Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 7301–7304 | Cite as

Recent progress of chemistry as scientific tool for environmental assessments—ICCE 2017

The 16th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment—ICCE 2017 Oslo, 18–22 June 2017
  • Roland KallenbornEmail author
  • Georg Becher
  • Yngvar Thomassen

The 16th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE 2017) took place in the period of 18–22 June 2017, in Oslo, the Capitol of Norway. The Blindern Campus of the University of Oslo was chosen as the appropriate venue for the conference. The University of Oslo is gratefully acknowledged for hosting ICCE 2017 in the beautiful setting and for generously making available a great conference environment for the attendees comprising lecture halls, foyer for posters and exhibition stands, and food and refreshment facilities. We also wish to thank all of the people involved in the efficient and smooth organization (University personnel, students and all members of the committees) and particularly the conference organizing team of “Congress-Conference” headed by Øyvind Lie. The ICCE is organized as a biennial conference by the Division of Chemistry and the Environment (DCE) of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS). ICCE 2017 was officially hosted by the Division of Analytical Chemistry of the Norwegian Chemical Society (NKS). The organizing committee consisted of the following members: Roland Kallenborn (NMBU, conference chairman), Yngvar Thomassen (STAMI, Finances, abstract handling), Georg Becher (UiO, abstract handling, public relations), Balasz Berlinger (STAMI, Internet, IT), Pawel Rostkowski (NILU, Vendors and exhibitions), Katrine Borgå (UiO, Student program), and Rolf Vogt (UiO, Venue liaison). Seven satellite events were organized on Sunday, 18 June 2017 and on Thursday, 22 June 2017 at the venue prior to and after the official conference program.

Under the motto “Advancements in chemical methods for environmental research,” ICCE 2017 provided a well-suited communication and discussion forum for environmental scientists focusing on environmental chemistry and toxicology. The conference was opened by Øyvind Mikkelsen, the President of the Norwegian Chemical Society (NKS) and Morten Dæhlen, the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo (UiO). Santiago Luis, the Chairman of the EuChemS Division of Chemistry and the Environment (DCE) welcomed the delegates during the opening ceremony. Leiv K. Sydnes from the University of Bergen (UiB), past IUPAC president, delivered the opening lecture on Chemistry in the Service of Society. During the 3-day program, three additional plenary keynotes were delivered by highly reputable experts as follows:
  1. 1.

    Åke Bergman, Sweden, Director of the Research Centre for Chemicals, Health and Environment: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): History, lessons learned and the way ahead.

  2. 2.

    Lars-Otto Reiersen, Secretary General of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP): Arctic pollution issues.

  3. 3.

    Rupert Simon, European Chemical Agency: Reach(ing) sustainable development.

During three weekdays, 217 lectures and 200 posters were presented in 21 thematic sessions illustrating the broadness of the scientific program. The sessions were introduced by 23 invited speakers and covered the following themes:
  • Poly- and Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS)

  • Natural Organic Materials

  • Chemicals of Emerging Concern

  • Radioecology

  • Environmental Modelling Persistent Organic Pollutants and Waste

  • Regulation of Chemicals

  • Marine Toxicology and Chemistry

  • Mass Spectrometry in Environmental Research

  • Soil and Sediments

  • Challenges in Environmental Chemistry

  • University Education in Food and Environmental Chemistry

  • Water Treatment

  • Advancements in Analytical Chemistry

  • Arctic Pollution

  • Passive Sampling

  • Sustainable Environmental Chemistry

  • Persistent Inorganic Pollutants

  • Atmospheric Aerosols and Pollutants

  • Bioactive Substances and Biotoxins

  • Microplastics

  • Nanomaterials

During Sunday and Thursday, in total, seven satellite events were organized addressing the following topics:
  1. 1.

    New contaminants, new risks: Analysis and environmental implications

  2. 2.

    Algae toxins: Methods and implications

  3. 3.

    New emerging PFAS: International regulation strategies

  4. 4.

    Isotopic techniques and their applications in environmental research

  5. 5.

    Strategies and challenges for sanitation technology and sewage treatment in the high north

  6. 6.

    NORMAN: Suspect and non-target screening with high resolution mass spectrometry – current status and new developments

  7. 7.

    Scientific writing and publishing


The conference (without satellite events) was attended by 409 registered participants from 42 countries. ICCE 2017 provided a solid base for professional knowledge exchange, inspiration and networking through the high-level scientific program with both oral and poster presentations. During the opening session of ICCE 2017, the 50th anniversary of the discovery of polychlorinated biphenyls as environmental pollutants by Sören Jensen, at Stockholm University was celebrated. On this occasion, Professor emeritus Sören Jensen received the DCE Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in the identification and fate assessment of persistent organic pollutants. The awardee, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, responded with personal impressions and notes on his highly productive career.

The special issue published here contains eight representative papers that are based on the presentations at ICCE 2017. The following topics are covered: Rodenticides in suspended particulate matter and fish, Analysis of polar perfluoroalkyl carboxylates in water, Disinfection by-products in drinking water, Intake of copper and lead in sheep, Certified reference material for POPs in marine sediments, Chlorinated dioxins/furans and polybrominated diphenylethers in sediment, Sources of poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances in the Arctic, and NIR spectroscopy for characterization of microplastics in soil.

The 17th ICCE will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, 16–20 June 2019 and will be organized by the Association of Greek Chemists in co-operation with the DCE. The local organizing committee will be chaired by Ioannis Katsoyiannis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

On behalf of the ICCE 2017 organization team,

Roland Kallenborn, Georg Becher, and Yngvar Thomassen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian University of Life SciencesÅsNorway
  2. 2.University of Oslo, Chemical InstituteOsloNorway
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Biological Work EnvironmentNational Institute of Occupational Health OsloNorway

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