“Le Marais” (James Ensor)
© SABAM Belgium 2018

Contaminants of emerging concern (CEC’s) have attracted increasing attention from scientists and policymakers worldwide, generating a massive influx of new knowledge. As a consequence, policymakers of national, regional and local level are being challenged to set the right priorities and create an applicable regulatory framework in the short to medium term.

At OVAM -the Public Waste Agency of Flanders- we are convinced that international cooperation, combined with a multi-stakeholder bottom-up approach, is the most appropriate way to achieve this aspiration. Therefore, we are delighted to invite you to attend our first

International workshop on Emerging policy challenges on New SOil contaminants (ENSOr)

During this two-day workshop we will focus on CEC’s in soil and groundwater and how to mitigate their presence in these media. The first day will consist of a multitude of plenary sessions during which we will focus on the exchange of knowledge, experiences and encountered challenges between researchers, policymakers, experts ànd problem owners. The second day we will debate in parallel sessions on how to set steps towards a policy that benefits all.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Brussels on November 19 & 20 th 2018!

The ENSOr-workshop is free of charge but registration is required and the number of participants is limited.

Call for abstracts

The aim of the first day of the workshop is to give an overview on the actual situation on contaminants of emerging concern in soil, groundwater and sediment, including knowledge gaps and policy bottlenecks.

For the first day contributions are sought on the state of the art on research, available data and knowledge on contaminants of emerging concern with a focus on the policy challenges related to these contaminants. It is important to not only present very detailed scientific and technical issues, but to focus on the meaning of the scientific and technical knowledge for policy making. How should policy makers deal with the huge amount of information on contaminants of emerging concern to do their job in a suitable and proactive way? At the end of day 1, a global panel debate will be organized and speakers are invited to participate in the panel.

The themes of the workshop (and for the abstracts) are:


Knowledge for policy

Why are contaminants of emerging concern important for policymakers? What are known bottlenecks and challenges? Abstracts on the state of the art on knowledge and research on contaminants of emerging concern in relation to policy making (sources, behavior, toxicity, monitoring data, risk assessment, threshold values and framework, impact on receptors, costs, ...). What are knowledge gaps and which gaps are prior or urgent?


Awareness raising

How can we raise awareness amongst stakeholders and how can we convince them to take action (sensibilization, prevention, monitoring, knowledge dissemination, measures, …)? What kind of communication is needed? Which questions are relevant for the stakeholders?


Liability issues

What are possible liabilities related to contaminants of emerging concern? What is their impact? Is the juridical framework appropriate to deal with these “new” parameters?


International cooperation

How can stakeholders cooperate, collaborate, network in solving knowledge and policy questions on contaminants of emerging concern? How can stakeholders with partly equal questions but also different interests work together? Also financially?

In total there will be room for eight speakers to give a presentation (25 minutes + 5 min questions).

Abstracts must be max 600 words long and include text only (no pictures, tables or graphics). The maximum of 600 words does not include keywords or references. Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the online abstract submission system.

Submission: 15th of June 2018

Notifications of acceptance: 30th of June 2018

Accepted speakers should be registered before: 31th of July 2018.

If you have any questions or remarks please contact nele.bal@ovam.be.

Program outline

Outline for November 19th

10:00 Registration
11:00 - 18:00 presentations and debate on the state of the art on CEC and policy
18:00 Dinner

Outline for November 20th

09:00 - 12:30 parallel workshops on CEC and policy - plenary conclusion
12:30 Sandwich lunch and closure
Your personal details
Your registration


Herman Teirlinck Building
Havenlaan 88
B-1000 Brussels

How to get there including plan (Dutch only)

Bus, Metro

The Herman Teirlinck building is close to a number of metro stops of the MIVB. Lines 2 and 6 stop at the stops 'Ribaucourt' and 'IJzer-Yser', line 6 also has the stops 'Pannenhuis' and 'Belgica' in the neighborhood. Both lines also serve the stop 'Rogier', where there is also a connection with the STIB trams on the North-South connection of Brussels (premetro). The nearest stop of metro lines 1 and 5 is stop 'Graaf Van Vlaanderen'.


Station Brussels North
The Herman Teirlinck building is located one kilometer from the NMBS station 'Brussels-North':

  • At the main exit, follow the Simon Bolivarlaan straight ahead until the crossroads with the Willebroek quay. Cross the intersection.
  • At the Willebroek quay you can take two alternative routes:
    • Follow the Dijlestraat straight up to the canal and follow the Akenkaai to the Redersplein.
    • or follow the Willebroekkaai on the right until the intersection with Redersplein.
  • Follow the Redersplein over the canal to the intersection with the Havenlaan.
    The Herman Teirlinck building is located on the other side of the Havenlaan, to the right of Thurn & Taxis.


Recommended hotels in the area

Yadoya Hotel (3 stars)
32 Boulevard d'Anvers, 1000 Brussels

Marivaux hotel (4 stars)
Boulevard Adolphe Max 98, 1000 Brussels

Thon Hotel Brussels City Center (4 stars)
Avenue du Boulevard 17, Sint-Joost-ten-Node, 1210 Brussels

Other hotels can also be found on the usual booking websites.
Please note that booking a hotel room on weekdays in Brussels can be expensive at the last minute.
Try to book your room as soon as possible.