Nicole E-news March 2015

Upcoming NICOLE Spring Workshop

Unconventional Contaminants
Manchester UK, 24-26 June 2015

The NICOLE network continually strives to develop and promote site specific risk based and cost effective management and remediation of contaminated land, optimized through careful consideration of the environmental, social and economic impacts and benefits in choosing the most appropriate management plan.

The Manchester workshop aims to explore the application of this philosophy in the context of particular groups of contaminants that may be considered less ‘mainstream’ in terms of the nature of their occurrence or perceived impact on many industrial operations, or because our understanding is in the early stages of development, as we begin to explore these newly identified or ‘emerging’ contaminants.

The OC is currently working closely on selecting speakers and shaping the program. The call for abstract has been distributed within the network of NICOLE.

Please feel free to send your questions to the NICOLE Secretariat.



Welcome to our new Service Provider Group member!

A very warm welcome to our new member Anchor QEA!

The enthusiasm for being creative and solving problems is a common thread among everyone at Anchor QEA. They feel fortunate to work on fascinating projects in challenging settings, and they enjoy collaborating to provide the best strategies and solutions. 

For more information please visit their website.



Common Forum Naples Meeting Report

The NICOLE network has a good relation with Common Forum (CF), the informal network of European regulators that are involved in the preparation and national implementation of European Directives related to Contaminated land and Soil and Groundwater. As NICOLECF liaison Anja Sinke attended the CF half-yearly meeting organised in Naples, attended by approximately 30 regulators from 19 different European MS and regions.

To view the report from the Common Forum Meeting in Naples, please login as a member on the NICOLE website, and then visit NICOLE Members Website. The report will be listed under ‘Member Documents’ and is named ‘2014 Okt NICOLE CF Report’.



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.


ELD Stakeholder Workshop Report

The main objective of the ELD Stakeholder workshop, organised by the European Commission, was to enable an exchange of information and practical experience gathered in the application of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) between main stakeholders, experts and practitioners. 

Further, to evaluate the achievements and challenges of ELD implementation and to present the five REFIT evaluation criteria. 

To view the full report on the ELD Stakeholder Workshop, please visit the following link.  


Inquiry to NICOLE

A group of honours students from Wageningen University from the Netherlands has contacted the NICOLE Secretariat. They are doing an investigation project on creative landscape recycling and are currently searching for a contaminated site that they could provide with a new future.

Within their group there are different studies represented which gives them the opporunity to offer an innovative and multidisciplinary perspective on a location, that would most likely be overlooked otherwise.  

The project group is looking for  an abandoned site, where the soil is contaminated due to former use. However, there should be opportunities for redevelopment after this contamination is cleaned up. Examples they have in mind are abandoned industrial sites, former quarries or landfills.

Due to NICOLE’s expertise in the field of contaminated land, maybe we are able to help them with this matter. If you are willing to do so, please contact Merijn Kerstens.



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 Workshop’s 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. 

BodemBreed Symposium 2015

November 2015

BodemBreed has been the main conference on soil issues in the Netherlands for more than 25 years.

More information to be announced


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