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PEOPLE 2017 – Symposium on Persistent and Emerging Organic Pollution in Cold and Coastal Environments

You are cordially invited to attend the Symposium on Persistent and Emerging Organic PoLlution in Cold and Coastal Environments (PEOPLE 2017), to be held on October 16-17, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada.

This symposium is timely as a large number of persistent and emerging organic pollutants (PEOPs), which are carcinogenic, recalcitrant and bio-accumulative, are non-regulated and thus currently not included in routine monitoring programs. There is an urgent need to better understand their fate, behavior, environmental and health impacts and develop more cost-efficient prevention, control and remediation technologies to support policy making and industry practices.

The PEOPLE 2017 Symposium will bring together researchers in environmental research (esp. on PEOPs) from multiple disciplines across Canada and the world as well as representatives and experts from relevant industry and federal/provincial governments. It will be co-hosted with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Newfoundland and Labrador Section and the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) (jointly with its Atlantic Symposium 2017). Through an open dialogue, participants/stakeholders can share their views on emerging areas of concern, knowledge gaps, research needs and action plans. It will particularly provide a good opportunity for the researchers and students to disseminate their findings and get better understanding of the needs of industries, governments and indigenous communities. Approximately 100 participants are expected.

You are also invited to submit abstracts (in English, 300 words max) in PDF or MS WORD to the Conference Secretariat at nrpop@mun.ca by September 15, 2017 in order to be considered for oral or poster presentations. A call for abstract is attached for your information. Please note no full paper is required. Selected abstracts will be invited for publications in a special journal issue. Students and young professionals are especially encouraged to present their work. The top student presenters will be recognized by the CAWQ Philip H. Jones Awards. Selected abstracts will be invited to publish their work in the Water Quality Research Journal (IWA).

The event focuses on, but not limited to, the persistent and emerging organic pollution with topics in the following aspect:

  • Pollutant fate and behavior (eps. in aquatic and soil environments)
  • Pollution monitoring and sample analysis
  • Source reduction and pollution prevention
  • Water safety and water/wastewater treatment
  • Enhanced and new remediation technologies
  • Environmental nanotechnology and biotechnology
  • Vulnerability analysis and exposure/risk assessment
  • Pollution modeling, system optimization and decision making
  • Environmental emergency response
  • Toxicological and ecological effects
  • Health and community impact assessment
  • Socio-economic effect analysis
  • Community engagement (eps. indigenous communities in northern and cold regions
  • Education and training for students, professional and communities

More information are available on the event website: http://www.engr.mun.ca/NRPOP/Web/index.php/people2017/. If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat.

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