2016 Conference "Non-target screening of organic chemicals for a comprehensive environmental risk assessment"

Country: Switzerland

City: Ascona

Abstr. due: 08.02.2016

Dates: 29.05.16 — 03.06.16

Area Of Sciences: Chemistry;

Organizing comittee e-mail: nontarget2016@demariaevent.ch

Organizers: ETH Zurich


The NonTarget2016 Organizing Committee welcomes you to attend the conference "Non-target screening of organic chemicals for a comprehensive environmental risk assessment" that will be held from 29. May to 3. June, 2016 at the Conference Centre Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, the venue of choice for Congressi Stefano Franscini, the international conference platform of ETH Zurich.

Conference Themes

NonTarget 2016 will address state-of-the-art non-target screening approaches, including analytical technologies for detecting organic contaminants, application to real-world studies, and implementation in risk assessment. The conference with about 100 participants will be a forum to bring together leading scientists from allied disciplines (chemistry, informatics, toxicology) along with stakeholders from industry and regulatory bodies to stimulate scientific exchange, identify future research needs and foster practical application of non-target screening.
The program will feature a mixed format, with keynote lectures from leaders in the field along with shorter oral and poster presentations from conference participants with special consideration for young researchers. Workshops and working groups will be organized to stimulate intense discussions on the applicability of practical informatics tools as well as to trigger exchange of new and emerging strategies for unknown compound identification that could be continued after the conference.
Topic 1: Frontiers in non-target screening: instrumentation, data evaluation, application to micropollutant monitoring in the aquatic environment

This topic will discuss latest developments in high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) coupled to gas and liquid chromatography, including different ionization techniques and multi-dimensional separation as well as software tools such as mass spectral prediction. It will extend to their innovative application to monitoring of the occurrence and fate of chemicals within the water cycle (surface water, groundwater, wastewater, drinking water, sediment).
Topic 2: Identification of contaminant transformation products and metabolites formed in biological and technical systems

Formation of potentially harmful transformation products in systems such as biological or chemical water treatment and its prevention by appropriate mitigation is an issue under intense current study. Suspect and non-target screening methods are extremely useful to identify such transformation products. Pathway prediction systems can help to guide this process of detection. Knowledge about metabolites in aquatic organisms or humans can help to link the exposure with effects. This session will discuss how to bring the different fields together to facilitate identification and improve risk assessment.
Topic 3: Tools to prioritize identification: statistics, exposure modeling, toxicity

Thousands of features are revealed in chromatograms of complex environmental samples and identification of all of them is not presently feasible. Therefore, proper prioritization is needed for effective data analysis. Many approaches to prioritization are being developed. Effect directed analysis uses bioassays linked to sophisticated analytical tools for identifying "causative stressors". In more applied fields such as surface water monitoring, frequency of occurrence determined by statistical tools or predicted by modeling can guide the identification work. This session will highlight the state of the art of current prioritization approaches and their practical application to monitoring and regulation.

Conference Web-Site: www.nontarget2016.ch