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Environment / Sustainability

Emerging contaminants conference Aug. 4-7

July 21, 2009

The 2nd International Conference on Emerging Contaminants will present the advances made by researchers and regulators from universities, industry, national laboratories, and regulatory organizations on the issue of emerging contaminants.

Aug. 4-7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Upper level ballrooms

Unintended consequences of man-made contaminants

There are natural contaminants 
in our environment -- volcanic ash, algae, fluoride, and arsenic are just a few. 

Today a host of contaminants that are the outgrowth of human-related activities have been added to the mix. Pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, hormones, and personal care products are present in air, water, and food, affecting human, animal, and plant life. Emerging contaminants have been associated with significant environmental impacts. 

Numerous advances 

Because of the remarkable success of the 2007 conference and the numerous advances made within the topic of emerging contaminants, we invite you to attend EmCon2009 in Fort Collins, Colo.

This four-day event will focus on the most recent developments and findings concerning the occurrence, fate, effects, and analysis of emerging contaminants in the environment.

Hosted by the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. The conference chair is CSU Professor Thomas Borch.

(At right: Borch and Ph.D. student sample the Cache la Poudre River for steroid sex hormones) 

Latest research

This conference will provide a forum for presenting the latest research on all aspects related to the topic of emerging contaminants in the environment. 

Emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, hormones, personal care products, nanoparticles, and their degradation products have been observed throughout our ecosystem and in some cases in our drinking water.

Emerging contaminants have been associated with significant environmental impacts, for example: 

  • selected pharmaceuticals have been associated with feminization of fish
  • the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, diclofenac, has been shown to be responsible for the catastrophic decline in vulture populations in Asia

Thus, emerging contaminants present numerous challenges for scientists, engineers, regulators and the public. 

First EmCon conference in U.K.

In March 2007, the first EmCon conference (EmCon2007) was held in the historic city of York (United Kingdom). The meeting was attended by more than 125 researchers and regulators from universities, industry, national laboratories and regulatory organizations.

The conference was truly international with delegates from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Australia, India, Canada and USA. 

Contact: Thomas Borch
Phone: (970) 491-6235