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

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 7 – December 2015

The 7th issue of the SEWPROF Newsletter, edited by Janelle van Wel, is now available.  In this publication, Ana Causanilles Llanes of the KWR institute in the Netherlands and Juliet Kinyua of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, write about their joint project and what it is like to work with different labs, machinery and countries!

Newsletter Issue 7 – December 2015


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)

2nd International Conference Testing the Waters 2015 a tremendous success

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), SEWPROF, SCORE, and Eawag organised the second International Conference Testing the Waters 2015 at the conference centre Congressi Stefano Franscini, at Monte Verità, Ascona above Lago Maggiore, in Switzerland (11-15 October 2015) .


Conference Themes

  • Monitoring Studies: targeted sampling at local, regional, national and international scale, preferably integrating wastewater results with other epidemiological data.
  • Methodological Improvements: quantifying and reducing uncertainty of back-calculation, monitoring design and in-sewer transformation.
  • Advances in Analytical Chemistry: method refinements and ability to measure new substances.
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects: discussion of settings requiring special attention.
  • Innovative Applications: wastewater analysis for community-wide health assessment beyond illicit drugs.

The conference proved to be a tremendous success. All ERs and ESRs from SEWPROF ITN gave oral presentations on their research.

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 6 – October 2015

The 6th SEWPROF newsletter includes articles on the final SEWPROF conference, Zhugen Yang and Stefania Salvatore. Also, the prize-winning paper of Christoph Ort is summarized, as well as some other publications from the SEWPROF group.

Newsletter Issue 6 – October 2015

EMCDDA Scientific Paper Awards 2015

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s (EMCDDA) Scientific Paper Awards 2015 Ceremony took place on 23 September 2015.  SEWPROF Partner Christoph Ort, received an award for his paper:

Ort, C., Eppler, J. M., Scheidegger, A., Rieckermann, J., Kinzig, M., Sörgel, F., (2014),‘Challenges of surveying wastewater drug loads of small populations and generalizable aspects on optimizing monitoring design’, Addiction, 109, 3, p.472-481.

For more information about the awards, see the webpage.

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 5 – June 2015

In this newsletter you will find, among other items, a short report on TC5 in Castellón and a special article about one of our researchers, Ana Causanilles Llanes.

Newsletter Issue 5 – June 2015

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 4 – April 2015

The fourth SEWPROF newsletter features articles about researchers Bram Miserez and Alexander van Nuijs, as well as secondment reports and ‘get-to-know’ articles.  Enjoy!

Newsletter Issue 4 – April 2015