Ninth International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments


The Ninth International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments will be held January 9-12, 2017. We are pleased to announce that the Conference headquarters hotel will once again be the Sheraton New Orleans. Situated at 500 Canal Street, the Sheraton offers recently revitalized meeting space just a short walk from the French Quarter, the French Market, and the wealth of world-famous restaurants, shops, and historical sites that make up the original section of the oldest city in the U.S.

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Jan. 9-12, 2017
New Orleans , LA , USA

The Sediments Conference series is a forum for sharing research results, practical experiences, and opportunities associated with remediating, restoring and managing the environmental and economic vitality of waterways. Maintaining the viability of these aquatic systems requires complex actions that affect a diverse group of stakeholders and raise a wide range of environmental, economic, political and social issues.

The Eighth Sediments Conference (New Orleans, January 2015) was attended by 1,100 scientists, engineers, regulators, remediation site owners, and other environmental professionals, representing universities, government agencies, consultants, and R&D and service firms from over 20 countries.

Conference Overview

As the organizer and presenter of the Conference, Battelle appreciates the participation of the Conference Sponsors, whose financial contributions help support the work of planning and conducting the Conference. The Call for Abstracts brochure provides an overview of the anticipated technical program scope and other aspects of the Conference.

Short courses will be offered on Monday, January 9, with the Exhibit Hall opening that evening, along with a Welcome Reception for all attendees. The technical program will be conducted Tuesday–Thursday, January 10-12, 2017. The breadth and depth of the technical program, combined with ample opportunities to meet and engage with other environmental professionals, will make participation in the Conference a valuable investment for you and your organization. Several student events will be provided, including a student paper competition and student networking and career development opportunities during the Conference.

As the program develops, information will be added to this website. The Preliminary Program brochure will be available here in October 2016, and will provide details on the session schedule, a list of the platform and poster presentations in each session, and short course descriptions. 

The technical program will be conducted Tuesday through Thursday January 10-12, 2017, with platform session breakouts and panel discussions during the day and poster receptions in the evenings. Short Courses will be conducted on Monday, January 9, 2017.The Preliminary Program brochure will be posted at this website in October 2016, and will provide details on the session schedule and a list of the platform and poster presentations in each session.

Technical Program

The platform and poster sessions will be organized around the following major themes. Examples of anticipated presentation topics under each theme are listed in the Technical Program Scope document.

  • Remediation and Restoration Alternatives
  • Management Approaches and Policy
  • Remedy and Restoration Implementation
  • Characterization, Assessment, and Monitoring
  • Environmental Processes and Modeling

Program Committee

Conference Chairs

  • Andrew Bullard (Battelle)
  • Patricia White (Battelle)

Technical Steering Committee

  • Nadine Benoit (Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change)
  • Barbara Bergen, Ph.D. (U.S. EPA, Atlantic Ecology Division)
  • John G. Cargill, IV, PG (DNREC)
  • Lew Conley (J.F. Brennan)
  • William L. Goodfellow, Jr., BCES (Exponent)
  • Nancy Grosso (DuPont)
  • Kendrick Jaglal, PE (O’Brien & Gere)
  • Lisa Lefkovitz, PMP (Battelle)
  • Kim Markillie (U.S. Navy, NAVFAC Pacific)
  • Ram Mohan, PE, Ph.D. (Anchor QEA, LLC)
  • Paul Schroeder (USACE ERDC)
  • Luca Sittoni (Deltares)

PiE is a bi-annual conference on the measurement, monitoring, and managing of in situ particle size and sediment concentration in the aquatic environment. The meeting is organized by Sequoia and a local organizer somewhere in Europe.

The first PiE was held in Bologna, Italy in October 2008, organized by Sequoia and ISMAR and had some 40 participants.

The second PiE was held in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France in November 2010, organized by Sequoia and LOV and had 82 participants. The proceedings from the meeting were published in a special issue of Geo-Marine Letters in April 2012.

The third PiE was held in Barcelona, Spain, 17-19 October 2012.

The fourth PiE  will be held in Esbjerg, Denmark, 7-9 October 2014.  It will be co-sponsored by the University of Copenhagen and the MacArtney Underwater Technology Group.

For more information on PiE 2014 including how to submit an abstract, click here.  Abstracts are due 27 June 2014.

For more information about Esbjerg, Denmark and the venue for PiE 2014, click here.

The PiE organizing committee is pleased to announce that the PiE 2014 keynote speakers have been confirmed: Professor Daniel Hanes from St. Louis University, USA and Professor Colin Jago from Bangor University, UK.

Daniel Hanes will talk about ‘The confounding effects of particle characteristics on acoustic backscatter measuring techniques’ and Colin Jago will talk about ‘SPM dynamics in a Region Of Freshwater Influence (Liverpool Bay)’. Together, these talks are guaranteed to resonate with everybody that are curious about the prospects of using acoustics to quantify particle size and/ or concentration as well as studying particle dynamics in physically, biologically and optically complex waters.

Check back regularly to this page for more info!

Here is what some past attendees have to say:

“The PiE meeting is one of the most scientifically informative as well as enjoyable conferences on my calendar.  I try not to miss it.”, – Rick Reynolds, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

“The PIE workshops provide an ideal opportunity to meet and discuss the latest research on aquatic particles.  Unlike conferences, its size allows for ample discussion in an environment that promotes inter-disciplinary cooperation. I have found these workshops to be thought provoking and a lot of fun.” – Tim Milligan, Bedford Institute of Oceanography

“The PIE workshops provide a forum for marine scientists from a number of disciplines to come together to assess our capability to measure and understand bodies in the water column, be they biological, flocculating cohesive sediments or non-cohesive sands. I have always enjoyed the workshops, finding them to be stimulating and interesting, with a good balance of the academic, social and informal.” – Peter Thorne, National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, UK

“PiE is the kind conference that one should attend when dealing with particles in aquatic environments. The relative small number of participants, the specialised topics and the sufficient time for socializing with colleagues from other institutions makes the conference for me an event not to miss.” – Michael Fettweis, MUMM, Belgium

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