May 18, 2018 by Iain Wilson


wca had a very productive final two days at the SETAC Europe 2018 conference in Rome, presenting both platforms and poster presentations, interacting with other delegates and attending numerous interesting session; in addition to Dean Leverett chairing a session.

On Wednesday, Ed Stutt presented his work on the ‘Analysis and Assessment of Organic Contaminants in Materials Spread on Land in Scotland’ in the ‘Analysis and Fate of Emerging Contaminants in soils, water and plants under water scarcity’ session; where wca’s work on contaminants in processed sludge attracted a lot of interest. Additionally, on Wednesday afternoon Dean co-chaired the session ‘Wastewater Effluents: How Research Can Improve Risk Assessment and Regulation’, with Mirco Bundschuh of Landau University. The session contained many interesting platform presentation and was very well attended.

On Thursday, the final day, Becky Brown presented on behalf of the European Reach Grease Thickener Consortia (ERGTC) ‘Bioaccessibility of grease thickeners and the implications for REACH registration’ in a session supported by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on ‘Improvements in environmental exposure assessment: Development and application of tools across industry sectors, regulatory agencies, and international boundaries’. This platform presentation was well attended and generated some interesting questions from the audience. Finally, Iain Wilson presented a poster detailing ‘Comparison of the long-term sensitivity to nickel of temperate and tropical freshwater species’ in support of a forthcoming publication.

wca have had a busy and tiring, but highly enjoyable, SETAC Europe, and are already looking forward to SETAC Europe 2019, which is to be held in Helsinki.