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Bridging Community and Science at a High Level

MacEwan University, Edmonton

JUNE 16-18,2024

Join us for our 2024 Annual Meeting and Conference

Schedule at a Glance

  • Sunday,  June 16  -  Networking and Science Canoe Trip down the North Saskatchewan River,  Tox on Tap

  • Monday, June 17   -  Plenary Speakers, Scientific Presentations, Posters, AGM, and Awards Banquet

  • Tuesday, June 18 -  Guided Tour of Mesocosm Facility at InnoTech Alberta

Canoe Trip
(Sunday June 16th)

Join us on Sunday June 16th for a networking and science canoe trip down the North Saskatchewan River

Ran Zhao

Assistant professor of chemistry, University of Alberta 

Ultrasonic Humidifiers - An Underrated Route for Inhalation Exposure? 

Humans living in contemporary societies spend over 90% of their time indoors. Yet, factors affecting indoor air quality have not been investigated in an exhaustive manner. In particular, the impacts of many indoor pollutant sources are not properly recognized. A major reason that existing literature often neglects major indoor sources is the lack of a means of monitoring indoor air quality in the actual living environment. Residents living in the Canadian Northern Prairies often use ultrasonic humidifiers to combat the cold and dry winter. Ultrasonic humidifiers can give rise to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a benchmark pollutant that can induce a variety of health complications. In this presentation, I will introduce a couple of studies conducted by my research group, investigating PM2.5 emitted from the use of ultrasonic humidifiers. In addition to laboratory studies, we have employed novel low-cost air quality sensors to investigate the transport of humidifier-generated PM2.5 in an experimental home. Further, the impact of humidifier use on indoor air quality in university student residences was also investigated. Our study showed that the use of a single ultrasonic humidifier charged with tap water can give rise to PM2.5 levels equivalent to a polluted city. The composition of the PM2.5 mirrors that of the water used. Overall, our study shows that ultrasonic humidifiers can be an underrated route for inhalation exposure to contaminants that would be normally found in water. This inhalation exposure pathway can be particularly relevant to people living in the Northern Canadian Prairie. 

Tox on Tap
(Sunday June 16th)

Guided Tours
(Tuesday June 18th)

Join us on June 18th for a guided tour of the Mesocosm Facility at InnoTech Alberta

Join us at Campio Brewing for an evening of festivities as we recognize and celebrate the outstanding research and presentations from our SETAC PNC student! 

Awards Dinner and Social
(Monday June 17th)


Save on your hotel 

Book at the group rate

We have managed to secure a discounted group rate for attendees at two hotels:

Option 1:  Edmonton | Matrix Hotel.

Group rate: $179/night (Deluxe King or Deluxe Double room).

* The link above should take you directly to the booking site and provide you with the group rate of $179/night for a Deluxe King or Deluxe Double room for a booking from June 16th to June 21nd. You can also call 780-429-2861 and request the Prairie Northern Chapter (PNC) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) group block. Parking is included in rate.

Option 2:  Days Inn by Wyndham Edmonton Downtown.

Group rate: $114 plus tax ( 12.27 tax + fees) 1-2 persons..

*These rates will be available through the front desk; and the attendees should mention the SETAC special rates. Semi covered parking is an additional $10 per vehicle ; height restriction of 6’4 ft.

Contact info: or 780-423-1925

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Option 3:  University of Alberta Residences.

Dormitory (single/double bed) or suite style rooms from $70/night


1 / Kristen Anderson

Technical Specialist, Wetlands and Restoration
Associated Environmental Consultants
Edmonton, AB

Wetlands and Community Involvement
This presentation provides an overview of community-driven projects where volunteers and scientists join forces to restore wetland and riparian ecosystems aimed at water quality improvement. Restoration of degraded sites is an important mechanism to ensure these natural assets continue to provide important functions related to water quality and other ecosystem goods and services. Involving community members has significant benefits. Case studies of recent projects will be reviewed with examples including wetland restoration, soil bioengineering, naturalization techniques, and community connections.


Kristen is a senior wetland scientist and restoration ecologist with over 25 years of professional experience specializing in the design and implementation of wetland and stream restoration projects, wetland delineation, functional assessment, remote sensing, wetland monitoring, and has managed the regulatory and compensatory mitigation process for a variety of projects in Alberta and USA.  Kristen is passionate as an educator and has been teaching wetland courses at the University of Alberta since 2010 including a course on wetland assessment and a course on wetland restoration and construction. She also teaches stream restoration workshops for stewardship groups and municipalities. Kristen’s background includes stormwater management and erosion and sediment control design and installation.

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