The 13th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE 2011) took place 11–15 September at the ETH Science City Campus Hönggerberg in Zurich. The ICCEs are biannual conferences organized by the Division of Chemistry and the Environment (DCE) of the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS).
The ICCE 2011 was hosted by Division of Analytical Chemistry of the Swiss Chemical Society in cooperation with the Division of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology of the German Chemical Society. Several environmental research institutes in the area of Zurich endorsed the organization of the ICCE 2011.
The conference was attended by 465 registered participants from 52 countries from all continents. Thanks to the generous financial support by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons it was possible to award travel and conference grants to 24 junior and 3 senior scientists from 11 Eastern European countries. Various commercial and non-commercial sponsors financially supported the ICCE 2011.
The conference emphasis was on Emerging Issues in Environmental Chemistry: from Basic Research to Implementation. The ICCE 2011 provided a unique communication and discussion platform for environmental scientists with emphasis on chemistry and ecotoxicology.
Four satellite events (three symposia and one workshop with 26 oral presentations) took place on Sunday 11 September dealing with the following topics:
- Per- and polyfluorinated compounds
- Good modelling practice
- Non-target analysis
The conference was opened on Sunday evening by the Prof. Ralph Eichler, the President of the ETH Zurich, and Prof. Janet Hering, the Director of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. Prof. Derek Muir from the Environment Canada delivered the Opening Lecture on “Challenges in Identifying the Next Generation of Persistent and Bioaccumulative Chemicals”.
During three week-days of plenary and triple parallel sessions 116 talks and 220 posters were presented. The sessions were introduced by 15 highly reputable invited speakers covering the following eight themes:
- Emerging organic and inorganic contaminants
- Drinking water quality and treatment including groundwater contamination
- Atmospheric chemistry and aerosols
- Soil and sediment pollution
- Biochemical and chemical transformation processes
- Model evaluation and model prediction for the environmental fate of chemicals
- Effects to organisms and ecosystems.
Eight companies presented in a small exhibition their most recent developments and services in the field of environmental and analytical chemistry. On 15 September four half-day visits were guided to Eawag at Dübendorf, Environmental Sciences Department of ETH Zurich, Zurich Waterworks and the clean-up site of the hazardous and municipal waste landfill at Kölliken.
The attendants generally considered the ICCE 2011 as a great success enabling the exchange of a lot of very valuable information through a high-level scientific programme and many fruitful discussions that helped to significantly enlarge scientific and personal networks. ETH Zurich is greatly acknowledged for hosting the ICCE 2011 in its beautiful Science City Campus and generously making available superb conference facilities. Additional thanks go to the organizing and scientific committee, partner institutions and last but not least to the generous sponsors.