Welcome from the Chair
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences.
The first conference in 2018 was a success, with many good papers and good activity. This year we want to develop it even more, with a good selection of topics.
The risk assessment of the effects of environmental pollutants was essential in the 2018 conference. We are also open to this subject this year. In addition, we will have a grander global perspective, and have expanded the main themes to be selected by the authors. The section leads have also been carefully selected. The papers will be subject to a thorough review by the most skilled scientists in our time.
The health of the next generation of great interest to us. 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 at both population and individual levels. 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 second electronic conference on environmental health sciences.
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The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences
The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences (IECEHS-2 2019) will be held from 4 to 29 November 2019 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://sciforum.net/conference/IECEHS-2.
Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:
- Environmental Exposures and Health
- Climate change and Reproductive Health
- Children’s Environmental Health
- Occupational Health
- Environmental Health Equity
- Infectious Diseases and Environment
- Global Health
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: 2.145 (2017)), with a 20% discount on the APC. IECEHS-2 2019 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 20 September 2019 online at http://www.sciforum.net/login. For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 20 October 2019. The conference itself will be held at 4–29 November 2019.
We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. IECEHS-2 2019 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".
- Abstract Submission: 20 September 2019
- Notification of Acceptance: 25 September 2019
- Proceedings Paper Submission Deadline: 20 October 2019
- Conference Open: 4–29 November 2019
Professor Jon Øyvind Odland
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Visiting professor, Department of Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2013--) Visiting professor, OB/GYN Department, College of Medicine, University of Malawi (2013-) Key National Expert, Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Council (2010--) President of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research (2009-- 2011) Chair of AMAP Human Health Assessment Group (2009 --). President, International Union of Circumpolar Health (2012-2015).
Prof. Dr. Amir Sapkota
School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Climate Change, Public Health, Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Household Air Pollution, Respiratory Health, Exposure Assessment, Environmental Epidemiology
Prof. Dr. Assaf A. Abdelghani
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health of Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA
the impact of toxic chemicals on human health and the environment:accumulation in food chain organisms and degradation; water and sanitation and effects of agricultural pesticides in developing nations
Prof. Dr. Birgitta Evengård
Department of Clinical Microbiology, UMEA University, Umeå, Sweden
Infectious diseases, human health, climate change, Arctic issues, epidemiology, parasitology, diagnostics
Prof. Dr. Dimosthenis Sarigiannis
Department of Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
environmental health; exposome; circular economy; precision prevention
Prof. Dr. Elena N. Naumova
Division of Nutrition Data Sciences, Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA
development of statistical, mathematical and computational models for climate-sensitive infectious diseases; the use of big data, novel information sources and tools, including GIS and remote sensing in public health applications and environmental researc
Prof. Dr. Gayle C. Windham
California Department of Public Health, 850 Marina Bay Parkway, State Public Health Agency, Richmond, CA, USA
Reproductive epidemiologist (pregnancy outcomes, fertility, menstrual function and hormones) looking at effects of environmental factors, also on children's health (autism, puberty). Exposures of concern include endocrine disruptors, solvents, air polluti
Professor How-Ran Chao
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, National Pingtung University and Science and Technology, Neipu, Taiwan
environmental hygiene and health; environmental epidemiology; environmental toxicology; biomonitoring of human specimens including breast milk, cord blood, and venous blood; health risk assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); health risk asse
Dr. Jayajit Chakraborty
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, TX, USA
environmental justice; environmental health; environmental hazards/disasters; social vulnerability; racial/ethnic disparities; GIScience, spatial analysis
Professor Kow-Tong Chen
Department of Public Health, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Dr. Kow-Tong Chen, Professor of Public Health at College of Medicine in National Cheng Kung University. He has been the Chairman and Board Member for the Society of Occupational Disease, Taiwan. He also sits on the Board of the Society of AIDS and the Society of Epidemiology, Taiwan, and is a member of the Professional section of the Family Doctor Association, Taiwan. His research interests have focus mostly in the field of infectious diseases-related health effects, specifically, on the disease burden and intervention strategies of infectious diseases. To date, he has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and published in numerous leading journals, including the Emerging Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
infectious disease epidemiology; field epidemiology; outbreak investigation; environmental factors
Prof. Dr. Kristie L. Ebi
Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Health risks of and responses to global change, particularly climate change
Professor Madelon L. Finkel
Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA
global public health, women's health, environmental health, epidemiology
Prof. Dr. Mats-Olof Mattsson
Center for Energy, Environmental Resources & Technologies, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Tulln, Austria
health and environmental effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF); health and environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials
Dr. Nicholas Osborne
School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Herston QLD, Australia
pollen and health outcomes; osteoporosis and exposure to solar radiation; risk factors for the consumption of pesticides
Professor Otto Hänninen
Department of Health Protection, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland
exposure; air pollution; public health; environmental health; risk assessment; environmental burden of disease
Professor Russell S. Kirby
Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
perinatal/pediatric epidemiology; health services, birth defects, developmental disabilities; pregnancy outcomes, applications of spatial methods to the study of health and disease
Prof. Dr. Steven Y. Sussman
Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
drug abuse prevention and cessation
Professor Timothy E. Ford
School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA
source and drinking water microbiology; pathogen survival; biofilms; microbial cycling and transformation of pollutants; epidemiology of waterborne diseases; CBPR; microbial ecotoxicology
Dr. David Berrigan
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Behavioral Research Program, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive MSC 7344, Bethesda, MD, USA
Cancer Prevention, Built Environment, Physical Activity, Obesity, Energy Balance, Natural Experiments, Transportation and Health, Acculturation, Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control, Childhood Obesity
Dr. Olatz Lopez Fernandez
Senior Lecturer, Turning Point, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University, 110 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
addictive behaviours; behavioural addictions; general online addictive behaviours (e.g., internet addiction; problem mobile phone use); specific online addictive behaviours (e.g., gaming, social networking, cybersex); gender issues (e.g., female, male)
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 20 September 2019.
- 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 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences. All authors will be notified by 25 September 2019 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 20 October 2019.
- The manuscripts and presentations will be available on https://sciforum.net/conference/IECEHS-2 for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 4–29 November 2019 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.).
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 Sensors and Applications 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.
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.
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 [email protected] 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.
- Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
- Paper Length: The conference proceedings paper should not be longer than 6 pages. The conference manuscript should be as concise as possible.
- Formatting / Style: The paper style of the Journal Remote Sensing should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper. The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example  or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
- Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
- Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and a explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.
For further enquiries please contact us at [email protected].
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).
We are pleased to announce that Best Paper Awards will be available at this conference. The nominations will be assessed by the Organizing Committee.
The Awards will consist of 500 CHF each.
A. Environmental Exposures and Health
Environmental exposures and health focuses on the action of the environment on human health. The field encompasses exposure science as
exemplified by the exposome, health effect studies, including the effects of exposure on human physiology, and environmental policy development. Papers addressing the following topics are invited for this section:
Human health and ecological risk assessment
Chemical substances and harmful radiation
Environmental pollution (air, water, soil, food) by physical, biological and/or chemical agents
Environmental control and mitigation of vector-borne diseases
Mechanisms of environmental diseases pigenetics, genomics,
epidemiology, informatics and big data, molecular modeling
Built environment and social environments
Urban, rural environments
Professor How-Ran Chao, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Emerging Compounds Research Center, National Pingtung University and Science and Technology, Taiwan
B. Climate Change and Reproductive Health
Climate change can have a serious impact on the reproductive health of a population. As we face the development of a global temperature increase described by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) up to 2030 we have a responsibility to provide research and public health strategies to protect the health of both the pregnant women and the next generation. This electronic conference is a perfect opportunity to submit good papers on the topic, and develop connections with other scientists and public health workers. Remember, the problems might come all over the world. They might look different in arctic and tropical areas, but strategies to protect and improve health have the same content wherever you are. So please present your valuable research at this conference. You will also be invited to submit full papers after the conference.
Professor Jon Øyvind Odland, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
C. Children’s Environmental Health
Children are susceptible to many environmental hazards due to their physiology and behaviour. The first one thousand days of life, the period between conception and a child’s second birthday, are also critical when the foundations for lifelong health and well-being are laid. The environment affects this period of rapid development through many exposure pathways.
Children under five years are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards. According to WHO, in 2012 26 percent of deaths and a quarter of disability-adjusted life years among children under five years were attributable to environmental causes. Children from low income countries and low income communities within countries are also disproportionately affected.
Mitigating climate change and reducing adverse environmental exposures such as improving air and water quality, safely storing hazardous substances, safely disposing of hazardous waste, and making roads safer can prevent poor health. There is a need for environmental justice and strategies to prevent and control diseases and injuries of environmental origin in children.
Prof. Dr. Barry Borman, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
D. Occupational Health
Occupational health was born over three centuries ago and was the first discipline that focused on primary prevention of disease. The control of physical, chemical and biological agents in the workplace allowed for an exceptional improvement in working conditions, but at the same time emphasized the need to control the risk in living environments. Today there is the awareness that all prevention activities in the workplace must also be aimed at protecting the external environment.
In the last half century, psychosocial problems have required increasing attention from occupational physicians and other health and safety operators. Occupational stress, work organization, contextual factors are held responsible for a share of occupational diseases at least equal to that caused by traditional hazards. Moreover, many aspects of modern society interfere with the quality and quantity of sleep, with family life, with the condition of the individual and his happiness. Occupational health today is increasingly a discipline that deals with working environment with a holistic approach. Health promotion, disability management, respect for the environment are the essential strategies to guarantee health and well-being in the years to come.
Prof. Dr. Nicola Magnavita, Department of Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo Gemelli 8, 00168 Roma, Italy
E. Environmental Health Equity
To the rationally-minded, it has long been obvious that environment and human health are intricately linked, and that there are vast disparities in individual, community and population environmental health risks. These disparities are heavily influenced by socio-economics, geography, occupation, government policies and many other exacerbating factors such as conflict and climate change. In the last decade or so, funding agencies have recognized the importance of addressing health disparities in improving community and population health, and reducing the economic burden of poor health. In the US, centers of excellence have emerged that include health disparities in their mandates. However, how does this help us achieve environmental health equity, and is this even remotely possible? We can do more to move closer towards environmental health equity through reducing disparities, and we encourage you to share your “lessons learned” through this electronic conference and the challenges researchers and community groups face.
Professor Timothy E. Ford, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 149A Goessmann, Amherst, MA, USA
F. Infectious Diseases and Environment
The transmission of pathogens and environment contamination plays the most important role in the epidemiology and transmission of infectious diseases including water- food- and vector-borne diseases, such as cryptosporidiosis, echinococcosis, malaria, dengue, and other bacterial and virus diseases. Water, food and vectors are the most important vehicles and they cause of outbreaks all over the world. It is therefore of huge significance to public health strategies not only in underdeveloped but also in developed countries around the world. It is necessary to investigate and support more equitable approaches to funding and support for research. No doubt that the increase of the highest burden of water-, food and vector-borne related diseases is in areas already susceptible to poverty. The load of infectious diseases is indeed underestimated and underreported in the most counties (developed and underdeveloped world) although Asia, Africa and Latin America countries leads the world in terms of death due to diarrheal diseases and malnutrition. The underdeveloped countries suffers poverty, weak institutional infrastructure, political conflict and its populations are illiterate and practice poor hygiene. The world should unite and put the welfare of their populations as a priority in their political agendas. Clearly, strategies for affecting public health must be adapted to individual regions and their controlling conditions including local environment, available resources, economic and sanitation status. It is useful to provide baseline information on microbial quality during site selection and this baseline information should also be used to measure the changes in the environment to alert potential risks. Consistent and reliable data should lead to better understanding of the occurrence, transport, and fate of infectious diseases pathogens, their epidemiological and clinical relevance for humans and animals and the environment.
Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Karanis, Medical Faculty, Anatomy Center, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
G. Global Health
We live in a complex, interconnected world. Some of the major challenges facing humanity today revolve around equity and equality, universal access to health care, communicable diseases and the increase of non-communicable diseases and how the climate change affect humans, animals and agriculture worldwide. Our ability to address these rests on knowledge and awareness that can help us design new tools to investigate and guide policies and guidelines. The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences invites you to participate and share knowledge and practice, which will allow us to make positive contributions to great challenges in health, all over the world.
Professor Elisabeth Darj, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway