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Call for Abstracts Open!




We are seeking papers that identify challenges and suggest solutions to difficult contaminated site problems, for example:

Sustainability, Climate Change and Bigger Picture Issues

  • What do practical and sustainable remediation solutions really look like?
  • International developments and directions, including those driven by litigation or populist politics, and which we may like to adopt or avoid
  • Sustainable remediation in major infrastructure and brownfields developments, including mandatory rating schemes
  • Smarter ways to manage surface water impacts where discharges exceed criteria
  • Technologies and new developments that will achieve more sustainable solutions to contaminated site problems; what does carbon neutral require?
  • Strategies and considerations specific to particular current problems (eg PFAS, mine site rehabilitation)
  • Considering the views of stakeholders and minority groups
  • Vulnerability and management of contaminated sites (including landfills) within the sea-level rise zones or areas prone to extreme weather
  • Managing contamination in the context of pressure on resources including land and water
  • When our leaders are looking the other way what happens to the environment.

Mine Management and Mine Closure

  • Achieving closure
  • Addressing derelict mine sites
  • Capping / containing / making safe tailings, waste rock dumps and heap leach pads
  • Managing contaminated mine waters (ground and surface)
  • Managing acid mine drainage
  • Management and closure of open pits, underground mines, ore processing areas and ancillary areas


  • Advances / state of the practice in analytical, assessment and remedial methods
  • Applying a risk-based solution to asbestos problems
  • Illegal dumping
  • Case studies relating to Cyclone Tracey and other natural disasters in Australasia and around the World
  • The expected benefits and disadvantages of new regulations

New Legislation and Policy

  • Regulatory advances and approaches being applied in other countries that might provide more practical and sustainable solutions to our contaminated site problems
  • Regulatory practice or regression across the world that Australia and New Zealand may wish to avoid
  • Recent regulatory advances in Victoria promise better solutions or a threat? What do compliant solutions look like, and is this the future?
  • Application of complimentary legal controls such as Worksafe Acts
  • Developing operational policy to apply existing controls
  • Use of covenants, controls via long-term management plans, use of certificate of title
  • Innovative use of other legislation or legal requirements
  • Regulatory readiness / adaptation to account for climate change issues

Legal and Corporate Issues

  • Developments and emerging trends on the legal or corporate perspective on contamination risk
  • Litigation and how to minimise risk and cost
  • Risks, mitigation and funding strategies in commercial and government contexts
  • The insurance & finance sectors' perspectives on contamination risks
  • How to avoid litigation?
  • Communicating risks and responses to senior managers and boards
  • The role of trust, professionalism and ethics in addressing contamination
  • Expert Witness

Contaminated Site Investigation and Risk Assessment

  • Current state of the art and best practice for site investigation and risk assessment methodologies
  • Working in difficult lithologies such as fractured rock
  • High resolution site investigation
  • Vapour intrusion and landfill gas
  • Groundwater and water surface interactions
  • Sediment investigations and assessment
  • Dealing with uncertainty in conceptual site models
  • Fate and transport

Contaminated Site Remediation, Rehabilitation and Case Studies

  • Contaminated soil reuse and disposal
  • Innovative & smart solutions for land and contamination management
  • Advances in remediation technologies
  • Future trends that may influence remediation technologies and solutions
  • Managing legacy sites & regeneration projects
  • Managing existing & future liabilities
  • Post treatment monitoring & site management

Emerging, Re-emerging and Rarely Discussed Issues

  • Emerging and re-emerging contaminants, and emerging issues
  • Latest developments in detection of constituents
  • How do we respond to contaminants which we can detect but don’t have criteria or good data to determine the risk?
  • Regulatory considerations and legal insights
  • Contamination in the wood preserving, paper manufacturing and clothing / fashion industries
  • Contamination in conflict and war zones
  • Produced water management in the oil and gas industry

Innovation and New Technology

  • Site measuring equipment and data collection e.g. real-time data collection, advances in sediment sampling
  • Remote sensing techniques e.g. infra-red techniques to detect groundwater/surface water interactions.
  • Data management, use of geospatial software, GIS, data base management
  • Smarter ways for councils & property owners to manage information about sites
  • Bench top remedial techniques

Offshore, Outback and Beyond

  • Contaminated sites that are remote and future challenges of locations yet to be encountered
  • Mobilising and operating at remote sites such as those offshore or out in the middle of the outback or Antarctica

Social and Communication Issues

  • Quadruple bottom line reporting in contaminated land practice
  • Engaging with indigenous stakeholders
  • Cultural drivers in remediation, and cultural constraints on remediation
  • Investigating and assessing contaminants in ecosystems and traditional food sources.
  • The impact of populist and over pro-industry politicians on the nature and extent of contaminated land and groundwater

Look out for forthcoming articulation of an initiative seeking to find the best solutions to set problems.
Poster Session: Research Projects

  • We are seeking students and researchers to showcase investigations, present findings, and explain the potential benefits to the industry

Come and share your experience and gain insight as to how to better solve your contaminated site problems and environmental issues that challenge the world.

14, 16 & 18 September 2020

Virtual Conference - Online

ALGA Member ..................$TBC
ALGA Student Member .....$TBC
Everyone else ...................$TBC

8 September 2020

Earn CPD points. Total TBA

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