5th International Caparica Conference on Pollutant Toxic Ions and Molecules 2023

06th – 09th November 2023 | Caparica | Portugal

Extended Registration Deadline: July 01st 2023

Dear Colleagues and friends

Pollutants, inorganic or organic, ionic or neutral, have the unmistakeable sign of men kind. They are the slow dead, which kills the life in our planet, kills our kids too, and kills us as well. Does life in Earth have a chance? This is a difficult question to answer.

The pollution is so intense in some places of our planet that life has become compromise in them.

A recent study involving more than 30 000 women in the USA suggests that endocrine-disrupting pollutants, EDPs, are linked to earlier menopause. Just as another study done over 2 732 women suggesting that polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals has the same effects as EDPs. And what to say about the recent report alerting the raising mercury content in tuna at a level of 3.8% per year since 1998? Countless examples can be given.

The question still remains: are humans driving the planet till dead?


This question will be answered, or better to say, try to be answered during the 4th International Conference on Pollutant Toxic Ions and Molecules, PTIM2023 that will be held in November 2023 in Caparica, Portugal.

Yours truly
J. L. Capelo

C. Lodeiro
Conference chairs
On behalf of the organizing and scientific committee

Plenary Speakers

Jörg Rinklebe, PhD

Institute of Soil Engineering, Waste- and Water Science, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal (Germany)

Pollution Control in Soil and Water

Tamara Garcia Barrera, PhD

Research Center of Natural Resources, Health and the Environment (RENSMA). Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Experimental Sciences, University of Huelva, Huelva (Spain)

The role of metals in biology and the interaction with microbiota by combining omic methodologies

Damiá Barceló, PhD

Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA). Water and Soil Quality Research Group, Department of Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona (Spain)

Environmental proteomics in wastewater-based epidemiology (EP-WBE).  Identification of large biomolecules as biomarkers of public health and industrial activities

Joanna Burger, PhD

Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey (USA)

Bioindicators: Clarity, Consistency, and Accountability

Irene M. C. LO, PhD

Institute For Advanced Study (IAS) Senior Fellow, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (China)

Jay Gan, PhD

Department of Environmental Science, University of California, Riverside, CA (USA)

Emerging Contaminants in the Wastewater-Soil-Plant Continuum

Sergey Shabala, PhD

University of Western Australia (Australia)

Uncoupling transport of cadmium and beneficial micronutrients: towards creating healthy 

Keynote Speakers

Artur Badyda, PhD

Department of Informatics and Environment Quality Research, Faculty of Building Services, Hydro- and Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)

Maria Ramos Payan, PhD

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Seville, Sevilla (Spain)

Rut Maria Fernández-Torres, PhD

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Seville, Sevilla (Spain)

Philiswa Nosizo-Nomngongo, PhD

DSI-NRF SARCHI Nanotechnology for Water. Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg (South Africa)

Environmental contaminants of emerging concern in South African wastewater and surface water: A case study of urban rural areas

Jakub Zdarta, PhD

Faculty of Chemical Technology, Poznan University of Technology, Poznan (Poland)

Franz Jirsa, PhD

Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Wien, Vienna (Austria)

Michael Gochfeld, PhD

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, NY (USA)

A Risk Communication Framework: why am I here, why are you here, what did you hear, and what will you do about it

Gerald Zagury, PhD

RIME – Research Institute on Mines and Environment, Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal (Canada)

Dermal bioaccessibility and permeation of metal(loid)s through synthetic skin

Jurgen Gailer, PhD

Department of Chemistry University of Calgary (Canada)

Establishing functional relationships between the human exposure to toxic metal(loid)s and diseases: the important role of the bloodstream

Luiza Campos, PhD

University College London, London (UK)

Elisabete de Jesus Oliveira, PhD

NOVA University Lisbon LAQV REQUIMTE, Lisbon (Portugal)

Jose Luis Gomez Ariza, PhD

University of Huelva, Huelva (Spain)

Ana Luisa Fernando, PhD

NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal)

Joan O Grimalt, PhD

Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona (Spain)

Drivers of the accumulation of mercury and organochlorine pollutants in Mediterranean lean fish and dietary significance

Hai Guo, PhD

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

Understaning high levels of hydroxyl dicarboxylic acids (OHDCA) observed in China’s outflows

Symposium Subjects

  • Metal ions, Organic ions, Inorganic ions, Toxic Molecules
  • Methods of analysis
  • Monitoring systems
  • Remediation and Bioremediation
  • Waste management
  • Catalytic elimination
  • Restoration and treatment of contamined sites
  • Environmental contamination, control, prevention
  • Emerging pollutants
  • Health effects
  • Medical treatments

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We look forward to seeing you soon.

With kindest regards