Sewage Analysis CORe group Europe

Malta-Workgroup Meetings

Programme Working Group Meetings COST Action ES1307  “Sewage biomarker analysis for community health assessment”

San Anton (Malta), the 27-28/10/2014 Working Group Meetings: 27th and 28th October.

9:00am start, 16:00 close.

programme in pdf

Monday 27th October AM: All three WGs meet in plenium to discuss this years collaborative study and plan future activities

  1. Welcome to participants
  2. Presentation of the Action. Kevin Thomas
  3. Results from the 2014 Europe-wide study. Christoph Ort
  4. Results from the intercalibration study. Pim De Voogt
  5. Plan for 2015

Monday 27th October PM  WG1 meeting:  Sewage biomarker analysis: Methods and technology

  1. Welcome and introduction (Pim de Voogt)
  2. Achievements within SCORE (Lubertus Bijlsma)
  3. Wastewater epidemiology and related uncertainties. (Sara Castiglioni, Mario Negri Institute, Italy)
  4. New Psychoactive Substances: LC-HRMS workflows for  the target and suspect determination of NPSs and their metabolites in waste water samples (Nikolaos Thomaidis, University of Athens, Greece)
  5. Toxicokinetic of Drugs of Abuse with Implications to Wastewater Analysis.(Markus Meyer, Saarland University, Germany)
  6. Round table discussion about future topics
  7. Close

 The Working group 1 report can be downloaded here

Tuesday 28th October AM WG2 meeting: Innovative techniques for community health assessment

  1. Welcome and overview of WG2 (Alexander van Nuijs)
  2. Community health assessment by analysis of sewage biomarkers (Yeonsuk Ryu, NIVA, Norway)
  3. Wastewater-based epidemiology for community-wide antibiotics use assessment (Erika Castrignano, University of Bath, United Kingdom)
  4. Detection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in treated sewage and their further survival – a case study of the Białka River, Podhale, southern Poland (Anna Lenart-Boron, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland)
  5. The prevalence of Giardia in wastewater as a reliable indicator for its circulation in the community (Abidelfatah Nasser, Beitberl College, Israel)
  6. Discussion on priorities within WG2 (All)
  7. Wrap-up (Alexander van Nuijs)

Tuesday 28th October PM  WG3 meeting: Integration with epidemiology and social sciencesand plenium to summarise actions from the WG meetings.

  1. Welcome and overview of WG3 (Matthew Hickman)
  2. Statistical considerations. What level of uncertainty can we expect and do we deal with it? (Hayley Jones, University of Bristol, UK)
  3. Case Study- Illicit drug use. The challenges in comparing differing epidemiological measures.
  4. What was learned? (Ellen Amundsen, SIRUS, Norway)
  5. Case Study. Wastewater as a measure of compliance (Andrew Singer, CEH, UK)
  6. Case Study. Wastewater to monitor new psychoactive substances (David Wood, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, UK)
  7. Wrap-up



  1. Summary of Actions from WG1-3
  2. Workshop Close