PEOPLE 2023 International Conference

– Collaborative Solutions to Environmental Problems under Climate Change on August 7-11 in Montreal, Canada

This is also the 6th annual conference of the global Network on Persistent, Emerging and Organic Pollution in the Environment (PEOPLE Network), and co-hosted with Memorial University and the Concordia Institute of Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems of Concordia University, along with partners including the University of the Arctic, the International Water Association Young Water Professionals Canada (IWA-YWP Canada), and special issues from supporting Journals Environmental Systems Research (Springer Nature), Marine Pollution Bulletin (Elsevier), and Water (MDPI). The PEOPLE Network has more than 200 professional members, plus over 200 students, from over 30 institutions and 50 partners from private and public sectors and community groups in Canada and worldwide. It is the largest consortia of its kind dedicated to research, development and education on persistent, emerging and organic pollution by cross-nation, cross-institution, and cross-disciplinary approaches. It has been mainly funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

This event also welcomes scientists, regulators, practitioners, and community representatives who are interested in seeking and developing collaborative solutions to environmental programs from traditional to emerging ones worldwide under the changing climate. We are calling for collaborative efforts on research, development, education and engagement for improved knowledge and better solutions. “People create environmental problems, and our PEOPLE help find the solutions!”

Nowadays, the quality and sustainability of our environment have been increasingly compromised by traditional and emerging environmental issues associated with human activities. Climate change further complicates those issues and challenges us in finding better solutions. For example, a typical and continuing concern is the use and release of chemicals to the environment particularly including a group of persistent, emerging, and organic pollutants due to their toxic, carcinogenic, and/or bio-accumulative properties and the associated long-term ecological and health risks under a changing climate. There are pressing needs to gain better understanding of their sources, fate, transport, and effect, and have more prevention, control, and remediation methods to help the society achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PEOPLE 2023 will continue to provide an international venue and bring together researchers and professionals from diverse sectors and disciplines in natural science and engineering, health, social science, and humanities, to present their achievements and innovations, spark ideas, share information, grow connections, and explore opportunities.

Call for Abstracts and Proposals

Call for abstracts: PEOPLE 2023 abstract submission portal is now open. We invite you to submit an abstract to our general technical sessions and special sessions. The abstract submission deadline is Monday, May 1, 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

Call for proposals: We invite you to propose and organize workshops on Day 1 or technical/special sessions during the conference (Days 2-4). The objective is to support professionals (especially students and early-career professionals) to learn topics of rising interest, engage in intensive discussion, and explore the topic from different perspectives.  A max 2-page proposal is welcomed by using the Session/Workshop Proposal Template.  The proposal submission is due on February 28, 2023 (closed)


Dr. Bing Chen

Dr. Catherine Mulligan

Dr. Chunjiang An

Invited Speakers

Plenary Keynote Speakers

Technical Keynote Speakers

Dr. Howard Alper

Mr. Mark Biagi

Dr. James (Jim) Brydie

Dr. Saeid Eslamian

Dr. Jinhui (Jeanne) Huang

Dr. Ibrahim M. Banat

Dr. Jinxia Liu

Dr. Yong Liu

Dr. Cameron McCartney

Dr. David C. Natcher

Dr. Jinren Ni

Dr. Nathalie Tufenkji

Dr. Caterina Valeo

Dr. Katrin Vorkamp



(* Alphabetical order)

Conference Program

Conference Agenda

Day 1: Monday, August 7 | Workshops

Day 2: Tuesday, August 8 | Opening & Technical Sessions

Day 3: Wednesday, August 9 | Technical Sessions

Day 4: Thursday, August 10 | Technical Sessions & Closing

Day 5: Friday, August 11 | Field Trips

General Technical Sessions/Conference Themes

Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Planning

Climate Change Modeling and Impact Assessment

Emerging Contaminants – Fate, Transport and Effect

Environmental Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

Environmental Modeling and Decision Making

Environmental Sustainability, Human Health and Ecotoxicology

Inland and Marine Oil Spill Response

Marine and Coastal Environmental Protection

Waste Management and Minimization

Water and Wastewater Treatment

Water Resources and Water Quality Management


Special Technical Sessions

1) Chemicals of Emerging Arctic Concern: Sources and Environmental Fate

2) Microplastics and Nanoplastics: Challenges and Advances in Characterization, Risk Assessment, and Management

3) Impacts and Cleanup of Inland and Marine Oil Spills

4) Challenges and Solutions for the Environmental Problems in Indigenous Communities

5) Sustainable Transport, Logistics and the Environment

6) Technology Development in Agricultural Waste Management

7) Exposure Risk and Environmental Assessment of Persistent Organic Pollutants

8) Infrastructure Systems and the Environment

9) Environmentally Sustainable Management of Personal Protective Equipment Waste

10) Exploring the Potential of Recycled Concrete Aggregate: Opportunities and Challenges

Field Trip

Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (CESM)


Supporting Journals

Concordia University Conference Centre
9th floor, John Molson Building (MB)
1600 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 1J5