May 3, 2012 by Peter Simpson
wca will have a strong presence at the this month’s combined SETAC 6thWorld Congress and SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting in Berlin in late May (20th – 24th May 2012).
Graham Merrington, Adam Peters and Dean Leverett will be on-hand to welcome you to our shiny new stand in the main exhibition hall, and will be ready and willing to discuss anything and everything with respect to the management of chemicals in the environment and the regulatory requirements your company may be facing now or in the coming months or years. Whether your focus is on REACH, Environmental Quality Standards, metals, Socio-economic Analysis (SEA), pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicines, endocrine disrupting substances, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), waste, environmental monitoring or any other aspect of chemicals assessment or regulation, please drop in to the stand to say hello.
We will be chairing two parallel sessions, and presenting on a wide-range of subjects.
Adam will be chairing the session on Classification and risk assessment of metals and inorganic substances (RA05 Wednesday afternoon, ECC Room 2), along with Bill Adams and Jim Skeaff. The session will include a mixture of presentations on recent developments and emerging approaches in transformation/dissolution testing, metal classification, and risk assessment for metals. Within the session Adam will make a presentation on the need to account for both local aquatic community composition and bioavailability in setting local quality standards for metals.
Dean will be chairing the session on ‘Wastewater effluent discharges: chemical characterisation and understanding potential risks in receiving waters’ (Session RA23) on Thur 24th May (08:15-12:50) in the Estrell Hall C2, with Mirco Bundschuh. This session will include a range of presentations covering the treatment, monitoring and analysis of wastewaters and their effects in the environment.
Graham will be talking through the issues of making management decisions with imperfect data: assessing potential aquatic metal risks with biotic ligand models at 09:15 on Wed 23rd May in Session EM01A – Collection and use of monitoring data for environmental risk assessment of chemicals (ECC Room 3).
We also have five poster presentations;
- The adoption or adaptation of EU predicted No Effect concentrations for use as Canadian Water Quality Guidelines (21st May; Session RA11P: Guidance documents and guidelines for environmental risk assessment)
- Monitoring requirements for assessing water framework directive (WFD) status on a small island (23rd May; Session EM01P: Collection and use of monitoring data for environmental risk assessment of chemicals )
- Practical guidance for undertaking socio-economic analysis within the REACH authorisation process (23rd May; Session RA08P: Escape from the Ivory Tower – Environmental sciences should impact public and policy)
- Delivering a practical methodology to account for metal (bio)availability in the water framework directive – case studies (23rd May; Session RA05P: Classification and risk assessment of metals and inorganic substances)
- Characterisation of dissolved organic carbon in effluents and the assessment of its overall benefits in mitigating environmental impacts from metals (24th May; Session RA23P: Wastewater effluent discharges: chemical characterisation and understanding potential risks in receiving waters)
We very much look forward to meeting you at one of these scientific sessions or at our stand during what is likely to be an interesting, lively and probably extremely busy week in Berlin!