Themes and Topics

Contributions are solicited addressing the following Themes and Topics:

Theme S: SOURCES, NATURE AND PATHWAYS OF PHARMACEUTICAL RESIDUES

S1 Sources of pharmaceutical residues from human use of medicines (housing, hospitals, other medical facilities)
S2 Sources of pharmaceutical residues from agribusiness (to boost growth or health of livestock)
S3 Nature of pharmaceutical residues and their concentration at point of entry into the water system
S4 Pathways of pharmaceutical residues from the point of entry into the water system down to the waste water treatment plants, or locally directly polluting surface water and groundwater
S5 Potential effects of pharmaceutical residues on humans (for effect on plant and animal life in ecosystems see Theme E)

Theme A: REMOVAL OF PHARMACEUTICALS IN WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS

A1 Development of analytical methods for detection of pharmaceutical residues in water
A2 Removal efficiency of selected treatment processes in regard to pharmaceuticals
A3 Removal mechanisms in mechanical-biological waste water treatment plants
A4 Advanced measures for municipal waste water treatment
A5 Legislation and economic aspects

Theme B: PHARMACEUTICALS IN SURFACE WATERS

B1 Transport, bio-degradation, sorption, breakdown and other processes governing the fate, persistence and distribution of pharmaceuticals in surface waters
B2 Monitoring of pharmaceuticals in surface waters
B3 Case studies on surface waters contaminated by pharmaceuticals

Theme C: PHARMACEUTICALS IN GROUNDWATER

C1 Transport, bio-degradation, sorption, breakdown and other processes governing the fate, persistence and distribution of pharmaceuticals in groundwater
C2 Monitoring of pharmaceuticals in groundwater
C3 Removal of pharmaceuticals from groundwater
C4 Case studies on groundwater contaminated by pharmaceuticals

Theme D: PHARMACEUTICALS IN DRINKING WATER PRODUCTION

D1 Removal efficiency of selected treatment processes in regard to pharmaceuticals
D2 Warning systems and water quality monitoring
D3 Comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach
D4 Legislation and economic aspects

Theme E: EFFECT OF PHARMACEUTICALS ON PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE IN ECOSYSTEMS

E1 Toxicological data and their interpretation
E2 Precautionary principle, prioritization
E3 Combination toxicology: Definition and problems
E4 Effects of pharmaceuticals aquatic ecotoxicology
E5 Aquatic ecosystem responses under multi-stress conditions
E6 Ecotoxicological effects of pharmaceuticals in aquatic ecosystem – from molecules to complex water bodies
E7 Ecotoxicological responses to pharmaceuticals and aquatic ecosystem services
E8 Effect of pharmaceuticals on biodiversity

Theme F: LEGISLATION FOR PHARMACEUTICALS IN GROUNDWATER, SURFACE WATER AND DRINKING WATER

F1 National and EU regulations – history and future
F2 Guidelines and standards regarding content of anthropogenic constituents in water
F3 Medicine take-back programmes
F4 Good manufacturing practices

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