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POSTPONED SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting. Assessment of the Exposure and Effects of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Drinking and Wastewater Systems and Assays to Evaluate their Removal

3-7 May, Dublin – Ireland

It is a great pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract to the session ″Assessment of the Exposure and Effects of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Drinking and Wastewater Systems and Assays to Evaluate their Removal″ to be convened at the SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting, on 3- 7 May 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. We seek to get an array of talks, which represent the interdisciplinary research needed to exposures to and effects from contaminants of emerging concern
(CECs) in the environment.
To date, the focus of research in relation to CECs, including among
others pharmaceutical compounds, personal care products
compounds, flame retardants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
(PFAS), microplastics, etc. has been compartmentalized, eg
examining selected chemicals or microorganisms, human health
or ecological health effects, waste water or drinking water. These
artificial divisions limit the understanding of the complex
interactions that occur in the environment. As competition for water
resources increases, waste water and drinking water will become
even more closely linked, and natural attenuation processes (eg
dilution, hydrolysis and photolysis) and management technologies
(eg sorption, degradation, and filtration) may be insufficient in managing the spread of such contaminants appropriate for human and ecosystem needs. The long-term ecosystem and human health effects are largely unknown. Drinking water and wastewater utilities need to identify appropriate management actions to address risks with respect to CECs. To optimize the design and operation and management strategies of these systems, various approaches are critically needed: (i) developing a detailed characterization of the processes that govern the fate of CECs in these systems; (ii) estimates of their cost-effectiveness; and (iii) investigations of the overall toxicity of water/wastewater treatment system effluents. As wastewater and
Assessment of the Exposure and Effects of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Drinking and Wastewater Systems and Assays to Evaluate their Removal drinking water treatment plants conduct these evaluations it would be cost effective and strategic to also evaluate different options not only based on traditional parameters but to also include the co-benefits of removing CECs. One approach is analogous to the Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing (WETT) procedures that use next generation testing procedures including molecular methods, metabolomics, or protein endpoints.
Approaches such as Toxicity Identification Evaluation (TIE) procedures can be used to identify the most environmentally relevant CECs to focus on. The goal of this session is to highlight research that uses integrated approaches to monitor the occurrence and the corresponding effects of CECs exposures in the environment. It will include a combination of comprehensive analysis of environmental contaminant mixtures, in vitro bioassays to assess cumulative bioactivity, and in vivo tests to address specific exposure and response endpoints. Also, this session welcomes submissions from experimental work at the laboratory, pilot, and field scales, and modeling studies of the fate and removal of CECs in traditional, advanced, and passive water and wastewater treatment technologies, including direct or de facto water reuse. The session also seeks presentations that
demonstrate the use of chemical and biological measures to evaluate the environmentally-relevant effectiveness of those technologies and approaches specific to the removal of CECs and their associated
Susan Glassmeyer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Despo Fatta-Kassinos , Nireas-International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus
Damià Barceló, Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)
Viviane Yargeau , McGill University
Deadline for abstract submissions: 27 November 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline – 27 Nov 2019
You are welcome to submit your abstract via the online abstract submission page ( , until 27 November 2019.
Please feel free to contact us ( if you have any questions.

  • Date

    Sunday, 03 May 2020

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