ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016    
 
Joint International Conference on Environment, Health, GIS and Agriculture

Galway, Ireland, August 14 - 20, 2016


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Joint Conference Keynote Speakers


Prof. Shu Tao, Peking University, China.

Shu TAO, professor of College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China, and a member of the Chinese Academy of Science. His current research interests include emission inventory of incomplete combustion products, atmospheric transport and population exposure modeling, indoor air quality, and bioaccessibility of toxic pollutants. At present, he serves as PI of a number of projects supported by National Natural Scientific Foundation of China and Ministry of Environmental Protection of China. He has more than 200 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals. He is an advisory board member of ES&T, editorial board members of Environmental Pollutant, and Journal of Environmental Science and Health, and board members of International Panel on Chemical Pollution and Pacific Basin Consortium for Environmental and Health Sciences.


Presentation: Application of Global High-resolution Emission Inventories of Air Pollutants from Combustion Sources and their Application
 


Prof. Kirk Smith, University of California Berkeley, USA.

Prof. Smith is Professor of Global Environmental Health and is also founder and director of the campus-wide Masters Program in Global Health and Environment. Previously, he was founder and head of the Energy Program of the East-West Center in Honolulu before moving to Berkeley in 1995. He serves on a number of national and international scientific advisory committees including the Global Energy Assessment, National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate, the Executive Committee for WHO Air Quality Guidelines, and the International Comparative Risk Assessment of the Global Burden of Disease Project. He participated, along with many other scientists, in the IPCC’s 3rd and 4th assessments and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and is Convening Lead Author for Climate and Health for the 5th Assessment. He holds visiting professorships in India and China and bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from UC Berkeley and, in 1997, was elected member in the US National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to US Scientists by their peers. In 2009, he received the Heinz Prize in Environment and in 2012 was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Presentation: How fossil fuel and electricity can save millions of lives by reducing air pollution exposure
 


 

Geoinformatics 2016 Keynote Speakers
 


Professor Paul Longley, University College London, UK

Paul is Professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London, UK, where he also directs the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre. He has been involved: in over 50 research grants (totalling over £22 million);  postgraduate supervision of 50 Ph.D. students (most funded by research councils); publications, including eighteen books, over 150 refereed journal articles and contributions to edited collections; academic and editorial duties, including past editorship of two journals and current membership of five editorial boards; eleven externally-funded visiting appointments and over 150 conference presentations and external seminars; extensive teaching commitments (including strategic roles in two centres of excellence in teaching and learning); and major commitments to administration in four top-rated university departments. 
 


Professor Chris Brunsdon, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Chris Brunsdon is currently Professor of Geocomputation, and Director of the National Centre for Geocomputation at Maynooth University. Prior to this he was Professor of human Geography at the University of Liverpool in the UK. He has degrees from Durham University (BSc Mathematics) and Newcastle University (MSc Medical Statistics, PhD in Geography). His research Interests cover various aspects and applications of spatial statistics, data science and spatial analysis. In particular he advocates the use of open source software, and reproducible methods, mainly via the R Statistical Programming Language. In terms of subject areas, he has interests in crime pattern analysis, health geography and environmental applications.
 


Professor Huadong Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Huadong Guo is Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), an Academician of CAS, and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS). He presently serves as President of International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), Past-President of ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), Scientific Committee Member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) co-sponsored by ICSU, ISSC and UNISDR, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth, and Chairman of IRDR-China. He has over 30 years of experience in remote sensing, specializing in radar for Earth observation and research on Digital Earth. He has been Principle Investigator for over 30 major national projects in China, and Principle Investigator for 7 international radar remote sensing projects. He also serves as Director of the International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the Auspices of UNESCO, and Director of the CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM). Prof. Guo has published more than 400 papers and 16 books, and is the principal awardee of 13 national and CAS prizes, one being “National Outstanding Expert”, awarded by the State Council of China.
 


Prof. Deren Li, Wuhan University, China

Li Deren, male, Han nationality, is a native of Dantu, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province. He received his doctorate from Stuttgart University in 1985, and was awarded the title of honorary doctor from ETH Zürich, Switzerland in 2008.

In the 1980s, Li mainly engaged in the study of measuring error theory and treatment methods. In 1982, he initiated the selection iteration method, which deducted the rough difference positioning from the variance estimation. In 1985, he put forward the expandability and reliability theory based on two multi-dimensional optional hypotheses, including the error discovered and differential. He also scientifically "solved the pended problems for more than one hundred years of measurement science." For this research, he received the best monograph prize from Germany's Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Society in 1988, the "Hansa Aerial Photogrammetric Award". Since the 1990s, Li mainly engaged in the space information science based on the integration of remote sensing, global satellite positioning system (GNSS) and geographical information system (GIS) and the scientific research and teaching works of multimedia communication technology.

Since 1989, Prof. Deren Li has supervised over 170 Ph.D students. Five Ph.D theses by students under the supervision of Prof. Li won the “Best Doctoral Thesis Award” respectively in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2011. So far, he has supervised 18 post doctoral candidates. He has published over 700 papers, 11 books, one piece of translation work and 8 pieces of compiling works. He has won more than ten of national and ministerial level prizes, such as the National Science and Technology Progress Award, the National Excellent Textbook Award, Award of the Excellent Educational Achievements, and etc. Prof. Deren Li served as President of ISPRS Technical Commissions III and VI from 1988-1992 and 1992-1996 respectively. He worked for CEOS in 2002-2004 and was the first president of Asia GIS Association (2003-2006). He received the Samuel G. Gamble Award at the ISPRS XXI Congress in 2008 and was awarded ISPRS Honorary Member at the IPRRS XXII Congress in 2012. Prof. Deren Li worked for CEOS in 2002-2004 and was the first president of Asia GIS Association (2003-2006). He got an award in appreciation and recognition of the outstanding contribution to the success and achievements of the MOST/ESA Dragon Programme 2004 to 2007.
 


 

ISEH 2016 & ISEG 2016 Keynote Speakers
 


Prof. Ming-Hung Wong, Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.

BSc (CUHK), MSc, PhD, DSc (Durham), MBA, DSc (Strathclyde) -Research Chair Professor of Environmental Science, Hong Kong Institute of Education -Chang Jiang Chair Professor of Environmental Science, Jinan University, China -Emeritus Chair Professor of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University

Having served as the Regional Coordinator of Central and North-East Asia of the project “Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances” sponsored by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF), Prof. Wong has joined a panel of three to review a UNEP/GEF initiative “Emerging Chemicals Management Issues in Developing Countries and Countries with Economies in Transition” with the aim of understanding the sources and preventing adverse impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment in rapidly developing countries. Professor Wong has published over 590 SCI papers and 32 book chapters, edited 28 books/special issues of scientific journals, and filed 5 patents. His reputation has been widely recognized internationally and capped by receiving two DSc Degrees awarded by University of Durham and University of Strathclyde in 1992 and 2004, respectively. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Elsevier), and Book Series Editor of Urbanization, Industrialization and the Environment (CRC/Taylor & Francis).

Presentation: ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY OF PERSISTENT TOXIC SUBSTANCES, FISH CONTAMINATION AND HEALTH EFFECTS, WITH EMPHASIS ON SOUTH CHINA: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH
 


Prof. Yongguan Zhu, Institute of Urban Environment, CAS, China

Dr Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, Professor of Soil Environmental Sciences and Environmental Biology, currently works in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), he is the director general of the Institute of Urban Environment, CAS. He has been working on soil-plant interactions, with special emphasis on rhizosphere microbiology, biogeochemistry of nutrients, metals and emerging pollutants (such as antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes). Professor Zhu is a leader in taking multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches to soil and environmental problems, for example his systematic contribution to the understanding of the dynamics of arsenic in soil-plant systems and human health impacts. Before returning to China in 2002, he was working as a research fellow (Supported by the Royal Society London), the Queen's University of Belfast, UK (1994-1995); and a postdoctoral fellow in The University of Adelaide (1998-2002), Australia. He obtained his BSc in soil science from Zhejiang Agricultural University in 1989, and MSc in soil science from the Institute of Soil Science, CAS in 1992, and then a PhD in environmental biology from Imperial College, London in 1998. Dr Zhu is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Environmental Technology & Innovation (Elsevier), associate editor of Environment International (Elsevier), and editorial members for a few other international journals. He is a scientific committee member for the ICSU program on Human Health and Wellbeing in Changing Urban Environment, and served for nine years as a member of Standing Advisory Group for Nuclear Application, International Atomic Energy Agency (2004-2012). Professor Zhu is the recipient of many international and Chinese merit awards, among them including TWAS Science Award 2013, National Natural Science Award 2009; Professor Zhu has published over 200 papers in international journals, and these publications have attracted over 8500 citations (Web of Science).

Presentation: Environmental antibiotic resistome: sources and sink
 


Prof. Dr. Michael Kersten, Mainz University, Germany

Michael Kersten is professor of environmental geochemistry at the Geosciences Institute of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany. His current research interests include synchrotron-based solid speciation and nano-tomography as an input for advanced HPC models of the mobility of toxic pollutants in geomaterials at the pore scale. At present, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Applied Geochemistry. He has more than 100 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals, with an h-index of 23. He is serving as one of officers of the International Association of Geo-Chemists (IAGC).


 


Dr. Maurice Mulcahy, Health Service Executive (HSE) West Region, Ireland

Dr Mulcahy, is the Chief Environmental Health Officer for the Health Service Executive West Region. He has vast experience as a regulator in the Environmental Health field, including food safety, occupational safety, environmental protection, cosmetic product safety and tobacco control. He is responsible for numerous Environmental Health initiatives including those relating to Sustainability and Research. He was a recipient of the UK Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Presidents Award in 2004, for his outstanding contribution to and excellence in the field of Environmental Health. In 2007 he was awarded the inaugural Tom Power Medal by the Office of Tobacco Control, for his commitment, leadership and vision in defeating the tobacco epidemic in Ireland. In December 2014 he was awarded an Excellence Award by the Environmental Health Association of Ireland. He holds an MSc in Occupational Safety from the Robens Institute, University of Surrey and was awarded a PhD by NUI Galway in 2010 for his research investigating the Environmental Health perspectives of tobacco control, with a particular focus on the Irish smoking ban. He is as an adjunct lecturer with the Centre for Health from Environment (CHfE), Ryan Institute, NUI Galway and Visiting Professor at K U Leuven, Belgium.
 


Dr. Jose A. Centeno, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA

Dr. José A. Centeno is serving as the Director, Division of Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Centeno received his BS (Chemistry) and MS (Physical Chemistry) from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 1979 and 1981, respectively; and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1987, and completed a postdoctoral training in biophysics at the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Dr. Centeno is the co-founder and Past-President of the International Medical Geology Association, and is currently serving as a Regional Officer for the IUGS Commission on Environmental Management. Dr. Centeno has presented over 250 invited seminars and lectures, and he is the principal author and/or co- author of over 150 manuscripts, book chapters, reports, monographs, and research abstracts on various topics of trace elements, metals and metalloids, medical geology, environmental toxicology, and human health. He has been involved in numerous academic, government and professional activities related to biomedical research, environmental health, medical geology and environmental toxicology including serving as General Chairman of the 6th International Symposium in Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine (ISMIBM) (May 7-10, 2000), and co-chairman of the 7th, 8th, and 9th ISMIBM (2002, 2004 & 2006), participating in several national and international committees including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC Vol 74 (1999), Lyon, France), NIH grant proposal Study Sections, the USEPA TOSCA-Interagency Testing Committee, the International Working Group on Medical Geology, the National Research Council Committee on Research Priorities for Earth Science and Public Health, the National Academies – Board on International Organizations, and the U.S. Department of Defense Working Group on Biomonitoring.
 


Prof. Eddy Y. Zeng

Dr. Eddy Y. Zeng is currently a professor and the dean of the School of Environment at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. He obtained his B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1982, M.S. from Sun Yat-sen University (China) in1985 and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USA) in1992. He has been conducting research in the field of environmental geochemistry, focusing mainly on the environmental occurrence and fate of and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants. He has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several book chapters and edited a book entitled “Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): Analytical Techniques, Environmental Fate and Biological Effects”, which was published by Elsevier in 2015. Dr. Zeng now serves as the co-editor-in-chief of Environmental Pollution, associate editor of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and editorial board member of Environmental Science & Technology and Chemosphere.
 


Dr. Olle Selinus, Linneaus University, Sweden

Dr. Olle Selinus is a Ph.D. geologist working with the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) and after retirement guest professor at the Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden. During the 1960s and 1970s he worked in mineral exploration and since the beginning of the 1980s his research work has been focused on environmental geochemistry, including research on medical geology. He has served as the organizer of several international conferences in this field, was vice president for the International Geological Congress in Oslo in 2008 and has published over 100 papers. Dr. Selinus was in charge of external research and development at SGU.

1996 he started the concept of Medical Geology and was 2006 founder and after that president of the International Medical Geology Association, IMGA. He was Editor-in-Chief for the book on “Essentials of Medical Geology”,. He has received several international awards and has been appointed Geologist of the Year in Sweden because of Medical Geology. He was also chairing the ”Earth and Health” team of the International Year of Planet Earth 2008-2009 by UN National Assembly. He has also been chief editor for other books on medical geology.

 


Professor Ron Fuge, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK

Ron Fuge has been a staff member at Aberystwyth University since 1966. His main research interests are in the fields of environmental geochemistry and geochemistry and health. He has published over 100 papers and was Executive Editor of Applied Geochemistry from 1993 to 2012 and a past editorial board member of Environmental Geochemistry and Health. He is a past President of the Society of Environmental Geochemistry and Health. He was awarded the IAGC Distinguished Service Award for 2012-2013.
 


Dr. Robert B. Finkelman, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Dr. Robert B. Finkelman, retired in 2005 after 32 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He is currently a Research Professor in the Dept. of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas and an Adjunct Professor at the China University of Geosciences, Beijing. He is an internationally recognized scientist widely known for his work on coal chemistry and as a leader of the emerging field of Medical Geology. Dr. Finkelman has degrees in geology, geochemistry, and chemistry. He has a diverse professional background having worked for the federal government (USGS) and private industry (Exxon), and has formed a consulting company (Environmental and Coal Associates. he has lectured and provided mentorship at colleges and universities around the world. Most of Dr. Finkelman’s professional career has been devoted to understanding the properties of coal and how these properties affect coal’s technological performance, economic byproduct potential, and environmental and health impacts. For the past 20 years he has devoted his efforts to developing the field of Medical Geology. Dr. Finkelman is the author of more than 700 publications and has been invited to speak in more than 50 countries. Dr. Finkelman has served as Chairman of the Geological Society of America’s Coal Geology Division; Chair of the International Association for Cosmochemistry and Geochemistry, Working Group on Geochemistry and Health; founding member and past chair of the International Medical Geology Association; President of the Society for Organic Petrology; member of the American Registry of Pathology Board of Scientific Directors and is Past-Chair of the GSA’s Geology and Health Division. He was a recipient of the Nininger Meteorite Award; recipient of the Gordon H. Wood Jr. Memorial Award from the AAPG Eastern Section; a Fellow of the Geological Society of America; and a recipient of the Cady Award from the GSA’s Coal Geology Division. Dr. Finkelman was also awarded a U. S. State Department Embassy Science Fellowship for an assignment in South Africa and was a member of a National Research Council committee looking at the future of coal in the U.S.
 


Prof. Ya Tang, Sichuan University, China

Dr. TANG Ya is professor at department of environment, college of architecture and environment, Sichuan University. He holds a PhD from Kunming Institute of Botany, these Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He was associate scientist, associate professor and professor at Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), CAS from 1990 to 1995, and project coordinator, specialist, senior specialist, division head at International Center for Integrated Mountain Development from 1995 to 2001, professor at CIB in 2002, and professor at Sichuan University since 2003. His research interests are mainly ecological and environmental impacts of integrated natural and anthropogenic intervention on the environment and use of ecological engineering to solve various ecological and environmental problems.
 


Professor Lora Fleming, University of Exeter, UK

Professor Lora Fleming is a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience and expertise in environment and occupational exposures and human health. Professor Fleming is Director of the European Centre and Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health at the University of Exeter. With various Centre and international collaborators, Professor Fleming is involved in research in the metadiscipline of Oceans and Human Health. She is the recipient of the 2013 Edouard Delcroix Prize and the 2015 Bruun Medal of the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), both for her research and other activities in Oceans and Human Health. Professor Fleming is a Member the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the NIEHS Gulf Oil Study, and the Horizons 2020 Advisory Group on Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing.
 


 

Dr. Clemens Reimann, Geology Survey of Norway, Norway

Dr. Clemens Reimann is an expert in multi-media, multi-element regional geochemical mapping, biogeochemistry and statistical data analysis. He is the author/editor of 4 geochemical atlases covering increasingly larger areas (from 200.000 to 5.6 million km2), three books and more than 150 articles in the field of geochemistry and geochemical data analysis in international journals. He is presently Chairman of the EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Expert Group. He has been President of the International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC), distinguished lecturer of the Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG) and received the gold medal of the AAG in 2013. Clemens has worked as lecturer in mineralogy, petrology, economic geology and geochemistry at Leoben Mining University, project geologist for Selco Inc. in eastern Canada, in contract research in Austria, and has been head of laboratory in an Austrian cement company before joining the section for hydrogeology and geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Norway in 1993.
 


Dr. Mark Cave, British Geological Survey, UK

Dr Mark Cave (BSc, ARCS, PhD, MSc, CSci, MRSC, CChem) is a principal scientist at the British Geological Survey. He is an analytical chemist/geochemist with extensive experience in the analysis and interpretation of environmental chemical data with particular reference to geochemistry and human health. He is chairman of BARGE (Bioaccessibility Research Group of Europe), working to develop harmonised protocols for bioaccessibility testing and the production of a soil reference material for in-vitro bioaccessibility measurements. He has specific experience on working on the occurrence and bioaccessibility of polyaromatic hydrocarbons in soils. He has wide experience in investigating the geological controls on the bioaccessibility of naturally occurring arsenic in the UK. Extensive experience in working on the interpretation of geochemical data sets with reference to geogenic and anthropogenic influences.
 


 


Prof. Dermot Diamond, Dublin City University, Ireland

Dermot Diamond received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Queen’s University Belfast (Chemical Sensors, 1987, Internet Scale Sensing, 2002), and was Vice-President for Research at Dublin City University (2002-2004). He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, is a named inventor in 19 patents, and is co-author and editor of five books. He is director and founding member of the National Centre for Sensor Research (www.ncsr.ie) at Dublin City University, and an SFI-funded investigator in the INSIGHT Centre (http://www.insight-centre.org). In 2002, he was awarded the inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, and in 2006 he received the DCU President’s Award for research excellence, and in 2015 he was received the president’s award for innovation. In May 2014, in recognition of his academic contributions and achievements, he was admitted to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy. In April 2015 he was awarded the Boyle Higgins Gold Medal by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in recognition of his research achievements. His research is focused on the fundamental science of stimuli responsive polymers, the development of futuristic autonomous chemical sensing platforms, and the use of analytical devices and sensors as information providers for wireless networked systems i.e. building a continuum between the digital and molecular worlds. Details of his research can be found at www.dcu.ie/chemistry/asg

 


Dr. Pat Rasmussen, Health Canada, Canada

Dr. Pat Rasmussen is a senior research scientist at Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada. She serves as the leader of the Metals and Airborne PM Laboratory in the Exposure and Biomonitoring Division of the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, as well as being Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Ottawa. Rasmussen received her BSc and PhD degrees in Earth Sciences from University of Waterloo, Canada, and her MSc in Analytical Geochemistry from University of Toronto, Canada. She is a pioneer in the development of sampling and analytical methodologies to investigate metals in residential environments, and is the Principal Investigator of the Canadian House Dust Study. Her recent research activities aim at refining measurements of exposure to airborne particles and settled dust in indoor environments, including engineered nanomaterials. Rasmussen serves on the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) Steering Group 8: “Exposure Measurement and Exposure Mitigation”; Canadian Standards Association Nanotechnology Occupational Health and Safety Technical Committee; and the Standards Council of Canada Mirror Committee for ISO Technical Committee 229 (Nanotechnology).
 


Prof. Martin Cormican , National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Martin Cormican Graduated from Medical school in the National University of Ireland Galway in 1986. He subsequently work in general medicine, Medical Micrbiology and Immunology before his appointment as Professor of Bacteriology at NUIGalway and Consultant Medical Microbiologist at Galway University Hospital in 1999. he is Director of the centre for health from Environment at the Ryan Institute NUIGalway and contributes to a number of national policy groups related to antimicrobial resistance and food, water and health. His publications are primarily in the fields of antimicrobial resistance and food borne infection.


 


Prof. Xinbin Feng, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Prof. Feng is a Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He is now the vice director in general of Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He obtained a PhD in geochemistry in 1997 at the same institute and did post-doctoral study at Gothenburg University, Sweden. His research focuses on mercury biogeochemical cycling in the environment and its health impact, mercury stable isotope geochemistry and remediation of mercury contaminated lands. He is the coordinator of China’s large scale project of mercury in the environment, which will provide the scientific base for China’s implementation of Minamata Convention. He is now an associate editor of Journal of Geochemical Exploration. He also serves as editorial board members for a number of journals. He was the Chair of the 9th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant and the 17th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers in international journals.
 


Prof. Yong Sik Ok, Kangwon National University, Korea

Dr. Yong Sik Ok is Full Professor at the Department of Biological Environment, Kangwon National University (KNU) and is currently serving as Director of the Korea Biochar Research Center (KBRC) in Korea. During his time at KNU, Dr. Ok has supervised over 50 postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists from many countries including Korea, Taiwan, China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Additionally, he has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and was awarded the KNU excellent research award in recognition of his outstanding achievements. He is currently serving as an editor for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Coordinating Editor), Journal of Soils and Sediment (Subject Editor), Canadian Journal of Soil Science (Associate Editor) and Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability (Editorial Board). He has also served as a guest editor for Bioresource Technology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemosphere, Plant and Soil, Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Geoderma, Journal of Soils and Sediments, etc. Other notable engagements include working as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta in Canada, at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University in Belgium and at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. As a top researcher in his field, Dr. Ok has organized many international conferences including, most recently, CLEAR 2014 (Korea) and Biological Waste 2014 (Hong Kong).

 


Prof. Taicheng An, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Prof. Taicheng An is a professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Vice-director of Guangdong Key Laboratory of Environmental Resources Utilization and Protection, China. He was born in Gansu, China, in 1972. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Northwest Normal University in 1996, and his Ph.D degree in 2002 from Zhongshan University, China. Now, he is a professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, and vice-director of Guangdong Key Laboratory of Environmental Resources Utilization and Protection, China. His research interests include: 1. The transportation mechanisms, fate prediction and health effect of emerging organic contaminants, for example EDCs, PPCPs and BFRs, etc, in the environment, especially the identification of intermediates and their potential decontamination mechanisms in the natural or simulated systems; 2. Characterization, optimization and application of novel environmental friendly materials as well as natural mineral resources in environmental remediation; 3. Applications of various advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), especially heterogeneous photocatalysis for the degradation of organic pollutants and inactivation of pathogens in water and air. He has been published more than 200 peer-received professional papers (including 180 SCI papers) in reputation journals, such as ES&T, Water Res and Atmos Chem Phys. He is also the holder of total 47 patents including 36 issued. He is the winner of National Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholars in China, and the excellent Young Scientist Award from many reputation Societies, like Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) in 2011, Chinese Society for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry (Defen Hou Award) and Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences in 2010. Now, he is Co-chair of The China-Ireland Consortium as well as board member of The International Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and he also served as editorial aboard of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SCI) and Atmospheric pollution Research (SCI).

 


Prof. Shiming Ding, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Prof. Ding earned his my doctorate in physical geography in 2005 from Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). From 2005 to 2007, he worked as a research assistant in Nanjing Institute of Geography & Limnology (NIGLAS), CAS. Currently, Prof. Ding is a professor and the vice director of Division of Lake Environment and Engineering in NIGLAS. Prof. Ding has published several high-quality papers in several leading journals in environmental science and analytical chemistry. He was honored with the project of Outstanding Youth Science Foundation by NSFC in 2013. His researches include developments of diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) and other in situ, high-resolution techniques for detecting environmental conditions and sampling diverse pollutants in environments, studies of small- and micro-scale processes in freshwater system, and recovery of polluted sediment-water system.


 


Dr. Job Spijker, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands

Dr. Job Spijker finished is PhD in 2005. He started working for the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the same year. His background is environmental geochemistry and Job worked on many studies how human activities alter the geochemistry of soil and groundwater. These studies resulted in impact assessments for the environment and human health but also in policy instruments for prevention and mitigation. The last 3 years Job is more involved in future challenges for a sustainable healthy living environment. The pressure on resources, the urge for re-use of waste and waste water, and the impacts on the urban environment and climate are the topics of his current research projects.

 


Professor Jörg Rinklebe, University of Wuppertal, Germany

 Dr. Jörg Rinklebe is Professor for Soil- and Groundwater-Management at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. From 1997 to 2006 Dr. Rinklebe has worked as a scientist and project leader at the Department of Soil Sciences at the UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Germany. Dr. Rinklebe has studied one year Ecology at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. (1992-1993). He has studied Agriculture, specialized in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in Soil Science at the same university. His main research is on wetland soils, sediments, waters, plants, and their pollutions (trace elements and nutrients) and linked biogeochemical issues with a special focus in redox chemistry. He also has a certain expertise in remediation of soils and soil microbiology. Professor Rinklebe is internationally recognized particularly for his research in the areas of redox-chemistry of trace elements in flooded soils. He published plenty of scientific papers in international and national journals as well as numerous book chapters. He is serving on serval editorial boards (Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, Ecotoxicology, Archive of Agronomy and Soil Science). Also, he is a guest editor and reviewer for many international journals. He has co-organized several special symposia at various international conferences such as “Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements” (10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th ICOBTE) and “International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment” (15th, 16th, and 17th ICHMET). He was an invited speaker at many international conferences.
 


 Dr. Karen Daly, The Irish Agriculture & Food Development Authority (Teagasc), Ireland

Dr. Karen Daly is a Research Officer within the Crops Environment and Land Use Department of Teagasc at Johnstown Castle Wexford.  She holds a degree and MSc. in Organic Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, and a Ph.D. in Soil and Catchment Science (Trinity College, Dublin).  Previous positions held include Environmental Chemist in the Central Laboratories of Dublin City Council with responsibilities for analysis and reporting of water quality data.  Since joining Teagasc, her research interests have included soil nutrient cycling and the fate and transport of agricultural nutrients at various scales (plot, field and catchment).  Karen has worked as project leader on a number of large-scale projects addressing  topics such as, diffuse pollution from agricultural sources, catchment scale models and risk assessment schemes,  as well as process-scale soil nutrient cycling in agricultural systems.  Her interest in soil also extends to soil spectroscopy, soil quality and soil mapping and her work has included collaboration among 50 scientists across 6 universities.
 


Prof. Zengwei Yuan, Nanjing University, China

Zengwei Yuan is a professor at the Department of Environmental Planning and Management, School of the Environment, Nanjing University. His interest is focused on industrial ecology, especially the quantification of environmental and social impacts associated with human production and consumption activities. He has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, half of them in international journals such as PNAS, ENVIRON SCI TECHNOL, ECOL APPL, and SCI TOTAL ENVIRON. Details can be found via: http://hjxy.nju.edu.cn/yuanzw or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zengwei_Yuan


 


Prof. Jianmin Ma, Lanzhou University, China

Dr. Jianmin Ma is a Thousand Talent Program distinguished professor and head of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University, China, and adjunct professor of CAS Center for Excellence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD degree from James Cook University, Australia, in 1995. He was a research scientist with Environment Canada from 1998 to 2013 and Canadian chair of Long-range Transport Working Group of Great Lakes Binational Toxic Strategy (2009-2013). Dr. Ma has been working on the studies of modeling of persistent organic pollutants, trace gases, heavy metals, and impact of climate change and human activities on environmental cycling and human health of air contaminants. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and UNEP, HTAP, and AMAP scientific assessment reports. Dr. Ma now also serve as editorial board member of Environmental Science & Technology.

 

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 ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016: Joint International Conference on Environment, Health, GIS and Agriculture, Galway, Ireland, August 14 - 20, 2016. ISEH (International Symposium on Environment and Health) is an internationally leading conference series in Environment and Health held once every two years. ISEG (International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry) is an internationally leading symposium on environmental geochemistry held once every three years. Geoinformatics is the annual conference of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS).