The Academy of Finland will organise the 2nd Water JPI Conference in Helsinki on 6–7 June 2018. The aim of the international conference is to attract some 200 experts in emerging pollutants to meet and discuss common challenges and share their recent discoveries and knowledge. The conference is targeted at both researchers and end-users, especially policy-makers. Come and contribute towards reaching our common goal of developing safe water systems for citizens.
Millions of Europeans receive high-quality drinking water every day. However, the provision of safe water for drinking purposes is threatened by, for instance, the improper disposal of chemicals, animal and human waste, pesticides, emerging pollutants and emerging risks from “established” pollutants, aged water supply infrastructures, sub-optimal water management, and natural hazards.
By bringing together stakeholders from research and industry as well as policy-makers and relevant organisations, the conference contributes to filling knowledge gaps regarding the environmental behaviour of pollutants and their effects on human health. Specific topics to be covered include development of analysis and detection systems, water treatment opportunities, impacts of wastewater reuse on human health, new water management practices and risk predictions.
The Council of the European Union decided to launch a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) in water research in December 2011. The aim the Water JPI is to have a joint European view of how to achieve sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy both in Europe and worldwide.
We welcome exhibits from relevant companies and organisations. If you wish to have an exhibit at the conference, please contact the team of organisers at the Academy of Finland (see details below).
The scientific programme of the conference will consist of keynote presentations, short scientific talks and panel discussions. There will also be thematic sessions such as:
- “Developing analytical techniques for groups of substances”
- “Understanding and predicting the environmental behaviour of by-products, pollutants and pathogens”
- “Developing strategies to reduce pollutants”
- “Emerging pollutants and their effects on human health”
- “New water management practices”.
Wednesday 6 June | Conference opening presentation
- Opening words by Heikki Mannila, President of the Academy of Finland, and Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing
Thursday 7 June | Conference closing presentation
Keynote speakers confirmed to date:
- Fiona Regan, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University and Director of the DCU Water Institute, Ireland
- Barbara Kasprzyk-Horden, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK
- January 2018: Call for abstracts posted and advertised
- End of February 2018: Abstract submission closes
- End of March 2018: Authors notified of acceptance
- End of April 2018: Scientific programme posted
- 6–7 June 2018: Conference
- Dermot Diamond, Dublin City University
- Steven Eisenreich, Prof. em. Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Antonio Lo Porto, EurAqua, European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations
- Gilles Neveu, EU-INB, EU Network of River Basins Organisations
- Inmaculada Ortiz, Universidad de Cantabria
- Teppo Vehanen, EIFAAC, European Inland Fishery and Aquaculture Advisory Commission
Abstract preparation guide
While preparing your abstract, please bear in mind that conference participants consist of both researchers and policy-makers. Preference will be given to presentations that are of interest to end-user groups.
All abstracts must be written in English, using metric units. The title of the abstract must not exceed 160 characters. The body of the abstract is limited to 1,500 characters, excluding the title and the author listing. Please make the abstracts as informative and representative of your presentation as possible.
The organisers invite the submission of abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. To have your abstract considered for acceptance, you must register and submit the abstract before 23.59 (CET) on 28 February 2018.
Talks are allocated 15 minute slots (12 minutes for presenting and 3 minutes for questions and discussion). The talk should not exceed these time limits. Please aim to present your work in the context of the relevant Theme 2 SRIA guidelines . When preparing your presentation bear in mind that conference participants are researchers, stakeholders and end-users. The presentation should be in PowerPoint format. Any files that you wish to present that are in other formats need to be tested with the help of the audio-visual technician before the presentation. Instructions on how to upload your presentation will be provided to speakers closer to the event.
Please aim to present your work in the context of the relevant Theme 2 SRIA guidelines . When preparing your poster presentation bear in mind that conference participants are researchers, stakeholders and end-users. Each poster will be assigned a number. You should put your poster up on the panel-board marked with this number. Posters will be attached to the board using pushpins that are provided by the organizers. The panel-boards are two-sided and there will be a poster on both sides of the board. Posters must be no larger than 95cm wide by 128cm high. Posters exceeding these specifications, may be subject to removal.
There is only one poster session at the conference
Conference registration is open (until end of April) at www.academyevents.fi.
Please note that registration with presentations and abstract submission closes on 28 February.
The number of participants will be limited to no more than 250. We will confirm your attendance by the end of April 2018. If we need to limit the number of attendees, priority will be given to those participants with presentations on relevant themes as well as experts/policy-makers working with emerging pollutants.
You are expected to book your own accommodation, and we do not guarantee room availability. We recommend that you book your accommodation early, as Helsinki has a low availability of hotel rooms during summer months.
We have made pre-reservations at Scandic Grand Marina, which is located right next to the conference venue. For reservations, use the code BAKA030618, available until 15 May 2018. Availability is based on a first-come-first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Alternative hotels close by:
The hotel is built into a former prison offering a unique place to stay only 300 metres away from the conference venue.
Traveller’s with a budget:
A few kilometres from the city centre, Myö hostel offers something a bit special for travellers with a medium budget. The hostel is situated right next to the lush central park of Helsinki so going out for nature walks is easy to do, but due to excellent bus and tram connections, the shops, cafes and restaurants of the city centre are also easy to access. Myö offers jobs for people with disabilities, making the working world more inclusive to everyone.
Omenahotels provide an affordable place to stay at a walking distance to the conference venue and to all of central Helsinki. The hotel is unstaffed, but personnel can be reached by phone if needed.
Eurohostel is located ca. 500 metres from the conference venue. The city centre can easily be reached by foot or tram from the hostel.
Helsinki has also plenty of Airbnb rentals ranking from private rooms to entire homes.
The conference venue is Scandic Marina Congress Center, located right in the heart of Helsinki.
- 5 June 2018 at 19.00–21.00: Icebreaker event at The Finnish Museum of Natural History
- 6 June 2018 at 18.00–21.00: Poster session with wine & snacks at conference venue
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Read what the organisers recommend from their hometown:
"There are over three million saunas in Finland. One of my favorite ones is Kultturisauna http://kulttuurisauna.fi/ (“Cultural Sauna”) in Merihaka district. It is a small and relaxing wood-heated sauna with separate steam rooms for men and women. Bring a swimsuit so you can go swimming in the Baltic Sea. They take no reservations and no groups of more then three persons. Good way to get to the sauna is to use one of my other Helsinki-favorites, the yellow City Bike." - Laura F.
"If you want to sense touch of history in marine environment, I strongly recommend Suomenlinna, an old atmospheric sea fortress on six islands! This is a perfect getaway place around the year and easy to reach by frequent ferry connection from Kauppatori." - Harri
"My favorite place in Helsinki is the Kaisaniemi Botanical Garden. Although it is located in the city centrum the atmosphere is very relaxing and peaceful.The outdoor garden, covering approximately four hectares, attracts the visitor to experience the world of plants. The outdoor part of the garden has just been renovated and the plant families are now located in the garden according to the tree of evolution. The central garden, an open area with ponds and flowers, bordered by the glasshouses and rose bushes invites you to walk slowly between plants and to sit down for a while to enjoy the flourishing of plants. In the middle of the garden is located a historic stone building envisioned as the king’s castle now houses a herbarium. In addition to the outdoor garden ten glasshouses offer a glimpse into the plant life of torrid deserts, humid rainforests and tropical wetlands." - Laura R.