18th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WASTE MANAGEMENT
AND SUSTAINABLE LANDFILLING / 11-15 OCTOBER 2021

Environmental Forensics

In recent years, the growing emphasis placed on environmental topics, with particular focus on pollution, legal responsibilities for the latter and effects on human health, has acted as a forerunner for the development of a new discipline: “Environmental Forensics”.

In the field of forensic disciplines, the area of environmental investigation is a highly specific uncharted territory, particularly in view of the complexity of cases of environmental pollution, which require a multidisciplinary approach and the input of highly specialized experts, including environmental scientists, engineers and legal specialists. Frequent investigations conducted to ascertain responsibility for contamination in the presence of landfills and other potential sources, run the risk of reaching an unsound conclusion if an over-simplified approach is applied.

The Programme Committee encourages the submission of abstracts on Environmental Forensics applied to Waste Management and Contaminated Sites.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental liability in waste management
  • Legal Considerations, including strategic considerations for chemical fate in litigation and arbitration
  • Contaminant source identification, correlation and remediation
  • Historical reconstruction of contaminant release into the environment
  • Contaminant Fingerprinting for source identification and/or age-dating: analytical techniques, methodologies, legal aspects
  • Integrated Case Studies, employing environmental fate and damage assessments.