This symposium examines the issue of emerging contaminants in water which are not normally monitored, but have the potential to enter the environment and cause adverse ecological or health effects.
"Emerging contaminants" can be broadly defined as any synthetic or naturally occurring chemical or any microorganism that is not commonly monitored in the environment but has the potential to enter the environment and cause known or suspected adverse ecological and(or) human health effects.
In some cases, release of emerging chemical or microbial contaminants to the environment has likely occurred for a long time, but may not have been recognized until new detection methods were developed. In other cases, synthesis of new chemicals or changes in use and disposal of existing chemicals can create new sources of emerging contaminants. More information can be found on the US Geological Survey website.
This mini-symposium features the expertise of Professor Karl Linden from the University of Colorado, one of the leading researchers in emerging contaminants. He is attending both the “Emerging Contaminants” conference in Sydney and the “World Water Congress & Exhibition” in Brisbane. He will be in Melbourne In between and has kindly agreed to deliver a lecture at this mini-symposium.
Professor Karl G. Linden grew up in New York City and attended high school at the Bronx High School of Science. He went to Cornell University in the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences and eventually graduated with a BS in Biological and Environmental Engineering. He worked with Dr. William J. Jewell at Cornell on undergraduate research related to anerobic digestion of municipal solid waste.
After spending a year traveling in Central America, He attended the University of California at Davis for his masters degree in Environmental Engineering where he worked with Jeannie Darby and George Tchobanoglous.
He continued on at UC Davis for his PhD with Jeannie Darby, and graduated in 1997. Professor Linden taught for two years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, for 9 years at Duke University in Durham, NC and joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2008.
He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Water Works Association, is President of the International UV Association, and holds the Mortenson Professorship in Sustainable Development.
The cost of this event is $30 (free for RMIT students and RMIT staff). Register online.
|2.00pm - 2.20pm||Registration and tea
|2.20pm - 2.30pm||Welcoming Professor Karl Linden
|2.30pm - 3.30pm
||Professor Karl Linden
The role of UV processes in mitigating emerging contaminants in wastewater reuse
|3.30pm - 4.00pm
||Dr Oliver Jones
Headspace Analysis of Disinfection By-Products in Melbourne Drinking Waters
|4.00pm - 4.30pm
||Professor Veeriah (Jega) Jegatheesan
Modelling Chlorine Decay to Improve Management Practices
|4.30pm - 5.00pm
||Discussion and networking