CITE seminar series

CITE - Chemicals In The Environment - is a research topic within the Helmholtz programm oriented funding. CITE addresses multiple aspects of the impact of chemicals in the environment. The seminar series (irregular) with invited external speakers aims to reflect these different aspects.

Scheduled seminars

Date: Monday, 11 May 2015, 2-3 pm, building 1.0 lecture hall

Presenter: Dr. Jenny Stauber (Chief Research Scientist; CSIRO, Land and Water, Kirrawee NSW Australia)

Title: "Aquatic Contaminants: Research Underpinning Environmental Regulation"

Host: Prof. Dr. Georg Teutsch & Prof. Dr. Beate Escher

Abstract: Dr Stauber’s presentation will cover her work relating to speciation and bioavailability of metals in the environment underpinning environmental regulations (water and sediment quality guidelines). Emerging contaminant issues in mining and coal seam gas development will also be addressed.

Biography: Dr Stauber is currently Chief Research Scientist in Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water Flagship. From 2008-2014, she was Deputy Chief of CSIRO Land and Water. Dr Stauber has over 30 years of research experience in the fields of ecotoxicology, water quality, contaminant environmental risk assessment and human toxicology. She has extensive experience in ecotoxicology, particularly in the development of novel methods for assessing the toxicity of contaminants in fresh and marine waters and sediments. She serves as expert ecotoxicologist on a wide range of advisory panels for national and international agencies including WHO, state EPAs and the Department of Environment addressing issues as diverse as water quality, tropical risk assessment, mining, oil and gas, hazardous waste and environmental regulation. Dr Stauber is on the panel of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development. The panel provides scientific advice to decision makers on the impact that coal seam gas and large coal mining developments may have on Australia's water resources.

Please contact Monique Salzmann if you are interested in talking to Jenny Stauber while she will be at UFZ.

Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 01.00pm, KUBUS hall 2

Presenter: Dr. Stefan Trapp (DTU Technical University Denmark)

Title: "Organic Electrolytes in the Environment"

Hosts: Matthias Kästner & Lukas Wick

Abstract: A great number of compounds registered for REACH are ionizable, as are most pharmaceuticals and metabolites of phase I reactions. Organic electrolytes (acids, bases, zwitterions) differ from neutral compounds because their dissociation at environmental pH leads to charged ions. Ion transport and electrical interactions with living and dead matter play a major role for sorption and bioaccumulation of these compounds. This lecture will introduce new processes and principles, and document how they impact our understanding of environmental behavior and bioaccumulation of organic electrolytes.