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

During this second two-day workshop we will focus on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) in soil, sediment and groundwater. The first day will consist of a multitude of plenary sessions during which researchers, policymakers, environmental experts ànd industry will focus on how they are coping with CEC nowadays. At the end of day 1, a global panel debate will be organized and speakers are invited to participate in the panel.

The second day we will debate in parallel sessions on challenges faced in daily practice, taking into account new findings and the conclusions from the first ENSOr-congres.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Mechelen, Belgium on May 18 & 19th 2020!

The ENSOr-workshop registration will be open end of January. The fee to attend this 2 day workshop is 200 euro (excluding 21% VAT).

Call for abstracts

For the first day we look for contributions from the following groups of stakeholders: researchers, policymakers, environmental consultants/contractors and problem owners. The goal of this first day is to share experiences and give insight in how each actor tackles specific challenges related to CEC’s.

The themes for the abstracts are:

  • Theme policy

    What is the state of the art on regulation of PFAS?  Is diffuse pollution of CEC an upcoming concern, or do we need to focus on hotspots? How to tackle diffuse pollution of CEC? What are the main policy bottlenecks and opportunities (data, collaboration, network…)?  What recent (policy )actions/programs are ongoing in different countries? On CECs and on soil stewardship?  How can we integrate continuous evolution in data in policy decisions (norms, risk assessment etc)?...

  • Theme scientific knowledge

    What is the state of the art of scientific data on CECs (eg PFAS)? What is their fate and transport in the environment? Analytical methods?  Can indicators of different CEC groups be used (e.g PFAS, pesticides,…) Results of international programs/projects/networks? How to tackle evolution in research data to support policy decisions?  How to prioritise CEC?

  • Theme investigation and remediation

    Cases on investigation or remediation to show practical approaches, bottlenecks and opportunities. Cases on how to tackle evolution in research data from consultants/contractors perspective?...
  • Theme industrial approach – industry – problem owners

    How does industry or problem owners tackle CECs (Industrial policy on CECs)?  What is the problem owners concern? What (preventive or proactive) actions are taken by (former) producers of CECs, by users of some CECs (fire brigades, other users,…) What do they need (from other stakeholders) to take action? …

It is important to not only present detailed scientific and technical issues, but to focus on the meaning of the scientific and technical knowledge for policy making and practical approach. Also (multi-actor) cases can be very interesting to show progress, bottlenecks and opportunities.

Submit your abstracts here.


4 different topics will be discussed during the workshops. In each workshop a key note speaker will introduce the theme.

The themes (and possible questions to be answered) for the workshops are:


International stakeholder collaboration

How to create a multi-stakeholder network? E.g. EmConSoil: How to work together on the different proposed activities and potential topics in the White paper? More information here.


Policy on CEC

How to deal with diffuse contamination as a policymaker? How to tackle evolving knowledge on CEC?  What is the specific progress on PFAS? What are instruments to finance operations (taking into account reasonableness and fairness)?


Challenges on Knowledge

Challenges on technical and scientific knowledge for consultants, contractors, service providers, problem owners.  Human and ecological risk assessment in practice? Selection of CEC? Use of indicators for groups of CEC?  Investigation and remediation strategies and challenges?


Challenges on responsibility

What responsibility do all stakeholders involved have (financial, economical, legal)?
How to integrate soil stewardship as a common responsibility?

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: March 1st, 2020

Notifications of acceptance: March 15th 2020

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ensor 2020 call for abstracts

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