Special Themes



  • PFASs in surface, groundwater, drinking water, marine environment

  • Precursor compounds and their transformation to PFASs

  • PFASs interactions with soils and sediments

  • Retention, release and transport in soils/ groundwater

  • Treatment, Removal, Remediation and Management of PFASs

  • Impact on environment and human health


Mining Explorations and hydraulic Fracking

  • Underground coal gasification (in-situ gasification) contaminants
  • Hydraulic fracturing chemicals (biocides and other contaminants)
  • Geogenic contaminants (organic compounds, metals, radionuclides)
  • Contaminants in flow-back and produced water
  • Treatment options for removal of contaminants from produced water
  • Safe disposal or reuse of produced water
  • Fate and toxicity of oil dispersants in marine environments


ENDOCRINE DISRUPTION and Emerging Contaminants

  • Detection and measurement of endocrine disruption

  • Nature of EDCs and the disruption mechanisms

  • Interactions of EDC compounds (e.g. antiestrogenic, antiandrogenic, etc)

  • Dealing with complexity

  • Managing myriad of EDCs in the environment



  • Direct and indirect potable reuse
  • Water security and wastewater reuse (e.g. irrigation, drinking, etc.)
  • Land application of biosolids and other wastes
  • Managed aquifer recharge of stormwater and wastewater
  • Urban wetlands for stormwater management and ecosystem services


  • Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment.
  • Metals, metals oxides and carbon based nanoparticles (carbon nanotubes, fullerenes)
  • Characterisation of nanoparticles and/or nanovectors
  • Detection and environmental exposure assessment
  • Colloidal interactions of nanoparticles with water, sediment, soils
  • Transformations and speciation during wastewater treatment
  • Environmental fate and transport of nanoparticles
  • Uptake and effects on biota


Microplastics as Emerging Contaminants

  • Methods of detection / characterisation
  • Microplastics as carrier of emerging contaminants
  • Fate and effects in marine and freshwater systems
  • Biota interactions 


Emerging Contaminants and Tropical Ecosystems 

  • Emerging contaminants in coral reefs (e.g. Great Barrier Reef)
  • Contaminant dynamics in tropical/subtropical regions
  • Fate and effects of emerging contaminants in tropical environment
  • Extrapolation of data and information from temperate regions


Other Emerging or Re-emerging Contaminants on the Horizon

  • Illicit drugs, natural toxins, disinfection byproducts, etc.
  • Methods of detection / characterisation
  • Fate and transport
  • Uptake and effects on biota



  • Environmental dimension of AMR

  • Antibiotics, Biocides and AMR development

  • Antibiotics as growth promotors and AMR

  • Role of metals (e.g. Cu/Zn) in AMR development

  • Antimicrobial resistant genes (ARG)

  • Evolution of antibiotic resistance after treatment/reuse


General Themes


Sources and Exposure Pathways 

  • Urban wastewater and septic system discharges 
  • Sewer overflows and raw sewage incursion
  • Aquaculture and animal feeding operations 
  • Energy production (e.g., gas exploration , hydraulic fracturing fluids,  rare earth elements,)
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing, hospitals, long-term care facilities
  • Landfills


Treatment Processes and Technologies

  • Wastewater treatment plants (e.g. efficiency in removal of EDCs, PPCPs, etc.) 
  • Advanced treatment processes and technologies
  • Surrogate and indicator chemicals to assess potential removal of ECs during treatment
  • Constructed wetlands and cost-effective treatment processes
  • Cost/benefit analysis of advanced treatment processes
  • Low cost options for wastewater treatment in developing economies
  • Treatment goals and community expectations (‘fit for purpose’)


Sampling, Analytical and Characterisation Methods

  • Sampling strategies for biota, air, water, sediments and soils 
  • Analysis approaches – versus complexity of EC exposure in aquatic systems
  • HRMS methods – recent advances, forensics, non-target & high throughput analysis
  • Problem matrices – elucidation of factors affecting & compensating for matrix effects  
  • Passive samplers and real-time sensors – EC measurement and characterization
  • Application of OMICs and biomarkers and bioassays for effects testing of ECs 
  • Integrative analytical approaches (chemical analyses, in vitro bioassays, and in vivo screening) 
  • Holistic approaches for understanding of environmental contaminants

Fate and Transport in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems

  • Hetero & homo-aggregation and suspension stability of nano-particles – role of DOCs
  • Release of nano-particles from solid waste; colloids as nano-vectors (synthetic & natural) 
  • Sorption – desorption, equilibrium and kinetic processes 
  • Biotic and abiotic attenuation (e.g. photolysis) and distribution
  • Natural attenuation in rivers, wetlands  and receiving environments (aquatic and terrestrial); 
  • Surface, subsurface and atmospheric transport of ECs; 
  • Biogeochemistry in the hyporheic zone, redox processes and fate of ECs
  • Pharmacology versus environmental fate assessment
  • Transformation products 


Aquatic and Terrestrial Effects

  • Cocktails and mixture exposure and effects:  new advancements 
  • Endocrine disruption (e.g. androgens, anti-estrogens) thyroid disruption etc. 
  • Cytotoxic and biologically active drugs in the environment
  • Antibiotic resistance – gene transfer, extent and significance
  • Epigenetics and transgenerational transmission
  • Uptake into biota (bioavailability, bioconcentration, bioaccumulation)
  • Modeling and prioritisation approaches for predicting & monitoring effects (in-silico vs in-vivo)


Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Regulations and Policy Frameworks

  • Regulations shifting the problem – e.g. pharmaceutical manufacturing, e-waste
  • Evaluation of the environmental impacts of energy production
  • Community perceptions versus actual risk as policy drivers
  • Current guidelines - their development and adequacy for ECs
  • Environmental tradeoffs, cost: benefit consideration
  • Pharmaceutical take-back programs
  • Global collaboration and harmonisation of regulations

Keynote speakers

Information for Presenters

All Platform presenters are required to register and pay by 31 August 2018.