Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in the Environment Conference

pills spilling out of a pill bottleWant to learn more about latest research on emerging contaminants in the environment? Come check out the Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the Environment Conference hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), in conjunction with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), which will be held on April 4, 2016, in Champaign, IL. Funding for the conference is provided through a grant from University of Illinois Extension.


The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in PPCP research and education as well as plenty of opportunities for discussion with those interested in all aspects of PPCPs in the environment.


ISTC and IISG encourage researchers, teachers, businesses, local and state government, environmental groups, and members of the general public to attend this conference. Registration will open on Feb. 8, 2016. The regular registration fee will be $40 and student registration will be $20 for the one-day event which includes lunch.


The call for abstracts is now open:


Meet the Keynote Speakers


Rabecca Klaper - Keynote speaker at the PPCPs in the Environment ConferenceRebecca Klaper is professor and director of the Great Lakes Genomics Center in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research is examining the impact of various emerging contaminants (e.g., nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals) as well as natural stressors on freshwater organisms. Her lab is using genomic data as a tool to investigate the impacts of these various potential stressors and to develop biomarkers of exposure and effect to be used as tools for ecological risk assessment. One of the goals of her research is to determine which chemicals may cause environmental damage and how we might change either our design, use, or treatment of chemicals to make them more environmentally sustainable. She received her B.S. degree in biology (honors) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S. in entomology from the University of Georgia, and her PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia.


Dana Kolpin - Keynote speaker at the PPCPs in the Environment ConferenceDana Kolpin is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City, Iowa, and has been the project chief of the USGS Toxic Program’s Emerging Contaminants Project since its inception in 1998. His research interests include the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other emerging contaminants in the environment. He has published over 100 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. He received his B.S. degree from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa, both in geology.




Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon!