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

SEWPROF ITN meets again, this time in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

Picture: P. de Voogt

Utrecht2Picture: P. de Voogt

Last April the members of SEWPROF met again, this time in the small village of Nieuwegein, the home base of KWR Watercycle Research Institute in the middle of The Netherlands. On the 9th of April, the half yearly board meeting was held (see pictures). On April 10th and 11th the third training course was held. The meeting started by morning sessions with brief updates from all ESRs and ERs. The rest of the programme focused on mass spectrometric detection techniques on the first day, whereas the second day was dedicated to biological aspects including biosensing, PCR and toxicology of illicit drugs, starring some very interesting guest speakers

The aspect of team building was not forgotten. While enjoying some rather unusual (for The Netherlands) nice weather that allowed walking outdoors, excursions were made to:

Drinking Water Treatment Plant of Waternet   (picture: E. Emke)

Drinking Water Treatment Plant of Waternet (picture: E. Emke)

1) The drinking water treatment plant of Waternet, that uses surface water from the river Rhine. The use of automated biosentinels was demonstrated that continuously monitor the quality of the inlet water using daphnids and algae.2) The main locks of the Amsterdam-Rhine canal and the old centre of the former village of Vreeswijk with its pound locks, where a typical Dutch pannenkoeken lunch was enjoyed.

Marie Mardal, the ESR Representative said: ‘It was interesting, as always, to hear how the work of the other research groups was coming along, and share and discuss obstacles and successes. When we have such different angles on the project, these training courses are crucial to ensure we use everyone’s expertise optimal and support each other in making good, scientific decisions leading to excellent research. The speakers gave some very interesting talks on subjects relevant to the field of sewage profiling, but also background knowledge in other scientific fields, that we could use in our research.’

SEWPROF researchers (picture: E. Emke)

SEWPROF researchers (picture: E. Emke)