Emerging Contaminants Summit, Denver


In March 2018, cohort 4 student Zara Visanji travelled to Denver, Colorado with a 7 foot by 3 foot poster where she presented the initial stages of her research in the Emerging Contaminants Summit. The Summit focused on the latest developments in the detection, fate, transport, risk assessment, treatment and regulation of emerging contaminants. The 2 day conference consisted of many academic and industrial partners presenting their work surrounding emerging contaminants. The conference also included industry exhibitors demonstrating new products to assist with removing emerging contaminants from groundwater sources.


Zara’s poster was titled ‘A Decision Support Tool for the Management of Emerging Contaminants’. She had to present her work to all attendees in the main conference room, in an elevator style pitch, followed by presenting her work on an individual scale to those who visited. Her poster focussed on introducing a decision support tool for the management of emerging contaminants as part of a new project. The project is led by her supervisor, Professor Fayyaz A. Memon and is titled the Fate and Management of Emerging Contaminants (FAME). This was a great networking experience for Zara, and she has gained connections in the United States and Australia through this opportunity. She was also able to listen to talks from a range of academics researching emerging contaminants and was able to learn and discuss new ideas in this growing field. Zara was able to use her free time outside of the conference exploring Colorado and was able to visit Denver and Boulder.