ASTM Invites Papers for symposium on contaminated sediments.

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Papers are invited for Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Restoration of the Aquatic Environment, which will be held May 23-25, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada. To submit presentation, presenters/authors must submit 200-300 word preliminary abstract by December 15, 2010. It should include clear definition of objective and approach of work discussed, pointing out new material as well as sufficient details regarding results.

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ASTM International Invites Papers for the Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Papers are invited for the Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Restoration of the Aquatic Environment, to be held May 23-25, 2012, at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada.

Sponsored by ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, the major objectives of the symposium are to:

Identify sources, types and behavior of contaminants;
Discuss and share the state of the art of sustainable options for the management of contaminated sediments in marine and freshwater environments for restoration of surface water;
Provide a forum to debate future directions and visions in terms of technical, environmental and economical perspectives; and
Promote multilevel involvement and participation of stakeholders in restoration strategies.

The symposium aims to attract a wide variety of papers and audiences from multidisciplinary backgrounds. Specific topics to be covered would include, but not be limited to: source control; sustainability indicators; fate and transport of contaminants; ecotoxicology and bioavailability; port and harbour management; sediment quality assessment tools; beneficial reuse strategies for dredged materials; combined treatments; in situ and ex situ remediation technologies; natural recovery processes; sediment transport; risk assessment and decision making; sampling, monitoring and performance evaluation; habitat restoration and biodiversity; sediment and site characterization; marine sediments; fresh water sediments; and policies and regulations.

To submit a presentation, presenters/authors must submit a 200-300 word preliminary abstract by Dec. 15, 2010, online at The abstract should include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. The symposium co-chairs will notify you by Feb. 15, 2011, of your paper's acceptability for presentation. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final abstract several months before the symposium.

Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Journal of ASTM International (JAI). JAI is an online, peer-reviewed journal for the international scientific and engineering community ( Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for JAI are due online no later than July 15, 2011.

For more information about the symposium, visit

Additional technical information is available from symposium co-chairs chairs Catherine N. Mulligan, Ph.D., Concordia University (phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 4212;; or S. Samuel Li, Ph.D., Concordia University (phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 3033;

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