full scientific programme covering all aspects of dioxins, “Stockholm” POPs, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated chemicals and emerging contaminants. 

Topics will address major advances in analytical determination, the comprehensive understanding of emission, transport, fate, degradation, exposure (ecosystem and human), toxic behavior, effect, risk assessment and risk management, microplastics and e-waste. A particular attention will be paid to chlorinated paraffins (CPs), chloronaphtalenes (CNs) any emerging contaminants both in the food web and human. Relevant analytical strategies including Non Targeted Screening (NTS) and metabolomics will be discussed.

700-900 delegates are expected to register for the event, classically representing > 700 abstracts (250 are oral presentations and 450 are posters) presented in up to 5 parallel sessions during 5 days.

Registration: by June 2020

Abstract submission: by April 2020

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