Nicole E-news October 2016

NICOLE and Inspiration (H2020)

The Inspiration (H2020 program) team has asked NICOLE to help understanding of our priorities regarding the most critical research needs to be highlighted in the Soil-Water-Sediment Research Agenda. 
We are invited to prioritize these research topics indicating for each how important it is for:
1) Addressing the EU Societal Challenge 5 (SC5)*, related to Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials,
2) The research needs in your country, 
3) Your own knowledge needs as stakeholder of a Strategic Research Agenda.

Please share your interests and opinion with the Chair of NICOLE H2020 working group, Laurent Bakker. More information on Horizon2020 CSA Inspiration, please click here.

An article from Divyesh Trivedi, chairperson at the time of the 10th anniversary

Warmest congratulations to NICOLE, its steering team and secretariat and all of its members who have kept NICOLE operating sustainably and successfully over the past 20 years.

NICOLE has had some notable successes, issuing benchmark guidance on key issues affecting industrial land management. For instance the review of the type of evidence required to demonstrate monitored natural attenuation provides guidance as good as can be found anywhere. The booklet on stakeholder engagement, with its striking image of a person in a hazard protection suit on a crowded beach certainly showed how important it is to communicate with people who have a vested interest in land management. 

Other people will no doubt talk about how NICOLE started, but it is important to remember how much the context of industrial land management has changed. Notice I did mention clean-up or remediation? This is entirely intentional. I can certainly say that in the UK there is more emphasis on proportionate, manageable and sustainable land management. My particular experiences relate to my organisation, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), a government owned organisation working in partnership with academics and industry to deploy technological solutions that support continued operations on nuclear sites across the UK.  Such sites are busy industrial locations.  How do you avoid disrupting operations at such sites, yet need to manage land for decades? By looking at long term land management technologies that have a small footprint, use materials that are readily obtainable (maybe by-products), and are durable, safe and cost effective. Let’s use that word sustainable again. 

Looking back at “tree of life” images that so many people painted in the entertaining session at its 10th anniversary conference, I wish NICOLE all the best to grow and be sustainable for the next 10 years.    
Currently Divyesh Trivedi is research fellow at The National Nuclear Laboratory in UK.

NICOLE Emerging Contaminants Working Group Report

The working group Emerging Contaminants, was led by Tomás Albergaria, provided a summary report on PFAS. The working group successfully contributed to the workshop in Manchester,  and cooperated with other networks like Concawe.

Please click here to read the report. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Tomás Albergaria.

Nanoremediation for Soil and Groundwater Clean‐up ‐ Possibilities and Future Trends

Nanotechnologies could offer a step-change in remediation capabilities: treating persistent contaminants which have limited remediation alternatives, avoiding degradation-related intermediates and increasing the speed at which degradation or stabilisation can take place.  

However, adoption of nanoremediation has been slower, with fewer than 100 field scale applications, since the first field application in 2000. On the other hand, the recent emergence of nanoremediation as a commercially-deployed remediation technology in several EU countries, notably the Czech Republic and Germany, indicates that it is now time to look at nanoremediation as a technology in the European market-place.

Since early 2013, the EU FP7 NanoRem project has been carrying out an intensive development and optimisation programme for different nanoparticles (NPs), along with analysis and testing methods, investigations of fate and transport of the NPs and their environmental impact.  NanoRem is a €14 million international collaborative project with 29 Partners from 13 EU countries, and an international Project Advisory Group (PAG), providing linkages to the USA and Asia.  It is a major initiative, which will support the effective deployment of nanoremediation technologies in Europe. 

To read the full article, please click here. And if you are further interested in the program, please click here.


Welcome to our new member

A very warm welcome to our new member Colas Environnement!

The Colas Group is present in various lines of business involving the construction and maintenance of infrastructure for both roads and all other forms of transport (air, rail, maritime) via two main operating divisions: Roads (including civil engineering and building), its core business, and Specialized Activities (Railways, Waterproofing, Sales of refined products, Road Safety and Signaling, Pipelines)

For more information please visit their website.


Contamination Expo Series 2016

12 – 13 October 2016, ExCeL London, United Kingdom

The contamination Expo Series 2016 is a major event in the UK for land contamination professionals to find innovative solutions and technology. 

For more information and tickets , please visit their website.

Workshop 2016

2 – 4 November 2016, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Workshop theme: Looking back, at the Future 

If you wish to find out more information about hotel possibilities please feel free to click here.

NanoRem Final Conference

21 November 2016, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The final conference of the EU project NanoRem („Taking Nanotechnological Remediation  Processes  from  Lab  Scale  to  End User  Applications  for  the  Restoration  of  a  Clean  Environment“, will take  place  on  21st  November  2016,  as  a  preconference to the DECHEMA Symposium.

For more information click here.

NICOLE Spring 
Workshop 2017

8 – 9 June 2017, Milan

Value land management & marketing as asset
AquaConsoil 2017

 26- 30 June 2017, Lyon, France

More information and call for abstract is open on the website.
Workshop 2017

4 – 6 October 2017, Copenhagen

NICOLE and ICCL back-to-back meeting
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