Access the programme below to learn more about the different sessions, keynote speakers, distinguished speakers, etc. who presented at the UNESCO-IWRA Online Conference on Emerging Pollutants.

Day 1

January 17th


Renée Martin-Nagle
Treasurer, IWRA; CEO, A Ripple Effect pllc; Special Counsel at Eckert Seamans; Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute

Monica Garcia Quesada
Smart Water Cities Project Officer, IWRA

Welcome messages:
Abou Amani 
Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme – IHP

Yuanyuan Li 
IWRA President; Vice President of the General Institute of Water Resources & Hydropower Planning & Design, Ministry of Water Resources

Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa
and Gabriel Eckstein,
Conference ISC Co-Chairs

Keynote Speaker:
Claudia Olazabal
Head of Unit of Sustainable Freshwater Management, DG ENV, European Commission



Xinghui Xia
Professor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University

Gisela Umbuzeiro
Professor, Faculty of Technology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

Keynote Speaker:
Damia Barcelo Culleres
Professor, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Higher Council for Scientific Research

“Emerging pollutants in aquatic ecosystems Mutagenicity evaluation of the rubber tire oxidant byproduct, 6PPD quinone, using the Ames assay”
Gabriely Groto Militão,
State University of Campinas – The School of Technology

Assessing forever chemicals in South Florida aquatic environments and potential environmental and human health risks
Natalia Soares Quinete,
Florida International University

Occurrence of emerging contaminants in Pampulha Lake: anthropic pollution of a UNESCO Heritage Site
Ramon Domingues,
The State University of Campinas (Unicamp)

“Transport of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals in Lowland Catchments: a Lumped Modelling Approach”
Nikola Rakonjac,
Soil Physics and Land Management Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 

“Bioremediation of Azo dye Tartrazine Yellow by three different microalgae genera”
Maryssa Fernanda Zecchin Simões,
Programa de Pós-graduação em Recursos Naturais (PPGERN), Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), São Carlos, SP, Brazil

“Water contamination in a multi-industrial region in Brazil: Decision support for water quality evaluation and management of contaminants of emerging concern”
Hadassa De Souza Ramos Pontes Moura,
University of Brasilia



Robert Kalin
Professor, Strathclyde University, Glasgow Scotland

Malcolm Gander
Environmental Manager, United States Department of Defence

Keynote Speaker:
Daniel Lapworth
Principal Hydrogeochemist, British Geological Survey (BGS) 

“How to prioritize agrochemical pollutant evaluation in drinking water? RISK21 tools provide a framework for chemical risk assessment”
Eliana Munarriz,
University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Agronomy, Research Institute in Agricultural and Environmental Biosciences/ CONICET

Understanding the Prevalence and Occurrence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Urban Karst Groundwater Systems
Rachel Kaiser,
Tennessee Technological University

“Assessment of emerging organic contaminants at the groundwater of Yucatán peninsula: recreational and water supply”
Rosa Leal-Bautista,
Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán

Emerging contaminants in groundwaters and their relation to recharge sources in Bengaluru City, Karnataka, India
Bentje Brauns,
British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre; Hydrogeologist, Project Manager, Environmental Change Adaptation & Resilience

“An Analysis of the Main Categories of the Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in Global Groundwater”
Malcolm Gander,
Consultant in Earth Sciences

“Microplastics in urban soil and groundwater in the city of Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil”
Tamiris Ferreira,
Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Departamento de Ciências Ambientais

“Impact of Changing Tourist Numbers on Sunscreens and Antibiotics in Groundwater during The Covid-19 Pandemic Riviera Maya, Mexico”
Melissa E. Lenczewski,
Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy; Northern Illinois University


Day 2

January 18th


Robert DiFilippo
Lecturer of Hydrogeology, University of the Philippines

Piero Gardinali
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida International University

Keynote Speaker:
Theodore B. Henry
 Heriot Watt University,
United Kingdom

“Determination of microplastics in wastewater samples from two wastewater treatment plants in Spain and in a managed aquifer recharge system.”
Albert Contreras Llin
Department of Environmental Chemistry (ENFOCHEM); Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC)

“Ecological impacts of microplastic pollution in fresh water; a comparative study on urban and rural water supply”
Nivetha E.,

Research Scholar, Department of Civil Engineering Annamalai University

“Bioavailability quantification and uptake mechanisms of pyrene associated with different-sized microplastics to Daphnia magna”
Hui Lin,

Nanchang hangkong University JiangXi Province

Environmental exposure assessment of product-released engineered nanomaterials (PR-ENMs) from commercial products
Mbuyiselwa Moloi,

Centre for Environmental Management, University of the Free State

“Interaction of the pesticide fipronil and its biodegradation products with polyethylene microplastics in ultrapure and river water”
Camila L Madeira,
 State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)



Robert Kalin
Professor, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland

Nikola Rakonjac
Ph.D Candidate, Department of Soil Physics and Land Management, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Landfill Site selection and bioremediation of emerging contaminants in groundwater.”
Waseem Raja,

Ph.D. Scholar in the Department of Civil Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Jammu
Akil Gupta 
Project Officer, Water Quality Lab, Indian Institute of Technology Jammu

“Assessment of harmful Algae as an emerging pollutant of domestic water supply from rainwater harvesting facilities in Sudan
Sabry Z. Wahba,
Water Pollution Research Dept., Institute of Environmental and Climate Change Research, National Research Center, Cairo

“Soil aquifer treatment application to improve the chemical quality and increase the quantity of groundwater
Silvia Díaz Cruz,

Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC); Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA); Dept. of Environmental Chemistry

“An overview of endocrine-disrupting compounds in drinking water and human health
Suryakanta Acharya

PAY-W Clinic, Assam Cancer Care Foundation;Consultant Oncologist, Assam Cancer Care Foundation

“Contamination of groundwater with sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim and spread of drug resistant Escherichia Coli in formal settlements of Kisumu, Kenya
Kellen Karimi

University of Nairobi, Department of Public and Global Health

“Development of a GIS based tool for the prioritisation of sites with the potential to be sources of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) impact to the water environment
Jane Thrasher,

Jacobs, Water & Environment Director; Ground Contamination and Land Quality Global Community of Practice Leader

Monitored and Intentional Recharge (MIR) – The intensive observation as a key to achieve water quality improvement; A conceptual model to draft water quality regulations about Managed Aquifer recharge (MAR) and water reuse”
Enrique Fernandez Escalante,
Tragsa R&D – IAH MAR Commission



Cassiana Montagner,
Associate Professor, UNICAMP, Brazil

Monica Garcia Quesada
Smart Water Cities Project Officer, IWRA

Occurrence and source of typical odor-causing compounds in drinking water of major cities across China
Chunmiao Wang,

Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Impacts of anthropogenic activities on water quality in the Guiers Lake basin: a spatio-temporal evolution of emerging pollutants
Hikimat Saadi,

Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD); Doctoral School on Water, Quality and Uses of Water (EDEQUE)

Multi-tracer approach for understanding emerging pollutants sources and behavior in aquatic systems to support national and transboundary water management
Yuliya Vystavna,
International Atomic Energy Agency

“Exposure assessment of emerging pollutants in the uMhlathuze and uThukela River-Estuary, South Africa”
Lungelo Rejoice Nsibande,
University of Zululand, South Africa

“Identifying the Emerging Pollutants in Aquatic Ecosystems: Turkey Example
Esra Şıltu,

Advisor to the General Director, Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry/DG State Hydraulic Works

Quantum Chemical Computations Promote Understanding of Microbial Reductive Dehalogenation
Shangwei Zhang,

Advanced Interdisciplinary Institute of Environment and Ecology, Beijing Normal University

Assessment of stakeholders’ demands on aquatic pollutants to support the transfer of research results
Maïté Fournier,

ACTeon Environment



Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa
Programme Specialist, Division of Water Sciences, Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO

Karishma Asoodani,
Financial Multi-platform International journalist and Water Youth Advocate

Omar Elhassan,
Environmental Antimicrobial Resistance and Water Management Expert, FAO, United Nations

Richard Elelman,
World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Jennifer Molwantwa,
CEO, Water Research Commission of South Africa

Ting Ruan,
Professor, State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Eco-toxicology, Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Marjin Korndewal
Policy Analyst, OECD Environment Directorate, France

Dahlia Sabri,
Deputy Resident Engineer, KEO International Consultants

Keynote Speaker:
Styliani Avraamidou
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Occurrence of antibiotics and psyquiatric drugs in brazilian municipalities: a data analysis approach
Júlia Carolina Braz de Freitas Bijos,

Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Industrial Engineering Department

Bio-based and circular solutions for Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) and water and climate change challenges in Berlin-Brandenburg
Kei Namba,
PostDoc, Technische Universität Berlin

Management Of Emerging Pollutants with a Circular Economy Approach; Lessons from Developed Countries in This Field, Suggestions for Northern Cyprus
Farhad Bolouri,

Ph.D. student and Doctoral Research Assistant Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Near East University

“Emerging Issues of Water and its Impact on Health: A Case Study of Jaipur City, Rajasthan, India”
Mehnaj Sheikh,

Research Scholar, IASE University, Sardarshahar, Churu, Raj., India; Associate Professor (Geography) Govt. Lohia College, Churu, Rajasthan, India

“Spatio-Temporal Assessment of Chlorine Residual in the Water Distribution System of Dhaka City”
Mezanur Rahaman,
Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

“Communal construction of water catchment areas to regulate water cost and increase sustainability supply”
Christopher Ndiyo,
Agricultural Science and Entrepreneurship Student

“Production and Life cycle assessment of microbial colorants”
Valéria de Carvalho Santos-Ebinuma,
Department of Biotechnology, Engineering School of Lorena, University of São Paulo



Mary Trudeau
Project officer – i-WSSM UNESCO Global Water Security Issues project, IWRA; Director, Envirings Inc.

Suryakanta Acharya

Founder, PAY-W Clinic, India

Evaluation of Sustainable materials to boost Emerging pollutants sorption during Soil Aquifer Treatment for Water Reuse
Cristina Valhondo,

Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC)

“Reuse of nutrient-rich treated wastewater for food self-sufficiency: Addressing health concerns of emerging contaminants of small-scale farmers through agro-ecological tools – A case study from Fayoum governorate, Egypt
Ahmed A. Rezk, M.Sc

Project Manager

Removal of pharmaceutical contaminants from wastewater using ceramic membrane filter
Edith Nwakaego Okey,

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi

Data Science applied to the sanitation sector: an investigation in open databases
Simão Urpia

Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Chemical Engineering Department

“High surface area chemically activated carbon derived from bamboo sawdust for the remarkable removal of paracetamol from water. Sorption kinetics, isotherm, thermodynamics and regeneration studies”
Wondimu Kebede Wakejo,
Africa Center of Excellence for Water Management (ACEWM), Addis Ababa University; Chemical Engineering Department, Wachemo University

“Sustainable Development: A Strategic Approach for Sustainable Business Practices in Trade Effluent Generating Industries in Francistown Region in Botswana”
Kene Dick,
UNICAF University

“Niobum-Based Advanced Nanomaterials for Emergent Pollutants Removal from Wastewater”
Lanna Emilli Lucchetti,
Universidade Federal do ABC, Bairro Bangu, Santo André


Day 3

January 19th


Suryakanta Acharya
Founder, PAY-W Clinic India;Consultant Oncologist, Assam Cancer Care Foundation

Dahlia Sabri
Deputy Resident Engineer, KEO International Consultants

Keynote Speaker:
Gordon McKay,
Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar

Algal-bacterial consortia, Bioaccumulation, Biodegradation
Ubhat Ali,

Indian Institute of Technology Jammu

The removal efficiency of pharmaceutical residues from three wastewater treatment plants in Saudi Arabia and their potential for pollution of groundwater
Obaid Alharbi,

National Center for Water Technologies, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

Multiple pollutants in rivers from wastewater: synergies and trade-offs in future pollution control
Maryna Strokal
Assistant professor Water Systems and Global Change (WSG) Wageningen University & Research

Removal of emerging pollutants from urban water: Alternation of existing tertiary treatment process by using heterogenous photo-Fenton process
Yunus Ahmed,

Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology, University of Queensland; Dept. of Chemistry, Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology (CUET)

Occurrence of Emerging contaminants in wastewater and Its Remediation
Mehak Puri

Environmental Impact and Sustainability Division, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute

“Facilitated prediction of emerging pollutant degradation by UV-AOPs in practical waters through combination of model simulation and portable measurement”
Yanyan Huang,
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Cassiana Montagner,
Associate Professor, UNICAMP, Brazil

Callum Clench
Executive Director, IWRA

Identification and occurrence of the chlorinated fipronil and fipronil degradates in municipal wastewater treatment plants
Qing Zhang,

Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences of Ministry of Education, State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University

“Global hot spot areas of antibiotics loading to aquatic systems”
Joseph Alcamo,

Director, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP); Professor, Environmental Systems Science (School of Global Studies; Geography Dept.) University of Sussex

Antibiotic resistance in aquatic environments: Priorities and knowledge for water quality modelling
Mahesh Jampani,
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Marine pollution linked to wastewater discharges at the Soumbédioune wharf: Prospects for the implementation of a marine swimming water standard in Senegal
Elhadji Mamadou Sonko,

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar

Antibiotic Resistant Campylobacter as an emerging pollutant in the Swartkops River, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Mary Chibwe,

Institute for Water Research (IWR), Rhodes University

Spatial-temporal monitoring of pesticides in the streams for the development of Ecohydrological Nature-based Solution
Paweł Jarosiewicz,

European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences u/a UNESCO; UNESCO Chair on Ecohydrology & Applied Ecology, Faculty of Biology & Environmental Protection, University of Łódź

Transgenerational toxic effects of [Omim]Cl and [DPy]Cl on the water flea, Moina macrocopa
Yingqi Du,

Department of Environmental & Ecological Engineering Guangdong University of Education



Cassiana Montagner
Associate Professor, UNICAMP, Brazil

Robert DiFilippo

Lecturer of Hydrogeology, University of Philippines

“Nanofiltration of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid as a function of water matrix properties”
Hadi Toure,

National School of Engineers, Mali

Toxicity and biodegradation of the pharmaceutical diclofenac employing the green marine microalga Tetraselmis sp.: A preliminary study
Silvia Pedroso Melegari

Center for Marine Studies Federal University of Parana – UFPR

Direct potable reuse: a prioritization of emerging contaminants for monitoring strategies and pilot-scale advanced treatment”
Vinicíus Diniz,
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas

Prioritization of Emerging Pollutants Used for Fingerprinting Specific Water Sources
Piero Gardinali,

Florida International University, Institute of Environment

“Toxicity of ciprofloxacin through generations of the soil invertebrate Enchytraeus crypticus”
Marcela Ravanelli Martins,
PhD student in Technology with focus on Environment, Faculty of Technology, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP); Technologist in Environmental Sanitation

“Investigating the infiltration of pharmaceuticals and transformation products through agricultural soils”
Juan Pablo Garcia Montealegre,
Universidad de Alcala (Spain)



Gabriel Eckstein,
Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law; Immediate Past President, IWRA

Christian Fischer
Cofounder, Water Science Policy

Bruce Allan Gordon
World Health Organisation

Joan Rose
Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair in Water Research; Professor; Co-Director, Centre for Water Sciences and Centre for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, Michigan State University, USA

Mohamed El Banni
Professor of Molecular Toxicology, Tunisia

Cindy Wallis-Lage
Former President, Global Water Business, and Former Executive Director, Sustainability and Resilience, Black & Veatch (retired), USA



Renée Martin-Nagle
Treasurer, IWRA; CEO, A Ripple Effect pllc; Special Counsel at Eckert Seamans; Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute

Monica Garcia Quesada
Smart Water Cities Project Officer, IWRA

Summary Remarks Future focus:
Callum Clench,
Executive Director, IWRA

ISC Presenters:
Reflections on Sub-Theme 1: Emerging pollutants in aquatic ecosystems
Gisela de Aragão Umbuzeiro

Professor, Faculty of Technology, The State University of Campinas – UNICAMP

Reflections on Sub-Theme 2: Emerging pollutants and groundwater
Dahlia Sabri,

Deputy Resident Engineer, KEO International Consultants 

Reflections on Sub-Theme 3: Emerging pollutants and wastewater
Ali Fares,
Endowed Professor of Water Security & Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Texas A&M University

Reflections on Sub-Theme 4: A circular economy approach: Lifecycle management of emerging pollutants
Marjin Korndewal
Policy Analyst, OECD Environment Directorate, France

Reflections on Sub-Theme 5: “Priority” emerging pollutants in the hydrocycle: microplastics, nanomaterial, PFAs and PPCPs
Piero Gardinali
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Florida International University

Closing Remarks: Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa,
Programme Specialist, Division of Water Sciences, Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO

Gabriel Eckstein,
IWRA Past President; Professor of Law at Texas A&M University and Director of the law school’s Program in Natural Resources Systems.

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