SoBRA was established in December 2009 and since that time has held eleven annual conferences and ten workshops:
- June 2018: Fine Tuning DQRA’s for the Water Environment
- June 2017: Vapour Intrusion to Support Sustainable Risk-Based Decision Making
- June 2016: Site Investigation & Risk Assessment for Historic Landfill Redevelopment
- July 2015: Uncertainty in Human Health Risk Assessment
- April 2014: Category 4 Screening Levels: Industry Application(joint SoBRA/SAGTA workshop)
- June 2013: Risks to Human Health from Asbestos in Soil
- June 2012: Risk Assessment of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater
- June 2011: Lead Risk Assessment for Contaminated Land: The Key Issues
- June 2010: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): The Burning Questions
SoBRA also has a number of sub groups looking at various aspects related to risk assessment. One of these is the Accreditation Sub-Group, which was formed to explore a potential role for SoBRA in providing accreditation for risk assessors working in the fields of human health and controlled waters (amongst others). We envisaged the scheme to be in the form of a register of SoBRA accredited risk assessors and drafted documents describing eligibility criteria and how these may be assessed. We ran an open survey in October/November 2013 resulting in a scheme that has widespread acceptance within the land contamination community. The SoBRA accreditation scheme was launched in July 2016.
SoBRA has a bursary and scholarship scheme available to SoBRA members to help promote research and furthering knowledge related to land contamination risk assessment in the UK. Further details can be found under the Resources section.
Membership to SoBRA is open to any individual with an interest in the assessment of risks from land contamination. Join SoBRA here.