Nicole newsletter October 2017

 Nicole newsletter October 2017


The NICOLE network Spring 2018 Meeting & Workshop will be organized between 13 and 15 June 2018 at Infraserv Höchst, in the Höchst Industry Park in Frankfurt.

The theme of the workshop will be Nature Based Remediation

We are looking for volunteers for the Organization Committee, please send an email expressing interest to NICOLE secretariat.
Responsibilities include; draft call for abstracts, evaluation of abstracts, chair of sessions and other conference related matters. 
Several conference calls will be required over the coming months.

Scroll down for more information on:
– Successful ICCL & NICOLE joint conference in Copenhagen 
– New chair for Industry Subgroup
– Winner of the NICOLE Innovation Award
– New Working Groups
– H2020 – Inspration


 Successful ICCL & NICOLE joint conference in Copenhagen

It was one of the best- attended conferences in recent years. 

The NICOLE working group day kicked off on a musical note at the Ramboll office in Copenhagen.

We had almost 20 speakers who gave very high quality presentations, discussion was fruitful between regulators, industries and service providers. 

Presentations will be available for download later in October


 New chair for Industry Subgroup – Kathy Verhelst (Bekaert, BE)

The ‘old’ NICOLE Industry Group chair Paul van Riet (DOW) welcomes the «new» Kathy Verhelst (Bekaert)

Kathy works at Bekaert as Group Environmental Manager.
She studied at Ghent University and obtained a master degree in bioscience engineering and environmental technology. 
She joined Bekaert group in 2009.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Paul van Riet (Dow Benelux) for his effortless contribution in the last years. Under his leadership ISG members had in-depth knowledge exchanges and many good initiatives were realized. 
We are very glad to see that Paul will continue to be involved with NICOLE, now as the new chair for the Innovation Group. 


  Winner of the NICOLE Innovation Award 

This year we received 15 entries for the Innovation award. The jury was made up of representatives from academia (Hans- Peter Koschitzky), Industry (ISG chair and vice chair, Paul van Riet & Roger Jacquet) and Service Providers (SPG chair and vice chair, Rick Parkman & Phil Crowcroft). They studied each entry and evaluated them based on the following criteria:

  • Cleanness of submission
  • Freshness of innovation: was it really a new approach?
  • Maturity of innovation 
  • Speed of achieving a solution 
  • Did the innovation address challenging contaminants or old favourites?
  • How were cost savings defined and what level of saving? Was natural capital included by monetising environmental and social benefits?
  • Lateral thinking showing innovation in financing, valuation of new approach, smoothing of regulatory approval
  • Background of entrants
  • Plans for communication and market availability?
  • How relevant is it to NICOLE and its focus on sustainable land management?

The top 3 entries were selected to give a pitch presentation at the NICOLE conference and all participating NICOLE members (one company one vote) voted for one of the 3 entries. 

The top 3 entries are:
Winner: Integrated passive groundwater mass flux sampling technology – University of Antwerp
Number 2: Ultra-resolution analysis of coal tars – WSP
Number 3: Innovation in-Situ Injection Technology i-SAV © – RiskCom RmbH

Picture: iFLUX Sampling receiving the award: left Paul van Riet (Jury Chair), Tim Op’t Eyndt and Goedele Verreydt (University Antwerp) and Lucia Buvé (NICOLE Chair)


  New Working Groups & Working Group update

In Copenhagen, several new working groups were established;

Working Groups
Asbestos In Soil, chaired by  Simon Cole 
Land Stewardship, chaired by Hans Slenders  
Innovation, chaired by Paul van Riet  

H2020 Inspiration World Soil Day 2017 4th – 6th December  

If you are interested to participate in one of the working groups or get more information, please contact the respective chair or the NICOLE secretariat.

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