• Soil contamination: Scope, Advances and Challenges (SCSAC)

    September 1st, 2017





    Location: Wageningen University, Orion building, Room C2030


    Soils are essential to life, playing important roles in several processes - climate and flood regulation, nutrient cycling, water purification, carbon sequestration, provision of food, fibre and fuel. However, our soils are exposed to several threats, such as contamination by heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals or even by saltwater. Soil contamination mainly occurs as a consequence of human activities, for example by the use of fertilizers, wastewater irrigation, or pesticides in agriculture. Soil contamination can also occur naturally, as in the case of saltwater intrusion.

    Pollution of the soil can be hazardous to the health of humans, animals, and plants through direct exposure, or indirectly through contamination of ground- and surface water. The processes that occur in the soil are complex, as it is a mix of physicochemical and biological processes. Understanding these processes is important in order to determine and predict the fate of contaminants in the soil, and assess the risk to the public health or environment.

    The key topics of this symposium are the transport and fate of contaminants in the soil, the related risk to human health or the environment, and remediation of the soil. The symposium will cover both experimental studies and modelling.  


    The following topics will be covered: Exposure, Risk Assessment, Distribution and Modelling.


    Key note speakers:

      • Dr. Hans Mol  (RIKILT Institute of Food Safety - Wageningen University)
      • Prof. dr. Jack Schijven (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment & Utrecht University).
      • Dr. Esperanza Huerta (Colegio de la frontera Sur, Mexico and Guest researcher in WUR).
      • Dr. John Parsons (University of Amsterdam).
      • Prof. dr. ir. Henk Ritzema (Wageningen University)


  • Symposium programme available below. Updates will be sent by email.





    The SCSAC Symposium is free of charge, but registration is required. Cancellations must be made no later than 15th of August.



      Vera Silva

      PhD candidate SLM, WUR

      Carlos Faúndez Urbina

      PhD candidate SLM, WUR

      Mousumi Akter

      PhD candidate SLM, WUR

      Pavan Cornelissen

      PhD candidate SLM, WUR


  • Venue

    Room C2030, Orion Building, Wageningen University Campus

    Address: Bronland 1
                   Building 103
                   6708 WH WAGENINGEN

    More information about Orion.




  • WIMEK Research School is the sponsor of this symposium as part of the PhD programme of the organizers.