Scientific Programme

Towards a pollution free society

ICCE 2023 will address scientists in academia, industry, consultancies, and in governmental institutions alike, providing a unique and inspiring information and communication platform for environmental scientists and a forum of professional exchange with collaborators and colleagues.

Conference topics will include analysis and modelling of environmental contaminants, impacts of climate change on local to global circulation of chemicals, nano-size particulate materials and microplastics in the environment, atmospheric pollution (indoor and outdoor), environmental risk and impact assessmentemerging contaminantswater pollution, innovations in water and wastewater treatmentbiotransformation of organic pollutants, green chemistryecotoxicologyLCAenvironmental sustainability, environmental impacts on cultural heritagerole of chemistry in the circular economy, university education in environmental chemistry, and many other important topics.

Below is the list of sessions, together with the preliminary indication of chair- and co-chairpersons.


Chairpersons: Gerhard Lammel, Pérola de Vasconcellos and Barend L. van Drooge

  • Air pollution: sources and emissions
  • Development, application, and evaluation of air quality related models for local to global scales
  • Indoor vs outdoor air pollution: challenges and developments in evaluating impacts at different spatial-temporal scales
  • Exposure to air pollution: effects on human and environmental health
  • Local and remote observations and emerging technologies for monitoring air pollution
  • Role of nitrogen‐containing compounds in formation and transformation of ambient aerosols

Chairpersons: Konstantin Kuppe, Carole Bedos and Ulrike Krug

  • Detection of pesticides in non-target areas and organisms
  • Modelling tools and risk assessment approaches accounting for pesticides airborne transport
  • Regulatory needs and perspectives on pesticides short, medium and long-range transport
  • Advances in monitoring and sampling protocols for pesticides detection

Chairpersons: Ioannis Katsoyiannis, Urs von Gunten, Stefanie Wieck and Kai Bester

  • Advanced oxidation methods for the treatment of wastewater, groundwater, and drinking water
  • Adsorption, membranes, and catalysis for wastewater, groundwater, and drinking water treatment
  • Desalinization treatments: new developments and applications
  • Disinfection by-products – a challenge for science and regulation
  • Organic micropollutants in urban waters: emissions, removal, metabolization and chemical transformation

Chairpersons: Dionysios Dionysiou, Teresa Steininger-Mairinger and Davide V. Vione

  • Identification of emerging organic contaminants in natural surface waters and wastewaters: new insights, regulatory needs, and knowledge gaps
  • Advancements on the detection of plant protection products residues in groundwater and drinking water
  • Biotransformation of persistent and emerging organic pollutants: new insights on reaction pathways and mechanisms

Chairpersons: Costas Michael, Popi Karaolia and Vasiliki Beretsou

  • Occurrence and fate of biologically active substances in natural and drinking waters
  • Antibiotic resistance determinants in environmental matrices: methodological approaches and case studies
  • Uptake of biologically active substances and antibiotic resistance agents by edible crops irrigated with reclaimed wastewater.

Chairpersons: Christian Zwiener and Boguslaw Buszewski 

  • Developed and emerging treatment technologies for the removal and destruction of PFAS from air, water, soil, and sediments
  • Development of more efficient removal and destruction technologies for new generation PFAS
  • Recent advances in detection and sensing of PFAS in environmental media
  • Biological and bio‐inspired treatment of PFAS in soil and aqueous media
  • Advances in transport, fate, and bioaccumulation modelling of legacy and emerging PFAS
  • Current regulatory perspectives on PFAS fate and behaviour in the environment

Chairpersons: Slavica Razic and Silvia Lacorte Bruguera

  • Advances in the detection, monitoring, and fate of emerging organic contaminants in the environment
  • New developments and advances in the application of inductively coupled plasma-based technologies for environmental samples analysis
  • New developments of sample treatment procedures and chromatography-based analytical methods
  • Advancements, developments, and application of spectroscopy-, X-ray-, and laser-based technologies in the analysis of environmental samples
  • Sensors and biosensors for widespread environmental monitoring: qualitative and quantitative methodologies for the biomonitoring of organic pollutants and their metabolites
  • Qualitative and quantitative methodologies for the biomonitoring of legacy and emerging contaminants and their metabolites

Chairpersons: Adrian Covaci and Ester Heath

  • Advancements in the non-target/suspect screening of chemicals of emerging concern in the environment
  • Use of suspect/non-target screening in the identification of transformation/degradation products in environmental, food and human samples
  • Advancements in the non-target/suspect screening of chemicals of emerging concern in food, agriculture and health
  • Novel techniques in the suspect/non-target screening (e.g. ion-mobility, imaging, DART)
  • Data sciences in identification studies using high resolution mass spectrometry
  • Environmental forensics using HRMS

Chairpersons: Ralf Kägi and Elena Badetti

  • Environmental interactions, fate, and transport of nanomaterials in environmental systems
  • Applications of nanomaterials across multiple sectors: inventories and traceability
  • Advances in multicomponent nanomaterials: characterization, applications, and environmental behaviour
  • Environmental Risk Assessment for nanomaterials: from challenges to solutions
  • Recent developments of the safe-by-design approach applied to nanomaterials and nanosystems
  • New regulatory perspectives for nanoparticles and nano-systems in a safe-by-design perspective

Chairpersons: Boguslaw Buszewski and Maria Concetta Bruzzoniti

  • Metagenomics tools to unravel environmental adverse effects of chemicals on humans and ecosystems
  • Environmental epigenetics: short-term and long-term effects of chemical pollutants
  • Identifying toxicants’ exposure and response markers by genomic, metabolomic and epigenomic analysis
  • Genomic, metabolomic, and epigenomic analysis as tools to investigate toxicants mode of action and effects

Chairpersons: Melanie Kah, Thomas Bucheli and Vladimir Beskoski

  • Chemical treatments for in-situ and ex-situ remediation of soil and sediments
  • Recent advances in bio-based remediations of contaminated sites
  • Beyond the usual suspects: remediation of soil and sediments contaminated by emerging pollutants

Chairpersons: Patrik L. Andersson and Ester Papa

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in the field of environmental chemistry Artificial intelligence and machine learning in the field of environmental chemistry
  • Bayesian networks: applications for environmental risk assessment and management
  • In-silico tools (SAR/QSAR) for the evaluation of human health and environmental hazard properties of chemical substances and mixtures
  • Computational new approach methods (NAMs) supporting regulatory decision making for chemical safety
  • Recent advances and applications in toxicokinetic modelling (PBTK/PBK) to better understand exposure and distribution of chemicals in organisms
  • Computational approaches in developing early warning systems for identification of new emerging risk chemicals (NERCs)

Chairpersons: Antonio Marcomini, Carlo Barbante, Silvia Torresan and Eduarda Pereira

  • Impacts of climate change on the emission, fate, effects, and impacts of chemicals in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Impacts of climate change on emission patterns, degradation chemistry, and partitioning of air pollution
  • Multi-stressor ecotoxicology in aquatic ecosystems in a rapidly changing climate
  • Changing ocean and marine dynamics in the context of climate change
  • Influence of climate change on the fate of persistent organic pollutants and chemicals of emerging concern in the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Effects of climate change on humic substances and natural organic matter

Chairpersons: Philippe Garrigue and Silvia Lacorte Bruguera

  • Novel methodologies to assess hazard and risk posed by chemical mixtures
  • Advances in exposure and bioaccumulation modelling of chemicals and mixtures
  • Improving the understanding of uncertainties in risk assessment of environmental pollutants
  • Environmental risk assessment of emerging contaminants (chemicals and materials)
  • Toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic studies in chemical risk assessment: data collection and model development
  • Novel methods and approaches for integrated chemical and ecotoxicological assessment of effluents and natural waters
  • New developments in the characterization, testing, and assessment of complex substances (MCS, UVCBs, and MOCS)
  • Software tools and methodologies to evaluate the hazard and chemical properties of chemicals

Chairpersons: Roland Kallenborn and Hemda Garelick

  • Micro- and nano-plastics in the environment: occurrence, characterization, and fate modelling
  • Micro- and nano- plastics: towards the harmonised analysis for monitoring, effect studies, and risk assessment
  • Plastics in the terrestrial environment: improving understanding of occurrence and impacts with new analytical tools
  • Plastics and oceans: chemical insights
  • Alternatives to conventional plastics: developments, challenges, and opportunities
  • Micro- and nano-plastics as transport vectors for organic pollutants in the environment

Chairpersons: Henning Friege, Elena Semenzin and Hans-Christian Stolzenberg

  • Recycling and resource reuse as tools for efficient circular economy e.g. plastics and biochar
  • Recover and reuse of critical technological elements from electric and electronic wastes (e-waste)
  • Green and sustainable chemistry strategies for agricultural and food waste biomass valorisation
  • Sustainable Chemistry: benefits to society and the environment by complementing future international chemicals management
  • Contaminants as challenge in sustainable circular bioeconomy strategies
  • Advancement in Life Cycle Inventory modelling: better data and more accurate assessments
  • Safe and sustainable by design approach for chemicals, materials, and products
  • LCA estimating trade-offs of emerging bio-based resources production and use
  • Standardization and harmonization of Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in the chemical industry

Chairpersons: Elisabetta Zendri

  • Impact assessment of environmental particulate matter and climatic conditions on outdoor/indoor cultural heritage
  • Recent developments and technologies for sustainable conservation and restoration of cultural heritage
  • Direct and indirect effects of climate change on outdoor/indoor cultural heritage
  • New insights on the influence of indoor conditions on the degradation of cultural heritage

Chairpersons: Martin Scheringer and Fabrizio Passarini

  • IPCP (International Panel on Chemical Pollution): bridging science, policy, and management
  • Developments and applications of regulatory risk assessment for pesticides
  • Zero Pollution action plan and Chemical Strategy for Sustainability: new developments in the EU regulatory context
  • Plastic pollution: new developments on management and communication in a regulatory context
  • Air pollution in urban areas: advances and policy implications
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in frameworks for policymaking: different scales of assessment, data sources, and policy uses

Chairpersons: Ivana Ivančev-Tumbas and Gerhard Lammel  

  • The role of environmental chemistry in environmental science: from bachelor to Ph.D. programs
  • Training in environmental chemistry in the context of environmental resources management
  • Challenges in integrating environmental chemistry within chemistry and non-chemistry oriented programmes
  • New teaching and learning methods: lessons learned and perspectives

Chairpersons: Michael Neumann, Thorsten Reemtsma, Hans Peter Arp and Anna Lennquist

  • Case studies of emerging PMT/vPvM substances: analytics, biomonitoring, modelling, biomarkers and detection
  • New perspectives and developments in the regulatory context of PMT/vPvM substances
  • New assessment tools for assessing transport, toxicity, persistency and mobility
  • Novel management strategies for PMT/vPvM substances: alternatives assessment, emission reduction, water treatment

Chairpersons: Roberto Terzano and Claudio Zaccone

  • NOM/HS structure, chemistry and analytics
  • Role of NOM/HS in the transport and stabilization of chemicals in soil, sediments, waters and atmosphere
  • NOM/HS in soil and sediments remediation
  • NOM/HS and environmental quality of water and soil
  • Interaction of NOM/HS with living organisms

Chairpersons: Fani Sakellariadou and Loris Calgaro

  • Combination of chemical monitoring and environmental modelling to assess ecosystem exposure in water systems
  • Novel approaches for estimating chemical emissions and impacts to ports and other coastal areas due to anthropogenic pressures (e.g. shipping, climate change)
  • Integrating data from different domains (e.g. chemistry, ecotoxicology) to assess risks and impacts of chemical pollution in marine, transitional, and coastal areas