OOSKAnews will host an "aquaNOW Audience" Thursday 30 January, in Inverness Scotland, to discuss challenges and solutions around pharmaceutical pollution of water resources. The event will be live streamed at www.ooskanews.com from 2PM UK time
. This aquaNOW Audience will be held in Inverness at the Centre for Health Science, Inverness, Scotland, there is no cost for attendance.
"Green Meds for Blue Water" will discuss in panel discussion format the challenges of identifying pharma pollution and cleaning it up. These Audiences engage international environmental experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. Moderator for the panel discussion is publisher of OOSKAnews David Duncan. The event will be filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership.
Background reading: Hospital In Scotland Is World's First To Achieve Alliance For Water Stewardship Certification
Meet The Panel:
Sharon Pfleger, Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health with NHS Highland in Inverness, Scotland, which is part of the One Health Breakthrough Partnership; a collaboration which also includes Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Healthcare without Harm, Scottish Water, Scottish Environment Protection Agency , University of the Highlands and Islands, The Hutton Institute, Glasgow Caledonian University. Sharon’s role involves taking a population approach to the use of medicines and along with the OHBP she is working to reduce the impact of pharmaceutical pollution on the environment and ensure that medicines use is appropriate and promotes the health of the population and the planet.
Ed Pinero is the Head of Standards and Assurance for the Alliance for Water Stewardship. Concurrently, he is also the president of The Piñero Group LLC, providing consulting services to clients in areas of sustainability. He served as Senior Vice President for Sustainability for Veolia North America (VNA), and liaison to Veolia’s worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs departments. Ed represented Veolia on the CEO Water Mandate, the WBCSD Water Group, AWS, and the USBCSD Water Synergy Project. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York and a Masters of Science degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.
Lydia Niemi is a (Scotland) Hydro Nation Scholar researching pharmaceutical persistence and fate in wastewater and surface water. She is based at the Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands in Thurso. During her PhD, Lydia has characterised hospital impact on pharmaceutical loads in a rural water cycle, and performed a 12-month study on the temporal and spatial trends of pharmaceuticals in an effluent-receiving river. Her work seeks to provide evidence for inclusion of pharmaceuticals on water pollution control lists and updated regulatory standards in Scotland. Lydia collaborates with stakeholders including NHS Highland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Water to investigate this multifaceted issue.
Jean-Yves Stenuick works at Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe, the European arm of a global NGO whose mission is to transform healthcare worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. In his current role, he leads the Safer Pharma programme that aims at reducing the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment and exposure to antimicrobial resistance. Before that, Jean-Yves worked at a Brussels-based think tank that fosters innovative ideas to shape global change where he led the organisation’s Health & Wellbeing programme.
Iris Panorel works with the team on water and pharmaceuticals at Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) on projects and stakeholder dialogues focusing on sustainable supply chains and procurement of pharmaceuticals, especially in the context of antibiotics manufacturing and antibiotic resistance. She has over six years of process and quality engineering in a manufacturing industry as well as over five years of academic research on advanced wastewater treatment technologies. Iris has six scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and is an occasional reviewer for Water Research & Technology Journal.
aquaNOW Audiences are produced by OOSKAnews with support from the government of Scotland, the Hydro Nation
Scotland's Hydro Nation vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.
Previous aquaNOW Audiences [LINK]