EMCDDA’s Insights report on Illicit drugs in wastewater published

We are delighted to announce the publication of the EMCDDA’s latest Insights report on ‘Illicit drugs in wastewater – advances in wastewater-based drug epidemiology’, edited by Sara Castiglioni, in collaboration with the SEWPROF project team.

The report will be included in a presentation on the ‘Use of wastewater analysis to understand drug markets’ at an event being held in Vienna today, 15 March 2016, on the margins of the annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Interviews with SEWPROF Fellow Ann-Kathrin McCall

See the featured interviews with SEWPROF Fellow Ann-Kathrin McCall about her experiences of researching wastewater-based epidemiology:

‘Fingerabdruck Einer Gesellschaft’, Megalink, Winter 2015 (in German).pdf

‘Recherce Vert: Ils traquent les drogues, des égouts au labo’, Terre&Nature, 29 Oct 2015 (in French).pdf

‘In the Bowels of the City’, link to online article (in English, translated from the original article in German)

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 8 – February 2016

The final issue of the SEWPROF Newsletter, edited by Janelle van Wel, is now available at the link below.  This issue includes messages from many of the Supervisors and Fellows about their experiences on the project and some of the highlights from the last 4 years.  Enjoy!

Newsletter Issue 8 – February 2016

Film report on the work of SEWPROF partner, University Jaume I (UJI)

A film report on the work of SEWPROF partner, the Research Institute for Pesticides and Water of the University Jaume I (Castellón, Spain), is available on the UJI website:

See the webpage with further information (in Spanish)

Watch the video (in Spanish, with English subtitles)

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 3, February 2015

Issue 3, edited by Janelle van Wel, provides updates on the SEWPROF project, wich a focus on Ann-Kathrin Ostermeyer and her work on biofilms in sewer systems.  In addition, several of the ESR/ERs tell about their experiences of their research secondments.

Newsletter Issue 3 – February 2015

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 2, December 2014

The second issue of the newsletter, edited by Janelle van Wel.  In this edition, apart from reports from a number of ESRs/ERs, the focus lies on the work of Jose Antonio Baz Lomba and the first SCORE working group in Malta.

Newsletter Issue 2 – December 2014

Cocaine consumption during Street Parade 2014

Sewage-based epidemiology reveals that cocaine consumption during the mega event with 950’000 party goers at Street Parade in Zurich did not differ substantially from a weekend during a normal week.

Watch the short news report broadcasted during prime time at Swiss Television on Friday 8th of August (in Swiss German) or assess the graphs.

EMCDDA Scientific Paper Award 2013: Two SEWPROF members among co-authors of a short-listed paper

Malcolm Reid and Kevin Thomas co-authored a paper which was short-listed for the annual EMCDDA best paper award 

Malcolm J Reid, Katherine H Langford, Merete Grung, Hallvard Gjerde, Ellen J Amundsen, Jorg Morland, Kevin V Thomas, ‘Estimation of cocaine consumption in the community: a critical comparison of the results from three complimentary techniques’ in BMJ Open 2012;2:e001637

Special Issue on wastewater-based epidemiology published in Science of the Total Environment


A Special Issue on wastewater-based epidemiology entitled ‘Testing the waters: A selection of papers from the first international multidisciplinary conference on detecting illicit drugs in wastewater’ was published in  Science of the Total Environment.

Science of The Total Environment
Volume 487, Pages 611-745 (15 July 2014)


Testing the Waters 2015 Conference on wastewater-based drug epidemiology – announcement

It is with great pleasure that we announce the upcoming conference Testing the Waters 2015 on wastewater-based drug epidemiology. Please find attached the call for abstracts and additional information. This includes a tentative programme and a detailed description of the five themes. Besides keynotes and plenary presentations, a poster session (with flash presentations) and workshops will provide ample opportunity for intensive exchange and discussions on this trans-disciplinary research field and application thereof. Monte Verità (Ascona, Switzerland) above Lago Maggiore is a conference centre and hotel. It is our aim to accommodate as many participants as possible on site this beautiful location (see details that will be available at a later stage on the conference website).

Testing the Waters 2015 – announcement

Testing the Waters 2015 – additional information

Date:   11-15 October 2015

Deadline for abstracts:   24 April 2015

Venue:   Monte Verità (Ascona, Switzerland)

Supported by:   Congressi Stefano Franscini (ETH Zurich), SCORE (COST Action  ES1307), SEWPROF (EU Marie Curie ITN), EMCDDA, and Eawag.

Further information:   www.testingthewaters2015.ch

Contact:   testingthewaters2015@demariaevent.ch