Testing the Waters 2017, 26-27 October, Lisbon, Portugal
3rd International conference on “Wastewater – Based Drug Epidemiology”
Call for abstracts
Call for abstracts will be open : 8 March – 12 May 2017 18:00
Registration can be done via this website: 8 March- 31 July
If you have any questions please email the the Organising Committee TTW
Wastewater-based epidemiology: current applications and future perspectives
Leading European and international experts will meet in Lisbon from 26–27 October 2017 to review the state of the art of a rapidly developing scientific discipline known as wastewater-based epidemiology.Organisers of the Third Testing the Waters conference are SCORE (Sewage analysis CORe group – Europe) and the EMCDDA
Bridging the fields of wastewater-based epidemiology with classical epidemiology
Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is an increasingly applied approach for monitoring lifestyle habits of an entire community. The concept was proposed as a new non-intrusive tool to evaluate the use of illicit and misused drugs in a community. It appeared soon a useful approach to complement and extend the existing epidemiologically-based approaches. Europe-wide studies are conducted yearly since 2011 involving in 2016 up to 60 cities not only in Europe but also in Australia, Canada, and Asia.
Current research aims to bring together wastewater analysis and drug epidemiology by sharing knowledge from different disciplines. A multidisciplinary participation is therefore highly required.
New applications and future perspectives
Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) was also successfully applied to evaluate the use of new psychoactive substances, counterfeit medicines, alcohol, tobacco and is further applied to analyze biomarkers related to the health status of communities, and to estimate exposure to environmental and food contaminants.
The potential of WBE to explore the health status of a community is becoming clear and very promising, and novel fields of investigation are likely to be explored successfully.
Targeted audience invited:
This conference will be of interest to drug use epidemiologists, analytical and environmental chemists, environmental engineers, pharmacologists, toxicologists, experts in forensics and stakeholders working in the areas of public health, addiction, prevention and law enforcement.