People Symposium 2019


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Update Date: 2019/10/13


We are happy to invite you to join us for a Symposium on Persistent, Emerging and Oil PoLlution in Aquatic Environments (PEOPLE 2019), which will take place in St. John’s, NL, Canada, on October 17-18, 2019.

The growing pollution problems caused by persistent, emerging, and oil pollutants, such as petroleum hydrocarbons, chemical surfactants, fire retardants, microplastics, pharmaceutical and personal care products, and engineered nanoparticles (PEOPs), in aquatic environments have raised significant scientific challenges. These compounds are usually persistent, toxic/carcinogenic, and bio-accumulative. It has been recognized as a new era of challenges in dealing with those substances mainly due to, not only the increase of their quantity and complexity, but also the lack of good knowledge, proper policies and efficient mitigation solutions.

The symposium co-hosts with the 2019 Atlantic Symposium of Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ). It targets on the fate, behavior, and environmental impacts of petroleum hydrocarbons, chemical surfactants, fire retardants, microplastics, pharmaceutical and personal care products, and engineered nanoparticles, as well as the development of more cost-efficient prevention, control, and remediation technologies to support policy marking and industrial practices. Participants/stakeholders can share their views on emerging areas of concern, knowledge gaps, research needs, and action plans. It will particularly provide a good opportunity for the Network researchers and students to disseminate their findings and get a better understanding of the multidisciplinary needs of industries, governments, and indigenous communities.

Abstract submission

The abstract deadline of The Symposium on Persistent, Emerging and Oil PoLlution in Aquatic Environments (PEOPLE 2019) is extended to September 12, 2019.

Prospective participants are invited to electronically submit their abstracts in English (max 300 words) in PDF or MS WORD formats by email to by September 12, 2019. The abstract must include a title, author(s) names and affiliations, as well as the email address of the corresponding author that the notification of acceptance and following communications will be sent to. The review of submitted abstracts will commence as soon as an abstract is received. Preference in oral or poster presentations may be indicated. No full paper submission is required, but selected abstracts may be invited for potential publications in special issues of journals including Environmental Systems Research (ESR) and Journal of Environmental Informatics (JEI).

Student and young professionals are especially encouraged to present their work. The top student presenters will be recognized by the CAWQ Philip H. Jones Student Awards.


The event focuses on, but not limited to, the persistent and emerging organic pollution with topics in the following aspects:

  • Pollutant fate and behavior (eps. in aquatic and soil environments)
  • Pollution monitoring and sample analysis
  • Source reduction and pollution prevention
  • Water safety and water/wastewater treatment
  • Enhanced and new remediation technologies
  • Environmental nanotechnology and biotechnology
  • Vulnerability analysis and exposure/risk assessment
  • Pollution modeling, system optimization, and decision making
  • Environmental emergency response
  • Toxicological and ecological effects
  • Health and community impact assessment
  • Socio-economic effect analysis
  • Community engagement (eps. indigenous communities in northern and coastal regions)
  • Education and training for students, professional and communities