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The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences series
4–29 Nov 2019

Global Health, Occupational Health, Environmental Exposures and Health
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Welcome from the Chair

All participants of IECEHS-2 are welcome to submit the extended work to the IJERPH Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences".

We are pleased to announce, Dr. Agnieszka Gruszecka-Kosowska’s and Dr. Ivan J. Ramírez's papers were awarded the IECEHS-2 Best Paper Awards in 2019.

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland
Chair of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences

Call for submissions

E-conferences, virtually anywhere.

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

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: 2.468 (2018)), 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 11 October 2019 online at For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 20 October 2019 31 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".

Time Schedule

  • Abstract Submission: 20 September 2019 11 October 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: 25 September 2019 16 October 2019
  • Proceedings Paper Submission Deadline: 20 October 2019 31 October 2019
  • Conference Open: 4–29 November 2019

Conference Chairs

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).

Conference Committee

School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

Research Keywords
Climate Change, Public Health, Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Household Air Pollution, Respiratory Health, Exposure Assessment, Environmental Epidemiology

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health of Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA

Research Keywords
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

Department of Clinical Microbiology, UMEA University, Umeå, Sweden

Research Keywords
Infectious diseases, human health, climate change, Arctic issues, epidemiology, parasitology, diagnostics

Department of Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Research Keywords
environmental health; exposome; circular economy; precision prevention

Division of Nutrition Data Sciences, Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA

Research Keywords
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

California Department of Public Health, 850 Marina Bay Parkway, State Public Health Agency, Richmond, CA, USA

Research Keywords
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

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, National Pingtung University and Science and Technology, Neipu, Taiwan

Research Keywords
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

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, TX, USA

Research Keywords
environmental justice; environmental health; environmental hazards/disasters; social vulnerability; racial/ethnic disparities; GIScience, spatial analysis

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.
Research Keywords
infectious disease epidemiology; field epidemiology; outbreak investigation; environmental factors

Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Research Keywords
Health risks of and responses to global change, particularly climate change

Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Research Keywords
global public health, women's health, environmental health, epidemiology

Center for Energy, Environmental Resources & Technologies, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Tulln, Austria

Research Keywords
health and environmental effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF); health and environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials

School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Herston QLD, Australia

Research Keywords
pollen and health outcomes; osteoporosis and exposure to solar radiation; risk factors for the consumption of pesticides

Department of Health Protection, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland

Research Keywords
exposure; air pollution; public health; environmental health; risk assessment; environmental burden of disease

Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Research Keywords
perinatal/pediatric epidemiology; health services, birth defects, developmental disabilities; pregnancy outcomes, applications of spatial methods to the study of health and disease

Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Research Keywords
drug abuse prevention and cessation

School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA

Research Keywords
source and drinking water microbiology; pathogen survival; biofilms; microbial cycling and transformation of pollutants; epidemiology of waterborne diseases; CBPR; microbial ecotoxicology

Keynote Speakers

Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Behavioral Research Program, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive MSC 7344, Bethesda, MD, USA

Research Keywords
Cancer Prevention, Built Environment, Physical Activity, Obesity, Energy Balance, Natural Experiments, Transportation and Health, Acculturation, Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control, Childhood Obesity

Senior Lecturer, Turning Point, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University, 110 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia

Research Keywords
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

Submission Information

Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with, and using the "Submit New Submission" function once logged into system.

  1. 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 11 October 2019.
  2. 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 20 September 2019 16 October 2019 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. 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 31 October 2019.
  4. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 4–29 November 2019 and will be published in Journal Proceedings.
  5. 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.
2nd Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences Microsoft Word template file and LaTex template file
Proceedings Paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

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.

Presentation slides
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'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.
Video presentations

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!

Presentation of posters

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.

Manuscript preparation
  • 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 [4] 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].

Publication ethics statement

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 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 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).

Event Awards

We are pleased to announce, Dr. Agnieszka Gruszecka-Kosowska’s and Dr. Ivan J. Ramírez's papers were awarded the IECEHS-2 Best Paper Awards in 2019.

The Awards
Best Paper Awards (2 Winners)

Number of Awards Available: 2

The Awards will consist of 500 CHF each.

List of Keynotes

Putting Cancer in its Place: Geospatial Approaches to Energy Balance and Cancer

By: Dr. David Berrigan

How can internet and mobile phone addiction be researched in health sciences?

By: Dr. Olatz Lopez Fernandez

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Sherry Cao
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
E-Mail: [email protected]

Ms. Aggie Zheng
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
E-Mail: [email protected]

Sponsoring Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the conference secretariat.

Conference Organizers