2nd International Conference on Contaminated Sediments

14.06 - 18.06.2020  
Bern, Switzerland
Contact person:
Nathalie Dubois, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2nd International Conference on Contaminated Sediments (ContaSed2020) will be held from 14-18 June 2020 in Bern, Switzerland.


University of Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern


Sediments are sources and sinks of contaminants, and play an important role in mediating pollutants across compartments of ecosystems. Following ContaSed2015, ContaSed2020 will focus on organic and inorganic sediment contaminant classes including microplastics, emerging contaminants, heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants.


Contributions dealing with empirical or modelling studies are invited to the following sessions:

Topic 1: From source to sink: transport and deposition of contaminants in sediments
Location of pollution sources, transport dynamics, and temporal and spatial distribution trends of naturally occurring and synthetic substances. Monitoring data from different aquatic settings under multiple stressors derived from anthropogenic activities. Target and non-target analysis in surface sediments and/or sediment cores.

Topic 2: Assessing risks of contaminants in sediments: methodologies and ecotoxicological case studies
Methods for assessing environmental and human risk, chemical proxies for bioavailability, good practices and lessons learned from case studies on the effects and risk assessment of contaminated sediments.

Topic 3: Analytical tools and methods for assessing sediment contamination
New analytical techniques and robust data processing to assess sediment contamination, prioritize relevant contaminants and identify challenging compounds.

Topic 4: Fate of contaminants in depositional settings
Processes, sorption, transport and deposition of sediment-bounded chemicals. Chemicals persistence/degradation in the sedimentary column.

Topic 5: Sediments as archives of historical pollution
Time series and/or spatial distribution of contaminated sediments to reconstruct anthropogenic changes over time.


Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2020
Notification for acceptance of papers: 28 February 2020
Deadline for registration (payment): 1 April 2020
Deadline for late registration: 15 May 2020


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Keynote speakers (confirmed)

- Patricia Corcoran, University of Western Ontario, Canada
- Robert Eganhouse, the United States Geological Survey, USA
- Allen Burton, SEAS - University of Michigan, USA
- Derek Muir, Environment Canada
- Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Registration and abstract submission

The registration fee of CHF 280 for Regular Participants (MSc and PhD students CHF 220) includes conference registration, materials, coffee breaks, lunches (15-17 June 2020) and conference dinner (Tuesday 16 June 2020). Late registration (1 April – 15 May 2020) is CHF 330 for Regular Participants (MSc and PhD students CHF 270).

The post-conference excursion on Thursday 18 June 2020 is optional (CHF 60).

PhD students will need to show proof of their status at the registration desk at the beginning of the conference.

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Further information

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