PEOPLE 2023 International Conference

Celebrating a successful PEOPLE 2023 International Conference in Montreal and online – We hosted 210 presentations from diverse disciplines from 20 countries and 42 technical sessions in 21 themes. This featured 4 plenary keynotes, 1 special talk, 15 technical keynotes, 2 workshops, 160+ oral presentations, 20 poster presentations, and ~300 registrants in-person and online. Thank you to all participants! The conference would not have been successful without your participation. We hope you enjoy the event and connect with people. Thanks for making your way to Montreal and joining us online to make this event a big success. We look forward to seeing you again!

– Collaborative Solutions to Environmental Problems under Climate Change on August 7-11 in Montreal, Canada

This is also the 6th annual conference of the global Network on Persistent, Emerging and Organic Pollution in the Environment (PEOPLE Network), and co-hosted with Memorial University and the Concordia Institute of Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems of Concordia University, along with partners including the University of the Arctic, the International Water Association Young Water Professionals Canada (IWA-YWP Canada), and special issues from supporting Journals Environmental Systems Research (Springer Nature), Marine Pollution Bulletin (Elsevier), and Water (MDPI). The PEOPLE Network has more than 200 professional members, plus over 200 students, from over 30 institutions and 50 partners from private and public sectors and community groups in Canada and worldwide. It is the largest consortia of its kind dedicated to research, development and education on persistent, emerging and organic pollution by cross-nation, cross-institution, and cross-disciplinary approaches. It has been mainly funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


This event also welcomes scientists, regulators, practitioners, and community representatives who are interested in seeking and developing collaborative solutions to environmental programs from traditional to emerging ones worldwide under the changing climate. We are calling for collaborative efforts on research, development, education and engagement for improved knowledge and better solutions. “People create environmental problems, and our PEOPLE help find the solutions!”

Nowadays, the quality and sustainability of our environment have been increasingly compromised by traditional and emerging environmental issues associated with human activities. Climate change further complicates those issues and challenges us in finding better solutions. For example, a typical and continuing concern is the use and release of chemicals to the environment particularly including a group of persistent, emerging, and organic pollutants due to their toxic, carcinogenic, and/or bio-accumulative properties and the associated long-term ecological and health risks under a changing climate. There are pressing needs to gain better understanding of their sources, fate, transport, and effect, and have more prevention, control, and remediation methods to help the society achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PEOPLE 2023 will continue to provide an international venue and bring together researchers and professionals from diverse sectors and disciplines in natural science and engineering, health, social science, and humanities, to present their achievements and innovations, spark ideas, share information, grow connections, and explore opportunities.

Call for Abstracts and Proposals (Closed)

Call for abstracts: PEOPLE 2023 abstract submission portal is now open. We invite you to submit an abstract to our general technical sessions and special sessions. The abstract submission is closed.

Call for proposals: We invite you to propose and organize workshops on Day 1 or technical/special sessions during the conference (Days 2-4). The objective is to support professionals (especially students and early-career professionals) to learn topics of rising interest, engage in intensive discussion, and explore the topic from different perspectives.  A max 2-page proposal is welcomed by using the Session/Workshop Proposal Template.  The proposal submission is due on February 28, 2023 (closed)



Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee

Dr. Helen Zhang

Conference Program

Conference Agenda

Day 1: Monday, August 7 | Workshops

Day 2: Tuesday, August 8 | Opening & Technical Sessions

Day 3: Wednesday, August 9 | Technical Sessions

Day 4: Thursday, August 10 | Technical Sessions & Closing

Day 5: Friday, August 11 | Field Trips

General Technical Sessions/Conference Themes

Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Planning

Climate Change Modeling and Impact Assessment

Emerging Contaminants – Fate, Transport and Effect

Environmental Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

Environmental Modeling and Decision Making

Environmental Sustainability, Human Health and Ecotoxicology

Inland and Marine Oil Spill Response

Marine and Coastal Environmental Protection

Waste Management and Minimization

Water and Wastewater Treatment

Water Resources and Water Quality Management


Special Talk

Meet the Editor: Stories behind Journal Publications       

Short Course

Circular Economy Solutions for Tackling Water-Related Challenges and Achieving SDG 6

Special Technical Sessions

1) Chemicals of Emerging Arctic Concern: Sources and Environmental Fate

2) Microplastics and Nanoplastics: Challenges and Advances in Characterization, Risk Assessment, and Management

3) Impacts and Cleanup of Inland and Marine Oil Spills

4) Challenges and Solutions for the Environmental Problems in Indigenous Communities

5) Sustainable Transport, Logistics and the Environment

6) Technology Development in Agricultural Waste Management

7) Exposure Risk and Environmental Assessment of Persistent Organic Pollutants

8) Infrastructure Systems and the Environment

9) Environmentally Sustainable Management of Personal Protective Equipment Waste

10) Exploring the Potential of Recycled Concrete Aggregate: Opportunities and Challenges

11) Simulation on Risk Identification, Evaluation and Regulation of Emerging Contaminants

Field Trip

Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (CESM)


Supporting Journals


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Coffee Break Sponsor

Conference Venue

Concordia University

Concordia University is a public comprehensive university located in the multicultural city of Montreal in Canada. The University contains four faculties, a school of graduate studies and numerous colleges, centers and institutes. The University offers over 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs and courses, with over 51,500 students. Concordia has a diverse, innovative and internationally-recognized research environment which includes over 2,000 active researchers. As a next-generation university, Concordia reimagines the future of higher education, ranked as the top university in North America under 50.

Concordia University Conference Centre

Housed at the Sir George Williams campus in the heart of downtown Montreal, Concordia University Conference Centre opened its doors in the Fall of 2017. Located on the 9th floor of the John Molson Building, this space provides multi-functional and state-of-the-art facilities. The facilities feature great views of the city and a contemporary design.

Concordia University Conference Centre
9th floor, John Molson Building (MB)
1450 Guy Street,Montreal,QC H3H 0A1