2nd International Conference on Contaminated Sediments

09.06 - 12.06.2021  
Bern, Switzerland
Contact person:
Nathalie Dubois, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2nd International Conference on Contaminated Sediments (ContaSed2020) will be held from 9-12 June 2021 in Bern, Switzerland.

This conference was originally planned for 14-18 June 2020.


University of Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern


Sediments are sources and sinks of contaminants, and play an important role in mediating pollutants across compartments of ecosystems. Following ContaSed2015, ContaSed2020 will focus on organic and inorganic sediment contaminant classes including microplastics, emerging contaminants, heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants.


Contributions dealing with empirical or modelling studies are invited to the following sessions:

Topic 1: From source to sink: transport and deposition of contaminants in sediments
Location of pollution sources, transport dynamics, and temporal and spatial distribution trends of naturally occurring and synthetic substances. Monitoring data from different aquatic settings under multiple stressors derived from anthropogenic activities. Target and non-target analysis in surface sediments and/or sediment cores.

Topic 2: Assessing risks of contaminants in sediments: methodologies and ecotoxicological case studies
Methods for assessing environmental and human risk, chemical proxies for bioavailability, good practices and lessons learned from case studies on the effects and risk assessment of contaminated sediments.

Topic 3: Analytical tools and methods for assessing sediment contamination
New analytical techniques and robust data processing to assess sediment contamination, prioritize relevant contaminants and identify challenging compounds.

Topic 4: Fate of contaminants in depositional settings
Processes, sorption, transport and deposition of sediment-bounded chemicals. Chemicals persistence/degradation in the sedimentary column.

Topic 5: Sediments as archives of historical pollution
Time series and/or spatial distribution of contaminated sediments to reconstruct anthropogenic changes over time.


Deadline for abstract submission: 26 January 2021
Notification for acceptance of papers: 28 February 2021
Deadline for registration (payment): 1 April 2021
Deadline for late registration: 15 May 2021

Keynote speakers

- Patricia Corcoran, University of Western Ontario, Canada
- Derek Muir, Environment Canada
- John Smol, Queen’s University, Canada
- Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
- Bart Koelmans, Wagenigen University, Netherlands

Registration and abstract submission

The registration fee of CHF 280 for Regular Participants (MSc and PhD students CHF 220) includes conference registration, materials, coffee breaks, lunches (8-11 June 2021) and conference dinner (Wednesday 9 June 2021).
Late registration (1 April – 15 May 2021) is CHF 330 for Regular Participants (MSc and PhD students CHF 270).

The post-conference excursion on Thursday 12 June 2021 is optional (CHF 60).

PhD students will need to show proof of their status at the registration desk at the beginning of the conference.

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Financial support

Early-career scientists can apply for financial support to attend. Deadline 15 February. Find out more:

Further information

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