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Four Satellite events are planned on June 25th, 2013: starting in the late morning/early afternoon.


Convener: Dr. Ethel Eljarrat, IDAEA-CSIC, Spain; Dr. Eva Brorström-Lundén, IVL Swedish Environment Research Institute, Sweden.

This Workshop will focus on Alternative Flame Retardants (FRs), including halogenated and organophosphate FRs, representing 30% and 20% by volume of the global FR production, respectively. Among the different Alternative FRs in use, several of them are high production volume chemicals. However, there is a general lack of information about their environmental fate and exposure. Such knowledge is important in determining which Alternative FRs may pose an unacceptable risk to health and the environment. The main objective of this Workshop is to compiles the existing knowledge regarding the environmental impact of Alternative Flame Retardants. For this purpose, available data on analytical methodologies, environmental occurrence, bioavailability and bioaccumulation processes, human exposure and toxicity, will be presented.

Convener: Dr. Carlos Ayora, IDAEA-CSIC, Spain.

Day after day regulations force the mining companies to ensure that mining areas are returned to conditions close to their original state. Large amounts of wastes produced from mine extraction and ore processing increase the potential for chemicals to contaminate ground and surface water. Thus, careful measurements of water and soil are carried out in well-regulated mines to exclude any type of water pollution. Furthermore, minimizing the amount of wastes and the concentration of ores in the wastes should be both an economic and environmental goal. This goal can be better achieved through the use of non-toxic extraction processes such as bioleaching. Finally, if the sites are nonetheless polluted and no mining is anymore active, mitigation techniques such as passive remediation systems should be implemented.

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Organized in collaboration with the American Chemical Society.

Co-conveners: Dr. Jennifer Field, Oregon State University, USA; Dr. Félix Hernández, Instituto Universitario de Plaguicidas y Aguas, Universitat Jaume I, Spain.

Quantitative measurements of illicit drug specific biomarkers in urban wastewater can be used to estimate the consumption of illicit drugs. The level of drug residues present in the sewage reflects the amount of a particular drug that has been consumed by the population served by the sewer network under investigation. This approach is referred as “sewage epidemiology”, a promising tool that is currently in an early stage of development and requires further optimization and standardization to produce reliable estimates of illicit drug use that can be harmonized with those produced from epidemiological surveys. Analysis of wastewaters provides evidence-based and real-time estimates of illicit drug consumption, and can be used for  monitoring patterns and trends of illicit drug use in large communities.

This approach requires the development of advanced analytical methodologies to detect these compounds in a complex matrix, such as urban wastewater. To this aim, hyphenation of liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry is the most powerful tool at present. LC-MS/MS is the work horse in this field, but high resolution MS also offers interesting features for investigation of illicit drugs, mainly for investigation of metabolites and novel substances in this type of complex-matrix samples.

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Organized in collaboration with the American Chemical Society and CYANOCOST Action ES 1105.

Co-conveners: Dr. Dionysios Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati, USA; Dr. Triantafyllos Kaloudis, Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company - EYDAP SA, Greece; Dr. Antonio Quesada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

Cyanobacteria are well known aquatic organisms that may produce secondary metabolites called generically cyanotoxins. These compounds are of very different chemical nature and present diverse severe effects on humans and other organisms exposed to them. Nowadays, national legislations, regulations and guidelines consider cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins as serious health risks associated to both drinking and recreational waters.

With this workshop we aim to open the field of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins to the scientific community implicated on Chemistry and the Environment. Many relevant challenges on cyanotoxins research are appearing last years implicating multi- and transdisciplinary research and industry. In this symposium we will discuss the latest information available on 4 different topics: i) Ecology; ii) Health; iii) Detection and iv) Treatment.

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