NICOLE E-News November 2014

NICOLE E-News November 2014


A very successful workshop

On the 6th and 7th of November 2014, NICOLE had another very successful workshop in Prague. In addition to all the NICOLE members, a lot of the participants were from Central- and Eastern-European countries. More information on the NICOLE website.
Also, we would like to announce that the next workshop will be in Manchester, England. The subject of the workshop will be “Unconventional Contaminants” which Rick Park (URS) will chair. Potential dates for the workshop are currently being explored (potential options in May/June 2015) and the finalised date will be announced in due course.

Welcome to our new member!

A very warm welcome to our new member GEOVARIANCES!

Geostatistics is the ultimate solution when it comes to modeling spatial data in an accurate and intelligent way. It guarantees precision and reliability in results and provides an efficient way out for: sampling network optimization, data quality control and analysis, mapping, volume estimation, resource estimation, risk assessment.

For more information please visit their website.

Nan Su
NICOLE secretariat

NICOLE Alert – Technology Award 2015

For more than 15 years NICOLE has undertaken projects and organised workshops, providing a discussion platform in Europe on a sound technical basis for risk based management of contaminated land. Our network is today recognized as a leader in the European Union, and reaches everywhere in the world. Recurring themes are sustainability and cost-efficiency and one of NICOLE’s primary missions is the continuous promotion for development and improvement in these fields.

Given the success of the earlier Technology Awards, of which the last one in 2013 was on “Sustainable remediation by using natural or reusable/recycled materials”, NICOLE decided to launch the 2015 Award with the intent to stimulate engineers and scientists to promote technical innovations that can contribute to an improved practice for sustainable contaminated land management. 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.


The first year research within NanoRem has been very active. The 1st Annual Meeting took place on 7th to 9th April 2014 in Vienna and Austria, where the consortium presented the developments and the results achieved since the start of NanoRem on 1st February 2013. In the course of the year NanoRem welcomed a new partner: Scientific Instruments Dresden GmbH, ScIDre, who will contribute to the large-scale production of Carbo-Iron.

The next 12 months will prove to be very important to the success of the NanoRem project. The pilot trials will be up and running, results will be being collated and the profile of the project will be rising. Engagement with stakeholder networks, presentations at key conferences will be an important measure of the project’s success showing that the application of NPs is a practical and reliable method for the treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater.

For more information please visit their website.

Scoping Study – International Year of Soils 2015

This report has been prepared by PRACSIS on behalf of the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission in view of the International Year of Soils 2015 proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 20131. The objective was to find out what kind of awareness-raising activities and events could be organised or co-organised by the Commission to mark the Year. The tasks assigned to PRACSIS are outlined in Chapter 2 and were carried out between January and May 2014.

The report can be downloaded here.


Symposium Strategien zur Boden und Grundwassersanierung

November 24 – 25, 2014 Darmstadt, Germany

It is organized by DECHEMA
InterSol 2015

March 24-26, 2015, Paris, France

If you would like to join the InterSol 2015 event please appel at the website.
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!
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.

The Call for Abstracts is now open. Deadline for abstract submission is 30 November 2014. Please find our Call for Abstracts and feel free to disseminate the Call within your networks.

Please follow the Link to submit your abstract online.

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