NICOLE E-News December 2015

NICOLE E-News December 2015

NICOLE Enews issue December 2015
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NICOLE Fall Workshop was another succesful one!

We would very much like to thank all of you for making the last fall workshop in Brussels another very succesful one! The success of these workshops is entirely due to your commitment!

Along with this, we would like to announce that the upcoming workshop will be hosted in Vienna, Austria between 15th – 17th of June 2016. The subjects of this sping workshop will be ‘Failures & Flaws’ and ‘Innovation’.

We are currently looking for members to join the OC members, if you are interested to participate the organising committee. Please inform the NICOLE Secretariat if you are interested in joining the OC. The Chair of OC will be elected during the first OC discussion. NICOLE really appreciates your contribution.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the NICOLE Secretariat, or visit the NICOLE website for more information.

An update of NICOLE Brasil

In the first week of October, NICOLE Brasil attended the following events: CIMAS, in São Paulo, and Seminário de Gestão de Recursos Hídricos, in Salvador. The Network brought experts from Europe, United States and Canada to conduct lectures and workshops. The main themes covered were bioremediation, sustainable remediation and conceptual site model.

Also, they have published a position paper on October 5th, 2015 which defines the understanding of NICOLE Brasil and FORESBr / SuRF Brasil regarding sustainable remediation. (Note: the document is in Portuguese)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the NICOLE Brasil Secretariat, or visit their website.

PinFa representative gave a brief introduction in Brussels

Pinfa, established in 2009 as a Sector Group within the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), is the non-halogenated Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen (PIN) Flame Retardants Association. It represents manufacturers and users of PIN flame retardants, and is open to all companies producing or using PIN flame retardants, as well as organisations working in related areas.

Pinfa’s working groups are active amongst others in the areas of Fire Safety, Environment and Ecolabels, Recycling and Communications, Transport, Furniture and Textiles, Electrical and Electronics, Building and Construction.

NanoRem Newsletter Autumn 2015

The latest NanoRem newsletter (Autumn 2015) has just been published and posted on the NanoRem website.

The newsletter articles provide details on the following:
– Update on the NanoRem project – First 30 months
– Initial ecotoxicity results
– Details about the 2nd Annual NanoRem Meeting
– Interviews with three key members of the NanoRem project team
– Profile on two of the test sites
– Report from one of the NanoRem Sustainability and Markets Workshops
– NanoRem at AquaConsoil 2015
– An article on the use of cellulose Nanomaterials in Environmental Cleanup technologies

To view the full newsletter, please click here.


SoBRA Announcements

The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) was established in 2009 to support the growing number of professionals working in land contamination risk assessment. It is a learned society for individuals, with membership drawn from the private, public, voluntary and academic sectors. Its goals are to improve technical knowledge in risk-based decision-making related to land contamination applications and to enhance the professional status and profile of practitioners. To this end the society has delivered six annual conferences and seven workshops to date. It is also about to launch a new registration scheme to demonstrate competence as a land contamination risk assessor.

The first tranche of applications are anticipated to be accepted in spring 2016. If you are interested in being included on the register, then visit the website for full details on the application requirements and start gathering your evidence for your written submission!

For more information, please contact Alex Lee from WSP Group.

Events – Update info for SustRem and ISCAS

International Year of Soil ‘Healty soil for healthy life’

4 December 2015, Brussels, Belgium

This event is one of main contributions of the European Commission to mark the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS) aiming at raising awareness on the importance of healthy soils for a healthy life.

The Commission’s IYS webpage provides an overview of the large number of activities at European and national level.

ITVA- Altlasten kolloquium

10 – 11 March 2016, Dresden, Germany

Registrations for this event will close on 31st of December 2015.

Further information and registration forms can be found on the website.

Intersol 2016

15 – 17 March 2016, Lille, France

Polluted sites and soils and health risks Diagnoses and Solutions: how far can we go?

Sustrem 2016

26 – 28 April 2016, Montréal, Québec, Canada

SuRF Canada is pleased to announce that the 4th Sustrem 2016 international conference will be held in Montreal from April 26 to 28 2016, at the Montréal Sheraton Center.

For more information, please visit their website.

ISCAS 2016

22 – 25 May 2016, Sheraton Hotel in Montréal, Québec, Canada

If you would like to find more information about this event, please visit the website.
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