Satellite Events

On Sunday 11 June 2023, a set of Satellite Events are offered prior to the opening of the Conference.
Course registration is open to members and guests. Note that you do not need to register for the full Conference to attend a Satellite Event. Register by 30th April 2023 to ensure that your preferred Satellite Event will take place.
Satellite Events will be held either as half- or full-day courses.
Half-day courses are 3 hours in length and are presented either in the morning (09:00-12.30) or afternoon (13:30-16:30), while full-day courses include 3-hour sessions in both the morning and afternoon, with a one-hour lunch break at 12:30. A coffee corner will be available the whole day.
Distribution of course contents and teaching responsibilities are left up to the instructors.

This workshop will introduce, an internationally unique resource for storing and predicting microbial biotransformation pathways of organic contaminants in different environments including soil, sediment, activated sludge and pure and enrichment cultures. Key elements of the enviPath database are biotransformation pathways, reactions, transformation products, and biotransformation reaction rules. It currently contains three major data packages with over 700 contaminant pathways altogether.

In the first part of the workshop, theory sessions will introduce the scope and general structure of enviPath, introduce the data packages available in enviPath and explain the algorithms underlying the training and execution of the pathway prediction component of enviPath. These theory inputs will be complemented by hands-on exercises on entering your own data package into enviPath and on producing and extracting own predicted biotransformation pathways for contaminants of interest to you. In the second part of the workshop, a selection of invited speakers will explain how they use enviPath in their research and/or teaching. Finally, the day will be rounded of by short inputs in recent ongoing developments of enviPath, e.g., half-life prediction, automated rule generation, and linking transformation reactions to genes/enzymes.

Program plan:

09:00 – 09:30 Introduction to enviPath Kathrin Fenner
09:30 – 10:30 Biodegradation data in enviPath: soil, sludge, sediment Jasmin Hafner
10:30 – 10:45 Health break
10:45 – 11:45 Introduction to predictive models in enviPath Kunyang Zhang
11:45 – 12:15 Hands-on exercises and work on own questions Jasmin Hafner, Kunyang Zhang
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break
13:15 – 13:45 Using enviPath for transformation product screening in biotransformation experiments Claudia Coll
13:45 – 14:15 Using enviPath in R&D at a pesticide company Sebastian Schmidt
14:15 – 14:45 Using enviPath in biochemistry teaching Jeff Osborn
14:45 – 15:00 Health Break
15:00 – 15:30 Ongoing developments of enviPath: automatic rule extraction Kunyang Zhang
15:30 – 16:00 Ongoing developments of enviPath: applicability domain evaluation Jörg Wicker
16:00 – 16:30 Developing structure-based half-life prediction models based on enviPath data Jasmin Hafner

Dramatic environmental changes are currently occurring in the Arctic in an unprecedented pace. Both marine and terrestrial environments are affected due to the observed comprehensive changes in the cryosphere of the North. These reported changes are expected to have considerable consequences for environmental systems as well as for the local human populations. Mainly the rapid reduction of the Arctic cryosphere (ice-associated systems) will have consequences for biological systems as well as infrastructures and local societies. A variety of indicators illustrate the environmental stress of environmental and climate changes in the Arctic. This includes foraging behavior of top predators, significant changes in the food webs, invasion of new species and changes in the seasonal migration patterns of species. Also, the indigenous people of the Arctic are strongly affected. Thus, traditional hunting routines were abandoned because of changing migration patterns of marine mammals. Along the Arctic coastlines, many communities plan to abandon their locations and move inland due to extensive erosion problems. Furthermore, hygiene issues and water shortage reduce the living quality in many communities.

At the other hand, the declining sea ice and cryosphere provides new opportunity for access to fossil resources, mineral mining, and shipping routes. The circum-Arctic nations are therefore looking towards the North for economic opportunities as well as fearing environmental changes. During the seminar, Arctic experts will discuss the major challenges and interlinkages for the environmental protection, local communities, and economic opportunities. The potential for conflicting priorities will be highlighted and discussed based on case studies. Potential solutions, and future research priorities with respect to the appropriate sustainable response will be elucidated.

NVP’s recent strategic vision on challenges in Arctic environments and societies will be discussed.

For details see:  The “Global Arctic

Program plan:

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and technical
Roland Kallenborn
09:10 – 09:30 Motivation and report concept,
Introduction into the topic
Cynthia de Wit
09:30 – 10:00 Long-range transport –
Diffusive pollution sources
Hayley Hung
10:00 – 10:20 Modelling local sources and
long-range transport: A case
study from Nuuk
Katrin Vorkamp
10:20 – 10:50 Health break
10:50 – 11:10 Domestic, industrial and military
pollution sources
Roland Kallenborn
11:10 – 11:30 Emissions of chemicals with
Pernille E. Jensen
11:30 – 11:50 Future perspectives Derek C.G. Muir & Maria Gunnarsdottir
11:50 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 13:20 Regulatory aspects Timo Seppälä or Emily Cowan
13:20 – 13:40 Local contaminant sources in
the history of AMAP
Lars-Otto Reiersen
13:40 – 13:50 Health Break
13:50 – 15:00 Open discussion and
concluding remarks
All contributing experts

Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) include more than 4700 substances identified by a specific C.A.S. number but, despite their large use for decades in industrial and consumer products and environmental persistence, for most of them there is still little information on uses, behavior, occurrence, and effects on the environment.

For this reason, PFAS, as a class, represent a relevant challenge on multiple levels, such as i) developing analytical methods for their analysis in environmental matrixes at sub-trace concentrations (also required by the Directive 2020/2137/EU), ii) identifying the nature and toxicity of their precursors and degradation products, iii) developing technological solutions for their removal and elimination from water and soil, and iv) investigating their bioaccumulation in plants and animals.

Furthermore, the development of suitable and effective regulation and management strategies has proven to be quite difficult, especially due to multitude of substances containing one or more C-F moieties deemed as “essential chemicals”, and thus exempt from most restriction measures provided by the legislation on chemicals actually in force (e.g. REACH).

During the seminar, leading experts will present and discuss the latest developments regarding these challenges, with a special focus on their interconnection.

Program plan:

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and technical commentsAntonio Marcomini
09:10 – 10:10 Understanding the universe of PFASs: current state and urgent questions Wang Zhanyun
10:10 – 11:10 Analytical Approaches for Target and Nontarget Screening of PFASs: fundamentals and applications
Christian Zwiener
11:10 – 11:30 Health break
11:30 – 12:30 Atmospheric mobility and distribution of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) Roland Kallenborn
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:30 PFASs in natural waters and groundwaters: background vs hotspots exposure concentrations Antonio Marcomini
14:30 – 15:30 Open discussion and concluding remarks All contributing experts

This Satellite Event will focus on the developments in technologies and their applications for the characterisation and enumeration of micro and nanoplastics within diverse matrices. Research presented will be of an interdisciplinary nature and technologies will include Raman, SERS, FTIR, laser light scattering, mass spectrometry and microfluidics among others. The intended audience will include researchers working in those fields as well as those interested in sampling, sample preparation and analysis of micro and nanoplastics either as researchers or equipment developers and manufacturers.

Program plan:

09:30 – 10:00Toxicological impacts of micro and nanoplastics (MNPs) on human and environmental health – A systems biology approachProf Gary Hardiman
10:00 – 10:30Raman Spectroscopy and Optical Trapping of MicroparticlesProf Heidi Ottevaere
10:30 – 11:00Break 
11:00 – 11:30Advances in fast and accurate detection of microplastics using infrared spectroscopyDr. Stephan Lüttjohann
11:30 – 11:45High throughput SERS measurements for detection of MNPsMs Aisha Bibi
11:45 – 12:00Fluorescence mapping analysis of secondary ultrasonicated microplasticsMr Syed Atif Iqrar
12:00 – 13:00Lunch 
13:00 – 13:15Elasto-Inertial Microfluidics for Enrichment of MicroplasticsMr Selim Tanriverdi
13:15 – 13:30Acoustofluidics for the enrichment of microplastics in waterMr Martim Costa
13:30 – 13:45Machine Learning based Microplastic classification using IR and μQCL hyperspectral dataMr Jordi Valls
13:45 – 14:00Analysis of nanoplastic contamination in bottled water via Infrared NanospectroscopyMs Clementina Vitali
14:00 – 14:15On the quantitative applications of Raman mapping: Studying the concentration of polymers in blended microplasticsMr Mehrdad Choobbari
14:15 – 14:30Advanced Imaging Flow Cytometry for Micro- and NanoplasticsMs Julia Boeke
14:30 – 14:45Break 
14:45 – 15:00Detection of small microplastics using large area ATR-FTIR.Ms Yuanli Liu
15:00 – 15:15SERS-based low-cost platform for analysing micro-and nanoplastics in food productsMr Udit Pant
15:15 – 15:30Cytotoxic effects of polystyrene micro and nanoplastics on human cell linesMr Ali Can

Microplastics (MPs) are increasingly and almost ubiquitously present in the environment, where they may pose a risk to corresponding ecosystems and, in the longer run, even remain as prominent markers of the anthropocene. Assessing their exposure requires reliable and quantitative analytical methods at mostly trace concentrations. However, widely established quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) measures in analytical chemistry are not yet regularly and fully implemented in MP analysis. Moreover, due to the different nature of particulate in comparison with elemental or molecular analytes, these measures may need adaption or even expansion when applied to MP analysis.

In this Satellite event, we will present and discuss a series of concepts, examples and recommendations how to translate and implement established QA/QC tools into MP analysis of complex matrices. These include among others the selection and use of different surrogate standards (e.g. coloured, isotope-labelled, fluorescent or metal doped) along different steps of the analytical chain to account for, e.g., extraction, pyrolysis or imaging efficiency, the development and use of controls such as fresh and aged MP standards and spiked reference materials, as well as inter-laboratory comparisons and ring trials. Whenever possible, one should resort to complementary analytical approaches based in orthogonal instrumentation and detection principles, and determine concentrations based on both on number and mass concentration, and in combination with size distribution. Figures of merits of any validated analytical method include method detection limits, blank levels, (linear) concentration ranges, repeatability and reproducibility, recoveries, matrix effects, etc. Their determination and reporting should (even) more regularly become good analytical practise among analytical chemists investigating MP in complex matrices.

The above aspects will first be presented with input presentations by distinct experts in the field, followed by a moderated discussion with the speakers and the audience. The overall aim of this satellite is to raise awareness about the importance QA/QC in MP analysis, and to provide a conceptual toolbox to facilitate its implementation in our future research.

Program plan:

09:00 – 09:15Welcome and technical commentsThomas Bucheli
09:15 – 09:45“QA/QC challenges in microplastic analyses”João Pinto Costa:
09:45 – 10:15“The needs for reference material and analytical standards to assure the quality of microplastic analysis”Bert van Bavel
10:15 – 10:45“Quality control in Py-GC-Orbitrap-MS analysis of microplastics”Silvia Lacorte
10:45 – 11:00Health Break 
11:00 – 12:00Discussion on QA/QC for the analysis of microplastics in environmental samplesAll contributing experts Moderation Ralf Kägi

This short course is designed to assist scientists, junior and senior in writing successful scientific papers for dedicated journals to build their professional career. The course will show to the participants how to prepare good papers and how they can be written. It will present advice and comments for overcoming usual and common obstacles such as targeting journals, finding an attractive entry for the manuscript, presenting tables and data, and writing a fruitful discussion.

This course was designed with the help of scientists and researchers involved in scientific publishing in environmental and analytical chemistry. The target audience includes scientific writers from undergraduate/doctorate level up to senior experienced scientists who strive to improve their written communication skills.

Program plan:

09:00 – 12:00 Scientific Publishing Philippe Garrigues

Interested in learning more about how to publish your next book? Curious how Springer Nature envisions the future of book publishing? Join the Springer Nature’s ‘Book Publishing and Innovation’ workshop to hear about the 5 easy stages in the publishing process, the latest AI author services, and how we have helped many authors, just like you, publish a book to communicate their ideas to a global audience. Our chemistry book portfolio will also be introduced, followed by a Q&A session to answer all your book publishing questions.

This Satellite Event is offered free of charge.

Program plan:

13:00 – 14:30Book Publishing and InnovationSofia Costa