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Environment and Health –
Bridging South, North, East and West
Conference of ISEE, ISES and ISIAQ
Basel, Switzerland 19 – 23 August 2013

Pre-conference workshops

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Pre-conference workshops, events and courses will take place on Monday 19 August and are open to all conference participants upon registration. Please notice that pre-conference workshops can only be booked in connection with the registration for the main conference. The events will be bookable on the conference registration website and any fees will be directly accounted to the registration booking. The number of participants is restricted in some workshops.

The pre-conference workshops will take place at a minimum of 10 participants. All pre-conference workshops will take place at the Congress Center Basel, if not announced otherwise.

The fee for the pre-conference workshops includes the workshop itself, coffee breaks and beverages during the meeting.
Lunch is not included.

 

WS-01 - Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12 | cancelled
Grant proposals: what happens after submission?
Vito Ilacqua (US Environmental Protection Agency)

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

25

Abstract

The workshop will offer early-career researchers an opportunity to develop their grant-preparation skills by participating in a role-playing peer review exercise. By experiencing directly the demands and constraints of a grant reviewer, and assisted by the commentary of experienced researchers, participants will learn what works best to make proposals stand out and to better target their writing for a peer-review. Participants will be asked to prepare in advance of the workshop, by evaluating sample proposals for discussion, supplied by the organizers, and preparing to present their evaluation.

WS-02 - Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12
Probabilistic Dietary Exposure Assessment Models and Data
Cian O' Mahony (Creme Global Ltd)
Room : Boston 1

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

30

Abstract

Participants will be given an overview of the main principles of dietary exposure, with specific focus on probabilistic modelling. The workshop will be conducted using a combination of theoretical background and hands-on worked examples. The examples will demonstrate the central concepts of dietary exposure including the required data inputs, exposure models, calculation types, and potential uncertainties associated with dietary exposure. The worked examples will be conducted via a web-based software that can be accessed via a web browser on their laptop.

WS-03 - Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12
Basics of Air Quality Modeling
Joseph Scire (Exponent, Inc.)
Room : Boston 2

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

50

Abstract

This 3-hour short course provides an overview of air quality modeling for non-specialists. The core model algorithms and inherent assumptions and limitations of various commonly-used types of models, including plume, puff, grid and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models will be discussed. Meteorological concepts such as turbulence, stability, terrain and urban effects that are important to understand model performance will be presented. Model uncertainty, sensitivity to input data, model misuse and the proper interpretation of model output will be presented. The concepts presented will be illustrated with several practical case study air quality modeling applications.

WS-04 - Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12
Exposure to temperature extremes during pregnancy and birth outcomes: A call for international collaboration
Shilu Tong (Queensland University of Technology)
Co-Presenters: Kristie L. Ebi (Stanford University, USA), Rupa Basu (Oakland, USA), Xiaochuan Pan (Peking University), Antonio Gasparrini (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK)

Room : Boston 3

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9 - 12

Fees

80 CHF

max. number of participants

30

Abstract

Climate change threatens the health of human populations throughout the world. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and severity of several extreme events such as heatwaves. Extreme events have immediate impacts on population health, particularly on vulnerable groups such as pregnant women. However, little research has been conducted on how extreme weather events affect pregnant women and their babies, and what implications climate change will have for this particularly vulnerable group. This workshop will address some important scientific questions – whether exposure to temperature extremes during pregnancy adversely affects birth outcomes, and what implications climate change will have for pregnant women and their babies. Discussion will focus on the methodological challenges, research needs, future directions and potential collaborations in this emerging field.

WS-05 - Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16
Environmental Exposure Modelling Workshop
Kees de Hoogh (Imperial College London), Co-presenters: Danielle Vienneau (Swiss TPH), John Gulliver, Daniela Fecht and Federico Fabbri (all Imperial College London)
Room : Biozentrum URZ

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16

Fees

130 CHF

max. number of participants

35

Location Biozentrum Basel

Abstract

Environmental exposure modelling and assessment is an important part of environmental epidemiology and risk assessment. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provide the standard platform for developing spatial and temporal environmental models and exposure assessment techniques. A crucial element is selecting and applying appropriate techniques in relation to different environmental pollutants. This one-day course aims to introduce the use of GIS for assessment to a range of environmental risks and exposures. The course will be a mix between lectures, demonstrations and a practical time for hands-on data analysis.

WS-06 - Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16 | fully booked, enrollment closed
Methods for climate change and health assessment
Simon Hales (University of Otago, New Zealand), Co-presenters: Hilary Bambrick, Kris Ebi, Sari Kovats, Simon Lloyd and Joacim Rocklov
Room : Lima

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16

Fees

80 CHF

max. number of participants

15

Abstract

We invite academics, researchers and consultants in the field of climate change and health to attend a workshop featuring short
presentations, interactive sessions, participant feedback and group discussions on the following three topics:

1. How can epidemiological methods be applied to relationships between climate and health? We will discuss methods of analysis and software tools. If you have health outcome data that you wish to analyse in relation to climate or weather variables, please contact us in advance. We may be able to include a hands-on demonstration.

2. How can health risks from climate change be quantified at global scale? We briefly describe current approaches, outline recent results and discuss how future projections can be improved.

3. Frameworks for vulnerability and adaptation assessment. How can health researchers contribute to policy action on climate change? What are the conceptual frameworks and best practices in this field?

WS-07 - Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16
Ways to Evoke Mindfulness for Ethical Conduct
Raymond Neutra (Neutra Consulting), Co-presenters: Dr. Craig Dalton (Australia) and Prof Tom Eide (Norway)
Room : see further information

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16

Fees

80 CHF

max. number of participants

50

Due to a registration of less than 10 persons this workshop will not take place at the official venue.  Instead there will be an informal discussion group from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at Dr Neutra's hotel which is near the meeting venue. Ask for Dr Neutra at the hotel desk. There is no charge for this session Dr Neutra can be reached at raymondneutra[at]gmail[dot]com

Adagio Hotel
Hammerstrasse 46
4058 BASEL
SWITZERLAND
Tel(+41)61/6864600

Abstract

Ethical behavior requires more than knowing ethical duties and rights and having the ability to reason about the proper balance among conflicting duties and good and bad results. One also needs the moral imagination and intuition to recognize when an impending course of action has a moral dimension. We call this intuitive state "mindfulness."

This workshop will involve presentations on the neuropsychology of ethical behavior and experience to date in cultivating and deploying mindfulness. This includes the use of literature as a means for developing moral intuition. It will also allow participants to try out mindfulness practices and contemplative dialogue.

www.hunterairandhealth.net/mindful-ethics.html

WS-08 - Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16 | fully booked, enrollment closed
Crash Course in R: An Introduction to R for Environmental Epidemiology
Zev Ross (ZevRoss Spatial Analysis)
Room : Darwin

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 9-12 and 13-16

Fees

80 CHF

max. number of participants

25

Abstract

With over 4000 libraries and a rapidly expanding user base R statistical software has become a powerful tool for conducting environmental epidemiology research. Interest in learning R has been strong at ISEE and, as a result, this workshop will be offered at ISEE for the third year in a row. The goal of the workshop is to get participants up and running with R, to provide users with enough background to begin manipulating data, preparing graphics and conducting simple statistics. Users will also learn how to install libraries and read and write data in a variety of formats. Data from environmental epidemiology will be used in examples and participants will be expected to use their own laptops. No previous experience in R is required but some experience with other data-related packages is helpful.

More details will be made available at www.zevross.com/isee2013

WS-09 - Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16.30
Understanding inter- and intra-individual variability in human biomonitoring spot samples
Ruth Bevan (Cranfield University, UK)
Room : Boston 1

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16.30

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

25

Abstract

This workshop relates to a Cefic-LRI funded project aimed at improving our understanding of the impact of inter- and intra-individual variability in large-scale HBM surveys. The project is using a combination of existing biomarker data, toxicokinetic modelling and newly generated bio-marker analysis; in addition, a software tool to assist interpretation of single sample human biomonitoring studies has been developed. The workshop will include an outline of the project and findings, and a trail of the software tool to assess participants views on applicability and ease of use. Speakers will include Dr Roel Smolders (Vito, Belgium), and members of the project team from Summit Toxicology (USA), Health and Safety Laboratory (UK), Cranfield University (UK) and Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany).

WS-10 - Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16 | cancelled
Flame retardants and flammability standards: How science can impact policy
Arlene Blum (University of California, Berkeley); Co-presenters : Linda Birnbaum (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), and Myrto Petreus (California Dept. of Toxic Substance Control)

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

30 - 60

Abstract

During short presentations, participants will discuss regulations in their country related to flame retardants, such as flammability standards, as well as their experiences communicating with decision makers. Participants will discuss how to effect changes in policy to maintain fire safety and reduce flame retardant use in small and large group sessions. We plan to compile descriptions of scientist's experiences and information about regulations in different countries into a collaborative paper, such as the San Antonio Statement (SAS) which was published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

WS-11 - Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16
The Exposome : how to deal with exposure signatures and cocktails from the perspective of ISES, ISEE and ISIAQ
Tom McKone (LBNL for ISES), Joel Schwartz (Harvard for ISEE), Charles Weschler (UMDNJ for ISIAQ), Paul Lioy (UMDNJ as moderator)
Room : Boston 2

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

-

This event targets students and young researchers, but is open to anyone that wants to get a feel of the extend of the broad field in which the three societies operate.

During this workshop, an introduction to the Exposome topic will be followed by three 30 minute lectures held by a senior professor from each of the 3 societies that are co-organizing the conference. All three lectures will focus on the Exposome topic, but will do this from the specific scope and field of the society that he/she represents. The common topic will be the Exposome, exposure signatures, and how do we approach exposure cocktails?

After each lecture, there will be time for questions. The three lectures will be followed by a 45 minute discussion that will focus on how the societies are complementary, what scientists from each of the fields can learn from their colleagues in the other societies etc.

This workshop is being organised by the Students and New Researchers Network.

WS-12 - Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16 | fully booked, enrollment closed
Workshop on Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT): practical methods for priority setting and evaluation
Giovanni Leonardi (Public Health England), Co-presenters: Dr Lina Balluz, Chief of Environmental Public Health Tracking Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA,
Prof Jan Semenza, Office of the Chief Scientist, European Centre for Disease Control, Stockholm,
Dr Paolo Lauriola, Head of the Regional Thematic Centre "Environment and Health" ARPA Emilia Romagna, Italy

Room : Boston 3

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

30

Abstract

EPHT is defined as the ongoing collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data from environmental hazard monitoring, and from surveillance of human exposure and health effects.

The objective of this workshop will be to explore methodologies for developing tracking systems and components; e.g. approaches to hazard priority setting, evaluation of systems, and European network geoportals. The focus will be on developing national programmes and the challenges and experience on an international scale. The workshop will be used to initiate an international network for EPHT to share best practices and support development of systems and related studies.

Draft agenda

WS-13 - Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16
Health and climate change
Bettina Menne (WHO)
Room : Kairo 1

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

30

Abstract

The WHO Regional Office for Europe is developing an extensive 10 days training on climate change and health. The training toolkit is composed of two sessions: Estimating the health effects and developing a national or sub-national health adaptation strategies. Each of the sessions is composed by five modules. The learning aims include to be able to assess health effects and develop the components for national action. We would like to offer a short description of the content, its methods, the teachers guide, and showcase one sub-module, of choice (a) methods to assess the health effects of climate change and (b) estimations of damage and adaptation costs. At the end of the training participants would be asked to evaluate the training content and its modules and its usefulness also for a scientific epidemiological audience.

WS-14 - Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16
Writing and Publishing Research Papers
Jane Schroeder (NIEHS/NIH/HHS)
Room : Kairo 2

Date and Time

Mon 19 Aug, 13 - 16

Fees

50 CHF

max. number of participants

-

Abstract

Writing and publishing clear and complete research papers, including systematic approaches for each section of a results paper, commonmistakes, effective tables and figures, working with coauthors, getting feedback, English language editing, the publication process, choosing a target journal, interactions with journal editors and staff, responding to reviewers, plagiarism, duplicate publication, competing financial interests, and scientific misconduct. Intended for students, new researchers, and anyone who wants to improve their writing and publishing skills. I will use examples from my work as a full-time journal editor, and encourage questions and discussion.

 

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