From 28 June to 2 July 2021 the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa organized a series of workshops/webinars as part of its Seasonal School “The soil-water and plant continuum for urban and rural wastewater phytotreatment and contaminated site remediation (SWAP)“.
Dr. Masciandaro presented the LIFE SUBSED project during the day entitled “Phytoremediation of contaminated land and phytotreatement of polluted water: successfull case studies” (here the specific program).
The presentation shown during the intervention entitled “Phytotreatment techniques for dredging sediments: the LIFE AGRISED and LIFE SUBSED experiences” can be downloaded here.
The SedNet international conference entitled “Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development” this year took place online, from 28 June to 2 July (the program is available here). The research team of the CNR-IRET of Pisa took part in the event with thanks to participation of Dr. Cristina Macci.
During the online event, the projects in which the group participated were presented, among which there is also the LIFE SUBSED project. Click on the preview below to download the presentation!
The CNR-IRET group of Pisa presented the LIFE SUBSED project during the XI International Symposium of Environmental Engineering, which was held in Turin from 29 June to 2 July (the program is available here). For the occasion, the group presented an abstract entitled “Landfarming to valorize phytoremediated sediments for their reuse in nursery “LIFE SUBSED LIFE17 ENV/IT/000347””.
Together with the abstract, a poster (downloadable here) was also presented, which systematically illustrates the process and the results of the landfarming carried out during the LIFE SUBSED project.
During the visit of Dr. Cristina Macci, CNR researcher, to the Environment, Soil and Land-Use Department (Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland) from 1 to 8 December 2019, the activities of the LIFE Subsed project has been presented to Simon Parker (Postdoc), Amanuel Gebremichael (Postdoc) and David Wal (Senior Research officer). The objectives, the main actions and the expected results of the project have been described.
The invitation letter and the presentation shown are available at these links.
Furthermore, the issue of dredging sediments and the different possibilities of re-using decontaminated sediments in various environmental sectors was addressed. During the meetings the process that will be undertaken during the project for the insertion of sediments in the list of agronomic substrates of the Italian legislation (Legislative Decree 75/2010) was described.
The LIFE Subsed project was present (thanks to the participation of the beneficiary CNR of Pisa) at BRIGHT 2019 – The night of researchers in Tuscany (here is the detail for the city of Pisa), now a classic annual appointment to make citizens aware of the excellence of Italian research.
During the day, objectives and expected results of the LIFE Subsed project has been exposed to the crowd that took part in the event by going to the stand of the CNR of Pisa.
RemTech is the most specialized event on contaminated sites remediation and territory protection and requalification. The program focuses every year the most topical and interesting themes: regulatory evolution, characterization, risk analysis, remediation technologies, research, innovation, monitoring, environmental controls, industry, sustainability.
During the event, the general activities of the LIFE Subsed project has been described at the CNR stand, as well as its objectives, its main actions and the expected results. Particular attention has been paid to illustrating the problems inherent in the re-use of sediments, but relating them to their potential in different environmental sectors.
Between 26 and 29 March 2019 the course “Water management across agro-ecosystems” has been held in Pisa at the CNR IRET headquarters (here the list of participants is available), as part of the “Springesemester in water and environmental management” organized by “UniLaSalle” of Beauvais in France. During the event, information material for the LIFE Subsed project has been distributed to the students.
The LIFE project was presented by the CNR-IRET team of Pisa during the Institute Conference (here the program) which took place in Rome on 9 and 10 April. During the event, in addition to an oral intervention, the poster that is shown below was exposed.
On Monday March 4th, the National Seminar “Fitotecnologie per la Gestione e la bonifica di siti contaminati: esempi di buone pratiche” (Phytotechnology for the Management and Reclamation of Contaminated Sites: Good Practice Examples) was held at the Pesaro Provincial Council Hall.
Dr. Grazia Masciandaro, first researcher at the CRN of Pisa, together with Prof. Giancarlo Renella of the University of Florence gave the speech entitled “Fitotecnologie per il reimpiego dei sedimenti fluviali contaminati” (Fitotechnology for the reuse of contaminated river sediments).
The event represented an important opportunity to illustrate objectives, actions and expected results of the LIFE Subsed project. The discussion then focused on the landfarming process to be used as the main technology in the remediation of sediments and other environmental matrices, or as a final refinement process (as proposed in the Subsed project).
The seminar also allowed for a strengthening of relations with important stakeholders in the sector:
- Andrea Sconocchia, REMTECH scientific committee and GdL Manager Fitoremedio RECONNET;
- Paolo De Angelis, DIBAF – University of Tuscia;
- Massimo Fagnano, Dia / CIRAM – University of Naples;
- Marco Falconi, CNR-ISPRA of Rome;
- Valeria Ancona, CNR-ISPRA of Taranto.
Meeting with Francesco Bellino, Officer and Agronomist of the Puglia Region, at the headquarters of the Region in Bari.
During the meeting, Dr. Grazia Masciandaro presented the Subsed project, describing its objectives and expected results. In particular, the conversation covered aspects related to the use of dredged sediments in agriculture, with assessment of limits, advantages and costs. Particular attention has been paid to legislation, which unfortunately does not currently allow the use of reclaimed sediment in agriculture, but for which the LIFE Subsed project is working intensively.