The program for the XII Seminário Ekos Brasil, which will be held on the 28th to 30th of October 2020, will be released soon.

In 2018, we brought national and international experts from different sectors in four sessions focused on sustainability in the context of remediation and revitalization of contaminated areas: Solutions, Perception of Risk and Trust, Values ​​and Transformation.

Success cases in these areas were presented to the attendants, and discussions arised about the still necessary changes in the area and the good practices that should be adopted in projects. In addition, seven workshops by the NICOLE Brasil network were offered.

Meet the speakers of the 2018 edition

Alan Thomas – ERM
Hugo Maurer – Institut National de l’Économie Circulaire
Anabel Kuriss – Jacobs
Daniel Maragna Anton – Arcadis
Miriam Ribeiro – Arcadis Brasil
José Carlos Gouvêa – Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional
Jeff Paul – Golder Associates
Paola Barreto – Jacobs
Nicola Harries – CLAIRE/SURF-UK
Christopher Wells – Santander
Dr. Sandra Vasin – City of Stuttgart, Department for Environmental Protection
Craig Cox – Cox-Colvin & Associates
Gary Wealthall – Geosyntec
Juliana Bedoya – Fundação Renova
Lina Pimentel – Mattos Filho
Juliana Gomes Ramalho Monteiro – Mattos Filho
Christine Leas – Sive, Paget & Riesel
Lucia Buvé – Umicore
Dietmar Müller – Commom Forum
Roberto Waack – Fundação Renova


On the day after the XI Seminário Ekos Brasil/SustRem 2018, the Instituto Ekos Brasil joined the NICOLE Brasil Network on the organization of 7 workshops about the management of contaminated sites.

The topics covered were Vapor Intrusion, Conceptual Models, Sustainable Remediation, GIS, Stakeholders Engagement, Environmental Risk Assessment and REMCHLOR


I had the privilege to attend the EKOS conferences in Sao Paulo every two years since 2011, the Sustrem conferences since 2010 when it started in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as the series of workshops organized by EKOS and Nicole Brasil in Brazil and in Peru. The EKOS and Nicole Brasil conferences are the biggest and only events I know in Latin America on contaminated land, always successfully attracting a large crowd of professionals from the industry, consulting, technical providers, governmental agents and researchers, from Brazil and across Latin America, making it a very efficient networking platform to promote the development of State of the Art in this field. The same applies to the Sustrem series of conferences, bringing professionals from around the world in the field of Sustainability applied to the reclamation and redevelopment of impacted land. Typically, such conferences focus their attention on technical solutions while experienced professionals know today that to overcome the challenge of addressing the “tip of the iceberg”,  social and financial aspects are essential to consider. I am therefore very much looking forward to the Sustrem 2018 conference in Sao Paulo, a joint event between the Sustrem community, EKOS and Nicole Brasil, and a very special occasion to gather professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and geographies, to share their experience, this time focusing the debate on social and financial issues and solutions.

Olivier Maurer

Client Executive Europe and Latin America – CH2M/JACOBS

The 2016 EKOS conference in Brazil was definitely one of the best and most interesting happenings I attended. Although social aspects and stakeholder involvement are key in remedial projects worldwide, these issues are in Latin-American countries even more important and sensitive, and were given the necessary attention during the conference. Further, I was impressed by the initiative to organize a debate between a Public Prosecutor and the State Environmental Agency about groundwater valuation. Needless to say that the debate was very lively! And last but not least, it was a pleasure to be part of an enthusiastic and responding public.

Lucia Buvé

Pollution Prevention Manager – UMICORE NV

The Ekos Seminar, for its long history, is the main non-Brazilian event that brings together professionals from the institutions of the production chain, from the public power and from the production of knowledge involved in the management systems of contaminated areas. As the prospects for the next event are very encouraging because of the holding of one of the major events in the world on Sustainable Remediation, which specializes in attractions in Europe and North America. Great opportunity to make the network and the product. Good experience in advanced research, sustainable remediation and protection of aquifers. Great opportunity also to reflect on the development of our society

Reginaldo Antonio Bertolo

Prof. Dr., Director of CEPAS IGc USP

SustRem 2018 will be an important conference, based on worldwide knowledge on sustainable land use, with a special focus on shaping our understanding of groundwater protection, social and economic aspects in relation to developing countries.

Nicola Harries

Project Director – CL:AIRE

The EKOS Brazil Seminar has become a very relevant event in Latin America and is already an important part of the development and history of management of contaminated areas in the region. The event brings together key professionals, entities and other stakeholders in the management of environmental liabilities, allowing viewers to participate in high level discussions, share ideas, knowledge, and close contact with innovative technologies and approaches from different perspectives.

José Carlos Rocha Gouvêa Júnior

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional


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