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Call for Abstracts - Close

The Call for Abstracts is now close. The full program of the conference will be released at the end of June.

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.


190+ Abstracts Received!

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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