ABOUT CONFERENCE


REMEDy is a conference on environmental issues that impact Poland. First established in 2018 by Lion Environmental sp. z o.o., a consulting company, with the aim of addressing issues confronting environmental contamination in soil and groundwater, human wellbeing. The success of the conference has allowed it to expand its scope to include a broader range of subjects. Those participating in the conference include developers, landowners, laboratories, environmental consultants, law firms, and governmental agencies such as the General Directorate for Environmental Protection (GDOŚ), Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection (RDOŚ) and the National Water Management Authority – Polish Water (PGW WP). REMEDy emphasizes regulatory requirements, legal understanding, and associated soil and groundwater remediation technologies. The conference offers an opportunity to examine approaches that address environmental issues from legal and technical perspectives along with a sharing of experiences in other regulatory regimes outside Poland; this year’s conference will look at Japan. At previous conferences, the experiences from Canada, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States have been explored.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME


The REMEDy Online conference has three thematic sessions: International, Regulatory, and Technical.

Participants at the conference can expect to gain an understanding of new investigative and remedial technologies, along with methods and practices not typically used in Central and Eastern Europe. Speakers at the conference present topics connected to emerging chemicals and specific recalcitrant environmental contaminants not yet regulated by Polish Law. Past conferences have tackled such topics as asbestos in soil, and microplastics. This upcoming conference will include discussions perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS), compounds that are becoming the forefront of soil and groundwater issues in the world.

AGENDA


09:00-9:10

Welcome Speech

Sebastian Stachowski
Lion Environmental

International

09:10-9:30

Soil Vapour Intrusion in the USA

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Vapor intrusion from an environmental perspective is the transport of vapor-forming chemicals in the subsurface that penetrate overlying buildings. The recognition of soil vapor intrusion into buildings first occurred in the 1980s with concerns over radon. The awareness that anthropogenic chemicals (e.g., petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents) in soil, groundwater, and sewers could also pose threats to indoor air quality came from an awareness of the risks these vapors pose. This presentation focuses on the risk drivers for an investigation of soil vapor intrusion. First addressed will be the general approach of how risk from exposures is calculated. Then, an overview of how meaningful data is obtained to evaluate soil vapor intrusion. Finally, a presentation of a case study from a community in Phoenix, Arizona.

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André Chiaradia
Lion Environmental

09:30-9:50

In Situ Remediation of Source Chlorinated VOCs at an Industrial Site in Japan

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This presentation outlines the execution of in situ remediation of CHC contamination in groundwater. It entails the dynamic methodology required for successful remediation to occur in under one year to support a property transaction and development and to meet stringent regulatory requirements.

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Guido Ebert
CDM Smith

Craig Franzel
CDM Smith

09:50-10:10

Key trends in the management of contaminated land across Europe

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Drawing on ERM’s experience supporting multinational clients from all industrial and financial sectors across the broad spectrum of environmental and sustainability challenges and opportunities in Europe and globally, Oliver will discuss key trends in the management of contaminated land in Europe. The presentation will cover topics including regulatory changes, advances in risk assessment and remediation, and the influence of mega trends such as Climate Change and the Low Carbon Economy Transition.

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Oliver Phipps
ERM

10:10-10:30

International Q&A

Laurie Chilcote
Cox - Colvin

10:30-10:40

Break

Regulatory

10:40-11:00

Anthropogenic embankments in the field of legal contact regulations of the surface of the earth

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The presentation aims to discuss problematic issues related to anthropogenic embankments, occurring in the geological profiles of many locations in the Slaskie Voivodeship, involving the framework of regulations on ground surface pollution. Several examples of administrative proceedings in the field of historical pollution of the earth’s surface will be discussed, concerning the characteristics and compositions of embankments with the valuation of soil surface pollution imprecise regulations and difficulties in their interpretation in relation to embankments.

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Slawomir Adamczyk
Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Katowice

11:00-11:20

European Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law

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The presentation will focus on IMPEL project on application of remediation technologies in Europe, with the objective to prepare a non mandatory guideline on technologies applicability and monitoring plans of their effectiveness.

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Marco Falconi
Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research

11:20-11:40

Catalog of good practices

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The catalogue of good practices was created to properly carry out research on soil and the water environment, if necessary, remediation, in accordance with the current state of knowledge and the current legal status. This catalogue is designed to help people who do not deal with remediation issues on daily basis going through the complicated process of soil
and water environment cleaning - from determining whether the plot could be exposed to pollution, through research to determine the nature and extent of pollution, design remediation activities, up to the removal of contamination and obtaining documents confirming it.

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Rafał Hałabura
Association of the Contaminated Areas Remediation Institute

11:40-12:00

Analytical error guidelines with discrepancies

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This presentation will demonstrate the relation between taking soil samples for environmental purposes, the test results of these samples, and business decisions made based on these results. Often, important decisions are made, and environmental costs depend on very small amounts of soil in relation to the sites size. Also, high analytical uncertainty and a high
concentration distribution cause sometimes a mismatch between formal and real land use. In some cases, the rigid application of standards and the preferential choice of radical solutions (extraction of pollution and transporting them elsewhere) lead to costly remediation and not fully justified in terms of real threats to the environment and human health.

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Piotr Kociołek
PANATTONI EUROPE

12:00-12:20

Domestic Q&A

Sebastian Stachowski
Lion Environmental

12:20-12:50

Lunch

Technical

12:50-13:10

Surfactant Enhanced Extraction (SEE) at LNAPL and DNAPL Impacted Sites Pilot to Full Scale Applications

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This applied presentation will explain hydro-geo-chemical fundamentals of hydrophobic organic chemical (HOC) behavior, including petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, PFAS, and Pesticides, in saturated and unsaturated regimes, from their general physical chemistry characteristics to detailed phase partitioning and sorption (i.e. absorb and adsorb), and how this behavior kinetically limits their ‘Availability’ for remediation, and their root causes of contaminant rebound (a.k.a. back-diffusion). Contaminant sorption and reduced availability can be significantly reduced with integration of surfactant enhanced extraction (SEE), to enhance contaminant phase-desorption (i.e. of vapour, liquids, and solids) and significantly increase their ‘Availability’ for improved in-situ and ex-situ Physical, Biological and Chemical remediation methodologies.

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Ivey Bud
IVEY - SOL

13:10-13:30

The power of microorganisms

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Martynas will be speaking about advances in addressing oil decontamination, ecological solutions for remediation of soil, water, and wood using biotechnology. With the great concerns for environmental pollution, there is an ever-increasing need for ecological solutions for oil contamination. The presentation will highlight technologies that help decompose oil in soil, water, and wood that are both environmentally friendly and cost-effective. The solutions discussed are next-generation bioremediation technologies being used for oil contamination. The final bioproducts for these methodologies are safe for humans and the environment, namely H2O and CO2. These technologies are suitable for cleaning both heavy and light oil hydrocarbons and are used to address creosote, a toxic and hazardous chemical used to preserve wooden rail ties and wooden electrical poles.

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Martynas Paškevičius
ESSPO

13:30-13:50

Vapor Intrusion - Review of the Evolution of VI Assessment and Expected Future Trends

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This discussion will review the evolution of the vapor intrusion assessment process and how it has changed over the last 20 years and where we believe it is headed for the next twenty years.  We will discuss the current state of the art, how the data has driven us, and why some of this data may have misinformed us.   We will discuss how there is renewed efforts to assess the importance of preferential pathways such as sanitary sewers and the development of predictive indicators, tracers, and surrogates as a means of predicting when to collect the most representative sample.   We will also provide a case study on a major project in the United States that evolved from a classical look at vapor intrusion as a result of groundwater contamination to one that was dominated by the influence of preferential pathways.

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Laurie Chilcote
Cox - Colvin

13:50-14:10

Technial Q&A Session I

André Chiaradia
Lion Environmental

14:10-14:20

Break

14:20-14:40

Evaluation and Remediation of a Large Comingled Dilute VOC Plume in Western Ohio - Case Study

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In 1998, the detection of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) in a public well field led Ohio EPA to begin a search for potential sources. By 2002, as many as four different consultants, representing local industries, had identified a comingled plume extending a distance of four miles. By chance, most of the industries lay along a common groundwater flow path and had tended to use similar CVOCs, which complicated the issue of source identification. Regional-scale analytical results from hundreds of monitor wells, domestic wells, production
wells, temporary wells, and surface water samples to form a groundwater and surface water quality database. Based on GIS analysis of contaminant ratios of tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene, cis-1,2-dichloroethene, and 1,1,1-trichloroethane coupled with groundwater flow data the commingled plume was found to be sourced from at least six separate areas. To date, four sources have been remediated and groundwater quality has improved dramatically. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the assessment process and the various technologies used to remediate source areas.

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Craig Cox
Cox - Colvin

14:40-15:00

The role of the Environmental Laboratory as one of the pillars of support for safe planning and implementation of the investment process  

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Environmental laboratories have appropriate substantive and technical resources, enabling comprehensive support for planning and implementing the investment process of clients. The overriding goal of each laboratory is to provide the client with reliable results that will allow them to obtain answers on the state of the environment. The presentation was prepared in cooperation with the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

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Aneta Chochorek
WESSLING

15:00-15:20

Turnkey solutions i.e. remediation of the former Orzegów plant and turning it into a local park for the community

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The project concerns obtaining the area cleared of waste and pollution, not endangering the health of users, restoring the environmental balance with management in a manner enabling the proper development and protection of flora and fauna in this area, and preventing further degradation. The subject of the planned project is to remediate this area and to overturn the entire area of ​​the former coking plant at ul. Hlonda in Ruda Śląska, degraded by its historical industrial activities, cultural and natural functions, what is more, the entire area covered by the investment will become a tourist attraction of the region due to the use of old post-industrial buildings under the supervision of the building conservator. This project concerns activities planned to be implemented under the international project entitled reclamation and remediation of the area of ​​the former Orzegów coking plant, co-financed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management
under Measure 2.5 - improvement of the quality of the urban environment. Priority axis II Environmental protection, including adaptation to climate change of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program 2014-2020.

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Piotr Bąbała
REMEA

15:20-15:40

PFAS – The synthetic emerging contaminants

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PFAS (Perfluorinated alkylated substances) are a large group of over 4000 man-made chemicals or degradation products of man-made chemicals. They have been identified as Substances of Very High Concern and due to the improvements in analytical techniques they are often found to be widespread in soil, groundwater and surface water. The scientific studies on the toxicity of PFAS have reported a variety of health outcomes, which make these contaminants a legitimate concern for contamination experts and an increasing number of governments. Legislators in many countries have recognised PFAS as a problem, and several regulatory efforts have been made, or are underway. The inherent properties of PFAS contaminants cause a number of challenges for laboratories, mostly related to interferences from sampling and analytical equipment and also unidentified contamination sources. The presentation will aim at outlining the above challenges, the available analytical methods and their effectiveness regarding different types of PFAS. Challenges connected to using the respective methods will also be described. There are often specific, key risk drivers, practical concerns, and questions that will need to be addressed for PFAS contaminated sites. The presentation will provide examples of such PFAS-related challenges, and list the currently available treatment solutions, along with an outline of the pros and cons of each one.

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Paweł Kot
i2 Analytical

15:40-16:00

Technial Q&A Session II

Piotr Kociolek
PANATTONI EUROPE

16:00-16:10

Ending Speech

Sebastian Stachowski
Lion Environmental

KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Marco Falconi
Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
Marco Falconi is a remediation researcher and a trainer and lecturer with more than eight years’ experience. He has studied in the sustainability and human health and safety fields and has a university
degree in environmental sciences and geology. He has held a number of teaching positions with universities and private training companies and has diverse experience as a collaborator on projects of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, European Environment Agency, and EuroGeoSurveys.

SPEAKERS


Slawomir Adamczyk
Head of Environmental Damage Prevention, Repair andInformation on the Environment and Environmental Management Department
An Employee of the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Katowice since its creation i.e. on November 15th, 2008.
Position: Head of Environmental Damage Prevention, Repair Department and Information on Environment and Environmental Management (since June 2012). Many years of experience in conducting, supervising proceedings and verification of documents in the field of environmental damage, historical pollution of the earth’s surface, waste management in closed areas, waste storage in a place not intended for this and providing information about the environment.
Previous professional experience: Katowice Geological Enterprise (mainly in geological engineering) Silesian Voivodship Office (environmental protection, groundwater protection)
Education: MA. In Geology (specialization in hydrogeology), University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Earth Sciences in Sosnowiec; postgraduate studies in “Instruments and techniques of environmental management”, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

Piotr Bąbała
Contract Director, REMEA
Piotr Bąbała is a graduate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, specializing in geotechnics and special construction at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. He achieved his experience on large geotechnical projects while working for the Menard Group - one of the largest geotechnical companies in the world. His professional practice and experience in the field of design was acquired in projects related to various sectors of the economy, which allowed him to obtain a technical and construction specialization in GEOTECHNICS. He is an active participant in scientific conferences both in Poland and in the international arena, and openly applies the obtained knowledge into practice. His last two years of professional activity focused on remediation issues where, as contract director together with REMEA, he directed one of the largest projects in southern Poland - an investment applied towards the revitalization of degraded areas with the goal of transforming polluted areas into public utility areas.

Laurie A. Chilcote
Office Manager - Director of Sales Marketing / Director & Vice President
Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc. / Vapor Pin Enterprises, Inc. & Vapor Pin Do Brasil
Laurie Chilcote serves as Director of Sales & Marketing for Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc, and is Vice President of Vapor Pin Enterprises, Inc. and Vapor Pin do Brasil. In her role as Managing Director and Vice President of Vapor Pin Enterprises and Vapor Pin do Brazil, she provides managerial and technical oversight on all US and international marketing and sales for the Vapor Pin®, manages the firms US and international Patents and Trademarks, and establishes and oversees the firm’s network of international distributors. Laurie’s role includes educating the environmental community on Vapor Pin® technology through presentations to environmental firms, regulatory agencies and developers worldwide.

Craig A. Cox, CPG
President/Principal Scientist, Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc.
Craig Cox currently serves as President and Principal Scientist for Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc, and is responsible for providing managerial and technical oversight on major environmental projects conducted by the firm under RCRA, CERCLA, and Brownfield programs. Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc., founded in 1995, provides environmental consulting services to public and private sector clients throughout the United States.
In addition to his consulting activities, Mr. Cox provides lectures and poster presentations at numerous regional and international conferences on the topics of groundwater contaminant migration and remediation, source area evaluations, and the assessment of vapor intrusion migration pathways. Mr. Cox is the inventor of the Vapor Pin®, a sub-slab soil gas sampling device used worldwide, and is the primary architect of a variety of environmental database applications, including Data InspectorTM.
Mr. Cox received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology and Mineralogy from The Ohio State University and a Professional Degree in Hydrogeology from the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Cox is a Certified Professional under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program and a contributing author on reports concerning background metals concentrations in soils published by Ohio EPA. Mr. Cox is also a member of the ASTM Committee developing standards for the long-term monitoring of vapor mitigation systems.

André Chiaradia
Senior Consultant, Lion Environmental
Develop health and safety protocols, oversee implementation and addressed potential exposure issues to various chemicals and hazardous waste. Develop and maintained safety and environmental programs to ensure compliance with requirements. Institute comprehensive Environmental Management Systems. Carry out safety programs and conduct baseline assessments and comprehensive risk evaluations. Provide training in environmental, health and safety and regulatory compliance. Services conducted for: manufacturing entities, energy produces, health care, pharmaceutical producers, and life science companies.

Aneta Chochorek
Managing Director at WESSLING Polska sp. z o.o
Aneta Chochorek is the Managing Director at WESSLING Polska.
Associated with the company since 2008, where she began her career as a Laboratory Manager. She was responsible for the design, construction, implementation of the quality management system and management of the new WESSLING Polska environmental laboratory in Krakow. Since 2013, he has been working as the Managing Director, overseeing the work of environmental and food laboratories in Poland. Previously, she worked at the Laboratory of the Provincial Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Krakow.
She has been associated with the environmental protection industry for over 20 years.
She is a graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University.

Rafał Hałabura
President Association of the Contaminated Areas Remediation Institute
Attorney-at-law, graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He specializes in investment process contracts, remediation, construction law and real estate. He has been an advisor on several hundred projects in the construction and renewable energy industry and on the largest remediation projects in Poland. Between 1998 and 2001 he was a personal assistant to the Prime Minister. From 2002 he cooperated with a law firm affiliated with Deloitte and later with Wardyński & Partners. Currently he runs his own law firm and is the President of the Management Board of the Remediation of Contaminated Sites Institute.

George (Bud) Ivey
President and senior remediation specialist, Ivey International Inc.
George (Bud) Ivey, is the president and Senior Remediation Specialist with Ivey International Inc. He is an environmental professional with thirty years of assessment and remediation experience, has travelled to over 50 countries, and worked on more than 2500 environmental projects globally. His educational background includes: Synthetic-Organic Chemistry, Geological Engineering, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management. He has developed many innovative remediation technologies, and holds several International product and process patents. Recently developed an environmentally safe replacement for AFFF fire-fighting foams, that is PFOA and PFOS free and biodegradable. Over the last two decades he has won many international environmental awards such as: "Best Environmental & Remediation Solutions Company 2019" and "2018 Technology Merit Remediation Award".

Piotr Kociołek
Environmental director Europe, Panattoni Europe
Piotr Kociołek: born in Poland, living in Italy. A graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Turin. All his career concentrates on environmental science, for 24 years Piotr has been working as an environmental consultant, and since 2016 he is a an European Director of Environmental Protection for Panattoni Development Europe. He is a full Member of the British IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). Piotr's main scope of professional experience is as following: environmental site assessments for industrial and commercial facilities (Phase I ESA (environmental site assessment), Phase II ESA, EDD (environmental due diligence)), planning and implementation of remediation projects, including estimation and calculation of environmental / remedial costs related to transactions (M&A - mergers and acquisitions).

Paweł Kot
Business Development Manager, i2 Analytical
Paweł is an environmental engineer by trade, with combined 12 years of experience in the fields of environmental consultancy and laboratory services. During his career he has worked on a number of remediation and environmental audit projects across Europe (in Poland, Belgium, Spain & Lithuania). He’s been a lead Asbestos expert & auditor in an international environmental engineering company and played a leading role in forming a Development and Implementation department in a Polish branch of an international laboratory company.
Since almost two years, his main task is developing the business presence of a leading international laboratory company, i2 Analytical, in Poland. Part of his responsibility is acting in an advisory role to customers, using his experience and the capabilities of i2 Analytical to provide support even in the most complex and demanding environmental engineering projects.

Oliver Phipps
Partner in ERM - Global Director for Key Accounts; Leader of the Contaminated Areas Section for the region of Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Chairman of the Regulatory Working Party - NICOLE
Oliver Phipps is a UK trained hydrogeologist who has worked internationally in environmental & sustainability consulting for nearly 30 years. He currently fulfills two roles at ERM, as Partner lead of the Liability Portfolio Management & Remediation service in EMEA and ERM’s global technology enablement programme. Oliver recently took over as Chair of the Regulatory Working Group at NICOLE, the leading industry network for contaminated land in Europe.

Sebastian Stachowski
Managing director of Lion Environmental
Sebastian Stachowski the founder of REMEDy is an Environmental Consultant currently working as a Managing Director of Lion Environmental. During his career he focused on contaminated land assessment, permitting and environmental auditing. Sebastian ran several Environmental Site Assessment, Environmental Due Diligence and Compliance Audits in Poland and Belgium. Sebastian also participated in design of an ex-situ remediation project and performance of in-situ DNAPL (Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid) remediation based in Italy. Sebastian has managed several environmental studies such as baseline studies and feasibility studies relating to selection of investment location, water sourcing and wastewater management as well as .Environmental Impact Assessment reports.

Craig Franzel
Senior Project Manager,CDM Smith
Mr. Franzel is a senior project manager with the CDM Smith International Department based in Germany and has +20 years of experience as an environmental consultant. His experiences include environmental site assessments and investigations, remediation of contaminated sites, environmental compliance auditing, environmental management system implementation, permitting, industrial hygiene monitoring and emergency response, evaluation of pollution prevention/waste minimization alternatives, and geotechnical monitoring. During his current role as a Senior Project Manager at CDM Smith Mr. Franzel serves as the Project Manager for the subject remediation project in Japan.

Guido Ebert
Senior Business Development Manager,CDM Smith
Mr. Ebert is a senior Business Development Manager with +25 years of working experience with international clients. Mr. Ebert’s experience includes Business Development, Key Account Management, Program and Project Management, Due Diligence, Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I to III), Health-Risk Assessment, Remediation Design, Implementation and Monitoring, and QA/QC-Management. For the subject remediation project in Japan, he serves as a client lead and QA/QC Manager.

Martynas Paškevičius
Partner, ESSPO

LOCATION


The conference takes place in Warsaw’s city center, an easy to reach location, for both national and international guests. This year the REMEDY conference will be held at the Novotel Centrum Hotel in Warsaw.

OPINIONS ABOUT REMEDy CONFERENCE

Annonymous opinions given after the conference


A very valuable and needed event, in particular a possibility to exchange experience between public administrative, research institutions and business representatives.

REMEDy
2020-03-07T20:16:35+00:00
A very valuable and needed event, in particular a possibility to exchange experience between public administrative, research institutions and business representatives.

A very successful conference. High substantive level.

REMEDy
2020-03-07T20:16:59+00:00
A very successful conference. High substantive level.

Presented topic contained a lot of useful information. They (topics) were presented in very easy and approachable way. A participation in the REMEDy Conference broadened my knowledge referring to contaminated soil problems.

REMEDy
2020-03-07T20:17:23+00:00
Presented topic contained a lot of useful information. They (topics) were presented in very easy and approachable way. A participation in the REMEDy Conference broadened my knowledge referring to contaminated soil problems.

Great conference! Presented topics were short but very informative. The conference was organized at a high level.

REMEDy
2020-03-07T20:17:45+00:00
Great conference! Presented topics were short but very informative. The conference was organized at a high level.
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