NICOLE Enews issue February 2016

NICOLE Enews issue February 2016
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Spring 2016 workshop – questionnaire

The call for abstracts for the Spring 2016 workshop and the preparatory questionnaire are distributed within the network. If you missed the questionaire, we would very much appriciate it if you could fill it out through this link. We would like to encourage you to distribute them also within your networks. We also welcome presentations and information for the questionnaire from outside of the NICOLE network!

NICOLE Network Spring Meeting & Workshop
Vienna, Austria, 15-17 June 2016

There is continuous effort needed to manage land contamination in an effective way, and hence to find ways to optimize the current ways of working. Often, workshops and conferences try to find the solutions in presenting success cases as templates to replicate. Yet, there are a number of remediation projects not meeting the various stakeholders expectations and thus requiring new thinking to achieve the outcome expected. Owing to the level of trust NICOLE’s members have built over time among themselves, it seems possible to have open discussions around projects having encountered obstacles on their way to completion and to learn from these. Therefore the decision was taken to hold a workshop on the non-successes, and even on the failures or on “what goes wrong” and what we can learn from this for the next project or the future.



International Year of Soils closing event

The European Commission organized in collaboration with the authorities of the regions Brussels Capital, Flanders and Wallonia a conference to conclude the International Year of Soils 2015. 

The conference was hosted by Brussels Environment and took place in the beautiful auditorium of their Thurn & Taxis site. 

It was attended by 150 participants from national and regional public administrations from different countries, private companies, NGOs and professional associations, European institutions and International organizations. 

This conference concluded the International Year of Soils 2015 ‘Healthy Soils for a healthy life’ declared by the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations. The International Year of Soil (IYS) was aimed to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. The IYS closed officially on the 5th December which has been declared the World Soil day by the UN General Assembly.

More information is available here:




20 years of NICOLE

NICOLE will be celebrating it’s 20 years of establishment this year! 
Chairs of each working group are working on the content of the 20th anniversary workshop, which will take place in the fall of 2016. 

Who do you think should be an important guest to be invited to the NICOLE 20th anniversary workshop in Fall? Please share your thoughts with NICOLE secretariat.



ITVA- Altlasten Kolloquium

10 – 11 March 2016, Dresden, Germany

Registrations for this event will close on 23th of February 2016.

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?

For more information please visit the Intersol 2016 website.

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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