mix of plastics taken from the ocean: bottle caps, rope, expanded polystyrene, plastic shards, microplasticsboy drinking from an outside water fountainpill bottles and pills spilling out of the bottleswater spilling from a pipe into a large lakecarbon nanotubes - gray on a black background - carbon nano tubes look like fan blades extending in a 3D shape

Keynote Speakers

Rainer LohmannRainer Lohmann - Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography
Rainer obtained a PhD in Environmental Science from Lancaster University (UK) in 1999, and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from EHICS (Strasbourg, France) in 1996. With funding from NSF, NIH, SERDP and private foundations, his group conducts research into the sources, transport, and bioaccumulation of anthropogenic pollutants. He is Director of the new Superfund Research Center at URI: Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs (STEEP). Dr Lohmann has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and serves as Editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He is on the Editorial Boards for Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Pollution and Environmental Science and Technology Letters, among others.

Stefan KrauseStefan Krause - Professor and Chair or Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry at the University of Birmingham, UK
Stefan is also the director of the Birmingham Water Council and leads the Physical Geography Research Theme. He has more than 15 years experience in international research leadership in the fields of contaminant hydrology, ecohydrology, and biogeochemistry, with a particular focus on groundwater-surface water interfaces. His labs current research portfolio of UK research councils NERC and EPSRC, EU-H2020, EU-FP7 and EIT Climate-KIC, Leverhulme Trust, and Environment Agency exceeds a funding volume of £10M (~$13.3M US), including close collaborations with UK and international industry and public sector partners. Main research activities in his lab currently focus on:

  • Multi-component reactive transport of diffuse and point source pollutants in freshwater ecosystems
  • Integrated carbon and nutrient cycles in hyporheic and riparian zones and consequences of excess nutrient loads in agricultural systems for enhanced stream bed respiration and greenhouse gas production
  • Fate and transport of emerging contaminants (specifically microplastics and engineered nanoparticles) at freshwater-sediment interfaces
  • Non-linear process dynamics at ecohydrological interfaces with a particular focus on dynamic source zone contributions of urban and rural pollutants
  • Ecohydrological impacts of multi-stressor interactions and prediction of resulting threshold, hotspot and hot moment ecosystem behavior