24 November - 25 November 2015

Can We Afford Not to Monitor Priority Pollutants

Organised by:

SCI's Environment, Health and Safety Group in partnership with the RSC Water Science Forum, RSC Environment, Health and Safety Committee and Highlands and Islands Enterprise

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

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The aim of the Conference is to bring together leading experts in the field of priority substances listed in Annex X of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The event will discuss potential issues associated with the implementation of the Directive 2013/39/EC relating to Priority Substances in the field of water policy. It will also help to disseminate information on the development and validation of new test methods for monitoring priority pollutants.

The cost of the sampling and analysis is going to be excessive to meet the proposed environmental quality standard limits associated with the new Directive. This meeting will aim to establish what is cost-effectively feasible.

The event will offer the opportunity for debate on what is a critical priority within the resource efficient Europe roadmap agenda.

The event will showcase emerging innovation and research in the are of priority substance management which will include projects recently awarded development grants through the SBRI call in Scotland.


The conference will include a programme that covers:

  • An overview of the current and potential future problems in implementing the priority pollutant provisions of the WFD.
  • Strategy for the selection and prioritisation of Priority Pollutants
  • The role of socio-economic analysis
  • Challenges in implementing biota EQSs for priority substances
  • Sampling and Analysis Issues: New standardised analytical methods meeting the requirements of the WFD - results of a mandated project of the European Commission (M424).
  • UKWIR Chemical Investigation Programme - Emerging outputs and implications
  • Laboratory challenges in meeting the required priority substances EQS levels
  • Sampling aspects and how to ensure fit for purpose sampling theme

Venue and Contact

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

22-26 George Street
EH2 2 PQ

Richard Allan

Tel: +44 (0) 1382 56 8952

Email: Richard.Allan@hutton.ac.uk

SCI/RSC member: £100
Concessions: £75
Non member: £150 
Guest/Partner Dinner: £25

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Booking Process/Deadlines

Poster Abstract deadline: 10 November

Early Bird Registration deadline: 16 November

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