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PEOPLE 2022 has been successfully held in PEI through the collective support from our co-organizers, co-sponsors and organizing/scientific committee members, as well as our keynote speakers, session chairs and judges. The four-day hybrid event was attended by over 170 participants coming across Canada and overseas and featured by 2 short courses/workshops, 4 plenary and 12 technical keynote speeches, 21 technical sessions containing 100+ oral presentations, and 20+ poster presenters, as well as our award banquet and field trips. Find more conference outcomes in the Program and Abstract Books, and enjoy those wonderful moments via our Photo Album! Thank you everyone and look forward to seeing you (again) in PEOPLE 2023! Please stay tuned for our next event…

(Hybrid Event)

International Conference on Persistent, Emerging, and Organic Pollution in the Environment
– Challenges and Solutions under Climate Change

August 23-26, 2022
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), and partnered with the Canadian Association on Water Quality Atlantic Region, the International Water Association Young Water Professionals (IWA YWP) Canada, Network of reference laboratories, research centres and related organisations for monitoring of emerging environmental substances (NORMAN Network), and the Journal of Environmental Systems Research (Springer). This is 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). This conference is also jointly held as the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) Atlantic Symposium. 

Opening Speakers:

Plenary Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Lisa Alvarez-Cohen

Dr. Ruby Leung

Dr. Vijaya Raghavan

Dr. Jingxu (Jesse) Zhu

Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Fred and Claire Sauer Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California Berkeley

Battelle Fellow, Earth Science
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

James McGill Professor
Department of Bioresource Engineering
McGill University

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) and Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
University of Western Ontario

Technical Keynote Speakers:

Innovation in chemistry and materials has improved quality of life but has also led to significant health and environmental challenges – with over 250 billion tonnes of over 144,000 different chemicals being emitted worldwide. These emissions tend to outpace scientific and regulatory processes, which present a substantial global issue with cumulative threats to human health and environmental sustainability. How to manage the use, reduce the emission, and understand/mitigate the impact have been the main tasks for researchers, engineers, managers, and policy makers.

Among those chemicals, persistent, emerging, and organic pollutants have been given significant attention due to their toxic, carcinogenic, and/or bio-accumulative properties and associated long-term ecological and health risks, especially under a changing climate. Such pollutants include petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, micro/nano-plastics, pharmaceutical and personal care products or PPCPs, disinfection by-products or DBPs, fire retardants, chemical surfactants, engineered nanomaterial, etc. Many are not regulated or legislated, mainly due to the lack of in-depth knowledge about their fate, transport, impact, or corresponding lack of effective management and mitigation. These pollutants are found in air, surface water, groundwater, ice caps, oceans, soils, and sediments, and there is increasing evidence of their toxicity at all trophic levels, highlighting an urgent need for effective management and mitigation approaches globally.

The changing climate can alter their usage, fate and transport with largely unknown impacts in terms of magnitude, mechanisms, and direction, and cause multifold effects on society and ecosystems with a high level of uncertainties and complexity of associated environmental and health issues. These further challenge our research, practice and policy making in managing these chemicals and prevent and reduce negative impacts.

The goal of this conference is to provide an international venue (in-person and virtual) and bring together researchers and professionals from diverse sectors and disciplines in natural science, engineering, social science, and medicine, to present their achievements and innovations, exchange ideas, share information, grow connections, and explore opportunities. This event will offer some interesting keynote speeches, technical presentations, short courses/workshops, field trips, and social events. The key topics include but not limit to:

  • 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

This conference will be a hybrid event with both virtual and live platforms that would enable interpersonal interactions for participants on site or online. We aim to provide a platform for researchers, students, professionals, and stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and community groups to learn, share, network, and enjoy. Welcome you all to join us for an exciting four days at PEOPLE 2022!

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