Conference Scope

Download the abstract book here:  Abstract book EmCon 2018

Keynote speakers

We are happy to have the following keynote speakers at EmCon 2018:

Alistair Boxall
Prof. Alistair B. A. Boxall, University of York: Understanding chemical pollution pressures in our cities

Katrin Vorkamp
Dr. Katrin Vorkamp,
Aarhus University: Arctic ecosystems and emerging contaminants

Edward Kolodziej
Dr. Ed Kolodziej, University of Washington: Stormwater-derived chemicals and ecosystem health

General and special themes
EmCon have a broad range of themes as listed here:

General Themes

  • Sources and exposure pathways
  • Treatment processes and technologies
  • Sampling, analytical and characterisation methods and approaches
  • Fate and transport in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Aquatic and terrestrial effects
  • Risk assessment, risk management, regulations and policy

Special Themes

  • Arctic ecosystems
  • Urban environments and megacities
  • Oil, gas, fracking and mining
  • Waste, wastewater recycling and reuse
  • Nanomaterials
  • Microplastics
  • PFAS
  • New contaminants on the horizon
  • Wastewater forensics/epidemiology NEW!
  • Non-target analysis NEW!

The conference venue
The conference will take place in Oslo Science Park, Oslo, where NIVA together with several other research and development companies and institutions have their offices. Last time we counted, 220 companies and research organisations were present in Oslo Science Park. The University of Oslo is our very close neighbour -this is the scientific node of Oslo!
The EmCon will make use of the top floor and outside areas of the building. If the weather is good, you might be able to enjoy the panorama of Oslo city, the Oslo fjord and the large forests during the lunch and coffee breaks.

You get here easily by public transport. Other useful links for public transportation in Oslo are: and

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place Wednesday 27th of June at the Den Norske Opera og Ballett -the Opera House. This dinner is included in the conference fee and is kindly sponsored by Waters and Wellington!

You get easily to the opera by the metro from the conference venue Forskningsparken. The nearest metro stop is Jernbanetorget (the main railway station). It takes around 10 min with metro from Blindern and/or Forskningsparken (the metro stops closest to the conference venue) down to the city, where it is a 10 min walk to the Opera house.

Did you know that you can walk on the roof of the Opera house and get a fantastic view of Oslo and the Oslofjord?

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EmCon Committee
Dana W. Kolpin
, USGS, USA;  Bjarne W. Strobel, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Edwards T. Furlong, USGS, USA; Thomas Borch, Colorado State University, USA; Ed Kolodziej, University of Washington, USA; Rai Kookana, CSIRO, Australia; Kevin Thomas, The University of Queensland, Australia and NIVA, Norway.

Local Conference Committee
Elisabeth Lie, Pernilla Carlsson, Bert van Bavel, Kine Bæk, Merete Grung, Malcolm Reid, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Sondre Meland, Kevin Thomas, Martine Olsson Volder, Palma Larsen, Liv Lang-Ree
Akvaplan-niva: Anita Evenset

Earlier EmCon conferences
If you want to have more information from the earlier EmCon conferences, look no further than here!