Welcome to MICROPOL 2021 in Santiago de Compostela.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 12th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference which will be held from June 6th to 10th, 2021 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

In recent years, there is a growing interest in research and development on emerging micropollutants associated with water, wastewater, surface and ground water. The list of contaminants in the urban water cycle is being broadened continuously with more chemicals of emerging concern, such as microplastics, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, endocrine disrupting compounds, pesticides, etc. Moreover, effects such as antibiotic resistance are nowadays demanding a high attention.

This conference is part of the IWA ACHSW Specialist Group conference series, which are conceived as an international forum for discussion on state of the art in scientific development and technical solutions concerning emerging pollutant emission, treatment and effects. The conference includes more traditional topics as treatment at the source; monitoring & analysis; fate & behavior during wastewater and sludge treatment; environmental & risk assessment; monitoring & control and prioritization & regulation & public acceptance. In parallel, more innovative themes are considered such as biotransformation mechanisms, fate of nanoparticles and antibiotic resistance in natural/engineering environments, or occurrence, fate and effects of microplastics. With this conference program we expect to attract leading water researchers from all over the world.

The conference consists of single plenary talks of invited speakers that are leader in the fields of water and wastewater, followed by three parallel sessions of selected papers from submitted abstracts. Posters will be exhibited during the whole duration of the conference. The conference will start with a Young Water Professional Day on Sunday and finish with a technical visit on Thursday. On Tuesday we will meet at the Conference Dinner in a special location to enjoy the traditional Galician hospitality.

The University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) is a public university located in the city of Santiago de Compostela. The university traces its roots back to 1495, being currently one of the world’s oldest universities in continuous operation. According to all rakings, it’s positioned among 5-8 best universities in Spain.

Finally, June is a great time of year in Santiago de Compostela for enjoying landscape and gastronomy of the city. The potential of the city has been recognised by 21 awards since 1985 from national and international organisations, including the mention of World Heritage City from UNESCO in 1985 and of European City of Culture in the year 2000. The city is situated at less than 40 km of the Atlantic coast, including between the numerous seashores one of the top 10 beaches of the world (Guardian Unlimited, February 2007), namely the Cies Islands. Galician gastronomy is known for the variety and quality of its ingredients, from the land and the sea, ranging from the most traditional to the most innovative cuisine. People particularly enjoy its fish, seafood and shellfish.

We look forward to welcoming you to Santiago de Compostela in June 2021.


Francisco Omil and Juan M. Lema
Chair and Co-chair of the Organising Committee MICROPOL 2021