Information about Expert meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine (October 8, 2018)

Information about Expert meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine (October 8, 2018) is available at the web-page of the magazine "Ecology of enterprices", Ukraine http://ecolog-ua.com/news/zustrich-ekspertiv-vyrobnyctvo-biopalyva-z-biomasy-miskantusu-gigantskogo-na-terytoriyah (In Ukrainian). 

Results of the project at 15 International Phytotechnology Conference, Novy Sad, Serbia
Results of the project at the 15 International Phytotechnology Conference

The conference is an annual event united scientists, engineers, professionals, practitioners from all over the world to present recent advances and applications of phytoremediation. 15 IPC was scheduled for October 1-5, 2018 in Novy Sad, Serbia and jointly organized by University of Novy Sad and Phytoremediation Society. About 200 participants from 16 countries participated in 3 days plenary and poster sessions and field trip. The conference coincided with 60th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment at the University of Novy Sad.

Results of the project was introduced at two oral reports presented by Valentina Pidlisnyuk (UJEP) and Lawrence Davis (KSU) and 2 posters presented by Asil Nurzhanova (IPBB) and Tatyana Stefanovska (NULES). Zeljka Zgorelec from Zagreb University, Croatia (liasoning institution) delivered oral report as well.

While at the conference members of NATO team had informal meeting and minutes with Dr.Marta Pogrzeba (Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Poland), Tomas Masek (University of Chemical Technology, Prague), Alan Baker (University of Melbourne, Australia), Sasa Orlovic, Dean of the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novy Sad, Nikola Bilandzija (Zagreb University, Croatia) and Barbara Zeeb ( Royal Military College, Canada).

Co-Directors meeting was organized in a framework of the conference, in which NDP Valentina Pidlisnyuk, PPD Tatyana Stefanovska, Co-Directors Lawrence Davis and Asil Nurzhaniva and Head of the Research Microbiology Group Josef Trogl participated. The current state of the project activities and foreseeing for future field research and plan for book’s writing were discussed.

NATO Team at 15 IPC
openig session
prof. Pidlisnyuk with prof. Baker at the poster session
report of Dr.Zgorelec
prof. Nurzhanova with prof. Sasa Orlovic
report of prof. Pidlisnyuk
prof. Nurzhanova and Dr.Stefanovska at the poster session
Co-Directors' meeting

Dessimination project results at RemTechEurope

The conference RemTechEurope is an International conference organized by European Research Centre, EU Commission in Ferrara,Italy. The conference is a part of international show RemTechExpo ( www.remtechexpo.com) gathered annually firms and experts in remediation technologies, related equipment and logistic from across Europe.

On September 19-21, 2018 prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk (UJEP) participated in REmTechEurope with report “Testing the phytotechnology with Miscanthusxgigateus at the military contaminated sites: field stage” and introduced results about current implementation of phytotechnology at the military sites in Dolyna, Kurakhove and Ft.Riley. She also attended poster session with presentation “The effect of amendments to the productivity of Miscanthus × giganteus”.

While at the conference prof. Pidlisnyuk had discussions with Ana Payá Pérez, Joint Research Centre JRC-Ispra, European Commission; John Vijgen, International HCH & Pesticides Association, Denmark; prof. Paul Nathanail, Land Quality Management Ltd & INSPIRATION4EU, University of Nottingem, Great Britain; Frank Swartjes, National Institute of Human Health and the Environment, The Netherlands; Mgr.Achim Constantin, International consultant in contaminated sites, Germany, Elena Bradiakova, Slovak Environmental Agency. In addition, Valentina Pidlisnyuk visited RemTechShow and observed exhibition introduced by «Comando Unita Forestali Ambientali e Agroalimentari Carabinieri” (Forest Military Divisions), Italy. The team represented own remediation technologies applied at land fields where the miscanthus phytotechnology may be potentially applied as well.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk discussed the issue of military sites’ assessment with Mr.Jarno Laitinen, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Program manager at the Finish Clean soil program and Dr. Jussi Reinikainen, Senior expert at the Finish Environmental Institute. It was proposed to organize a workshop about assessment approach developed within Finish Clean soil program regarding selection remediation technology for contaminated sites, in Ukraine and to discussed ways of application the approach for the military sites. The members of the project’s teams from NULES and NULP and potential end-users of miscanthus phytotechnology from Ukraine, Slovakia and Czech Republic may be an auditorium of the workshop. The workshop’s proposal will be discussed at G4687 Co-Directors meeting scheduled at the 15th International Phytotechnology Conference in Novy Sad, Serbia on October 1, 2018.

at the RemTechShow
report at the conference
opening of the conference
poster presentatins
at the exibition of Italian Forest Military Division

Interview to Czech Radio " Magazin Leonardo", 13.07.2018 (in Czech language)
Participation of the project’s teams from UJEP, Czech Republic, NULES, Ukraine and WULES, Poland at the international conference CEECHE2018, Cracow, Poland

On June 11-14, 2018 the Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment: Environmental and Health Issues in Fast Changing Economies (CEECHE2018) was held at the Congress Centre of the University of Agriculture in Cracow, Poland. The biannual CEECHE conference is an initiative of the United States and European institutions to facilitate scientific exchange and have been held at venues across CEE countries since 2004 to better define the complex but common links between health and environment and enable the use of shared understandings of current research. Since that time the conference is constantly supported by National Institute of the Environmental Health Sciences, Super Fund Programmers (USA), and number of out-standing universities in the US and Europe. The conference was focused on air pollution, persistent organic pollutants, contaminants at mining and military sites in CEE countries, and highlight research related to environmental toxicology and mechanistic biology studies, disease risks and intervention approaches to improve health. In addition, novel environmental remediation technologies, risk assessment approaches, socio-economic and policy implications were discussed. CEECHE2018 was attended by 172 participants from 18 countries, including Poland, Czech Republic, Rumania, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, and USA.

In 2018 year the new field of research related to the questions of Environmental issues and local population exposures at former military sites in Central and Eastern European countries was included to the programmer. The special session was arranged in that topic led by prof. Jaco Vangronsveld, Hasselt University (Belgium) and prof. Eugen Gurzau, Environmental Health Centre (Rumania). 4 oral presentations were delivered at the session by members of NATO G4687 team overviewing the current results of the project, i.e.:

Valentina Pidlisnyuk (UJEP) Impact of military territories to the environment and place of phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production;

Iwona Grass (WULSE) Environmental risk assessment of heavy metals contamination at the military site in Ukraine: avoidance and reproduction test with Collembola;

Diana Nebeska (UJEP) Growing Miscanthusxgiganteus in post-military soil and soil contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons: remediation and biomass production;

Tatyana Stefanovska (NULES) The composition of nematodes community associated with Miscanthusxguganteus growth at Dolyna military contaminated site.

At the panel discussion followed the session members of NATO team answered for the numerous questions from auditoria about peculiarities of phytotechnology, indication of the process, standardization the analysis and perspective of applying the miscanthus phytotechnlogy to another contaminated sites in Europe. Also activities connected with the role of public in implementation of technology were illustrated. The update brochure of G4687 activities was disseminated among the conference’s participants.

PhD students involved in the project presented their results at the Poster session, i.e.:

Jan Cerny (UJEP) Remediation of military areas Contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons: is it possible to effectively produce Miscanthus x giganteus biomass?

Artem Medkov (NULES) Impact of Plant Growth Regulators to Miscanthuxgiganteus establishment while producing biomass at the military land from Dolyna, Ukraine contaminated by heavy metals

While at Crakow prof. Pidisnuk and assoc.prof. Stefanovska had a number of discussions related to the project and possible future cooperation with the following participants: prof. Stan Gawronski (Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland), assoc.prof. Slawo Lomnitcki (Louisiana State University, USA), prof.Eugen Gurzau (Babes-Bolyai University and Director of Environmental Health Centre, Rumania), Dr. Heather Henry (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA), Dr.Kelly Pennell (University of Kentucky, USA), prof. Florian Gambus (Krakow Agricultural University, Vice-Rector, Poland), prof. Jacek Antonkiewicz( Krakow Agricultural University, Poland), prof. Alan Baker (The University of Melbourne, Australia), prof. Raina Maier (University of Arizona, USA), prof. Shao Lin (University at Albany, USA).

While at Krakow NDP Pidlisnyuk and PPD Stefanovska discussed the current state with the miscanthus plantations established at the military site in Kurakhove, Ukraine, modelling plantation at Tokarivka, Ukraine and the publication issues.

The brainstorming meeting related to the current obstacles with miscanthus plantation at Mimon, Czech Republic was held on June, 13 in which prof. Pidlisnyuk, PPD Stefanovska and assoc.prof. Trogl participated. The different reasons caused the weak growing on the plant at that site were overviewed, such as: extremely cold temperature on March, 2018, possible eating of rhizomes by wild animals or stolen from the ground, pure quality of planting materials. It was decided to arrange consultations with professionals in Ukraine, Czech Republic and USA in order to do the necessary emergency actions for ensuring good growing of miscanthus at the site in 2019.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk, assoc.prof.Trogl and Stefanovska attended the workshop “Sustainable remediation and rehabilitation of contaminated sites” was jointly organized on June, 10 by US Environmental Protect Agency and Arizona State University, USA within the conference’s framework.

The CEECHE2020 conference would be organized by Vilnius Polytechnic University, Lithuania.

Openig ceremony
Conclusing remark from Dr.Suk, Director, Superfund Research Program, NIEHS, USA
Greeting from USA Consul General in Poland Walter Braunohler
From left to right prof.Hennig, University of Kentucky, USA, Dr.Trogl and PhD student Cerny
Artem Medkov answered for questions from Dr.Henry, NIEHS,USA
Greeting from Dr.Lomnicki, Luisiana State University, USA
From left to right prof.Pidlisnyuk, prof.Vangronsveld, prof.Gawronski and Dr.Stefanovska
Dr.Stefanovska's report
with Dr.Mayer, University of Arizona, USA
Prof.Pidlisnyuk, PhD student Medkov, Dr.Stefanovska and prof.Vangronsveld, Belgium
Report of Mrg. Diana Nebeska
Report of Mgr.Iwona Gruss
Report of Dr.Henry,NIEHS,USA at the workshop
With Kelly Pennel, University of Kentucky, USA
Presentation of prof.David Carpenter, University of Albany, USA
Poster session
Panel discussion
Plenary session
Presentation of project's broshure
Presentation of Dr. K.Ciarkowska, WAU, Poland
Presentation of Dr.Raina Maier, University of Arizona, USA
Participants group picture

Detailed Programmer
MONDAY - June 11, 2018

9:00-12:00: OPENING SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Stanislaw Gawroński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) 
and Slawomir Lomnicki, Louisiana State University (USA)

Opening Remarks by Distinguished Representatives

Plenary Presentation - Main Hall

Advancing Science in Rapidly Changing Environments

W. Suk, Director, Superfund Research Program, NIEHS/NIH, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Plenary Presentation - Main Hall

Environmental Pollution and Civilization Disorders

E. Konduracka, Jagiellonian University School of Medicine and John Paul II Hospital, Poland

12:10-15:40 PARALLEL SESSIONS A and B
(with Lunch Break 13:20-14:10)

SESSION A: Chemistry, health risks and solutions for atmospheric air pollution

Co-Chairs: Ewa Konduracka, Jagiellonian University (Poland) and Stephania Cormier, Louisiana State University (USA)

SESSION B: Topics of growing awareness related to environmental health

Co-Chairs: David Carpenter, University at Albany (USA) and Joanna Surmacz- Górska, Silesian University of Technology (Poland)

Main Hall

Room 033


A1 KEYNOTE. PM Air Pollution – Are EPFRs (Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals) a marker of PM’s health impacts?

(S. Lomnicki)

B1 KEYNOTE. Electromagnetic fields and human health

(D. Carpenter)


A2. Fate of selected pollutants of concern: Surface and Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) assisted oxidation

(A. Ghimire)

B2. Rapid method to quantify carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in environmental media

(S. Al-Abed)


A3. Dioxin-like PCB 126 increases systemic inflammation and accelerates atherosclerosis in lean LDL receptor deficient mice

(M. Petriello)

B3. Agricultural Field Measurement of Radioactive Cesium in Fukushima

(Y. Ueda)



A4. A Study of tree species phytofiltration properties in the green infrastructure of the city of Yerevan (Armenia)

(G. Nersisyan)

B4. Occurrence and removal of selected pharmaceuticals from the aquatic environment

(J. Surmacz- Górska)


A5. Health impact of suspended particulate matter in some Hungarian cities assessed by Airq+

(A. Paldy)

B5. Physical activity attenuates alterations of the gut-brain axis and brain metastasis formation induced by PCBs

(M. Toborek)


A6. Aristolochic acid I and Balkan Endemic Nephropathy etiology: a potential exposure pathway through soil

(L. Draghia)

B6. Impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Puerto Rico Maternal and Child Environmental Health Health Research Programs

(C. Vélez-Vega)


Panel Discussion

15:50 – 18:20 PARALLEL SESSIONS C and D

SESSION C: Environmental issues and local population exposures at former military sites in Central and Eastern European countries

Co-Chairs: Eugen Gurzau, Environmental Health Center (Romania) and Jaco Vangronsveld, Hasselt University (Belgium)

SESSION D: Coastal and aquifer pollution

Co-Chairs: Heather Henry, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (USA) and Aleksander Astel, Pomeranian University (Poland)

Main Hall

Room 033


C1 KEYNOTE. The impacts of soil contamination on tree rhizosphere bacterial communities in a forest on an old military site

(J. Vangronsveld)

D1 KEYNOTE. Sustainable Development of Several Coastal Lakes in The Southern Baltic Area

(A. Astel)


C2. Impact of military territories to the environment and place of phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production

(V. Pidlisnyuk)

D2. Identification of hotspots of genotoxicological and faecal pollution along the Danube and Sava rivers – the whole river surveys

(S. Kolarevic)


C3. Environmental risk assessment of heavy metal contamination at military sites in Ukraine: avoidance and reproduction test with Collembola 

(I. Gruss)

D3. Evaluation of drinking water quality and health state of population in Chisinau Municipality

(S. Cociu)


C4. Actual Questions of Population Health Risk Assessment Of Former Military Sites In Czech Republic (Cr) And Ukraine (Ua)

(Y. Chayka)

D4. The effect of spruce dying and air pollution on water quality on the example of springs within the Skrzyczne range area

(K. Krakowian)


C5. Growing miscanthus x giganteus in post-military soil and soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons: remediation and biomass production 

(D. Nebeská)

D5. Photocatalytic removal of sertraline from water over titania/chitosan hybrid materials

(M. Rejek)


C6. The composition of nematode community associated with Miscanthus x giganteus grown at Dolyna military contaminated site 

(T. Stefanovska)

D6. Innovation in Coastal and Aquifer Remediation and Monitoring

(H. Henry)


Panel Discussion

TUESDAY - June 12, 2018

9:00-11:10 PLENARY SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Stanisław Małek, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and William Suk, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (USA)

Short Plenary Presentation

Rocket Fuel Oxidizer: Polish Method of Disposal

W. Maliszewski

Plenary Presentation

A New Class of Environmental Pollutant Increases Morbidity and Mortality from Influenza Virus Infection

S. Cormier, Louisiana State University, USA

Plenary Presentation

Healthful Nutrition as a Modifier of Pollutant-Induced Inflammatory Diseases: Implications in Atherosclerosis

B. Hennig, University of Kentucky, USA

11:20-13:20 POSTER SESSION - Hall

Packaged lunches provided for sightseeing at the conclusion of the poster session

18:30 DINNER for students and post-doctoral scholars (Club Arka)

WEDNESDAY - June 13, 2018

9:00-11:00: PLENARY SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Florian Gambuś, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and Kelly G. Pennell, University of Kentucky (USA)

Plenary Presentation

Climate Change Impacts, Climate Strategies and Alternative Energy Perspectives in the Cities of Eastern Europe

S. Romanko, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ukraine

Plenary Presentation

Agromining: Farming for Metals and the Valorization of Metal-Contaminated Lands and Wastes

A. Baker, Laboratoire Sols et Environnement and LABEX Ressources21, ENSAIA/INRA, Université de Lorraine, France

11:00-13:30: PARALLEL SESSIONS E and F

SESSION E: Chemistry, fate, transport, and health effects of persistent halogenated contaminants 

Co-Chairs: Adam Grochowalski, Cracow University of Technology (Poland) and Slawo Lomnicki, Louisiana State University (USA)

SESSION F: Environmental and health impacts of minerals/metals and mining activities

Co-Chairs: John McKernan, Environmental Protection Agency USA) and Anna Ostręga (Poland)

Main Hall

Room 033


E1 KEYNOTE. Copper salts as catalyst substances responsible for formation of dioxins and other halogenated compounds during burn process in fireplaces and heating stoves

(A. Grochowalski)

F1 KEYNOTE. Revitalization of post-mining areas for sustainable tourism

(A. Ostręga)


E2. New developments in the synthesis and use of reactive activated carbon impregnated with iron nanoparticles for remediation of persistence organic pollutants in contaminated sediments and water

(S. Al-Abed)

F2. Heavy metals and lipids in the tissue and bee production at traditional and organic bee-keeping conditions and the ways of their levels’ correction

(I. Kovalchuk)


E3. Development of magnetic nano-composite materials as reusable adsorbents for chlorinated organics in contaminated water

(A. Gutierrez)

F3. Limiting horizontal water filtration using drainage screen modules to reduce the hydraulic interaction of artificial objects and the natural environment

(S. Klimov)


E4. Biogeochemical characterization of a dual-pathway microbial remediation strategy for chlorobenzenes at the anaerobic-aerobic groundwater interface

(S. Chow)

F4. Risk assessment of ZN-PB ores mining and usefulness of native plant communities in decreasing its impact on affected areas

(K. Ciarkowska)


E5. Adverse human health effects including congenital malformations related to the use of agent orange

(V. Bencko)

F5. Rhizobia as the microorganisms potentially improving the growth of legumes in heavy metal polluted areas

(E. Oleńska)


E6. Identification of an Immobilization Technology for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Contamination in Soil and Sediments

(J. McKernan)

F6. Soil microbiome dynamics during revegetation of pyritic mine tailings: understanding microbial bioindicators of soil acidification

(R. Maier)


Panel Discussion

13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH

14:30 – 17:50 Parallel Sessions G and H

SESSION G: Exposure science and risk reduction approaches for indoor pollution

Co-Chairs: Stanislaw Gawroński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) and Shao Lin, University of Albany (USA)

SESSION H: Environmental risk assessment and epidemiology

Co-Chairs: Anicenta Bubak, Cenia-Ekspertyz (Poland) and Carmen Vélez-Vega, University of Puerto Rico (USA)

Main Hall

Room 033


G1 KEYNOTE. Assess school environmental effects on children's health and performance and evaluate environmental policies’ impacts

(S. Lin)

H1 KEYNOTE. Bioavailable forms of metals and Human Health Risk Assessment

(A. Bubak)


G2. Fate and transport processes for assessing in-building CVOC concentrations from subsurface sources

(K. Pennell)

H2. Surrounding Greenness, air pollution and general health in preschool children

(S. Andrusaityte)


G3. Sewer systems and volatile organic compounds: indoor air considerations for buildings near contaminated groundwater plumes

(M. Roghani)

H3. Lung cancer in black coal miners in the Czech Republic, 1992-2015

(T. Hana)


G4. Assessing the association between home indoor environment and respiratory health among school age children in Romania

(Y. Lu)

H4. Dynamic approach to transfer of potentially toxic elements in the soil-plant system

(E. Baltrenaite)


G5. Indoor environment and respiratory health in Romanian primary school children

(Z. Lin)

H5. Gestational phthalate exposure and intrauterine growth restriction

(M. Bloom)


G6. Study conditions and air pollution in pre-university institutions

(D. Iunac)

H6. Peripubertal serum dioxins and subsequent adult semen quality and sperm methylome in the prospective Russian children’s study

(O. Sergeyev)


G7. Dietary Factors May Decrease the Effects of Environmental Hazards on Asthma and Allergy in Children

(W. Lawrence)

H7. Heavy metals in water and risk assessment: A case study of the Czarna Przemsza River source in Zawiercie, Poland

(A. Gruszecka-Kosowska)


G8. Plant as remedy for improving indoor air quality

(S. Gawroński)

H8. Relationships between air pollution level of PM10 and health status of 8-10 years old children – Results from the Hungarian National Children’s Respiratory Surveys (2005-2017)

(P. Rudnai)


Panel Discussion

17:50 – 18:40

A Panel for students, post-docs and young researchers: Future environmental health careers

Co-Chairs: Kepka, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and Erin Madeen, Johns Hopkins University, (USA)

19:30 CEECHE 2018 Gala Dinner

Located in the lower level of the Kraków Cloth Hall in the Old Town Main Square (Rynek Główny)

THURSDAY - June 14, 2018

9:00-11:30: PARALLEL SESSIONS I and J

SESSION I: Environmental and health benefits of renewable energy sources

Co-Chairs: Souhail Al-Abed, Environmental Protection Agency (USA) and Antoni Stasch, European Business Club Association (Poland)

SESSION J: Social, political and economic impacts and considerations related to environmental stressors

Co-Chairs: Alan Baker Laboratoire Sols et Environnement and LABEX Ressources21, ENSAIA/INRA, Université de Lorraine, (France) and Margaret Reams, Louisiana State University USA)

Main Hall

Room 033


I1 KEYNOTE. Environmental pollution - A threat of the Earth's life and a killer of 9 million human beings a year

(A. Stasch)

J1 KEYNOTE. Applying resilience theory to community engagement with residents facing cumulative environmental exposure risks: lessons from Louisiana’s industrial corridor

(M. Reams)


I2. Ecological evaluation of the production of alternative fuel from waste

(M. Malinowski)

J2. Community Resilience and Critical Transformations: The Case of St. Gabriel, Louisiana

(J. Irving)


I3. Impact of ozone pretreatment on the biometallurgical properties of toxic wastes

(M. Gliniak)

J3. Behavioral and psychosocial risk factors in high school students – results from the Y.A.B.S. study

(J. Babjakova)


I4. Analysis of the biochar production from waste biomass—process influence on quality parameters

(M. Jewiarz)

J4. Implementation of “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions" of the Republic of Armenia in rural communities

(A. Hambartsumyan)


I5. Energy management in crops under cover during storage heat in the accumulators: energy and ecological effects

(H. Latala)

J5. Anthropocene and the Contemporary Environmental Situation

(O. Khan)


I6. Gasification of waste and biomass-energetic and environmental effects

(S. Famielec)

Panel Discussion


I7. Polish concept and 46 years research and training on primary prevention of environmental risk factors (e.g. cancer prevention, sustainable development focused on better environmental health in industrial and recreational areas)

(J. Dobrowolski)

11:40-13:00: CLOSING SESSION

Co-Chairs: Heather Henry, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (USA) and S. Małek, University of Agriculture (Poland)

Plenary Presentation

Analysis of the Toxicity of Combustion Aerosol: Chemical Composition of Different Combustion-Emissions and their Molecular Biological Effects on Air/Liquid-Interface Exposed Lung Cells

R. Zimmermann, Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre, Rostock University (Analyt. Chem.) & Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Closing Remarks

More info at: https://ceeche2018.urk.edu.pl

The International conference “Remediation Technology”, Czech Republic

The international conference “Remediation Technology” is a platform meeting organized by Ministry of the Environment of Czech Republic and Ministry of the Environment of Slovak Republic in cooperation with the business and university communities in order to exchange an innovative knowledge and share the practical experiment in the field of remediation of soil and water. The conference is organized annually and in 2018 was hosted on May 23-25 by firm Ecomonitoring in city Tabor, Czech Republic. Beside the ministries, the conference was supported by University of Chemical Technology in Prague, Masaryk University, Technical University in Liberec, Czech University of Life and the Environmental Sciences, University Pardubice and private firm EPS Biotechnology (all-Czech Republic) and University Kamenskoho in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

About 150 representatives from the private firms, faculty members and governmental officials involved in remediation technologies participated in the event in which the state of the art with the implementation of the different remediation technologies were discussed. The questions on eco-monitoring and assessment of the contaminated sites, new technique used and financial aspects of supporting the remediation activities were overviewed. The conference was consisted of plenary session, five working sections and poster’s presentation.

The governmental policy in the field of remediation of old contaminated sites including the military ones left after the Soviet Army was presented by Dr.Pribyl and Dr.Braha (Ministry of the Environment of Czech Republic) and Dr. Janova ( Slovak Republic). The current financial support of the remediation activities in the Czech Republic and perspective for the future was overseen by Mgr. Cermak and Mgr.Zborilova from the Ministry of the Finance of Czech Republic. The overview of the international projects related to remediation of the contaminated sites in the different countries was delivered by prof. Holoubek ( RECETOX), Dr. Benes (EPS biotechnology). Dr.Lacina (Geotest), Dr. Hrabak (TU in Liberec), Dr.Schwarz, (Envigeo) and Dr. Suchanek (CENIA).

Dr.Trogl and prof. Pidlisnyuk, UJEP, participated in the conference and shared the results of the phytotechnology with miscanthus developing within G4687 with the participants of the conference at the informal meetings and minutes. Specifically, the possibility to organize the event on presentation the phytotechnology with miscanthus was discussed with the representatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Czech Republic Dr. Pribyl, and representatives of the Slovak Environmental Agency Dr.Paluchova and Mgr. Bradiakova. Preliminary, the jointly event is planned to organize in mid-November, 2018 in Prague and the main auditorium the phytotechnology will be presented at is governmental officials and interested stakeholders from the Czech and Slovak Republics. The design of the event is under the development.

The participation of Dr.Trogl and prof. Pidlisnyuk in the conference, i.e. for presentation results of G4687, was supported by UJEP, Czech Republic.

Opening speech from Dr.Janko
Dr.Trogl participated in the discussion
from left to right Elena Bradiakova, Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Ivan Holoubek
Plenary report of Dr.Blaha, Ministry of the Environment, CR
Plenary report of Mgr.Cermak, Ministry of Finance of CR
Poster session
prof.Pidlisnyuk with Dr. Suchanek, Czech Information Agency on the Environment, CENIA

Dissemination of G4687 results at the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution

The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution GSOP 18 was jointly organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), Intergovernmental Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UN Environment and World Health Organization (WHO) as a neutral platform to bring the best scientific information available on the status, trends and actions on soil pollution. The event held at FAO Headquarter in Rome, Italy and was attended by 522 delegates from 100 countries across the world. The Symposium was recognized as a first step in implementation the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management in terms of preventing and reducing harmful substances in soil as a way to maintain healthy soils in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Symposium’s outcomes provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increasing food safety, nutrition, ecosystem services and promote the restoration of polluted sites. As anticipated during GSOP18, the symposium will produce a scientific outcome document “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution” which will highlight the role of soil pollution and sustainable soil management in meeting the food security and sustainable development agendas. The document will present the main recommendations discussed and agreed during the symposium. stay tuned for our next communication campaign for the World Soil Day 5th December 2018 – whose theme will be “Be the solution to soil pollution”.

Two oral presentations delivered at the Symposium introduced the current results of G4687 to the broad public, i.e: the report “Sustainable soil management of polluted military sites by phytostabilization with biomass production using biofuel crop Miscanthusxgiganteus” was presented by prof. Pidlisnyuk at the session “Drivers of soil pollution in non-agricultural soils” led by Luca Montanarella, Chair ITPS, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. The another report “The development and preliminary assessment of using the biological indicators to evaluate the soil quality under Miscanthusxgiganteus production at the contaminated abandoned sites” was presented by Dr.Stefanovska at the session “Monitoring soil pollution” led by prof. Peter de Ruiter, Wageningen University, Netherland.

While at the event prof. Pidlisnyuk and Dr.Stefanovska had a number of discussions with Symposium participants, i.e.: Dr.Ana Paya-Perez, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy; Mr.John Vijgen, Director of International HCH Forum, Denmark; prof. Ivan Holoubek, Masarik University, Czech Republic; Dr.Tamara Kukharchuk, Institute for Nature Management, Belarus; Dr.Luka Montanarella, Director of ITPS and Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy; prof. Gary Pierzinsky, Kansas State University, USA.

At the working lunch with Mr.Marko Colangeli, Programmer Advisor, FAO the possibility of cooperation in research related to energy crops cycles was discussed. The results of G4687 was informally introduced to delegates from Columbia, Portugal, Ukraine and Italy.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk and Dr. Stefanovska had a number of working discussions regarding the G4687 current activities and issues on patenting the scientific results. They also worked on the manuscript regarding the impact of PGR to miscanthus biomass production to be submitted for publication as outcome of the Symposium.




Opening speech from Astrid Schomaker, Director of Global Sustainable Development, EC (1)
Advisory's meeting
Dr.Stefanovska report
from left to right Luca Montanarella,Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Tatyana Stefanovska, Gary Pierzynski, Yevgeniya Hladkikh, Mykola Miroshnichenko, Dmytro Semenov,
From left to right John Vijden, Tatyana Stefanovska, Ana Paya Perez, Valentina Pidlisnyuk
Prof.Pidlisnyuk report
Side event soil pollution in Europe
Summarizing GSOP 18 results
tracking G4687 activities
Working lunch with FAO Programmer Advisor Marco Colangeli

Visit of prof. Pidlisnyuk to Columbia University and Harvard University

In period January 30 - February, 2 prof. Pidlisnyuk visited Columbia University and Harvard University having a goal to introduce the project’s results to professionals involved in sustainable energy and climate change issues and to promote the developing of the broader networking. She also had interests to the new courses and graduated programs proposed at that leading universities which are focused at the sustainable energy production, bioproducts and climate change topics.

While at Columbia University prof. Pidlisnyuk met with De. Alissa Park, Director of Lenfest Centre for Sustainable energy, The Earth Institute. She presented main accomplishment of NATO project and future plans and discussed the possible cooperation in the topic of biomass transformation to the energy and biobased products. Dr.Park introduced directions of research going on at the Centre with focus at the biomass transformation. She also presented a new Master program recently accredited at the Centre which combines the environmental engineering disciplines with social and economic courses. The program included the requested courses from core area: Introduction to Carbon Management; Carbon Management and Decision Making; Humans and the Carbon Cycles; Land Use and Carbon Management; Carbone Capture; Carbon Storage; O2 utilization and conversion; Earth and Environmental Report. The selective courses of the program are: Introduction to Environment Law; Climate Change Law; Climate Change policy; Consumption and Efficiency; International Cooperation&Institutions; Energy Modelling. It was agreed to initiate cooperation in the topic regarding peculiarities of transformation of miscanthus biomass to different bioconversion products.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk participated at the seminar in Environmental Economic and Policy at Harvard Kennedy School where the presentation “Applying Asset pricing theory to calibrate the price of Climate Risk” was delivered by Dr. Gernot Wagner, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University. Dr.Wagner introduced EZ-Climate model that allows for a calibration of the optimal carbon dioxide price based on probabilistic assumptions around climate damages. Unlike standard models, which often estimate cost of delay based on optimal prices of carbon dioxide, Dr.Wagner with coauthors: Kent Daniel and Robert Litterman calculated large costs of delay in pricing CO2 emissions: delaying implementation by one year leads to annual consumption losses of over 2%.; 5-years delay leads to 11% losses, and 10 years delay leads to 23% losses. That theory confirmed the necessity of essential mitigation measures where implementation of the green technologies are among the leader ones. While at Harvard University prof. Pidlisnyuk visited the International Studies and was introduced the new program “Climate Change and Energy Policy making for the long term” which was developed by Harvard Kennedy School. The program to consider: a) the facts about climate change and its impact; b) the potential policies to address climate change; c) the way how governmental and no-governmental actors might compliment action to mitigation&adaptation measures. The elements of the programs and courses will be incorporated into the new courses to be developed within the NATO project.

meeting with Dr.Park, Director of Lenfest Centre for Sustainable Energy
HKS seminar
Columbia university
Dr.Wagner presentation at HKS seminar in EnvEconomic and Policy

NATO plants biofuel-grass to clean contaminated military sites - FERN’s
Czech-Saxon Day of Innovation in Biomedicine and Bioingineering in Prague, Czech Republic

On December 1, 2017 The Saxon State Chancellery in Prague organized the Czech-Saxon Day of Innovation in Biomedicine/Bioingineering. The event had a goal to strengthen cooperation between Czech Republic and Free State of Saxon, Germany in scientific and education fields and exchange the positive experience in innovative research as well as stimulate developing of new partnering relations between Saxony and Czech Republic.

The event was attended by Mr. Jorg Geiger, Minister of Saxon Ministry of Science and Art, prof. Dr. Zdeněk Havlas, Vice-president of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the field of Natural and Chemical Sciences, Dr. Christoph Israng, Ambassador of BRD in Czech Republic, Dr.David Mitchel, Director of the Saxon State Chancellery in Prague. Scientific researchers and educators from Saxony and Czech universities and scientific institutions participated in the event as well.

A number of scientific reports were delivered at the Innovation Day, including presentation of prof.Dr. Gerd Kempermann, Centre of regeneration medicine, TU Drezden, Germany and prof. Martin Fusek, Vice-Director on Strategic Development, Institute of Organic and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Science. The successful cooperative project between LI Beamlines research center at Dolny Břežany, Czech Republic and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany and research project BIOPOLIS, Germany were presented as well. The presentation session was followed by three workshops led by representatives of the Project Centre at TU Drezden. Participants of the workshop shared results and achievements in the international projects they have been involved in, challenges and opportunities in networking and consortium building, overviewed the possible ways for future joint cooperation.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk, NDP, UJEP participated in the event and presented results of the NATO SPS MYP G4687 at the workshop 2. She also had a number of bilateral meeting, including those with Aleksandr Jakobe, ERSTE Grantika Advisory, Czech Republic; Eva Damm, Saxon Ministry of Science and Art, Germany; Dr.Ulrich Bobe, project leader, Interreg Central Europe project “TRANS’net”, Erzgebirge, Germany; Radka Havova, Technology Transfer, Technology Centre CAS, Czech Republic.

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Concluding remarks from Dr.David Mitchel, Director of the Saxon State Chancellery
Greeting from Dr. Christoph Israng, Ambassador of BRD in Czech Republic,
Greeting from prof. Zdeněk Havlas, Vice-President of the Czech Academy of Sciences
overview of the scientific project BIOPOLIS, Germany
Plenary session
Presentation summary of the workshop 2
prof.Pidlisnyuk and Dr.Ulrich Bobe, Erzgebirge, Germany
report of prof. Martin Fusek, Vice-Director of IOCB, Prague

Article about project activities published at Journal Silverius, UJEP, Czech Republic 2017


Info about project 's research at Lviv TV news, September 6, 2017

Info about project \'s research at Lviv TV news, September 6, 2017

Popular Scientific Performance

The popular scientific performance “No one-used country” has been showed at the Municipal Museum of Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. The exposition was opened on May, 15 and will be available till October, 2017. The performance was organized by the Faculty of the Environment, UJEP and had a goal to familiarized citizens of Ustesky region including students and scholars with research&outreach provided by the faculty members and PhD students. Among achievements the Poster related to on-going research in the framework of NATO SPS MYP G4687 is presented at the performance.  More info at: www.muzeummusti.cz.

Exposition introduction
Museum of Usti nad Labem
prof. Pidlisnyuk in front of the Research Poster
Technologies for Land Revitalization

Local Training in Dolyna, Ukraine

Забруднені військові землі у Долині  очищуються

На території війського містечка у старій частині міста посаджено рослину, яка не лише очищує грунт, але може в майбутньому стати джеререлом альтернативної енергії. Альтернативне паливо, про яке сьогодні так багато говорять, це не завжди високі й недосяжні технології. Виявляється, його можна виростити. І навіть самотужки. Найпривабливіше, що так звані енергетичні культури ростуть на землях, які непридатні для землеробства, – надто кислих, заболочених чи забруднених, але при цьому дають екологічно чисту сировину. До перспективних і малозатратних у вирощуванні рослин належить міскантус гігантський (багаторічна трава з родини злаків). Вирощувати його вдвічі вигідніше, ніж кукурудзу для виробництва з неї біоетанолу.Та це не єдина прерогатива даної рослини, вважають експерти, основна його цінність у  відновленні земель, баланс яких порушений внаслідок активного втручання людини, як от військова діяльність. Росте такий міскантус і у Долині – на території військового містечка  в історичній частині міста, де після бажаного оновлення  можна буде відродити інфраструктуру.  Як приймається посаджений матеріал у Долині, вивчали у п”ятницю минулого тижня експерти. Долину відвідали представники наукового проекту “Нова фітотехнологія для очищення забруднених військових земель”, що фінансується програмою НАТО “Наука заради миру і безпеки”. Відбулось локальне навчальне тренування за участі представників наукового проекту з Франції, Чеської Республіки, України та працівників Долинської міської ради на тему: “Особливості вирощування біомаси Міскантусу гігантського на землях забруднених та порушених внаслідок військової діяльності”. Як повідомила доктор наук, професор чеського університету Яна Евагеліста Пуркіне, співавтор проекту, українка Валентина Підліснюк, науковий проект розрахований на три роки. Його мета – це вивчення та розробка технології з виробництва біомаси та впровадження її в Україні та інших країнах. За її словами, внаслідок реалізації проекту, окрім іншого мають з`явитися відповідні статті у наукових базах даних. Також технологія має бути захищена патентами. Керує проектом університет Яна Евагеліста Пуркіне, що розташований в  містечку Усті-над-Лабем на відстані 92 км від Праги. За умовами, проектом керувати має право установа із країни НАТО, але дозволяється залучати до проекту країни, що не є членами НАТО. Директором проекту від  країн – не членів НАТО є Тетяна Стефановська, доцент Національного університету біоресурсів і природокористування України, що у Києві. Також учасником цього проекту є «Львівська політехніка», команду котрого очолює доцент Павло Шаповал. Окрім того, до проекту долучені профільні інститут Казахстану і три наукові організації із США. Також є суміжні учасники.Разом із керівниками Долину також відвідали молоді науковці, аспіранти, що працюють над вивченням та вдосконаленням даного проекту. Учасники зустрічі обговорили основні завдання , технології вирощування, відвідали дослідну ділянку та відібрали проби грунту.  Як зазначили гості, враження від побаченого позитивні, коріння закріпилось і тепер слід лише тримати кулаки, щоб рослина перезимувала перші холоди. Перших два роки міскантус потребує особливого догляду та вологи, а опісля безперебійно росте до 25 років. Щодо екологічної безпеки, то, як запевняють експерти, міскантус цілком безпечний, як для людини, так і для комах, до прикладу, наших прикарпатських бджіл. Проект по вирощуванні міскантусу спрямований не лише для підвищення рівня екологічної безпеки в регіонах, але й  поєднує дві мети: виробництво біомаси та очищення і поліпшення якості грунту.  До речі, як зазначила пані Валентина, проект містить пункт про навчання студентів,  зокрема в Чехії та США і запросила обдарованих жителів України, що прагнуть стати науковцями на навчання до Праги. Наступна зустріч з долинянами, за словами гостей, відбудеться в Усті, куди на семінар вже запрошені представники нашого міста. Щодо вирощування міскантусу в Україні, то даний проект впроваджується в дію також на землях Сходу, які сьогодні страждають від військової агресії сусідів. газета “Добра справа” Source

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ЛОКАЛЬНЕ ТРЕНУВАЛЬНЕ НАВЧАННЯ на тему " Особливості вирощування міскантусу, на землях, забруднених та порушених внаслідок військової діяльності" відбулись сьогодні в Долині. Детальніше про подію - в наступних публікаціях. Source
Dr. Trogl and Erasmus student Gosterislioglu during soil samping in Mimon
Former military site at Mimon
Former storage of oil-products at Mimon
Planting of miscanthus seedling by PhD student Diana Nebeska
Soil sampling at the research site in Mimon on April 25
Інформаційні партнери у Фейсбуку        
TV Program, Dolyna, Ukraine

Проект “Наука заради миру і безпеки” у Долині. CiTiVi 2017

Meeting at the Humboldt University and AiF Project GmbH-IraSME, Germany

Visit of prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk, UJEP to Humboldt University (HU) and
IraSME office-AiF Project GmbH, Berlin, Germany

On April 11-14, 2017 prof. Pidlisnyuk, UJEP visited Humboldt University and IraSME office of AiF Project GmbH, Berlin, Germany.

While at HU she had a working meeting with prof. Dieter Kirschke, Dr.Sc, Chair of the Agricultural Policy, Department of Agroeconomy, Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Life Science, HU. The following questions were discussed at the meeting:

  • Research activities within NATO SFP G4687 project “Military site cleaning” in which phytotechnology with biomass production for contaminated military sites located in Ukraine, USA and Czech Republic has being developing and implementing. In particular, the assessment of the proposed technology is actual and can be of the joint research interests. Prof. Dieter Kirschke introduced the research group works at the ATB Leibniz-Institute fur Agratechnik und Bioekonomie which is led by prof. Annette Prochnow, Dr.Sc. Areas of the research of that group are the following:

– energy

– assessment of bioenergy pathways

– bioenergy from grassland.

There was an agreement to introduce NATO project’s activities and request for the technological assessment to prof. Annette Prochnow and in case of interests the further meeting will be scheduled for discussion cooperation in details.

  • Prof. Pidlisnyuk informed about upcoming events of the NATO SFP MYP G4687 project, including training 2 is scheduled on November 7-9, 2017 in Usti nad Labem. She invited prof. Kirschke to attend that event when he may meet up with NATO team and questions about modelling of the process may be overviewed.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk visited AiF Project GmbH- IraSME office and received a broad substantial consultation from Ms.Jenny Gudlat about specification, design, requests and time-table on preparation proposal for IraSME call. The requests to the consortium content and draft proposal were overviewed. There is an option to meeting in Berlin on May 18, 2017 at IraSME scheduled event when the potential partners can meet with the reviewers of the projects and receive a feedback of the proposal’s idea. The current idea is about testing the phytotechnology developing within NATO project at another contaminated lands in Germany and Czech Republic including military and mining contaminated sites. It is intended that among members of the future consortium Freiberg University, Humboldt University, Research Institute for Post-Mining Landscapes (all-Germany) and UJEP would be along with small and medium enterprises from Czech Republic and Germany.

Meeting with prof. Dieter Kirschke, Head of Agricultural Policy, HU
Humboldt University
Department of Agroeconomy, Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, HU
Consultation at AiFProject GmbH-IraSME, with Ms.Jenny Gudlat

Meeting at the Czech Embassy in Ukraine

On March 28, 2017 by invitation of the Embassy of Czech Republic in Ukraine PPD Assoc. prof. Tatyana Stefanovska had a meeting with Mr. Frantisek Trojacek, Counselor to the Ambassador for Political and Economic Section of the Czech Embassy in Ukraine. During the meeting the information about objectives, achievement and perspectives of the SPS 4687 project were presented and discussed. Mr. Trojacek expressed the opinion that Czech Embassy supports this project because its realization would bring ecological and economic benefits, enhance the environmental and energy security and improve the state of the environment at military contaminated sites at of four countries, including Czech Republic.  Counselor suggested several constructive ideas how to multiply the project’s results at the other polluted sites, particularly industrial and municipal waste dumpiest. That was stressed out that based on Czech Republic’s experience, developed phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production could be introduced at the level of municipalities which face the problems related to territory contamination of the different origins. Moreover, the possibility to extend the range of energy crops, for instance Paulownia, for further projects on phytotechnology was also discussed.

Program “Factor of Security” at Channel 5 of Ukrainian TV

11.11.2016. 22.30 (Kyiv time)