PEOPLE Newsletter – March 3, 2022

PEOPLE & Partner Events

Call for Abstracts: PEOPLE 2022 International Conference (hybrid), August 23-26, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

We warmly welcome you to the PEOPLE 2022 International Conference on Persistent, Emerging, and Organic Pollution in the Environment – Challenges and Solutions under Climate Change on August 23-26, 2022, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. This is a hybrid event co-organized by the PEOPLE Network (Memorial University), the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation (University of Prince Edward Island), the Sigma Academy, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (University of California, Berkeley), the Canadian Association on Water Quality Atlantic Region, and the Journal of Environmental Systems Research (Springer). This is also an annual conference of the Network on the Persistent, Emerging, and Organic PoLution in the Environment (PEOPLE Network), funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Key topics:

  • Water Quality Management
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Drinking Water Safety
  • COVID-19 Monitoring and Testing in the Environment
  • Sludge Treatment and Management
  • Waste Management and Minimization
  • Air Pollution and Control (Outdoor and Indoor)
  • Inland and Marine Oil Spill Response
  • Emerging Contaminants – Fate, Transport and Effect
  • Site Assessment and Remediation
  • Resource Recovery and Management
  • Environmental Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
  • Human Health and Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Risk Analysis
  • Environmental Sustainability for Indigenous and Remote Communities
  • Environmental Modeling and Decision Making
  • Climate Change Modeling and Impact Assessment
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Planning
  • Carbon Emission Estimation, Reduction, and Trading
  • Urban Flooding and Stormwater Management
  • Water Resources and Watershed Management
  • Coastal Erosion and Protection
  • Marine and Coastal Environmental Protection
  • Emergency Response Management
  • Environmental Restoration and Ecological Engineering
  • Environmental Policy and Regulations
  • Environmental Aspects of Sustainable Infrastructure and Smart Cities

Submit abstracts through before March 31, 2022

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New Dates Announced for IOSSC 2022: October 4-7, 2022

The International Oil Spill Science Conference 2022 (IOSSC 2022) announced new conference dates, postponing to October 4-7, with the ongoing rise in COVID-19 and full respect for the impact on attendees. This date change will facilitate in-person networking and great discussion about the latest research in the field of oil spill science including spill prevention, contingency planning, and environmental rehabilitation. IOSSC 2022 will still be a hybrid event, comprising both in-person (Halifax) and virtual sessions. Abstracts can be submitted online before June 17, 2022.

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Member & Partner News

Professor Elvis Genbo Xu Joined the Editorial Board of Frontier, WEC&N, and FESEC:UsersElvisDesktopWeChat Image_20220225100121.jpg

Dr. Elvis Genbo Xu is appointed as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Toxicology in the new section Environmental Toxicology. He also has recently joined the Editorial Board of Water Emerging Contaminants & Nanoplastics and the Youth Editorial Board of Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering. Dr. Xu is an Assistant Professor and Sapere Aude Research Leader in the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. His research specialized in environmental toxicology, ecotoxicology, toxicogenomics, nanoplastic, microplastic, oil spill, endocrine disruptors, and antibiotics. His recent findings of micro-and nanoplastics have been covered by 300+ global media. He has published 75 peer-reviewed articles in Acc Chem Res, PNAS, ES&T, ES&T Lett, ES Nano, J Hazard Mater, CEJ, etc., with 4 ESI Highly Cited Papers and 2 Hot Papers.

Open Application

Application now open: Lab2MarketCA Oceans

Lab2Market Oceans is a national program for university research teams to explore their ocean research idea in a new way and identify commercial opportunities. Over the past two years, Lab2Market has supported 38 teams, with 25 of them now actively commercializing their technology ideas. Postdoctoral fellow and graduate students interested in exploring commercial opportunities for their ocean research can apply by Monday, April 4 at

Information Sessions for prospective applicants:

Feb 28 @ 1pm AST:

March 9 @ 3pm AST:

March 15 @ 5pm AST:

March 23 @ 7pm AST:

Spotlight on Members

PEOPLE Knowledge and Skills (KS) set Co-Leads on Risk analysis, Impact assessment, and Policy making

Dr. Faisal Khan

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Dr. Faisal Khan is Mike O’Connor II Chair Professor and Director of Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He is former Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Offshore Safety and Risk Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He is the founder of the Centre for Risk Integrity and Safety and Engineering, which have over research 100 research members. His research interest areas include offshore safety, drilling safety, extreme event modelling, asset integrity and risk engineering. He is the recipient of the many National and International Awards. He is Fellow of the Canada Academy of Engineering. He has authored over 500 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and mentored 72 PhDs and 84 master students. He is Editor-in-Chief to the Journal of Process Safety & Environmental Protection and Safety in Harsh Environments.

Dr. Rehan Sadiq

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Dr. Sadiq is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia, and currently holds a Provost and VP Academic Pro tem position at UBC Okanagan campus. He is also a co-director of Digital Learning Factory Initiative and a co-lead of Life Cycle Management Laboratory at UBC.

Dr. Sadiq is a world-leading researcher in the areas of asset management of water supply systems, environmental risk analysis and lifecycle assessment of built environment. He is an author of more than 600 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and technical reports. The citations for his research work reach to ~16K, which place him among top 100 most cited civil engineering researchers globally. He is also consistently included among top 2% scientists in the category of environmental science. He has served and chaired numerous Canadian and international scientific committees and conferences. Dr. Sadiq sits on the editorial board of many international journals in his field of research.

Dr. Sadiq is registered as a Professional Engineer since 2010. He is also a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (FCSE), Engineers Canada (FEC) and Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC).


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