7th International Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium, 8-9 November 2014, Vancouver, Canada




On behalf of the organisers and the Scientific Committee we take pleasure in inviting you to the 7th International Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium (IPSW 2014), to be held in Vancouver, Canada. This meeting will run from Saturday, 8th November, to Sunday, 9th, November 2014, as a Special Symposia of SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting.

We believe IPSW 2014 will provide a valuable opportunity for both experts and novices who are using passive sampling methods to exchange ideas and experiences, alongside the excellent program of the SETAC annual meeting.

The main programme of IPSW 2014 will comprise invited and contributed talks and poster presentations. No workshop would be opened during this symposium. 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.

Special target group is formed by local students that will receive basic training in the theory and application of passive sampling techniques for environmental monitoring.


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


International Committee

Alvarez D. (USGS, CERC, USA), co-chair- SCAliyeva G. (ADA, Azerbaijan), co-chair-LOCBooij K. (NIOZ, The Netherlands)

Harman, C. (NIVA, Norway), chair-SC

Harner T. (Environment Canada)


Honorary member

Huckins J.N. (USA)

Kodeš V. (CHMI, Czech Republic)

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

Mueller J. (EnTox, Australia)

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

Vrana B. (MU Brno, Czech Republic)

Registration fees




Early Bird (15th Aug)



Regular(19th Sep)



Registration fee will cover, programme and abstract book, certificates of attendance, refreshments, including lunches and dinners during social event, and poster boards.

Accommodation and travel expenses fees are not included – to be paid individually in all cases.

Preliminary program

Saturday, Nov 8th

8 PM – early morning

Social Event 1: Midnight stay in marvelous Vancouver

Sunday, Nov 9th
(scientific program)

8 AM – 9 AM


9 AM – 6 PM

Introduction, opening remarks. Plenary sessions. Poster sessions

(All with 2 coffees breaks and lunch)

7 PM – 12 PM

Social Event 2: Welcome on SETAC AM NA



Abstract registration was be accepted through IPSW2014 abstract on-line registration system, and it is closed for now. Further additional registration of students is open through on-line system and it is available through this link.

All delegates, including those making presentations, must register in the standard way and an invitation to make a presentation does not imply that financial support will be provided.


Non-formal – the Welcome meeting (Sat) prior IPSW 2014 will be organized in the adjacent location of SETAC AM, and will be shared in the latest details to each registered participant.

The IPSW 2014 scientific programme (Sun) will be held at the SETAC meeting venue in Vancouver.

Contact us

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




Christopher Harman

E-mail: christopher.harman@niva.no

Tomas Ocelka

E-mail: Tomas.Ocelka@ehss.eu



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