The Academy of Finland will organise the 2nd Water JPI Conference in Helsinki on 6–7 June 2018. The aim of the international conference is to attract some 200 experts in emerging pollutants to meet and discuss common challenges and share their recent discoveries and knowledge. The conference is targeted at both researchers and end-users, especially policy-makers. Come and contribute towards reaching our common goal of developing safe water systems for citizens.

Millions of Europeans receive high-quality drinking water every day. However, the provision of safe water for drinking purposes is threatened by, for instance, the improper disposal of chemicals, animal and human waste, pesticides, emerging pollutants and emerging risks from “established” pollutants, aged water supply infrastructures, sub-optimal water management, and natural hazards.

By bringing together stakeholders from research and industry as well as policy-makers and relevant organisations, the conference contributes to filling knowledge gaps regarding the environmental behaviour of pollutants and their effects on human health. Specific topics to be covered include development of analysis and detection systems, water treatment opportunities, impacts of wastewater reuse on human health, new water management practices and risk predictions.

The Council of the European Union decided to launch a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) in water research in December 2011. The aim the Water JPI is to have a joint European view of how to achieve sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy both in Europe and worldwide.

Scientific programme

The scientific programme of the conference will consist of keynote presentations, short scientific talks and panel discussions. There will also be thematic sessions such as:

– “Developing analytical techniques for groups of substances”
– “Understanding and predicting the environmental behaviour of by-products, pollutants and pathogens”
– “Developing strategies to reduce pollutants”
– “Emerging pollutants and their effects on human health”
– “New water management practices”.

Wednesday 6 June | Conference opening presentation

Opening words by Heikki Mannila, President of the Academy of Finland,
and Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing

Thursday 7 June | Conference closing presentation


Keynote presentations

Fiona Regan, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University and Director of the DCU Water Institute, Ireland

Barbara Kasprzyk-Horden, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK

Source: Academy of Finland