As 2024

Application for Travel Grant will be open soon....Selected papers will be published in Groundwater for Sustainable Development (Elsevier, Impact factor: 5.9) and all abstract will published in Arsenic in the Environment - Proceedings (CRC press, Taylor & Francis)

Abstract Submission Deadline
June 1, 2024

Abstract Acceptance Notification
June 15, 2024

Early Registration 
Until June 1, 2024

Late Registration
August 15, 2024

About the Congress

Arsenic and other co-occurring pollutants in the environment have been an issue of major concern in the last decades because of the serious impact on human health coming from drinking water and certain foods with low-medium levels of pollutants for prolonged periods of time. Globally, more than 100 million people are at risk. Since 2006, six events of International Congress and Exhibition on “Arsenic in the Environment” have been held in different areas of the world: Mexico (2006), Spain (2008), Taiwan (2010), Australia (2012), Argentina (2014), Sweden (2016), China (2018), and The Netherlands (2021).

Arsenic, together with other co-occurring pollutants in drinking water (mainly groundwater), has emerged as a global health concern. The problem of arsenic contamination of groundwater in the Indian subcontinent was first reported in Chandigarh (1976) and West Bengal (1978). The first case of arsenic poisoning due to well water consumption was diagnosed in West Bengal in 1983. Over the past three decades, India has been at the forefront of research on arsenic biogeochemical cycling, health effects, technologies for arsenic removal, and sustainable mitigation measures. The presence of arsenic and other pollutants in different food products of both plant and animal origin has received increasing attention. This is particularly true in several South and Southeast Asian countries, to ensure food safety and avoid health hazards from consumption of contaminated food products. However, other pollutants, like different organic and inorganic contaminants, trace elements, bio-medical pollutants, micro/nano-plastics, per-and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), etc., have been extensively detected in the Indian subcontinent and South Asia and developed as an important field of research.

With a global perspective, the 9th International Congress & Exhibition on Arsenic in the Environment will take place at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, from 20th to 24th October 2024. Known as As2024, the Congress will be themed “Arsenic and Other Pollutants, Water Security and One Health under Global Climate Change Scenario” and endorsed by the Executive Board of the International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development, Sweden.

Congress Venue

KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) is a private deemed university located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, established in 1992, grown into a prominent institution known for its academic excellence and diverse range of programs. KIIT emphasizes research and innovation, encouraging faculty and students to engage in meaningful research activities. KIIT is known for its social initiatives and commitment to community development. Over the years, KIIT has gained recognition for its contributions to education and has received accreditation and accolades from various national and international bodies.

KIIT Deemed to be University, is unique in integrating professional education with social concern. It offers much more than merely academic qualifications. KIIT maintains a symbiotic relationship with the industry with a vision to enhance overall knowledge ecology and produce industry-ready professionals. Campuses buildings have been designed to blend harmoniously into the aesthetically manicured landscape. KIIT University campus is as beautiful and famous as the Temple city of Bhubaneswar and serves as an ideal place for bringing up enlightened scholars. Everything that one would expect of world-class institution is located here, state-of-the-art lecture theatres, hostels, library, conference halls, convention centres, hospital, banks, outdoor playgrounds, and indoor stadiums.

KIIT provides excellent ambiance for national and international level conferences and seminars. Central Convention Centre Complex houses a world-class Auditorium having a seating capacity of 1600, and Suite Guest House with 5-star facilities, 18 Conference Halls, Exhibition Halls, and Banquet Halls. There are well-equipped auditoriums and conference halls on each campus. There are 20 Open Air Theatres on campus having capacities ranging from 500 to 50000.

Congress Awards

Category International (USD)
Best Poster Presentation 100
Best Oral Presentation 100
Early Career Researcher 200
Young Scientist 250
Note: National participants will get price money in Indian rupees. A total of five awards will be distributed in each category, and the top three awards will be distributed among all these categories, as mentioned above. The other two will be awarded with half of the amount mentioned above.  

Preliminary Course(s)

This option may take place on Sunday, 20 October 2024, according to the interest of the participants, and will be selected from special topics related to As2024 themes.

Post-Congress Publications

Important Timelines

Abstract submission deadline 1 June 2024
Acceptance of Abstracts 15 June 2024
Early-bird registration Until 1 June 2024
Travel grant application deadline 01-05 June 2024
Booking accommodation 30 August 2024
Letter of invitation for visa and external support 02 June 2024
Late Registration 15 August 2024
On-site Registration 20-23 October 2024
Full paper submission deadline (for selected papers) 30 December 2024

Note: Only one abstract will be accepted per registered participant. However, we encourage multi-author submissions, and at least one person must be registered per submission to Congress prior to the deadline for Regular Registration.  All papers will be peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee. 

Please observe: Registration to the Congress is mandatory for Abstract publication in As2024 Proceedings Volume in CRC Press by 1 June 2024.

Congress Themes

Congress and Exhibition is Arsenic and Other Pollutants, Water Security and One Health under Global Climate Change Scenario (As2024), and will include the following themes:

Theme 1: Arsenic in natural environment

Theme 2: Arsenic in food and agricultural ecosystem

Theme 3: Health perspectives of environmental arsenic

Theme 4: Advancements in clean water technologies for arsenic removal and immobilization

Theme 5: Sustainable mitigation and management

Special Sessions

In addition to these five themes, we will include 5 Special Sessions which will covers the legacy (trace elements, organic and inorganic pollutants, etc.) and emerging contaminants (micro/nano-plastics, per- and polyfluorinated substances, endocrine disrupting chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.) but is not limited to the following topics:

Session 1: Source and distribution of pollutants in different natural settings

Session 2: Advancements in clean water technologies for pollutant removal and immobilization

Session 3: Pollutants in dietary systems and health perspectives

Session 4: Policies and sustainable management of pollutants

Session 5: Sensors, innovation, technologies, and artificial intelligence for pollution monitoring and management

Exhibition Themes

The exhibition aims to provide an opportunity for technology developers to reach the end-users and to bridge the gap between science and practice. Remediation solution providers, analytical equipment producers and distributors, and publishing houses are all welcome. The exhibitors can take advantage of unique sponsorship and partnership opportunities, tailor-made to meet their business models. The As2024 exhibition will be managed by the International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development (ISGSD) and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), India. The As2024 exhibition will address the broader context of implementation of the scientific research on developing new solutions and innovative designs of techniques needed for the arsenic research along the following themes (but not only be restricted):

  • Laboratory analytical equipment
  • Portable devices for field monitoring
  • Arsenic and other pollutant removal technologies
  • Reclamation of contaminated lands
  • Scientific Publications

Convener, Chair & Organising Secretary

Prof. Jyoti Prakash Maity
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Co-organising Secretary

Prof. Prosun Bhattacharya, M: +46 70 6974241
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]