Nicole e-news February 2015

Interesting events 2015…………….

 Technology Award 2015

The topic of the 2015 Technology Award is:

«Innovative Investigation or Remediation Technology or Practice leading to a more time and / or cost efficient remediation»

Time schedule and content of entry:

  • Deadline for submission of entries is 20th of March 2015;           
  • Entries need to have a summary and a maximum of 6-10 pages description (11 pt), including figures;
  • Entries should focus only on technical and scientific content, and not have a commercial character;
  • Logos are only permitted on the first page;
  • Entries should be sent to Nan Su of the NICOLE Secretariat.

For any question related to the content or topic of the NICOLE Technology Award 2015, please contact Nan Su of the NICOLE Secretariat.



LNAPL Illustrated Handbook now available

“CL:AIRE is delighted to announce the publication of the “LNAPL illustrated handbook”, entitled Illustrated handbook of LNAPL transport and fate in the subsurface.  

The LNAPL illustrated handbook presents best-practice guidance for the assessment and remediation of light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs) in the subsurface. 

LNAPLs notably include fuels and oils, for example petrol (gasoline), diesel and heating oils, and are amongst the most commonly encountered organic contaminants in the subsurface environment due to their ubiquitous use, accidental release and, perhaps, poor (historical) disposal.

Central to the handbook and the management of risks posed is the development of conceptual models of LNAPL behaviour in common hydrogeological systems.

The LNAPL illustrated handbook can be downloaded here.


2015 Year of Soils

Facing ongoing soil degradation at European and global level, 2015 offers a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations.

For more informations please visit the following website.



ITVA Altlastensymposium 2015,   Gastronomie, Stadtpark Bochum

March 19-20, 2015 Gastronomie, Bochum

Management and redevelopment of contaminated sites in view of a sustainable, resource-efficient approach dealing with the environment is more relevant than ever. At the symposium, the current state of discussion will be presented for the “Summary Regulation”. Legal aspects, such as the legal and practical importance of handling contaminated land register will be discussed.

Investigation and remediation in solid / fractured rock and current practices of soil and groundwater remediation are main themes of the symposium.
Almost 70 years after the 2nd world war explosive ordnance causes significant risk to occupational safety and site development. Investors and consulting companies are often not aware of the problems associated with it. Various problems of clearance of explosive ordnance are presented.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss current issues and to promote interdisciplinary information and experience.

Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation Special

March 19-20, 2015

There is a myriad of in situ treatment technologies available for deployment by remediation scientists and engineers. These technologies range from physical (multiphase extraction, pump-and-treat, and thermal) to chemical (oxidation, reduction, and surfactants) and biological (enhanced, augmentation, and natural attenuation) methods. 

A Special Issue of this periodical will focus on recent research efforts and well-documented case studies involving integrated in situ treatment systems for site remediation. While much integration may have been ad hoc, contributions are sought providing useful insight into proactive technology integration, demonstration of technology compatibility, or identification of transition points.

InterSol 2015

March 24-26, 2015, Paris, France

Annual international conference and exhibition on soils, sediments and water.


L’Union des Consultants et Ingénieurs en Environnement

April 2, 2015, Lille, France

Urbanize and land liabilities

Global Soil Week 2015

April 19- 23, 2015, Berlin, Germany

The 3rd Global Soil Week 2015 invites all stakeholders to join forces to encourage sustainable soil management and responsible land governance at global, regional and local level and jointly put soils and land on the new sustainable development agenda.

SETAC Europe

May 3 – 7, 2015, Barcelona, Spain

The innovative use of chemicals and nanomaterials in new technologies, industry and agriculture challenges many aspects of the ecosystem functioning of the global environment.

However, these new technologies and materials also offer opportunities to remediate or minimise these anthropogenic insults. Finding innovative solutions to environmental problems is ever more important in the current economic scenario.

International Conference Contaminated Sites

May 27 – 29, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Slovak Environment Agency, the programme and organizing committee would like to invite specialists from the field of contaminated sites and other related professional fellows to attend the International conference Contaminated sites Bratislava 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The conference will be organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

AquaConsoil Copenhagen 2015

June 9- 12 2015

Conference program: Dealing with Contamination: Assessment and monitoring, Risk assessment, Management, functions of soil and Groundwater: new subsurface activities, competing claim, Win-win situations. 

NICOLE Spring Workshop 2015

June 24 – 26, 2015, Manchester, England

NICOLE organises yearly two workshops for its members on issues concerning contaminated land. 

This Workshops main subjects will  be:  (micro)plastic and Plastics, Pharmaceutical and personal care products, Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Asbestos, Challenging Metals and Radionucleides and Radioactive substances.


September 6- 10 2015, Vienna, Austria

Engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials offer many potential benefits as a result of novel properties and  behaviour that materials can exhibit when manufactured or precisely manipulated at the nanoscale. The 10th ICEENN  will bring together researchers, regulators and industry from all over the world to discuss the potential hazards and  resulting  risks  of  current  and  future  applications  in  the  key  sector  of  nanotechnology,  along  with  ways  to  characterize  nanoparticles and mechanisms to bring about risk reduction to harvest the economic and social  benefits of this fascinating technology. 



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