EMCDDA Scientific Paper Awards 2015

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s (EMCDDA) Scientific Paper Awards 2015 Ceremony took place on 23 September 2015.  SEWPROF Partner Christoph Ort, received an award for his paper:

Ort, C., Eppler, J. M., Scheidegger, A., Rieckermann, J., Kinzig, M., Sörgel, F., (2014),‘Challenges of surveying wastewater drug loads of small populations and generalizable aspects on optimizing monitoring design’, Addiction, 109, 3, p.472-481.

For more information about the awards, see the webpage.

PhD Award Congratulations to Dr Lubertus Bijlsma!

We are delighted to announce that Dr Lubertus Bijlsma, a member of SEWPROF based at the University Jaume I (UJI), in Castellon, Spain, was successfully awarded his PhD (cum laude) for his thesis: ‘The investigation of illicit drugs and their metabolites in water by liquid chromatography coupled to low and high resolution mass spectrometry”. Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Research Institute for Pesticides and Water, University Jaume I, Castellon (Es).  Supervisors: Félix Hernández; Juan V. Sancho.

EMCDDA Scientific Paper Award 2013: Two SEWPROF members among co-authors of a short-listed paper

Malcolm Reid and Kevin Thomas co-authored a paper which was short-listed for the annual EMCDDA best paper award 

Malcolm J Reid, Katherine H Langford, Merete Grung, Hallvard Gjerde, Ellen J Amundsen, Jorg Morland, Kevin V Thomas, ‘Estimation of cocaine consumption in the community: a critical comparison of the results from three complimentary techniques’ in BMJ Open 2012;2:e001637

ES&T’s Best Papers 2013: Two SEWPROF members among co-authors

ES&T first pageThe journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) selected 15 articles for the best papers 2013. In the category Environmental Technology Jake O’Brien’s (UQ/Entox, Australia) manuscript, with Jochen Mueller (also UQ/Entox, Australia) and Christoph Ort (Eawag, Switzerland) amongst the co-authors, was third-runner up.

The manuscript describes an innovative method to estimate the number of people who contributed to a wastewater sample. Measuring multiple pharmaceuticals in wastewater allows reliably quantifying day-specific population sizes and realistic uncertainty estimates thereof. These are important numbers to calculate population-normalized drug loads in wastewater-based epidemiology.


Jake W. O’Brien, Phong K. Thai, Geoff Eaglesham, Christoph Ort, Andreas Scheidegger, Steve Carter, Foon Yin Lai, and Jochen F. Mueller. A Model to Estimate the Population Contributing to the Wastewater Using Samples Collected on Census Day. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48 (1), 517–525 doi: 10.1021/es403251g.

Wastewater-based epidemiology shortlisted at td-award 2013

Finalists at the td-award ceremony 2013 (photo by td-net)

Finalists at the td-award ceremony 2013 (photo by td-net)

On 21 October 2013 in Bern, Switzerland, the td-net (Network for Transdisciplinary Research) honoured recent developments and ongoing collaborations in the field of wastewater-based epidemiology. The td-award recognises an outstanding trans-disciplinary approach pushing boundaries of trans-disciplinary research.

The team of applicants lead by Christoph Ort (Eawag, Switzerland) involved nine scientists from SEWPROF ITN.

The jury from the td-net evaluates projects related to framing a complex problem, co-production of knowledge between disciplines, inclusion of stakeholders, scientific rigour and societal relevance.

Lubertus Bijlsma wins award for best Environmental Chemistry article

Pim de Voogt, Lubertus Bijlsm and Erik Emke accept their award

Pim de Voogt, Lubertus Bijlsma and Erik Emke accept their award

At the annual congress of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC), held in Glasgow, Robert Bijlsma from the University Jaume I in Castellon (Spain) received the award for best 2012 scientific article in the field of Environmental Chemistry. Bijlsma won the award for the research he carried out at KWR as a visiting researcher in 2011 in collaboration with professor of chemistry Pim de Voogt and researcher Erik Emke.

The article, entitled “Investigation of drugs of abuse and relevant metabolites in Dutch sewage water by liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry,” was published in Chemosphere, 89 (2012, p. 1399-1406).