15th EuCheMS International Conference

on Chemistry and the Environment

20 - 24 September 2015 • Leipzig, Germany



Recent advancements in wastewater based epidemiology


Sunday, 20 September 2015, 1.00 - 4.15 pm, Leipziger KUBUS | Hall 1B

Fee: € 10

Under the auspices of the SCORE COST Action (www.score-cost.eu) and the EUFP7 Project Sewprof (www.sewprof.net) the topic of wastewater-based epidemiology and the advancements being made will be introduced. The focus of the seminar will be on the use of analytical chemistry and how the measurement of endogenous and exogenous biomarkers of exposure can yield information on populations. Residues of legal and illicit drugs are the most common wastewater biomarkers measured and have been extensively used in the development of the approach. New developments include expansion of the biomarker suite to include new psychoactive substances, exposure to chemical stressors and general markers of community health. Integration of biomarkers, triangulation of data with other epidemiological endpoints as well as large scale temporal and spatial studies demonstrate the value in further developing his exciting field of research.


Programme in detail

13.00-13.30       Adrian Covaci, University of Antwerp, Belgium on behalf of Sara Castiglioni, Mario Negri Institute, Italy.

Introduction to wastewater based epidemiology: novelty and advancements of the approach


13.30-14.00       Pim de Voogt, KWR, Netherlands.

Flushing out Europe´s drug habits over the past 5-years.


14.00–14.30       Adrian Covaci, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Sewage-based epidemiology to track down the use of new psychoactive substances: challenges and pitfalls


14.30–14.50       Coffee


14.50-15.20       Zhugen Yang, University of Bath, UK.

Community Sensors for Monitoring Public Health using Wastewater-Based Epidemiology


15.20-15.40       Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, University of Bath, UK.

Wastewater-based epidemiology and future perspectives: testing urban water for community-wide public health assessment.


15.40-16.10       Round Table Discussion