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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.




23–27 May 2021, 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

For further information


9-12 June 2021, Bern, Switzerland
ContaSed2021 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, ContaSed2021 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: 28 February 2021

Deadline for registration: 1 April 2021


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21-25 June 2021, 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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1 September 2021, Berlin, Germany and online (hybrid)
Advancements of Analytical Techniques for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)  

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of more than 4700 chemical compounds originating from anthropogenic sources. PFAS have been used extensively in a variety of products and industries, due to their high chemical stability and resistance towards degradation by heat or corrosion. On the downside, these chemical properties imply non-degradability and PFAS have been increasingly linked to cause severe illnesses. As a result, the presence of these compounds in plants and animals especially in areas close to industrial and military locations and the human body all around the world has been recognized as a major challenge for future remediation work.

The main goal of the workshop will be the discussion of advantages and drawbacks of current state-of-the-art methods in contrast to various novel and less well-known techniques for PFAS analytics.

You will find updates of the event on the event website: 

The final program and the registration link will be published in summer 2021. The event is free of charge. 


1-4 September 2021, Athens, Greece
17th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST2021)

Over the last 30 years the Organising Committee supported CEST conference by organizing the “Emerging Contaminants” session and acted as a convener and as Guest Editor of special issues of the Journal of Hazardous Materials and Chemosphere. This year, CEST2021 topics will cover all the latest trends in Environmental Science and Technology and basic fields of research. The sessions are divided in nine thematic areas:

  • Water and wastewater treatment and reuse
  • Environmental management and policies
  • Environmental pollution
  • Analysis of environmental systems
  • Environmental health
  • Innovative environmental solutions
  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Waste management
  • Ecology and ecosystem management

Deadline for submission of abstracts for an oral or poster presentation: 31 January 2021

More information about the event, the registration and submission of abstracts at