THE 2ND BGS Geoenvironmental Engineering conference in London this month will break with convention in an attempt to stimulate audience participation in the exchange of information on the latest developments in research and practice in ground contamination, pollutant management and remediation.
The event will be structured around interactive panel sessions, under the control of a moderator. Key issues will be introduced by expert panellists, chosen for their reputation and expertise. Delegates will then be invited to comment, with panellists prompting and developing the debate in light of issues raised.
Other highlights include invited keynote addresses setting the theme each day, with lectures by Professor Stephan Jefferis, Professor Raymond Yong and Professor Malcolm Loxham.
On day three there is a supplementary panel session on Landfill Tax Credits, intended as the basis of a position paper to Government.
More than 70 papers will cover landfilling and engineered barriers; detection and monitoring; transport, persistence and fate of pollutants; containment and remediation; contaminated ground and constructed facilities; risk assessment and management, recycling and re-use of waste materials; and contaminated water.
Conference co-chairman Professor Hywel Thomas said papers were submitted from academia, the public sector and industry, reflecting worldwide interest in geoenvironmental engineering. 'The conference promises to be a highly successful forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge and ideas on all issues relating to contaminated ground.'
The conference is organised by the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff School of Engineering and runs from 13-15 September at the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. Contact Cherrie Summers, tel: 01222 874421; e-mail: SummersC@ cardiff.ac.uk.