Why do we need this conference?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been manufactured and used for the past five decades as surfactants, processing aids, firefighting foams, household and commercial products that resist heat and chemical reactions, and repel oil, stains, grease, and water, such as non-stick cookware, stain-resistant carpets and fabrics, water-repellant clothing, and paper and cardboard food packaging. Industries that may interact with PFAS include military, firefighting, aerospace, automotive, building and construction, and electronics, among numerous others.

There has been great attention in the last few years devoted to PFAS. Since the EPA’s 2016 adoption of health advisory drinking water levels for PFAS, PFAS have emerged as contaminants of concern at sites across the United States of America, Australia, Canada and Europe as well.

The contaminated soil and groundwater by these compounds are a serious issue worldwide, and some countries are now taking an active role in leading the assessment and remediation of these compounds in soil and groundwater. The knowledge about fate and behaviour of PFAS in the soil and groundwater is currently inadequate but is rapidly growing. This conference aims at bringing national and international experts in the analysis of PFAS, the assessment of soil and groundwater contamination and the remediation of PFAS-contaminated soil and groundwater together to convey the latest knowledge and advance our understanding on PFAS. The conference also covers the remediation of other emerging contaminants such as 1,4- dioxane, chlorinated solvents, chloinated hydrocarbons, perchlorate, pharmaceuticals to name a few. Additionally, the conference covers pressing issues such as contaminated site management and sustainable remediation of soil and ground water.