Mike Williams, Kathryn Hassell and Rai Kookana, WiOW Symposium Organizing Committee

The What’s in Our Water 2018 Symposium (WiOW 2018) is the sixth in a series that has been running since 2004 in conjunction with CSIRO and SETAC Australasia. It is a single-track symposium offering excellent exposure and networking opportunities for researchers, managers, policy makers and all others interested in the identification and management of micropollutants in the environment.

WiOW 2016 participants

Participants from the 2016 WIOW/EmCon conference in Sydney

This year, the event will take place from 29 October–1 November at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. The conference dinner, a highlight of previous WiOW meetings, will be held at The Boat House, taking in the ambience of Lake Burley Griffin.

Global leaders on micropollutants have consistently presented as plenary speakers at this event, and this year is no exception with David Sedlak from UC Berkeley, USA; Annegaaike Leopold from Calidris Environment B.V., The Netherlands; Ed Topp of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and Virginia Baker from the Institute for Environmental Science & Research, New Zealand.

This year, WiOW 2018 will have a strong focus on per- and poly-fluorinated substances (PFASs), among other emerging contaminants, as PFASs have recently become a high-profile issue. WiOW 2018 sessions will cover exposure, fate, effects and remediation of PFASs in the environment. A strong field of contributions have been received by the organizers allowing several sessions devoted to PFASs in the environment. The opening plenary lecture by Sedlak will also cover management of emerging contaminants including PFAS.

Early bird registration close on 10 September, and we hope to see you at this year’s symposium!

Authors’ contact information: mike.williams@csiro.au, khassell@unimelb.edu.au and rai.kookana@csiro.au

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