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Scientific program

The main program of IPSW 2012 will comprise platform presentations, poster presentations, panel discussions and workshops.  The scientific focus of the meeting will be on the use of in situ passive samplers for environmental monitoring and risk assessment.  With the continued maturation of passive sampling, this meeting will also offer more ‘hands-on’ discussions to tackle specific practical applications of these tools.  Topics related to classical and robust approaches for data evaluation and use in regulatory monitoring will be discussed.


Target audience

The target audience comprises both novices and experts in the development and application of passive sampling technologies in environmental monitoring and assessment.  Other groups for whom this meeting will be valuable are policy makers (e.g. representatives of regulatory authorities, organizations and accreditation bodies,) and end users (e.g. consultancy companies, laboratories, municipal water authorities) that have a need for monitoring environmental pollution.


Proposed Topics

Sessions will be developed around the following key topics reflecting the development and application of passive samplers in air, sediments/soils and water.

  1. Legacy and emerging contaminants
  2. Volatile and semi-volatile compounds
  3. Metals, inorganic compounds
  4. Development of novel passive sampling devices
  5. Environmental applications and monitoring with passive samplers
  6. Toxicity and other biomarker assessments based on passive sampling techniques
  7. Key aspects for QA/QC, accreditation, data treatment, analysis and interpretation
  8. Environmental Policy and Strategy for passive samplers

For any proposal for new topics, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee.


Preliminary program


Tuesday, September 11

8 AM – 9 AM Registration
9 AM – 5 PM Introduction, opening remarks. Plenary sessions. Poster session
6:30 PM – 8 PM Poster session and reception

Wednesday, September 12

8 AM – 9 AM Registration
9 AM – 5 PM Plenary sessions. Poster sessions
6:30 PM – 8 PM Wrap-up social at Les Bourgeois Vineyards overlooking the Missouri River


The IPSW 2012 meeting will be held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO, USA.  The University is situated on the edge of Columbia’s downtown and is within walking distance of many dining and entertainment establishments.  Columbia is located in the central United States between Kansas City and St. Louis.  Details on transportation and lodging options will be posted in the IPSW 2012 website in the near future.


Travel and Transportation

Columbia, Missouri is easily accessible from two international airports in Kansas City (airport code MCI) and St. Louis (airport code STL) and one regional airport in Columbia (airport code COU).  Travelling to Columbia from the Kansas City or St. Louis airports can be done by rental car (2.5 hour drive from Kansas City or 2 hour drive from St. Louis) or by using a shuttle service (  The Columbia Regional Airport has connections through Memphis and Atlanta.   Rental cars or taxis are available at the Columbia Regional Airport.

While in Columbia, transportation will be provided between the IPSW hotels and the meeting location on the University of Missouri campus.  If you are staying at a hotel other than one of the designated IPSW hotels, you will have to provide your own transportation.  Parking at the University during the meetings may be limited so please contact the organizers (David Alvarez) for more information if you plan on driving.  More information on Columbia, MO can be found at



Blocks of rooms have been reserved for IPSW attendees.  Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast each day.  The Stoney Creek Inn will also be the location of the Tuesday evening poster reception.  For both hotels, the block of rooms will be held until August 10, 2012.  US Government travelers – The per diem rate for Columbia, MO is $80 per night which will be honored by Stoney Creek Inn.  This rate may not be available at the Hampton Inn.  There are many other hotels which are not part of the IPSW which are available, however, these hotels are not in the close proximity to the University and guests at these hotels will be responsible for their own transportation.

Stoney Creek Inn – The Stoney Creek Inn is near the University of Missouri campus and offers shuttle service to the Columbia Regional Airport and a limited area of Columbia including the campus.  Additional details can be found at  The IPSW rate for this hotel is $80 (US) per night.  Reservations at the group rate can only be made by calling 1-800-659-2220 and asking for the IPSW-US Geological Survey group rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites – The Hampton Inn is the closest hotel to the University, only a few blocks away from the meeting location.  This location has an on-site restaurant.  The IPSW rate for this hotel is $109 (US) per night.  Reservations at the group rate can be made by phone (1-800-HILTONS) or via the internet at  When making your reservation, use the group name IPSW 2012 or group code IPS to receive the special rate.


Workshop Venue

The IPSW will be held in the MU Student Center/Brady Commons on the University of Missouri campus.  Daily registration and the main meeting will be on the second floor, room 2206.  Online and downloadable campus maps are available at


Important dates for IPSW 2012

First Announcement November 2011
Personal registration March 20, 2012 – July 31, 2012
Abstract Submission March 1, 2012 – July 31, 2012
Notification of Acceptance (see detailed program) August 11, 2012
Final Announcement / Detailed Program August 11, 2012
Early Registration March 20, 2012 – July 31, 2012
Late Registration August 1, 2012 – On-site registration


Registration fees

Early registration (March 20, 2012 – July 31, 2012), STUDENT $ 150 (US Dollar)
Early registration (March 20, 2012 – July 31, 2012), REGULAR $ 250 (US Dollar)
Late registration (August 1, 2012 – On site registration), STUDENT $ 250 (US Dollar)
Late registration (August 1, 2012 – On site registration), REGULAR $ 400 (US Dollar)

Registration fee will cover all conference sessions, program and abstract book, certificates of attendance, refreshments during sessions, and transportation from the sponsored hotel to the symposium and to the Wednesday social event.  Meals (lunches/dinners), accommodation, and travel expenses are not included in the registration fee. Payment can be done by bank transfer or by credit card.


Social Event

Please join us at the Les Bourgeois Vineyard at the conclusion of IPSW 2012 to celebrate a successful meeting, continue discussions with your colleagues, and enjoy a beautiful sunset.  Les Bourgeois sits on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River at nearbyRocheport,Missouriand is home to several award winningMissouriwines.  Buses will take attendees who wish to join to and from the IPSW hotel.

Contact us

Please send us an indication of your preliminary interest in the meeting (participation, scientific program, presentation, sponsorship and any other ideas) and do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information:

David Alvarez
US Geological Survey, Columbia, MO, USA
Tomas Ocelka
Institute of Public Health Ostrava, Czech Republic