10th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference
17 – 20 September 2017
Venue: BOKU Vienna, Austria
As Chair of the Specialist Group on Assessment and Control of Hazardous Substances in Water (ACHSW) and on behalf of the Organizing Committee, I invite you to participate in the Micropol & Ecohazard Conference 2017, to be held in Vienna from September 17-20, 2017. The conference is the 10th Biennial Specialist Conference of the IWA SG ACHSW. The conference is organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) in co-operation with the Technische Universität Wien (TU) and supported by the City of Vienna.
After 20 years of scientific research in the field of micropollutants, in this conference we seek to compile the current knowledge and foster its implementation in water resource management. Therefore, we gather leading experts and practitioners in the field of wastewater, drinking water and reuse from all over the world to share the latest scientific development and expertise on research, monitoring, engineering, operation and management.
The list of contaminants was recently extended by UNEP in terms of POPs and by the EU in terms of priority substances. Nevertheless, there are much more substances of emerging concern including pharmaceuticals, other personal care products, steroid hormones, industrial chemicals, pesticides, hydrocarbons, solvents, and detergents. Additionally effects like endocrine activity or antibiotic resistance are of high importance. The effects of micropollutants in the water environment are complex, still not fully understood and their associated risks are difficult to assess. Bioanalytical tools are means to overcome that knowledge gap, but still need to be elaborated and accepted on a broader scale. The regulatory framework and control strategies relevant to emerging contaminants is still under development stage and new 3 R-tools (reduce, replace, refine) should be included into the evaluation.
Therefore, we invite you to take the chance to share the latest scientific developments, technical expertise and solutions in micro-pollutants monitoring, treatment and management with water professionals from all over the world and to foster potential international cooperation. At this conference we want to attract policymakers, operational experts, researchers, scientists and engineers from governments, international organizations, institutions and industries for an exchange of views and experiences on best practices and innovative technologies in dealing with emerging contaminants and their potential impacts.
The attractive city of Vienna with its wonderful old town and the exciting cultural programme will give you a good opportunity to relax for some days before or after the conference. I encourage your participation and look forward to welcoming you in Vienna. Together we will make this conference a success.