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30 Apr-4 May 2012, Portland, Oregon, US
8th National Monitoring Conference - Water: One Resource - Shared Effort - Common Future

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) will host its 8th National Monitoring Conference - Water: One Resource - Shared Effort - Common Future. The conference will focus on the many facets of water quality and quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities. It is a centerpiece forum that generally attracts 500-800 water practitioners from all backgrounds, including federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders. Attendees exchange information about water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management; learn about new findings on the quality of the Nation's streams and rivers, groundwater, estuaries, lakes and wetlands; and develop new skills and professional networks.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 23 September. For more details go to



20-24 May 2012, Berlin, Germany
6th SETAC World Congress and SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting

The SETAC Europe Annual Meeting is Europe's biggest meeting on environmental toxicology and chemistry with more than 1500 presentations in parallel platform sessions and poster sessions, participants and scientific speakers from academia, business and government and a blend of scientists and practitioners, researchers and regulators all in attendance.

The scientific programme includes a session on emerging contaminants with the following topics on the agenda:
B01 - Antimicrobial resistance in the environment
B02 - Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs): recent developments
B03 - Environmental characterisation, fate/detection, exposure, effect and risk of nanomaterials
B04 - Greener nanotechnology, an integrative approach to an emerging technology
B05 - Non-target analysis and identification of toxicologically significant emerging contaminants
B06 - Perfluorinated compounds: From emission sources to the place of impact
B07 - Microplastics: An emerging risk to the marine environment
B08 - Towards a sound and common definition of 'endocrine disruptor'
B09 - What is the current state of the science on the fate, exposure and effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment?

Under session F (Risk assessment, risk management and regulation) a topic on environmental specimen banks:
F05 - Are Environmental Specimen Banks ready to face future challenges of environmental chemistry and regulatory toxicology?

More information at



25-27 June 2012, Denver, Colorado
AWRA's 2012 Summer Specialty Conference on Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water Resources II: Research, Engineering, and Community Action

Since the 2007 AWRA meeting in Vail ( significant accomplishments have been realised in research, engineering, and community action related to CECs. The goal of the 2012 conference will be to provide a balanced interdisciplinary forum on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in the environment highlighting the best of these efforts in a series of oral presentations and poster sessions.

The conference is hosted by the Colorado State Section of the American Water Resources Association, with the support of The Consortium for Research and Education on Emerging Contaminants (CREEC) Colorado Foundation for Water Education - Colorado Water 2012.

Technical sessions will focus on the fate, transport, and environmental effects of CECs in the environment and in wastewater and drinking water treatment plants; the implications of CEC occurrence on water reuse; analytical methods for detecting CECs in water, sediment, soils, biosolids, tissue, and blood; assessments of potential human health risks or ecosystem effects; policy and engineering solutions to CEC issues; and implications of CEC research for policy and decision makers water utilities, and the pesticide, pharmaceutical and household chemical industries.

Deadline for submission of abstract: 6th February 2012.
Further information at



25-29 June 2012,Leipzig, Germany
EDA-EMERGE Summer School

EDA-EMERGE organises extensive training courses on the concepts and strategies behind the identification of emerging pollutants using novel chemical and biological tools and river basin monitoring programs in the EU. An extensive training programme is provided to this purpose.

This Summer School will bring together experts in effect directed analysis and chemical structure elucidation to bio-diagnostic tools and water management. Together with invited speakers from major regulatory bodies, water industries and European research centres, an intensive and interactive programme with lectures, workshops and case studies will be tailored to the themes covered within the EDA-EMERGE project.

The Summer School is open to all EDA-EMERGE fellows and invited PhD students linked to the associated networks. The content is multi-disciplinary covering the fields of analytical chemistry, eco-toxicology, biochemistry, environmental science and water management.

For more details on the programme and the venue, go to

Registration deadline, 31 May 2012. Contact



2-4 July 2012, Barcelona, Spain
8th Annual LC/MS/MS workshop on environmental applications and food safety

This workshop is organised by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Barcelona (CSIC) and the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), following the success of the previous 7 international workshops on chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for screening and trace level quantitation in environmental and food samples.

The following practical aspects and state of the art applications will be discussed:

  • Advantages, comparison and complementarities of advanced tandem and hybrid MS instruments, such as QqLIT, QqTOF, Orbitrap in the quantitative and qualitative determination of complex environmental and food samples
  • Advanced sample preparation technologies for food and environmental analysis like the use of molecularly imprinted polymers and other selective SPE cartridges including on-line pre-column technology coupled to LC/tandem MS
  • Large number of applications in environmental analysis, basically water and soil/sediment, and food, like fruits and vegetables, juices and meat.
  • Broad range of contaminants and their degradates

Deadline for submission of abstracts and registration: 1st May 2012
Workshop flyer



26-30 Aug 2012, Prague, Czech Republic
4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

This biannual congress offers a possibility to learn from experts in the field of chemistry, share experiences with companies, scientists, academics and debate about challenging topics. This year, under the main congress Theme "Environment and Green Chemistry" the following Symposia are organised:

  • Environmental Radiochemistry (1 day, 27 August) convener Heinz Gäggeler
  • Mining and the Environment (2 days, from 28 to 29 August) convener Jürg Zobrist
  • Green Chemistry (1.5 days, from 29 to 30 August) convener Pietro Tundo
  • General Environmental Chemistry including Organic and Inorganic Pollutants - convener Walter Giger

Deadline for online submission of abstracts: 5th May 2012.
More information and abstract submission at



7-10 Oct 2012, Porto, Portugal
7th European Conference on Pesticides and related organic micropollutants in the environment and 13th symposium on chemistry and fate of modern pesticides

The conference is organised by IAREN (Water Institute of the Northern Region) under the auspices of IAEAC (International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry) and ENEAP (European-Mediterranean Association for Environmental Education Assessment and Protection), with NORMAN in the Honorary Committee.

Conference themes:

  • New analytical techniques and strategies for pesticide analysis
  • Trends in the analysis of emerging pollutants (pesticides and other organic pollutants)
  • Levels of pesticide residues in water, soil and air
  • Residue levels in agricultural products and food safety
  • Behaviour of pesticides and related organic micropollutants in the environment
  • Modelling of pesticide fate in the environment
  • Ecotoxicity and environmental risk assessment
  • Environmental Protection and remediation techniques
  • Application of chemometrical methods to pesticide and micropollutant analysis

Deadline for abstract submission: 31th May 2012. More information available on the First Announcement and Call for Abstract [1270kB].
Conference website: