Aug 03 2016 Posted: 10:08 IST

NUI Galway will welcome over 300 delegates to a joint international conference on environment, health and geographical information science (GIS) from 14-20 August. This is the first year that the International Symposium on Environment and Health (ISEH), International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry (ISEG), and the Geoinformatics Conference have been held together.

The joint conference provides an historical opportunity for international experts working in several closely related areas of environment, health, GIS and agriculture, to meet and share the latest understanding of the ever growing challenges between humans and our changing environment.

Attending the conference are internationally leading experts in the fields of environment, health, GIS and agriculture with more than 20 keynote speakers, including three members of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Shu Tao from Peking University, Professor Huadong Guo from Chinese Academy of Science and Professor Deren Li from Wuhan University, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Professor Kirk Smith from University of California Berkeley.

Dr Chaosheng Zhang, Director of the newly established International Network for Environment Health at NUI Galway’s School of Geography and Archaeology, and Chair and Founder of the ISEH conference series, said: “This is a top level international conference promoting the new trend of interdisciplinary research. All of the four main topics in this conference are highly relevant to Irish society. Another significant benefit is for the local economy with such a large number of international delegates attending.”

The joint conference is organised by NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute Geographical Information Science (GIS) Centre, School of Geography and Archaeology, and International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences, and is sponsored by NUI Galway, the Environmental Protection Agency, Fáilte Ireland and XOS.

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