Satellite Events

During the days of the conference the following satellite events will take place. For persons that have paid registration fees for the conference please note that there is no extra charge for participation in the satellite events. For persons that do not wish to register for the full conference please note that the charge is 100 euros per satellite event. Please note that this includes a lunch and coffee break, printed material and a certificate of attendance for the satellite events only. If a person wishes to present an abstract in one of the satellite events please note that they will have to pay conference registration fees according to their participant category.

Satellite events (attendance only) Fees
Multi-residue analysis of modern pesticides in soil * 100 €
Glyphosate * 100 €
University Education in Environmental Sciences * 100 €
Water reuse as a secure path to tackle water scarcity * 100 €
Scientific writing and publishing * 100 €

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Title: Multi-residue analysis of modern pesticides in soil
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019, 10 am to 16 pm
Conveners: Thomas D. Bucheli (Agroscope),
Eleni Karassali (Benaki Phytopathological Institute),
Daniel Wächter (Swiss Soil Monitoring Network)

Pesticides are applied worldwide in agriculture in considerable amounts to control pests, assure plant health and improve crop yield. A negative side effect of such uses is the unintended pollution of the environment, whichis nowadays monitored by law in many countries. Consequently, much effort has been spent on the simultaneous analysis of a large variety of modern pesticides at trace concentrations predominantly in aqueous matrices. In soil, such programs and corresponding analytical methods are still largely at their infancy (e.g. Hvezdova et al. 2018; Chiaia-Hernandez et al. 2017). This far, most methods are based on rather generic, QuEChERS-like approaches (e.g. Pszczolinska & Michel 2016), originally developed for pesticide analysis in vegetables and fruits (Anastassiades et al. 2003). In contrast, methods that are specifically established, optimized and validated for soils seem scarce. A brief literature review reveals that currently applied methods are largely disparate. Also, there seems to be a deficit in information exchange and collaboration between research groups, and a joint body under which they can unite, e.g. as part of IUPAC, ISO, or AOAC International, has, to the best of our knowledge, not been formed yet.

This workshop aims to bring together analytical chemists active in the field of (multi-) residue pesticide analysis in soil, with a view to initiate a platform to:
- Establish an overview of existing analytical approaches and methodologies (e.g. extraction procedures, extraction solvent selection, extract cleanup, separation & detection, matrix compensation)
- Identify challenges related to pesticide analysis in soils
- Explore the interest and need for sample exchange
- Initiate inter-laboratory comparison exercises to identify favorable methodologies
- In the coming years, possibly: harmonize methodologies and establish reference method(s)

These issues will be discussed by participants following a number of input-talks given by selected analytical chemists active in the field.

Note that the Satellite event primarily focusses on multi-residue analysis of modern pesticides at the trace concentration level, i.e., including more than one compound class, excluding methods that deal with legacy organochlorine pesticides, at least a dozen different target analytes, and concentrations in the µg/kg range.

Please register for participation in the Satellite Event via the online-platform and express your interest to contribute with an input-talk by upload of short abstract by January 15, 2019. For questions, please contact the conveners:,,


Anastassiades, M. et al. 2003 Fast and easy multiresidue method employing acetonitrile extraction/partitioning and "dispersive solid-phase extraction" for the determination of pesticide residues in produce. J. AOAC Intern. 86, 412-431.

Chiaia-Hernandez, A. C., et al. 2017 Long-Term Persistence of Pesticides and TPs in Archived Agricultural Soil Samples and Comparison with Pesticide Application. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51, 10642-10651.

Hvezdova, M., et al. 2018 Currently and recently used pesticides in Central European arable soils. Sci. Total Environ. 613-614, 361-370. Pszczolinska, K., Michel, M. 2016 The QuEChERS approach for the determination of pesticide residues in soil samples: An overview. J. AOAC Intern. 99, 1403-1414.

Title: Glyphosate
Date: Sunday, 16 June, 2019
Conveners: Dr Silvia Lacorte, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain,
Dr. Laura L. McConnell, Bayer Crop Science, Durham, North Carolina, USA,
Prof. Dr Ester Heath, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr. Stephen O. Duke, USDA-ARS, Research Leader, Natural Products Utilization Research Laboratory, University, Mississippi, USA “Glyphosate’s mode of action, environmental fate, and influences on agricultural practices”
Dr. Jose Oriol Magrans, EFSA, Senior Scientific Officer, Environmental Chemistry, Pesticides Unit, Parma, Italy “The environmental risk assessment in the EFSA conclusion on glyphosate”
Prof. Keith Solomon, University of Guelph, School of Environmental Sciences, Guelph, Ontario, Canada “Exposure to glyphosate in humans and residues in food: What are the risks?”
Dr. Steven Levine, Bayer, Senior Science Fellow, St. Louis, Missouri, USA “The weight of evidence used to determine whether glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor following the new ECHA/EFSA Guidance”
Prof. Dr. Emilio J. González Sánchez, General Secretary, European Conservation Agriculture Federation, and University of Cordoba, Department of Rural Engineering, Cordoba, Spain “The role of glyphosate in supporting sustainable agriculture”

Glyphosate (N-phosphonomethyl-glycine) is a foliar, non-selective, systemic herbicide widely used to control weeds in agricultural crops and in horticulture. Glyphosate is a specific inhibitor of the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate 3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) that causes a deficiency in aromatic amino acids, eventually leading to the plant’s death by starvation. This enzyme is part of the shikimate pathway and it is essential for the biosynthesis of aromatic amino in algae and higher plants, bacteria, and fungi. Inhibition of this enzyme leads to plant cell death and the shikimate pathway is absent in animals. Because of its very specific mode of action, glyphosate exhibits low toxicity to many taxonomic groups of non-target organisms including mammals, birds, fish, aquatic invertebrates and terrestrial invertebrates. Over the years, glyphosate has been the most widely used herbicide worldwide, and concern has arisen because of its carcinogenicity, contamination of water courses and groundwater, contamination of soils and presence of residues in fruits and vegetables, Recently, glyphosateas active ingredient in several formulations was comprehensively evaluated by the European Union for human and environmental safety and was approved for registration for specific uses deemed safe. However, concerns about potential effects on humans and the environment persist, and some countries have banned its use. To address these concerns speakers representing academia, regulators and industrywill discuss a range of topics covering the human and ecological safety of glyphosate.

Title: University Education in Environmental Sciences
Date: Thursday, 20 June, 2019. Time will be announced.
Conveners: Ivana Ivančev-Tumbas (University of Novi Sad, Serbia),
Gerhard Lammel (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany, University of Mainz,
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Near 500 study programmes related to environmental disciplines were detected in Europe in a recent survey. The creation of a flexible and responsive system of MSc and PhD programmes and courses in environmental sciences that meet professional, employer and workplace needs is a permanent challenge for both EU and non-EU countries. New teaching methods, open education, mobility and lifelong learning are the pillars of the future development. The aim of the session is to present and discuss present and future teaching methods and tools, and existing and new concepts of higher education of environmental topics. This will also include related projects and mobility instruments. The session is meant to attract students, teachers, and experts from academia, industry/consulting, and governmental agencies.

Please register for participation in the Satellite Event via the online-platform and express your interest to contribute with an input-talk by upload of short abstract by January 15, 2019. For questions, please contact the conveners:,

Title: Water reuse as a secure path to tackle water scarcity
Date: Sunday, 16 June 2018, 10 am
Conveners: Dionysios Dionysiou,
Ioannis Katsoyiannis
Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr Bernd Gawlik, European Commission
Mr Richard Elelman, Head of Public Administrations of EURECAT-CTM
Prof. Simos Malamis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Title: Scientific writing and publishing
Date: To be announced.
Conveners: Prof. Phillipe Garrigues