Events from 30.01.2023
Lecture HEALTHY PLANET: Julie Robitaille (OECD; INRS Quebec, Canada) "Toward is hybridmonitoring endocrine disrupting chemicals in freshwater using bioassays"
Short abstract: Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are a type of chemicals which can interact with the hormonal system and generate adverse effects. The release of EDCs in aquatic environment can have important impact on wildlife by affecting reproduction, growth, and behaviour. Despite those known impacts, EDCs are still hardly regulated in freshwater around the world. Moreover, there is a need to move from traditional chemical monitoring to effect-based monitoring which uses bioanalytical tools or bioassays. Through this presentation, the use of bioassay for monitoring EDCs will be explored first by focusing on the strategy being developed for wastewater in the province of Quebec, Canada. In this strategy, wastewater sample would be evaluated for EDCs using a two-Tier bioassay-based approach. The first Tier of testing would be completely in vitro and composed of the transactivation assay for the receptor of estrogen (ER) and androgen (AR). The second Tier would be in vivo with the fish short-term reproduction assay in Pimephales promelas, which would only be use if a confirmation of effect is required. Results from current validation study using a municipal and an industrial wastewater will be presented. In the second part of the presentation, the process of developing policy recommendations for EDCs in freshwater for OECD countries will be discussed. Through the evaluation of country case studies, a conceptual framework is currently being created to guide regulators and other stakeholders in the development of a monitoring strategy for EDCs based on their need. The framework aims to inform on available choice for the design of a monitoring strategy, the monitoring methods, the ways to palliate uncertainties and the possible mitigation action. This works also highlights the need for international collaboration on various topics such as the standardization of methods and the development of bioassays for other endpoints.
Lecture HEALTHY PLANET: Halbach / Starke (Spurenstoffzentrum des Bundes)Topic: "The German Centre for Micropollutants: Goals and Tasks"
Short abstract: The German Centre for Micropollutants is currently being established at the German Environment Agency (UBA). The aim is to advance the comprehensive and precautionary protection of our surface waters from inputs of micropollutants. A key task is the toxicological and ecotoxicological assessment of trace substances in order to classify them as relevant micropollutants. To ensure that substance-related activities are linked to water legislation, we are also responsible for prioritising substances and deriving environmental quality standards in the context of the EU Water Framework Directive and national implementation. For selected relevant micropollutants, stakeholders are brought together in so-called "round tables". Here, all measures to reduce environmental pollution are "put on the table", discussed and decided. Furthermore, we exchange information and experience on downstream measures, i.e. on further wastewater treatment.
Due to the close interlocking of its tasks, the German Centre for Micropollutants takes an overarching view of micropollutants in surface waters. We coordinate within UBA and develop a communication platform for this topic.
Bird protection measures for lapwing and grey partridge under the new CAP is onlinePublication and discussion of the Conservation Schemes
In the framework of the EU project "Conservation of Birds in Agricultural Landscapes", a total of 20 conservation schemes were developed in 10 Member States. The conservation schemes were developed in a participatory approach, which in Germany included two national workshops, interviews, repeated exchanges with several experts and stakeholders, and the collection of comments. The two German conservation schemes focus on one target species each, lapwing and grey partridge, in the two agricultural systems arable land and grassland. On 1.1.2023 the new implementation period of the CAP has started. What opportunities and obstacles are now ahead of us?
In the info event we want to present and discuss our proposed bird protection measures. How can the measures best be implemented and how can we all be part of a positive change for biodiversity?
Further information and agenda: https://www.idiv.de/de/icap-bes/agrarland-vogelsch...
25. UFZ-Workshop „Populationsbiologie von Tagfaltern und Widderchen“
27. Umweltrechtliches SymposionWege zur Umsetzung der Klimaschutzziele im Umwelt- und Planungsrecht
BONARES 2023 ConferenceSoil as a sustainable resource
We cordially invite you to join the BonaRes Conference 2023 “Soil as a Sustainable Resource” to be held 15 – 17 May 2023 in Berlin, Germany.
A sustainable bioeconomy requires integration of soil productivity with a wide range of other soil functions including nutrient cycling, carbon storage, water retention and filtering as well as being the habitat of a myriad of organisms and enabling their activities. The conference will bring together researchers from various disciplines related to soil and plant sciences and agronomy to discuss strategies towards a (multi)functionality of soil ecosystems taking also constraints of climate and global change into account. The conference aims at providing solutions for a sustainable soil management including climate change adaptation, which requires an understanding of soils at a systemic level and to assess their value in a socio-economic framework.
We are looking forward to welcome interested scientists as well as stakeholders in the field of soil management for inspiring discussions.
The BonaRes 2023 organisers
HIGRADE Conference 2023Conference of UFZ PhD Projects
At the HIGRADE Conference, doctoral researchers in their final year present their work and there are many possibilities for scientific exchange and networking. All UFZ colleagues and our cooperation partners are invited to join the event!
25th EG Conference on Visualization EuroVis 2023
The EuroVis 2023 will be held in Leipzig, Germany in presence. This 25th edition of EuroVis will be hosted by the Leipzig University organized by the Image and Signal Processing Group – BSV in collaboration with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. EuroVis is the annual Visualization Conference organized by the Eurographics Working Group on Data Visualization. It has been a Eurographics and IEEE co-supported international visualization symposium held in Europe annually since 1999, as a conference since 2012.
Vorträge, Exponate, Experimente, Informationen - Umweltforschung zum Anfassen, Mitmachen, Staunen (diverses Programm für Neugierige unterschiedlicher Altersgruppen)
10th Annual Conference of the European Environmental Law Forum
Böden – divers & multifunktionalJahrestagung der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft (DGB)
Seit der letzten Tagung der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft (DGB) in Halle (Saale) im Jahr 1995 hat sich die Stadt zu einem lebendigen und modernen Zentrum für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft entwickelt. An der Martin-Luther-Universität (MLU) und dem Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) ist die Bodenforschung mit einem breiten Spektrum fachlicher Expertise vertreten. Die Tagung wird daher in Kooperation beider Institutionen organisiert. Die Räumlichkeiten der MLU auf dem Weinberg Campus bieten gut arrondierte Hörsäle mit kurzen Wegen und viel Raum für entspannte Postersessions.
Halle (Saale) befindet sich wie damals in einer Phase des Um- oder besser Aufbruchs. Mit dem Kohleausstieg eröffnen sich neue Perspektiven und Wege mit deutlichen Veränderungen für die Region und ihr Landschaftsbild. Das Exkursionsprogramm mit Unterstützung der TU Dresden, der Uni Jena, dem Landesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen in Halle und der SKW Piesteritz wird an verschiedene, spannende Orte dieser im Umbruch befindlichen Region führen.
Vor der Jahrestagung organisieren Albrecht Bauriegel (LBGR) und Peter Schad (TUM) einen dreitägigen Workshop zu Bodenbeschreibung und Bodenklassifikation (KA6 und WRB), der mit einem Soil Contest abschließt.
Die Anmeldung von Beiträgen muss zusammen mit dem jeweiligen Abstract bis zum 15. Januar 2023 über die Webseite der Tagung in deutscher oder englischer Sprache erfolgen. Dabei sollte beachtet werden, dass der Vortrag bzw. das Poster in der gleichen Sprache präsentiert wird.