On behalf of the organizers and the Scientific Committee we take pleasure in inviting you to the 8th Inter­national Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium (IPSW 2016), to be held in Prague, Czech Republic. This meeting will run from Wednesday to Saturday from 7th to 10th September 2016.

We believe that IPSW 2016 will provide a valuable opportunity for both experts and novices who are using passive sampling methods to exchange ideas and experiences.

Organising IPSW2016 in Azerbaijan (as promoted until 15th March) did not attract enough interest. We therefore decided to change venue to Prague, Czech Republic. This has the benefits of affordable cost, great cultural and historical background, and good accessibility by various means of transport. Moreover, the meeting will be affordable to attend also by students and junior scientist who just start exploring the field of passive samplers. In short, a wonderful location to discuss high-quality science, and innovative application of passive sampling methods in environmental monitoring.

The main programme of IPSW 2016 will comprise of invited and contributed talks and poster presentations. During the symposium the workshop will be opened up to help delegates in the practice of passive sampling. The scientific focus of the meeting will be on the use of in situ passive samplers for environmental monitoring and risk assessment; the use of passive samplers in regulatory monitoring; and valuable discussions to tackle specific practical applications of these tools.

The target audience comprises experts in the development and application of passive sampling techno­logies and other groups including policy makers (e.g. representatives of regulatory authorities, and other government agencies, representatives from industry), and end users (e.g. consultancy companies, labo­ratories, municipal water authorities) that have a need for monitoring environmental pollution.


Sessions will be assigned to the following key topics reflecting the development and application of passive samplers in air, sediments/soils and water:

  1. Hydrophobic compounds
  2. Volatile and semi-volatile compounds
  3. Metals, inorganic compounds, nutrients
  4. Hydrophilic compounds
  5. Development of novel passive sampling devices
  6. Environmental applications and monitoring with passive samplers
  7. Toxicity assessment-based on passive sampling methods
  8. Key aspects for QA/QC, accreditation, data treatment, analysis and interpretation
  9. Environmental policy and strategy for passive samplers

For proposal of any other topics, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International Committee

Aliyeva, G. (Ecores Environmental Agency, Azerbaijan)

Salamova, A. (Indiana University, USA)

Booij, K. (PaSOC, The Netherlands), Chair-SC

Allan, I. (NIVA, Norway)

Kačer, P. (ICT Prague)

Honorary member
Huckins, J.N. (USA)

Kurková, R. (E&H services, Inc., Czech Republic)

Mills, G.A. (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Mueller, J. (EnTox, Australia)

Ocelka, T. (E&H services, Inc., Czech Republic),

Vrana, B. (MU Brno, Czech Republic)

SC … Scientific committee; LOC … Local organizing committee