POSTPONED From Risk to Remediation 2020: 2nd CRC CARE Summer School on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication

Theory, Practice and Site visit


The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) has partnered with the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), the University of Newcastle (UoN) to deliver our second Australian Summer School on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication.

This course has been developed especially for individuals who manage, regulate, investigate, remediate, or are impacted by contaminated sites. It provides participants with a unique appreciation of the underpinning science and technology coupled with practical approaches to site characterisation, assessment and remediation as well as risk communication.

Regardless of their current level of expertise, this course will provide participants with enhanced skills, knowledge, networks and confidence to manage even the most challenging sites and help them become leaders in the global remediation industry.

This is an all-inclusive course that draws together new knowledge with practical experience to provide participants with the cutting-edge skills to manage and remediate contaminated sites all around the world. This course has been developed in response to the critical need to build capacity to address the growing global contamination crisis. While technical lessons can be learned through the study of past projects, an advantage of this course will be the semi-structured discussions, problem solving and personal interactions that allow participants to consider the many facets of modern contaminant site assessment and remedial design. The course will also discuss aspects of sustainable low impact remediation approaches, climate change considerations, policy and regulatory matters, and economic considerations – all within a context of gaining and maintaining a social licence to operate.

The course will bring following benefits to the participants.

Expert instruction

In-depth instruction by, and interaction with, leading environmental experts from academia, consulting and government from across Australia and the rest of the world. These experts provide participants with a comprehensive insight into toxicology, engineering geology, hydrogeology and geochemical principles, site assessment procedures, risk management tools, remediation technologies and strategies, and management issues relating to contaminated land and hazardous waste sites.

Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment based on the conceptual site model will be practised and the effect of different legal contexts explored. The role and cost/benefit of modern advanced analytical chemistry (e.g. GCxGC, Time of Flight Mass Spectroscopy, physiologically based bio-accessibility testing, isotope analysis, asbestos fibre release) will be explored.

Participants will receive detailed technical information on the best-available remediation technologies, design and selection criteria, remediation implementation strategies, and field monitoring.

Sessions on computer modelling and data management support software

Participants will be offered optional computer-based evening sessions. These sessions will provide participants with an understanding of how an individual model works, its underpinnings and how to apply it to site-specific scenarios. As a result, participants will develop strong skills in the application and use of leading-edge software to assess, characterise and manage contaminated sites. Models being discussed include:

  • Contaminant groundwater modelling
  • Vapour intrusion modelling
  • Environmental Data Management


Participants will have numerous structured and unstructured networking opportunities to build connections and relationships with national and international leaders in the field and with their fellow participants. These include leaders from academia, industry and government.


Participants will receive:

  • Handbook and downloadable online resource folder.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit of 40 hours*
  • Site tour and tour to UoN facilities and laboratory space


  • Professor Ravi Naidu (CRC CARE / GCER, UoN)
  • Dr Scott Warner (Ramboll, USA)
  • Professor Paul Nathanail (Land Quality Management, UK)
  • Dr Jill Woodworth (GHD, NT)
  • Danielle Torresan (M/s Lumary, Australia)
  • Dr Dawit Bekele (GCER, UoN)
  • Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada (CRC CARE)
  • Dr Joytoisha Jit (CRC CARE)
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