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PEOPLE 2022
(Hybrid Event)

International Conference on Persistent, Emerging, and Organic Pollution in the Environment
- Challenges and Solutions under Climate Change

August 23-26, 2022
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

We warmly welcome you to the PEOPLE 2022 International Conference on Persistent, Emerging, and Organic Pollution in the Environment – Challenges and Solutions under Climate Change on August 23-26, 2022, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. This is a hybrid event co-organized by the PEOPLE Network (Memorial University), the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation (University of Prince Edward Island), the Sigma Academy, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (University of California, Berkeley), the Canadian Association on Water Quality Atlantic Region, and the Journal of Environmental Systems Research (Springer).

Innovation in chemistry and materials has improved quality of life but has also led to significant health and environmental challenges - with over 250 billion tonnes of over 144,000 different chemicals being emitted worldwide. These emissions tend to outpace scientific and regulatory processes, which presents a substantial global issue with cumulative threats to human health and environmental sustainability. How to manage the use, reduce the emission, and understand/mitigate the impact have been the main tasks for researchers, engineers, managers and policy makers.

Among those chemicals, persistent, emerging, and organic pollutants have been given significant attention due to their toxic, carcinogenic, and/or bio-accumulative properties and associated long-term ecological and health risks, especially under a changing climate. Such pollutants include petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, micro/nano-plastics, pharmaceutical and personal care products or PPCPs, disinfection by-products or DBPs, fire retardants, chemical surfactants, engineered nanomaterial, etc. Many are not regulated or legislated, mainly due to the lack of in-depth knowledge about their fate, transport, impact, or corresponding lack of effective management and mitigation. These pollutants are found in air, surface water, groundwater, ice caps, oceans, soils, and sediments, and there is increasing evidence of their toxicity at all trophic levels, highlighting an urgent need for effective management and mitigation approaches globally.

The changing climate can alter their usage, fate and transport with largely unknown impacts in terms of magnitude, mechanisms, and direction, and cause multifold effects on society and ecosystems with a high level of uncertainties and complexity of associated environmental and health issues. These further challenge our research, practice and policy making in managing these chemicals and prevenient and reduce negative impacts.

The goal of this conference is to provide an international venue (in-person and virtual) and bring together researchers and professionals from diverse sectors and disciplines in natural science, engineering, social science, and medicine, to present their achievements and innovations exchange ideas, share information, grow connections, and explore opportunities. This event will offer some interesting keynote speeches, technical presentations, short courses/workshops, field trips, and social events. The key topics include but not limit to:

  • Water Quality Management

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment

  • Drinking Water Safety

  • COVID-19 Monitoring and Testing in the Environment

  • Sludge Treatment and Management

  • Waste Management and Minimization

  • Air Pollution and Control (Outdoor and Indoor)

  • Inland and Marine Oil Spill Response

  • Emerging Contaminants - Fate, Transport and Effect

  • Site Assessment and Remediation

  • Resource Recovery and Management

  • Environmental Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

  • Human Health and Ecotoxicology

  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Risk Analysis

  • Environmental Sustainability for Indigenous and Remote Communities

  • Environmental Modeling and Decision Making

  • Climate Change Modeling and Impact Assessment

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Planning

  • Carbon Emission Estimation, Reduction and Trading

  • Urban Flooding and Stormwater Management

  • Water Resources and Watershed Management

  • Coastal Erosion and Protection

  • Marine and Coastal Environmental Protection

  • Emergency Response Management

  • Environmental Restoration and Ecological Engineering

  • Environmental Policy and Regulations

  • Environmental Aspects of Sustainable Infrastructure and Smart Cities

This conference will be a hybrid event with both virtual and live platform that would enable interpersonal interactions for participants on site or online. We aim to provide a platform for researchers, students, professionals and stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and community groups to learn, share, network and enjoy. Welcome you all to join us for an exciting four days at PEOPLE 2022!


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