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Chemicals in our waters – What research is needed to secure a clean water environment and safe drinking water for year 2099?

Sustainability and environment
Science and Information Technology

Welcome to the 2021 SWACCS workshop that will be held in Gothenburg in collaboration with the Centre for Future Chemical Risk Assessment and Management Strategies (FRAM) at University of Gothenburg. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Chemicals in our waters – What research is needed to secure a clean water environment and safe drinking water for year 2099?”

15 Dec 2021 - 16 Dec 2021
Registration deadline
26 November 2021

Registration is closed.

The workshop will focus on group discussions addressing future needs in monitoring of chemicals in waters and biological effects of these chemicals.

Representatives from Swedish associations and agencies; Swedish water (Svenskt vatten), the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (Havs och Vattenmyndigheten) and the Swedish Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket), will give their views  on the topic. Researchers will present ongoing research. The main aim of the workshop is to discuss if we are focusing on the most serious problems regarding chemicals in waters and what gaps that need to be filled.

The meeting will be organized as a hybrid meeting so most parts will be possible to join digitally. In the evening of December 15:th there will be a workshop dinner, at own expense,  for mingle and long awaited get together.

When: December 15:th 2021, 11:00 to December 16:th 14:00.
Where: Conference Centre Wallenberg , Medicinaregatan 20A, Gothenburg.

NOTE: there is a limited number of seats covered for by the FRAM centre so please register directly to ensure your free registration to the workshop.

Day 1 
13:00 - 13:10 : Welcome from SWACCS and FRAM
13:10 – 13:35: Svenskt vatten – Kenneth Persson
13:35 – 14:00: Aligning strategic priorities and needs for R&D - Bengt Fjällborg, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
14:00 – 14:10: Break
14:10 – 14:35: Swedish food agency – Melle Säve-Söderbergh

14:35 – 15:00: Chemicals in water – Thomas Backhaus, University of Gothenburg
15:00 – 15:20: Break
15:20 – 15:45: Does the scientific knowledge reflect the chemical diversity of environmental pollution? – Mikael Gustavsson, Chalmers
15:45 – 17:00: Panel discussion

Day 2
8:30 – 9:00: Welcome and recap from day 1
9:00 – 9:20: What’s in the water? – Target and suspect screening of contaminants of emerging concern in raw water and drinking water from Europe and Asia – Rikard Tröger, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
9:20 – 9:40: Levels of µ- and nano- plastics in water - Karin Mattson, University of Gothenburg
9:40 - 10:00: Endocrine Disruptors – update on the state-of-the-art and future directions– Joelle Rüegg, Uppsala University
10:00 – 12:00: Discussion in Working groups
12:00 – 13:00: Summary of working group discussion

List of topics for workshop day 2.

  1. Need of additional knowledge regarding dose/response for risk assessment. What data do we have and what is lacking? Do we need more data for specific classes of compounds? Led by Kristina Jakobsson.
  2. Chemical monitoring. Do we have the right tools for analysis, also for relevant detection limits? What is lacking and how do we fill in the gaps? Led by Patrik Andersson.
  3. Biological effect monitoring. Do we have the right tools to assess the effects of chemicals in humans and organisms in the environment? What is lacking and how do we fill the gaps? Led By Joachim Sturve.
  4. Are nano/µ particles, including plastics, a problem in water? What data do we need, for detection and effects studies? Led by Bethanie Carney Almroth.
  5. Effects of mixtures of chemicals. How do we address the effects och chemicals mixtures on biological effects and how do we address the issue when it comes to risk assessment.  Led by Thomas Backhaus.