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The establishment of EVISA is funded by the EU through the Fifth Framework Programme (G7RT- CT- 2002- 05112).

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The ConSoil organisers and the Programme Committee would like to invite you to ConSoil 2008.
The 10th ConSoil Conference will continue the successful programme of the previous ConSoil series.

Date: 03.06.2008 - 06.06.2008
National/International: International
Language: English
Type: Conference
Location: Milano, Italy
Conference web site at:   http:⁄⁄consoil.ufz.de⁄index.php

Besides the traditional ConSoil focus on contamination of soil and groundwater, ConSoil 2008 will again deal with the functioning of the soil-water systems. With this multi-focus, ConSoil 2008 will follow the EU policy that aims at the sound and integrated management of the soilwater systems in Europe. ConSoil will thus stay the platform to exchange news and knowledge between:
  • scientists
  • policy makers
  • consultants / service providers
  • administrators
  • site owners / river basin managers
  • remediation companies / contractors
  • banking and insurance companies.
Conference Themes & Keywords:

   1. Policies on soil-water systems (strategies, legislation, regulations, guidelines, etc.)
  • Governmental and industrial policies
  • EU strategy/policy and related directives; international dimension
  • Science-policy interfacing; bridging the gap between science and policy/management
  • Prevention strategies
  • Policy formulation and goals
  • Setting priorities
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Integration/harmonisation of policies

   2. Functions & Values of soil-water systems; understanding of processes
  • Geo-ecology, geodiversity, biodiversity
  • Ecological status and functioning
  • Water cycle
  • Filter-, buffer- and transformation capacities
  • Systems approach on groundwater management
  • Groundwater as a renewable source; groundwater protection
  • Soils and climate change
  • Soil-water-systems and the food chain
  • Effects of inundation and flooding
  • Effects of erosion

   3. Site investigation: Monitoring & Screening
  • Strategies & technologies
  • On sites and on larger spatial scale
  • Heterogeneity and “hot spots”
  • Site-spesific physical and chemical measurements
  • Sampling methods and pretreatment
  • Geotechnical and geohydrological investigations
  • Techniques for forensic site investigation (age and origin of contaminant)

   4. Risks & Impacts
  • Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA)
  • Exposure modelling and pathways
  • Transport and fate of contaminants
  • Speciation, bioavailibility, leaching
  •  Delayed effects, chemical long-term hazards

   5. Remediation Concepts & Technologies
  • Containment: physical, geohydrological
  • Stabilisation/solidification/immobilization
  • In situ treatment: e.g. thermal, soil vapour extraction, flushing, chemical, bioremediation, phytoremediation, etc.
  • Groundwater treatment: physico-chemical, biological, etc.
  • Permeable reactive barriers
  • Natural attenuation
  • Sustainability
  • Ecological engineering
  • Management of excavated soil

   6. Sustainable & Risk Based Land Management
  • Sustainable land use
  • Urban planning; redevelopment, underground space
  • Urban water management
  • River management and sediment transport
  • Agriculture: ecology, N- & P-cycles, food chain
  • Flooding & prevention
  • Energy: cold/heat storage, geothermal energy, CO2- sequestration
  • Effects of subsurface construction on soil/groundwater systems
  • Communication
  • Finances & Costs
  • Groundwater protection
  • Land development criteria
  • Social acceptance
  • Management of the subsurface and institutional arrangements
  • The soil-water ecosystem as a basis for spatial planning
  • The valuation and appreciation of the subsurface

   7. Complete cases
  • Mining
  • Harbours
  • Brownfields
  • Landfills
  • Gasworks
  • Complex Industrial sites
  • (Former) military sites
  • Other


October 5,2007Submission of abstracts
December 1,2007Submission of poster abstracts

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