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Call for Abstracts now open

The conference topic for 2023 is ''Meeting the challenges for a sustainable future''.

Our ecoforum/SustRem 2023 committees and sub-committees have collaboratively developed a fantastic selection of innovative and varied themes, to be presented at the conference in Melbourne, 10 -13 October 2023.

To submit your abstract
- Review the abstract guidelines

- Download the template which you will need to upload during the process

- Describe your abstract which fits in with one of the themes listed below

- Submit your abstract though the button below


The call for abstracts is open from March 1st to May 15th

Theme 1: Emerging and Emerged Contaminants and Future Challenges

  • Case studies 

  • Risk assessment and management

  • Industry perspective (regulator, consultant, private and research). Note: there is potential for selected abstracts to be nominated for a panel session

  • Examples may include: microplastics, Selenium, tyre wear, Boron, etc

Theme 2: Contaminated Land and Groundwater Breaking News: You heard it here first!

  • Emerging remediation technology

  • Laboratory advances (e.g. contaminant-specific isotope analysis (CSIA), etc.)

  • New techniques to improve the understanding of contaminant behaviour

  • Research examples: What have we done? Where are we headed?

Theme 3: Policy and Regulation: Getting ahead of the Problem 

  • Emerging technology vs. future contamination liability

  • How do we consider, the rights of the environment?

  • When background (natural or anthropogenic) conditions exceed guideline criteria: What options do we have?

  • Lessons learnt to improve policy

Theme 4: Natural Disasters, Catastrophic Events and Post Conflict Contaminant Management 

  • Natural disasters case studies:

    • Earthquakes

    • Floods

    • Bushfires

    • Pandemic

    • Cyclones

  • Catastrophic events case studies:

    • Explosions

    • Spills

  • Post Conflict Contaminant Management case studies:

    • Examples: National Unexploded Ordnance Program (NUXOP), temporal variance like arsenic, mustard gas and navy ship fuels from WWII, Agent Orange from Vietnam, uranium and dioxins in Iraq, etc.

Theme 5: Addressing Contamination in Consultation with Traditional Owners and Tangata Whenua

  • Indigenous engagement

  • Experience and expectations

  • Policy and regulation

  • Case studies

Theme 6: Groundwater Remediation and Management

  • Quantifying natural source zone depletion (NSZD)

  • Enhanced bioremediation

  • Nutrient remediation

  • Advanced groundwater data collection and aquifer testing

  • Numerical modelling in remediation design

  • Fractured rock aquifer management

  • Protecting an increasingly scarce resource

Theme 7: SustRem – Net Zero, Climate Change and Adaptation

  • Reducing carbon footprint for assessment and remediation

  • Implementing site assessment and remediation in the face of climate change 

  • Dealing with an increase in extreme weather conditions from a contamination and remediation perspective

  • Balancing net zero, risk, and time

Theme 8: SustRem – Circular Economy: Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse

  • 10 R’s of circular economy 

  • Regenerative land management

  • Reuse of waste soil 

  • Reuse of wastewater/treated water

  • Reduce consumables during assessment/remediation

Theme 9: SustRem –
Social Sustainability

  • Stakeholder engagement wins/horror stories

  • Social licence to operate (SLO)

  • Ethics and imperatives of the industry

  • Community considerations informing remedial solution.

Theme 10: SustRem – Green, Sustainable and Sustainable Resilient Remediation: What is the difference?

  • Case studies demonstrating sustainable assessment and/or remediation

  • Case studies demonstrating green assessment and/or remediation

  • Global approaches to sustainable contaminated site management

  • Green chemistry applications

Theme 11: SustRem – Quantifying Sustainability: Regulatory and Industry Imperatives

  • Application of sustainable ratings on contaminated land and remediation projects

  • Different economic models – natural resource capital, degrowth, stakeholder capitalism removing the environment as an externality to economic markets

  • Accounting, metrics and green washing within contaminated sites management

  • Application of UN SDGs

  • Regulatory advances to support sustainable assessment/remediation

  • Progress in adoption of Australian Standard AS ISO18504: 2022 - Sustainable remediation in design and implementation of remediation work

Theme 12 : Early Career Land and Groundwater Professionals

  • To be eligible for this stream, you must have three years or fewer of industry experience. We also encourage career changers, and those transitioning from academia to industry to apply. 

  • Early career professionals are invited to submit an abstract for a five-minute platform presentation on any topic relating to contaminated land (please use the same template as per the 15 min presentation).

  • Learn from your peers, and impress industry stalwarts. The sky is the limit in this fast-paced, eclectic, and exciting stream. 

  • Abstracts will be selected with consideration to the following:

    • Topic – interest, uniqueness, vision and quality 

    • Diversity – ALGA’s membership base includes a range of genders, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. Presentations will be selected to allow for diverse representation of our membership.

    • Representation – ALGA is proud to include representatives from the whole of industry, academia, not-for-profit organisations, independents, and government. Presentations will be selected from the spectrum of these groups.

    • A one-paragraph bio demonstrating your eligibility for inclusion in the stream is required.

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