- Past & Future
Monthly Seminars of the Columbia University Superfund Basic Research Program
Golden to sign up for email notices of the seminars. See the Columbia
SBRP website for more information on the program.
32nd International Geological Congress: Pre-Congress Workshop 'BWO 06
Natural Arsenic In Groundwater,' 18-19 August, Florence, Italy
See the workshop
website (or the mirror).
Deadline for applications to the GeoHost
subsidy programme for developing country participants is 30 Nov 2003.
Advances in Arsenic Research, Integration of Experimental and Observational
Studies and Implications for Mitigation at the 226th Annual Meeting of the
American Chemical Society, New York, NY 7-11 September, 2003
Abstracts may be submitted to the ACS
online abstract system by 11 May 2003. Deadline for hardcopy
abstract submission is 28 April 2003. For more information contact one
organizers: Peggy O'Day, Dimitri
Vlassopoulos, or Liane Benning.
Arsenic in Aquatic Environments and Systems at the 226th American Chemical
Society National Meeting 7-11 September, 2003, New York
If you or a colleague is interested in presenting a paper,
please submit a short abstract to the ACS
online abstract system (OASYS) by May 10, 2003.
Special Symposium on Arsenic in Soil and Groundwater Environments:
Biogeochemical Interactions, 7th International Conference on Biogeochemistry of
Trace Elements (ICOBTE), 15-19 June 2003
See the conference
page; or download
the abstracts (PDF file). Organized by Richard H.
Loeppert (USA), Soil and Crop Sciences Dept., Texas A&M University;
Prosun Bhattacharya (Sweden) Dept of Land and Water Resources Engineering,
Royal Institute of Technology, SE-10044 STOCKHOLM, Sweden; and Alan H Welch (USA) United States Geological Survey, Carson City,
"Heavy Metals in the Environment," 26-30 May 2003, Grenoble,
At the International Conference Center (ATRIA) in downtown
Grenoble. The tentative agenda is as follows: 1-The first circular will be sent
to the people of the Ann Arbor mailing list in March 2002. People who are
interested to participate are requested to send a one page abstract of their
proposed communication not later than May 1, 2002. 2-The Organizing Committee
will notify the acceptance of the proposed communications not later than July 1,
2002. 3-The authors will be requested to send a 4 page long camera ready
manuscript not later than October 1, 2002 for publication of the proceedings of
the conference in a special issue of the well known Journal de Physique (EDP
Sciences). 4-The final circular will be sent in early 2003. Contact person: Christophe
Ferrari, Maître de conférences à l'Université Joseph Fourier Laboratoire
de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement du CNRS
First International Workshop on Aquifer Vulnerability and Risk, Salamanca,
Gto. México, 28-30 May, 2003
webpage no longer online.] Organized by Consejo Técnico de Aguas Irapuato Valle de
Santiago, COTAS Comisión Estatal del Agua de Guanajuato, CEAG Instituto de
Geofísica, UNAM Red de Vulnerabilidad Acuífera Instituto Estatal de
Ecología de Guanajuato Municipio de Salamanca, Gto. Escuela Superior de
Ingeniería y Arquitectura, ESIA-IPN
Objectives: Vulnerable aquifers put groundwater at extreme
pollution risk. Intense abstraction may cause subsidence or may enhance faults
and fractures increasing aquifer vulnerability. The primary objective of the
workshop is to develop a multidisciplinary network forum for groups working
with aquifer vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies by providing an
environment conducive to discussion and interaction. Topics:
Vulnerability assessment, Aquifer modeling,Model validation and sensitivity
analysis, Geostatistical analysis of aquifer properties, Subsidence, Risk
Assessment, Case Studies
Call for papers: Abstracts must be received by October 25,
2002. An abstract should not exceed 300 words. Submissions will be
peer-reviewed. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission
in early December 2002. Authors of accepted work will be required to submit an
extended abstract of no more than 10 pages by March 7, 2003 for publication in
the workshop proceedings.
Please indicate your interest in the conference by sending
email to: Lic. Carlos Valero.
Include the following information: name, institution, address, email. Indicate
if you are interested in: 1) attending the workshop, 2) presenting a paper,
and/or 3) receiving a second circular. If you wish to present a paper, please
indicate the topic and tentative title.
5th International Congress of Turkish Society of
Toxicology (IC-TST), 24-27 April 2003, Antalya, Turkey
The Organising Commity cordially welcomes the attendance and
participation of scientists involved in toxicology and related fields.
Sessions relevant to the arsenic crisis include ''Carcinogenesis of Heavy
Metals'' and ''Current advances in arsenic genotoxicity.''
On line registration.
Congress Secretariat: Yalçýn Duydu, Ankara University, Faculty of
Pharmacy, Department of Toxicology, 06100 Tandoðan, Ankara, Turkey. Tel
: +90 312 2126805-2322, Fax: +90 312 2122921
The Third World Water Forum: Technological and Policy Dimensions of Arsenic
Contamination in the Asian Region - Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Water
Pollution Session, Sunday, 16 March 2003, Kyoto, Japan
information webpage. Co-organized by United Nations University (UNU),
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO),
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Bangladesh University of
Engineering and Technology (BUET).
The Fifth International India Bangladesh Symposia 2003, 2-3 March (Calcutta)
& 5-6 March (Dhaka): Reducing the Impact of Toxic Contamination on Bengal
for papers. Organized by the International Institute of Bengal Basin (IIBB)
and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP).
Topics included arsenic contamination of groundwater, arsenic
mitigation and removal, technologies, hydrology, geology, identification and
protection of damaged aquifers and protection of the unaffected production
aquifers, epidemiology, environmental consequences, toxicology, relationship
between the surface and groundwater impact of annual flood on Bengal basin and
other South Asian countries, impact of pesticides on surface and ground water
and on the food chain, impacts of air pollutants on public and environmental
health and health affects., ecology and health of Bengal basin's rivers,
estuaries and bay of Bengal, canopy chemistry, nutrient cycling, wood
productivity and mangrove forests.
BUET-UNU International Symposium on Fate of Arsenic in the Environment 5-6
February 2003, Dhaka, Bangladesh
text symposium proceedings.
Fifth International Conference On Arsenic Exposure & Health Effects.
Tentative dates 14-17 July 2002, San Diego CA
UNU-NIES International Workshop - Arsenic Contamination in Groundwater,
Technical and Policy Dimensions, in Tokyo 8 Feb 2002
annoucement and programme.
International Workshop on Arsenic Mitigation, Dhaka 14-16 Jan 2002
Government sponsored workshop. Online:
Conference on Arsenic contamination and remediation in Bangladesh, Dhaka,
12-13 Jan 2002
Organized by Dhaka
International Conference on Freshwater, Bonn 2001, Bonn, Germany, 3-7 Dec
There is nothing specifically on the arsenic crisis in the conference
website, call for papers, etc., but the scope of the conference is such
that crisis-related papers would certainly be appropriate.]
Arsenic in Drinking Water - An International Conference at Columbia
University, New York, 26-27 Nov 2001
Hosted by the Columbia Superfund Basic Research Program. See
webpage, which has links to (among other things) online
copies of (some?) of the conference papers.
Arsenic in the Asia-Pacific Region Workshop, Adelaide, South Australia,
20-23 Nov 2001
Sponsored by CSIRO Land & Water, this
arsenic workshop immediately followed the 2001 Bioavailability Workshop on
18-20 Nov 2001 in Adelaide. The focus of the workshop was "Managing
Arsenic for our Future. The major themes of the Workshop
reflected important management issues, such as:
- Fate of arsenic in soil/water/plants
- Source-sink relationships - continuum between arsenic in
soil parent rock and humans
- Risk-based assessment of arsenic contaminated areas - is
- Remediation - what is achievable?
- Environmental health - what are the acceptable target
Proposed SETAC Platform Session, 9H, Fate & Transport of Arsenic in the
Environment, Baltimore USA, 11-15 Nov 2001
There is a session on the "Fate and Transport of
Arsenic in the Environment" proposed for the Society
of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 22nd Annual Meeting. The
meeting will be at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland,
USA. The session has been reviewed by the SETAC Program Committee and has been
included on the First Call for Abstracts.
Natural Arsenic In Groundwater: Science Regulation And Health Implications -
Topical Session 61 (Oral & Poster) at the Geological Society of America
Annual Meeting, 5-8 Nov 2001, Boston MA
This session will focus on recent advances in scientific
understanding of natural arsenic in groundwater and their implications for
nvironmental regulation and human health. We expect widespread participation
in sessions pertaining to this important international environmental health
problem. Papers (oral and poster) dealing with arsenic geochemistry, the
hydrogeology of regions with naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater,
epidemiology of arsenic exposure, and environmental regulations pertaining to
arsenic in groundwater are encouraged. Moderators: Stuart Rojstaczer, Duke
University, Durham, N.C. and Stephen Peters, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
Mich. Submit your abstract online before 24 July 2001 at the conference
Second World Water Congress of the International Water Association (IWA),
Berlin 15-19 Oct 2001
Selected proceedings are available
online for purchase.
9th Congress of Toxicology (ICT-IX) Brisbane Australia 8-12 Jul 2001
Organized by the International Union of Toxicology. Visit
the conference website for more info.
Arsenic session - Symposium 11: Human effects of chronic
arsenic poisoning. Speakers already scheduled include: Dr. KS Subramanian,
Canada; Dr. Alan Hall, USA; Prof Marie Vahter, Sweden; and Prof Chien-Jen,
World Chemistry Congress 2001, Brisbane, Australia, 1 - 6 Jul 2001
WCC 2001 incorporates the following meetings:
- IUPAC Congress 1 to 6 July 2001
- IUPAC General Assembly 29 June to 8 July 2001
- 9th Asian Chemical Congress 1 to 4 July 2001
- AIMECS 01 3 to 6 July 2001
Scientific themes relevant to arsenic crisis - Environmental
chemistry and the greening of industry: Chemical synthesis, processing &
analysis for improved environmental impact; Chemistry of Responsible Care;
Atmospheric, urban air and water chemistry. Visit the conference
website for more info.
International Symposium on Environmental Toxicology of Metals and Metalloids
- Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology & Health, Queensland Australia, 1-5
Hosted by the National Research Centre for Environmental
Toxicology, NRCET. South Molle Isand, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland,
Australia. This conference code-named "Metals 2001" will focus on
harmful metals and metalloids with special interest on carcinogenic elements.
Conference themes include environmental chemistry, specialised speciation
techniques for better characterisation of exposure, mechanism of toxicity,
health effects/treatment, risk assessment, risk management and remediation.
Arsenic deserves a lot of attention and time at this conference.
"Australian scientific communities invite their colleagues from around
the world to participate in an international symposium on carcinogenic metals
and metalloids on the Great Barrier Reef, a famous world heritage marine park
area. The venue is ideally situated in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands and
is naturally blessed with secluded beaches, an enviable climate and access to
one the world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. July is the perfect
time to visit the reef with a temperature ranging from mid 20 to high 20s
C." Visit the conference
website for more info.
Water Days at Alliance Francaise, 31 May-6 Jun, Dhaka
From 31 May to 16 June, Sun-Thu 9am-12 noon & 5-8pm.
- A series of posters with audio-visual support structured
around seven main theme dealing with important social aspects of water
- A permanent exhibition of the French BCEOM currenlty
working on the improvement of Dhaka's water distribution system
- Internet access and documentation regarding the subject
- Two permanent exhibitions by UNICEF and WaterAid
- In the movie room, a series of documentaries focusing on
"water issues and research"
- Three special evenings:
- Thu 31 May 4-6pm - Official opening with a presentation
- Thu 7 June 6pm - BCEOM presentation on water distribution
system of Dhaka
- Fri 8 June 5-8pm - Round table discussion with
specialists from UNICEF, WaterAid, WHO, WARPO, BCEOM, Dhaka WASA, and
BUET- UNU International Workshop On Technologies For Arsenic Removal From
Drinking Water, Dhaka 5-7 May 2001
See the final
report and proceedings on the UNU server.
USGS Workshop on Arsenic in the Environment, Denver CO, 21-22 February
abstracts available online.
Third International India Bangladesh Symposium, "On reducing the impact
of toxic chemicals in the Bengal Basin," 10-12 Feb Calcutta &
14-16 Feb 2001 Dhaka
available online. Sponsored by GRA International.
Available online: list
of 36 abstracts containing the word "arsenic." This list
is in order by title, and each title is hyperlinked to the full text of
"Arsenic in Groundwater of Sedimentary Aquifers," Pre-Congress
Workshop at the 31st International Geological
Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 3-5
Available online: the full
text of the abstract volume (2.5M .pdf file).
Fourth International Conference on Arsenic Exposure and Health Effects,
San Diego, CA, June 18-22
Available online: conference
home page and abstracts
(speakers & posters). The conference proceedings have been
published in book form. See the publisher's
page for this book,which provides a description, the table of contents,
and bibliographic & ordering information.
3rd International Arsenic Conference, Dhaka Community Hospital, Dhaka, Date:
Organized by Dhaka Community Hospital Supported by UNICEF.
available online. March 6- 8 in Dhaka; 9- 11 in
Calcutta. Sponsored by GRA International.
"International Conference on Bangladesh
Environment", 14-15 January, Dhaka, Bangladesh
available online. Organized by Poribesh Rokkah Shapoth, Bangladesh
Environment Network, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology,
Coalition for Environmental NGOs.
"International Workshop on Control of Arsenic
Contamination in Ground Water," Calcutta India, 5&6 January
available online. Contact: Asesh Ray, Member Secretary Organising Committee
& Chief Engineer, Water Quality Management P.H. Engineering Directorate,
Government of West Bengal. Tel +91(33)449-8531/8011/8223 and
+91(33)439-8012/9673/8227/8228. Fax +91(33)439-8013. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Contaminants in the Soil Environment
in the Asia-Pacific Region," New Delhi India, 12-17 Dec 1999
See the conference
website for more info.
Urban and mining wastes
perspectives of inorganic and organic
Remediation of contaminated
sites - analytical, technological and social
perspectives Risk assessments,
regulatory and ethical perspectives
Managing environment for sustained
preservation of water
"Rotary Peace Conference For Arsenic-Free Water",
Calcutta India, 26-28 November 1999
ISEE/ISEA Conference, Athens, Greece, 5-8 Sep 1999
abstracts dealing with arsenic pollution and exposure posted at the
Arsenic Project, Harvard University.
Pan Asia-Pacific Conference on Fluoride and Arsenic
Reserach. 15-20 Aug 1999, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, China
Sponsored by the Fluoride and Arsenic Society of China (FASC).
"In China at least 100 million people live in naturally high fluoride regions
and two million live in arsenic poisoned ones, with most of the latter
also affected by high fluoride. The Fluoride and Arsenic Society of China
was founded in 1996 to study and control the serious situation. This first
international conference aims to share the expertise of Chinese scientists
with other experts from around the world, especially those from the Asian
and Pacific region, with a view to working together to combat the situation
where it occurs. Shenyang is one of the most famous historical and cultural
cities of China. Shenyang International Airport is about 45 minutes by
air from Beijing, and 90 minutes from Shanghai. Further information, and
registration forms, can be obtained from: Professor Sun Guifan, School
of Public Health, China Medical University, 92 Beier Road, Shenyang 110001,
China. Phone/Fax 86 24 23871744. E-mail email@example.com.
Arsenic pollution in Bangladesh: its causes, effects
and mitigation. 27- 28 June 1999, Rajshahi University
National workshop organized by the Rajshahi University Faculty
of Science and the Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
American Geophysical Union, Boston, USA, June 1-4
1999. Session H22 on arsenic in groundwater
posted at the Arsenic Project, Harvard University.
Arsenic in Groundwater: Searching for Alternatives
to Rural Water Supply, 22 Mar 1999 "World Water Day," Dhaka.
Organized by NGO Forum for
Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation. Proceedings
in .pdf format.
"World's Greatest Arsenic Calamity" Conference, February
27-28, 1999, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, USA.
Organized and Sponsored by Bangladesh Chemical and Biological
Society of North America, USA, and Intronics Technology Center, Shewrapara,
Dhaka, Bangladesh. Abstracts
posted by the Arsenic Project, Harvard University.
International Symposium and Workshops: "The Bengal
Basin: the Impacts of Toxic Chemicals and Pollutants on Public Health,"
Santiniketan, Bengal, India and Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 - 8 March 1999
available online. "The environmental and public health problems to be found in the Bengal
Basin are the most challenging anywhere. In the global economy, which is
our present and future, the activities in one part of the world will impact
lives in other parts of the world. We are part of a global ecology, environmental
isolationism is no more tenable in the long term than economic isolationism,
threats to public health know no boundaries, and problems do not go away
by ignoring them. The problems in the Bengal Basin impact us all.
"The purpose of the symposium and workshops is first to identify those
public health and environment problems caused by toxic chemicals and pollutants."
Contact information: The symposium is being
organized by GRA
International, a not-for-profit company with offices in Berkeley, Calcutta,
and Dhaka, that provides environmental and ecology services to Asia (U.S.
tax ID 94-3312242).
KTH-Dhaka University Seminar on Groundwater Arsenic
Contamination in the Bengal Delta Plains of Bangladesh, 7-8 Feb 1999
site includes the programme and list of papers presented, and the abstracts,
but not, when I checked, a link to the proceedings.
International Workshop on Arsenic Problem and Water
Resource Management in Bangladesh, 14-15 December 1998, Dhaka Community Hospital
& Emergency Arsenic Programme of the Ministry of Health and Family
Workshop brings together concerned funding agencies, government policy
makers, research institutions and NGOs for an update on the latest findings,
an opportunity to exchange ideas, and thereby to strengthen current activities
to lead to sustainable, community-based water management. Results are presented
from the 200 villages covered by the Emergency Arsenic Mitigation Programme
(Rapid Action Programme - RAP) implemented by DCH. [Proceedings
Third International Conference on Arsenic Exposure
and Health Effects, 12-15 July 1998 San Diego, Society of Environmental Geochemistry and
Proceedings available in book
form. This conference focuses on latest exposure and health-related research
from around the world. Distinguished invited speakers include C.-J. Chen,
J. Froines, V. Aposhian, T. Rossman, K. Brown, K. Irgolic, M. Vahter, I.
Thornton, D. Menzel, V. Bencko, M. Cebrian, and A. Smith. The sessions
will include sources, geochemistry, mechanisms, dose-response, remediation,
patient care, exposure (several countries will be represented), epidemiology
(cancer and noncancer), bioavailability, metabolism, and other related
Contact information: Dr. Willard Chappell,
University of Colorado at Denver. Campus Box 136 P.O. Box 173364 Denver,
CO 80217-3364. Fax (303)556-4292. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Arsenic Pollution of Ground Water in Bangladesh: Causes, Effects, and
Remedies 8-12 February 1998
The Dhaka conference 8-12 February 1998 was jointly organized by Dhaka
Community Hospital Trust, and the School of Environment Studies, Jadavpur
University, Calcutta, . The conference covered the following areas
(see also the conference abstract list
which links to a few abstracts and papers):
Approximately 110 participants participated from abroad. A video and the
abstract volume will be available for sale from the Conference
Immediate and long-term alternative sources of safe water,
such as deep tubewell water and surface water, and the role of watershed
Water treatment methods
Epidemiology; treatment to those already suffering from arsenicosis;
arsenic toxicity in children
Simple and affordable analytical techniques for arsenic determination
in water, urine, hair, nail, and skin-scale in Bangladesh context; surveys,
use of field kits, awareness campaigns, role of nutrition
Source and mechanism of arsenic contamination; role of geologists,
1997 and earlier
Arsenic Exposure and Health Hazards Conference, Taiwan, October 1997
description of the conference by Ben Cave.
Second International Conference on Arsenic Exposure
and Health Effects, Society of Environmental Geochemistry and
Health (SEGH), 1996
Proceedings available in book
form or from Kluwer.
International Conference on Arsenic, Calcutta, Feb 1995
First International Conference on Arsenic Exposure
and Health Effects, Society of Environmental Geochemistry and
Health (SEGH), 1994
Proceedings available in book
form from Barnse&Noble or from Science
& Technology Letters.