18th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment

12 to 15 September 2016
Ghent, Belgium

Aims and Scope

The International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment is an international platform where research related to all aspects of metals and other elements in the environment are presented and discussed. It focuses neither on a specific metal nor a specific environmental medium, but instead aims to provide a unique multidisciplinary platform for discussion and presentation of state-of-the-art research to a broad international scientific community.

The ICHMET conference series covers latest findings on behaviour, cycling and pathways of metals in the environment, processes of contamination and environmental impacts to ecosystems, environment and humans, and approaches for remediation. The conference also provides an opportunity to stay on top of the latest developments in tools, approaches and methods to identify, assess and manage metals in various areas of application, including industry, environmental management, societal needs and policy.

Topics may be summarised as follows:

  • Pathways, and Environmental Processes
    • Heavy Metals in the Atmosphere
    • Heavy Metals in Oceans and Marine Ecosystems
    • Heavy Metals in Terrestrial Ecosystems
    • Heavy Metals in Urban Environments
    • Radionuclides in the Environment
    • Metallic Nanoparticles in the Environment
    • Technology-critical Elements in the Environment
  • Environmental Contamination with Heavy Metals
    • Diffuse Contamination Sources
    • Mining and Ore Refining
    • E-waste
    • Metals from Consumer Goods and Necessities
  • Metal Resource Recovery
    • Urban Mining
    • Recovery of Metals from Waste Streams and Secondary Resources
    • Management of Metals in Contaminated Waste Streams
    • Cradle to Cradle Concepts and Processes in Metal Management
  • Remediation and Environmental Policy
    • Technologies for Control of Metal Emissions
    • Remediation of Heavy Metal Contamination in Water and Air
    • Remediation and Sustainable Management of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils and Sediments
    • Safe Management of Metal Contaminated Waste
    • Health Impacts and Risk Assessment
    • Environmental Policies, Feasibility and Sustainability
  • Measurement Techniques and Data Management Technologies
    • Advances in Analytical Tools and Speciation Analysis
    • Advanced Sensors for Monitoring Heavy Metals in the Environment
    • GIS and Data Management Techniques for Heavy Metal Research