Invitation / commitee

On behalf of the organisers and the Scientific Committee we take pleasure in inviting you to the 10th International Passive Sampling Workshop and Symposium (IPSW 2018), to be Dublin City Universityheld  in Dublin, Ireland. This meeting will run from Wednesday, May 9, to Friday, May 11, 2018. The event will be held in the same informal manner as with previous symposia (e.g. IPSW, PSWS, DGTs). As is customary, the date selected is prior to the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting, to be held in Rome, Italy (13 – 17 May 2018).

This meeting is also the 10th anniversary of a regular meeting that has transformed itself from the local event into an internationally recognized platform of experts in this field. The platform helps communication of important topics on the use of the latest techniques for identifying undesirable substances, but also to develop educational activities that are part of various project projects.

So IPSW 2018 can host several satellite workshops. Before the event, a workshop will be organized for practical use of techniques and basic skills in relation to the latest standards, including accreditation. Other meetings are expected as related to various EU research projects, with own agenda, organized in advance or in parallel.

We believe the IPSW 2018 activities will provide a valuable opportunity for experts using the various passive sampling methods to exchange ideas and experiences.

Please, put this meeting in your calendar and inform your colleagues of this event.

Scientific programme

The main programme of IPSW 2018 will comprise invited and contributed talks, poster presentations, panel discussions and workshops (the NORMAN and IPSIC workshops). The scientific focus of the meeting will be on the use of in situ passive samplers for environmental monitoring and risk assessment. Amongst other subjects to be discussed will be the use of passive samplers in surveillance, operational, and investigative monitoring that is necessary to meet the needs of the EU WFD. With the continued maturation of passive sampling, this meeting will also offer more ‘hands-on’ discussions to tackle specific practical applications of these tools.


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 and interpretation
  9. Environmental Policy and Strategy for passive samplers

For any proposal to new topics or workshops, do not hesitate to contact us.

International Committee

  • Alvarez D. (USGS, CERC, USA)
  • Belzunce M.J. (AZTI, Spain)
  • Booij K. (NIOZ, The Netherlands), co-chair – SC
  • Bowkett M. (TE Laboratories , Ltd., Ireland), co-chair
  • Harmann Ch. (NIVA, Norway)
  • Helm P. (Environment Canada, Canada)
  • Huckins J. N. (retired, USA, honorary member)
  • McHugh B. (IMI, Ireland)
  • Mills G. (University of Portsmouth, UK)
  • Mueller J. (EnTox, Australia)
  • Ocelka T. (E&H services, Inc., CR), chair
  • Regan F. (Dublin City University, Ireland), chair – SC
  • Vrana B. (MU Brno, CR)
  • White B. (Dublin City University, Ireland)
  • Zhang H. (Lancaster University, UK)

Registration fees

Event Registration Students Normal
ISPW2018 Early registration
(until 28th February 2018)
150 € 300 €
Late registration
(1st March, 2018 – on-site)
200 € 400 €

Registration fee will cover all conference sessions: programme and abstract book, certificates of attendance, all refreshments, including lunches and dinners during social events, necessary transports during event. Accommodation and travel expenses fees are not included – to be paid individually in all cases.