DGT Conference 2015
“From DGT Research to Environmental Assessment”
The contamination of the environment is one of the most important problems that affect organisms and human health. Due to the increased anthropogenic activities the need for contamination control and mitigation as well as for environment preservation are of increasing importance.
However, many substances are present in the environment in very low concentrations that are not possible to measure by traditional analytical techniques. During the last two decades, the diffusion-based passive samplers have been widely used for trace metals measurement in natural waters, soils and sediments. While the advantages of passive samplers against the traditional sampling and analytical techniques have been well reported, there are several uncertainties and limitations that need to be addressed and discussed.
The next edition of Diffusive Gradient in Thin Films – DGT Conference 2015: from DGT Research to Environmental Assessment aims to provide a unique forum where experts from all around the word will meet to present the last advances in DGT techniques, to discuss their advantages as new tools for risk assessment and to highlight limitations and uncertainties. It also aims to stimulate join activities to move this technique forward to be used in environmental monitoring programs in the framework of national and international legislation. A key issue for that development is the availability of suitable assessment criteria (for example EAC/EQS). In this sense, we encourage contributions focused on the combination of passive sampling and dossing approaches with bioassays. Finally, we expect that DGT Conference 2015 will bring the occasion to promote interactions and future collaborations between scientists working in a wide range of environments.
The above mentioned issues will be covered in the following six session topics:
- Water solutions and aquatic environments (continental, brackish and marine waters)
- Soils and plants
- Relating bioavailability and effects to DGT data
- Environmental Assessment and Legislation
- Addendum session