Welcome from the Chair
15 November – 7 December 2018
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences.
Today, longitudinal studies are extensively performed, especially in Arctic countries. A considerable number of reports and articles related to epidemiological studies conducted in the arctic regions have appeared in last year Special Issues of IJERPH. For both ethical and scientific reasons, many longitudinal studies have a cohort design, with a long-term follow up of the individuals concerned that, often, are mothers and their children, since the most vulnerable period in human life is before birth and in early childhood. Various epidemiological studies in the circumpolar area have shown associations between contaminants and different health outcomes. The risk assessment of the effects of environmental pollutants is essential for the overall protection of health of the current and next generations. Different methods of risk assessment are available, however it is not clearly established how to translate the contaminant concentrations measured in the blood of the monitored individuals to information useful for risk characterization, thus linking the likelihood that specific adverse health effects will occur to defined concentration ranges of contaminants. In addition, risk assessments are complicated by several factors, such as climate changes and the fluctuations of contaminant exposure levels over long periods. This makes it necessary to continuously monitor environmental pollution and the related potential health effects. The information gathered from risk assessment studies is also important for policy makers to identify preventive measures to be adopted on both a population level and an individual level. The precautionary principle should be the basis of all environmental health science approaches based on newly acquired knowledge, including risk assessments and the definition of strategies to reduce contaminant exposure to humans. This conference creates a unique opportunity to discuss any subject related to environment and health issues. The Chair and the scientific committee heartily welcome you and look forward to this first electronic conference on environmental health sciences.
Professor of global health
Visiting professor, Department of Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2013--)
PI of the Breathe study, supported by Globvac. Clinical trial of azithromycin treatment of lung complications in HIV-positive children and adolescents in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Call for Papers
E-conferences, virtually anywhere. The 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences
The 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences (IECEHS 2018) will be held from 15 November to 7 December 2018 in the internet environment. This event will solely be an online proceeding which allows the participation from all over the world with no concerns of travel and related expenditures, while at the same time making rapid and direct exchanges about the latest research findings and novel ideas in Environmental Health Sciences. All proceedings will be held online at https://iecehs-1.sciforum.net/.
Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:
- Adolescent Health
- Children’s Environmental Health
- Global Environment
- Registry Epidemiology for Public Health Purposes
- Air Pollution
- Climate Change and Health
- Environmental Exposure and Health
- Industrial and Occupational Health
- Risk Assessment and Management of Environmental Hazards
The conference will be completely free of charge - both to attend, and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. There will also be a possibility to submit selected papers to the e-conference related Special Issue of the journal IJERPH (ISSN 1660-4601; Impact Factor: 2.101 (2016)), with a 20% discount on the APC. IECEHS-2018 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without the concerns and expense of traveling - all you need is access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to "attend" this conference by presenting your latest work.
Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 15 August 2018 online at http://www.sciforum.net/login. For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 1 October 2018. The conference itself will be held 15 November to 7 December 2018.
We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. IECEHS-2018 is organized and sponsored by MDPI, a scholarly open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland.
Paper Submission Guidelines
For information about the submission procedure and preparation of a full presentation, please refer to the "Instructions for Authors".
Instructions for Authors
- Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 15 August 2018.
- The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences. All authors will be notified by 22 August 2018 about the acceptance of their abstract.
- If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit his/her manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 1 October 2018.
- The manuscripts and presentations will be available on https://sciforum.net/conference/IECEHS-1 for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 15 November-7 December 2018 and will be published in Journal Proceedings.
- The Open Access Journal IJERPH will publish a Special Issue of the conference proceedings papers and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference itself. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. After the conference, the Conference Committee will recommend manuscripts that may be included for publication in this Special Issue of the journal IJERPH (the submission to the journal is independent from the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC, etc.).
Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:
- Full author names
- Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
- Results and Discussion
Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables and references). There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible.
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.
Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer at IECEHS@mdpi.com to get to know more about the procedure. This is an unique way of presenting your paper and discuss it with peers from all over the world. Make a difference and join us for this project!
Authors that wish to present a poster only, i.e. without proceedings paper, can do so in section J. - Posters of this conference. Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.
Accepted File Formats
- MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the Electronic Conference on Materials Science Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
- Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences MS Word Template File
- References: References must be numbered in order of appearance in the text (including tables and legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. We recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package, such as EndNote, ReferenceManager or Zotero to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references. Citations and References in Supplementary files are permitted provided that they also appear in the main text and in the reference list. In the text, reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example , [1–3] or [1,3]. For embedded citations in the text with pagination, use both parentheses and brackets to indicate the reference number and page numbers; for example  (p. 10). or  (pp. 101–105). The Reference list should include the full title as recommended by the ACS style guide. The style file for endnote, MDPI.ens, can be found at http://endnote.com/downloads/style/mdpi
- Author List and Affiliations: Authors' full first and last names must be provided. The initials of any middle names can be added. The PubMed/MEDLINE standard format is used for affiliations: complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and all email addresses. At least one author should be designated as corresponding author, and his or her email address and other details should be included at the end of the affiliation section. Please read the criteria to qualify for authorship.
- Figures, Schemes and Tables: All figure files should be separately uploaded during submission. Figures and schemes must be provided at a sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1000 pixels width/height, or a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). All Figure file formats are accepted. However, TIFF, JPEG, EPS and PDF files are preferred. Materials can publish multimedia files in articles or as supplementary materials. Please get in touch with the Editorial office for further information. All Figures, Schemes and Tables should also be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearance (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, Table 1, etc.). All Figures, Schemes and Tables should have a short explanatory title and a caption. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. To facilitate the copy-editing of larger tables, smaller fonts may be used, but in no less than 8 pt. in size. Authors should use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables. For multi-panel figures, the file must contain all data in one file. For tips on creating multi-panel figures, please read the helpful advice provided by L2 Molecule. Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color (RGB at 8-bit per channel). Full color graphics will be published free of charge.
For further enquiries please contact us at IECEHS@mdpi.com.
Authors wishing to publish their papers are asked to abide to the following rules:
- Any facts that might be perceived as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) must be disclosed in the paper prior to submission.
- Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their findings.
- Data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the paper, so that other researchers can replicate the work.
- Raw data should preferably be publicly deposited by the authors before submission of their manuscript. Authors need to at least have the raw data readily available for presentation to the referees and the editors of the journal, if requested. Authors need to ensure appropriate measures are taken so that raw data is retained in full for a reasonable time after publication.
- Simultaneous submission of manuscripts to more than one journal is not tolerated.
- Republishing content that is not novel is not tolerated (for example, an English translation of a paper that is already published in another language will not be accepted).
- If errors and inaccuracies are found by the authors after publication of their paper, they need to be promptly communicated to the editors of this journal so that appropriate actions can be taken. Please refer to our policy regarding publication of publishing addenda and corrections.
- Your manuscript should not contain any information that has already been published. If you include already published figures or images, please obtain the necessary permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC-BY license.
- Plagiarism, data fabrication and image manipulation are not tolerated.
MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).
SessionsA. Adolescent Health
B. Children’s Environmental Health
C. Global Environment
D. Registry Epidemiology for Public Health Purposes
E. Air Pollution
F. Climate Change and Health
G. Environmental Exposure and Health
H. Industrial and Occupational Health
I. Risk Assessment and Management of Environmental Hazards
Professor of global health, NTNU The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MD, PhD, Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University,
New Orleans LA, USA
Pesticide Biochemistry and Environmental Toxicology, Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagaziz University, Egypt
Department of Occupational Safety and Health, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Graduate School of Public Health, St. Luke's International University, Tokyo
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, 1 Matsunosato, Tsukuba, Japan
Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Regional Health Service-Italy, Rome, Italy
Institute of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
School of Public Health, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; General Practice and Primary Care, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481, USA
University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90014 Oulu, Finland
School of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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A. Adolescent Health
The “Adolescent Health” section will focus on individual and contextual factors that shape adolescent health outcomes. Teens’ social contexts including family, peers, schools, and neighborhoods, as well as exposure to social media, can affect teens’ health in positive and negative ways. In addition, systemic experiences related to teens’ race and ethnicity, gender, social class, and sexual orientation or identity influence their health outcomes, such as experiences of stereotyping or discrimination. We invite papers focused on adolescent health and the factors that shape it, particularly those addressing reproductive health, such as teen pregnancy and parenting. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods papers are welcome.
Dr. Jennifer M. Grossman
- Adolescent health
- Social contexts
- Family relationships
- Reproductive health
- Teen pregnancy
- Teen parenting
- Social media
Dr. Jennifer M. Grossman, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481, USA
B. Children’s Environmental Health
This session on Children’s Environmental Health will focus on the latest research into the ways in which the impact of the urban environment on children’s health and well-being are distinct from the impact on adults. This may be because of the different activities in which children participate, the distinct microenvironments in which they spend their time, or the personal behavior choices that they or their parents make on their behalf. It may also be due to their different susceptibility to environmental stressors at their particular stage of physical development. This session is expected to be multidisciplinary, bringing together both qualitative and quantitative experts in areas including but not limited to environmental science, population health, transport engineering and urban design. It is expected that the knowledge gained will have policy implications and will help towards ensuring that the needs of children are captured in such policy.
Assoc. Prof. Kim N. Dirks
- Urban living
- Active transport
- Air pollution exposure
- Water quality
- Environmental exposure
- Outdoor environment
- Indoor environment
Dr. Kim Natasha Dirks, School of Population Health Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
C. Global Environment
Evidence of the harm to health and well-being from widespread environmental degradation and global climate change is growing. The poorest people on the planet tend to suffer most from the health effects of exposure to environmental hazards like air pollution and impure water. In turn, disease and disability related to polluted environments slows and blocks economic development. In this section, we would like to draw attention to global research on environmental exposure, transcending national boundaries, with the goal of improving health for all people by reducing the environmental exposure that leads to avoidable disease, disability and death.
Prof. Dr. Arja Rautio
Prof. Dr. Arja Rautio, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90014 Oulu, Finland
D. Registry Epidemiology for Public Health Purposes
Environmental health is one of the world's biggest public health concerns. The marked increase in the use of public health registries holds enormous potential to address a wide range of health care issues that have arisen in recent years across the globe. Registries can yield valuable information that helps people learn more about a certain condition, hazard, or adverse event, particularly when health consequences are uncertain over time or will probably take years to develop. As a powerful tool and a cost-efficient data-collection instrument, a well-designed registry helps one assess potential health outcomes and contributes to the generation of research hypotheses.
Both exposure-based registries and disease-based registries have become increasingly popular for data collection and follow-up in the field of environmental health research with notable scientific inferences. An increasing number of epidemiologic studies have started to use registries to measure associations between exposures and health outcomes, which have led to substantially improved generalisability of research findings to a broader population.
In this section, we welcome worldwide submissions on a variety of topics of interest including (but not limited to) experiences and lessons of creating health registries, novel epidemiological findings on exposure–health outcome issues, advances in statistical techniques for data analysis, risk assessments and decision support, and other types of registry-based research efforts that provide new information to add to the existing scientific knowledge.
Prof. Harry H.X. Wang
- Health Registry
- Health Outcomes
Dr. Harry H.X. Wang, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong General Practice and Primary Care, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Univ
E. Air Pollution
The health effects of air pollution are well established and thoroughly studied. Nevertheless, there still remain some issues that require closer examination in epidemiological studies, as outlined below. In any given setting, acute short-term exposures are correlated with long-term chronic exposures typical for a location. Therefore, it is still a challenge to disentangle the acute and eventually reversible health effects from the chronic and often irreversible effects of air pollution. Epidemiological studies usually rely on exposure data based on a small list of indicator pollutants. With technological changes, the composition of a pollution mixture will likely be refined and change, and it is therefore necessary to constantly re-evaluate the relevance of each indicator pollutant to the health effects of different pollution mixtures. Epidemiological studies examining the biological interaction between air pollution and other environmental or social stressors are scarce. As multiple exposures are typical in the real world, we must know how the combination of multiple stressors does indeed affect health. I am looking forward to your input and hope that it will boost the research on air pollution and health.
Dr. Hanns Moshammer
• Air pollution,
• Acute versus chronic effects,
• Indicator pollutants,
• Source-specific health effects,
• Combination of exposures,
• Interaction effects
Dr. Hanns Moshammer, Institute of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health Medical University of Vienna Vienna, Austria https://zph.meduniwien.ac.at/umwelthygiene/allgemeine-informationen/mitarbeiterinnen/hanns-moshammer/
F. Climate Change and Health
It is my great honor and pleasure to welcome you to the E-Conference on Climate Change and Health. It aims to promote research collaborations and to interpret scientific research findings for the health practice and services community.
Climate change has had, and will continue to have a significant impact on population health. Negative impacts are particularly severe among vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, patients with existing chronic diseases, outdoor workers, residents in rural and remote areas, and people with lower socioeconomic status, among others. It is important for scientists from different disciplines to work collaboratively to assess health risk, explore risk factors and develop effective adaptation strategies, and, more importantly, to translate the research outcomes into public health and clinical practice. This conference will therefore provide a unique opportunity for scientists from diverse areas such as climatology, meteorology, public health policy, environmental health, epidemiology, occupational health and safety, infectious disease control and prevention, anthropology, health sociology, and clinical medicine, to share their knowledge, exchange their updated research findings, etc. Furthermore, the conference will also provide a platform for scientists and policy-makers to discuss the potential collaborations.
The E-Conference will cover key areas of climate change and health, including:
- Environmental Health
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Time-series data Analysis Approaches
- Climate change, Infectious disease control and prevention,
- Climate change adaptation
- Community resilience
- Climate change and health service policy
We are looking forward to receiving your contributions to this unique event!
Professor Peng Bi, MBBS PhD
Prof. Dr. Peng Bi, School of Public Health The University of Adelaide Adelaide, SA 5005 Australia
G. Environmental Exposure and Health
The “Environmental Exposures and Health” session will focus on the two components of how exposure to the environment influences human health and wellbeing, examining both the negative and positive effects of environmental exposure. Exposures may either be acute or chronic, and health outcomes distal or proximal. The session will bring together experts in the area and allow comparison of common methodological approaches for examining exposures to environmental factors and how these influence the prevalence, incidence, and geographic distribution of health outcomes. Additionally, methods and techniques for sharing findings via policy, citizen science, and media will be examined.
Dr. Nicholas Osborne
- Environmental exposures
- chronic exposure, greenspace
- low level exposure
- acute exposure
- endocrine disruptors
- air pollution
- built environment
- natural toxins
Dr. Nicholas Osborne, School of Public Health and Community Medicine University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia Website: https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-nicholas-osborne
H. Industrial and Occupational Health
This session on Industrial and Occupational Health is intended to collect the latest papers related to the recognition and prevention of physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards in the workplace. We anticipate to gather experts from different researching fields to share their experiences and concerns about the emerging risks in daily working environments. Traditional and new approaches to assessing potential risks will be present as an effort towards promoting the incorporation of these approaches into field practice, and also help academia, governments and industries to gain insight into these potential hazards in order to adopt adequate measures to reduce the risks.
Prof. Ta-Yuan Chang
- Industrial Health
- Occupational Health
- Hazard Identification
- Exposure Assessment
- Risk Assessment
Prof. Dr. Ta-Yuan Chang, Department of Occupational Safety and Health, College of Public Health, China Medical University No. 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
I. Risk Assessment and Management of Environmental Hazards
This session on risk assessment and the management of environmental hazards intends to bring together experts from different research areas to discuss the potential impact of chemical, physical, microbiological or psychosocial hazards on a specified human population or ecological system under a specific set of conditions and for a certain time frame. There is an awareness of risk to the environment, along with a growing concern for the continuing potential damage caused by hazards. Moreover, besides physical protection, a synthesis of anti-hazard measures is being considered, including land use management, and better planning for response and recovery and emergency warnings. The challenge to researchers within the hazards community is to use their skill to adopt a wider perspective, involving global change for a safer and more sustainable environment. Risk assessment and risk management are used to define broadly the activities of identifying and quantifying risk due to environmental agents and processes, and the actions taken to prevent or minimize these risks. Thus, it has been recognized that an integrated approach to environmental hazards needs to be attempted using common methodologies, such as risk analysis, which involves quantitative and qualitative risk assessment and risk management. Risk assessment is intended to provide complete information to risk managers, specifically policymakers, and regulators in order to take the best possible decisions. However, there is a lack of such information, which constitutes a serious deficiency in the reduction of environmental hazards. This session covers a series of important topics that help to emphasize the importance of the analysis and management of risk to planners and researchers around the world. It is concerned with all aspects of risk management and hazard mitigation, which are associated with both natural and anthropogenic hazards.
Prof. Dr. Mohamed-Bassem A. Ashour
- Risk analysis, assessment, and management.
- Early warning and vulnerability.
- Temporal and spatial aspects of risk.
- Chemical pollutants and contaminants: in air, water, soil, and food.
- Pathogenic microbiological contaminants in food and water.
- Risk assessment associated with genetically modified organisms.
- Risk assessment associated with nanotechnology.
- Waste management.
- Risk assessment and life style.
- Radiation sources.
- Electromagnetic fields.
- Climate and climate change.
- Natural disasters.
- Multi-hazard risk assessment and decision making.
- Data collection and analysis.
- Mathematical models in risk extrapolation.
- Communication of risk.
- Case studies.
Prof. Dr. Mohamed-Bassem A. Ashour, Pesticide Biochemistry and Environmental Toxicology, Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagaziz University, Egypt