NICOLE: Spring Workshop 2016 : Vienna

«Turning failure into success – What can we learn when remediation does not go as planned»


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.

The first topic to deal with is the definition of “failure” in the context of remediation projects. During the workshop, the results of a questionnaire (recently sent around) will be communicated, together with experiences out of other businesses (lawyers, chemical production,…). As a first approach, failures can be technical, strategical, due to environmental or regulatory boundary conditions etc. 

Examples are: exceeding the budget, disappointing the stakeholders, application of suboptimal or even “wrong” technology, Health & Safety requirements or remediation goals may be finally met, but not within the expected time frame.

We would appreciate if you would to send in an abstract dealing with issues mentioned above with examples of “lessons learned” from these non-success projects. But please be aware that pure success stories will be rejected. The abstract should at least contain a description of the project, what type of “failure” happened and why and what should be done to prevent it from happening again.


NICOLE Questionaire

The aim of this questionaire is to generate information from NICOLE members on key issues, which are related to failure and their position. The results will be used to structure workshop sessions, plenary discussion and inviting speakers. 

Therefore we kindly ask everyone (whom hasn’t filled in the questionaire at this moment) to fill in the questionaire on MailChimp through the link provided. To fill in the questionaire, please click here, or copy the following link to your brower:

Please note that this is an anonymous questionnaire!


The Program

The organizing committee has agreed on the official program (final draft) which will be updated regularly on the NICOLE home page. It is therefore enclosed within the announcement. For more information, please click on the buttons below.

NICOLE Workshop Day 1 – 15th June 2016
NICOLE Workshop Day 2 & 3 – 16th & 17th June 2016


Workshop registration

To register for the workshop, please fill in the registration form on the NICOLE website. To do this, please log in and redirect to the workshop registration form. If you occur with any problems, please feel free to contact the NICOLE secretariat

Please note: The the registration for the workshop has not yet been opened. You will receive another workshop update when the registrations have openend!


Hotel arrangements during the workshop


The NICOLE secretariat has made a selection of very nice hotels which are near the workshop locations, but are also very convienciently located near the city centre of Vienna. If you take a look at the map below, the red 1 and 2 indicate the location of the workshop. The blue 1, 2 and 3 indicate the location of nearby hotels. These numbers conrespondent with the hotel numbers in the Hotel Information below.


Hotel Information


Venue Information

On the 15th of June 2016 the 1st day of the workshop will be held at the Kommunalkredit Public Consulting (KPC), (Türkenstrasse 9, 1092 Vienna, Austria). The closest metrostop near the venue is «Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof», please find the metro card located below.

On the 16th and 17th of June 2016 the 2nd and 3th day of the workshop will be held at the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (Radetzkystraße 2,1030 Vienna, Austria) The closest metrostop near the venue is «Landstaße (Wien Mitte)», please find the metro card located below.


Public transportation in Vienna

Vienna has a well-developed public transport network. Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city in no time at all. Vienna public transport Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 28 tram and 85 bus lines, of which 24 are night lines. Night lines only operate between 0.30am and 5.00am. On weekends and public holidays the Vienna underground remains at the service of its passengers all night.

The map below shows the unterground stations in Vienna:

For more information, please visit the website of Wiener Linien.

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