3rd Sullied Sediments Annual Meeting, 14-15 January 2020, Antwerp, Belgium

Event duration: 2 days
Venue: NH Collection Hotel Antwerp, Pelikaanstraat 84 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
The Sullied Sediments partnership will meet for the last time as a group in January.

Our final project partnership meeting will take place at the NH Collection Hotel in Antwerp on 14 and 15 January. We are very much looking forward to coming together as a group once more.

The first day of the meeting will be aimed at our Advisory Group, whose members have provided professional and technical advice and expertise throughout the project. Our Project Lead, Professor Jeanette Rotchell, will recap the project results, objectives and outputs and summarise our progress to date. Each work package leader will then present a review of recent activity and their plans for completing the project. These WP-focused sessions will include presentations from our PhD students as well as reports on key areas of work, such as the watch list chemical sampling database, the proposed waste-water treatment pilot, the end-of-waste assessment, a bioavailability study, and the roll-out of the volunteer sampling campaign in the Scheldt and Elbe catchments.

The second day will be focused on ensuring we make the most of the final months of the project. It will include a question and answer session on budgets and finance and a prioritisation exercise to focus partners on what we need to achieve as a partnership. 

Prior to the meeting, on the afternoon of Monday, 13 January 2020, the Universities of Antwerp and Hull will host a workshop in Ghent to demonstrate how a simple paper analytic device can be used by volunteers to measure phosphate levels in river water samples. This is the first time that this workshop will be offered in the Scheldt catchment after our successful pilot in the Humber catchment. We are looking forward to equipping the participants with the tools and know-how that will enable them to take measurements in watercourses across the region and to share this practice with other willing volunteers.

After the annual meeting, our first dissemination event will take place from 11:30-12:30 in the NH Collection Hotel on Wednesday, 15 January 2020. Led by Radboud University, this event will focus on the application of the OMEGA framework to inform a transnational, harmonized strategy for sediment risk assessment.

For more information about any of these activities, please contact Annabel Hanson at annabel.hanson@eastriding.gov.uk