SEGH 2010 International Conference and Workshops

Environmental Quality and Human Health

Galway, Ireland, June 27- July 2, 2010





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THREE workshops are organized for SEGH 2010

1. Medical Geology Short Course (, June 27-28, 2010)

The scope of this short course is to share the most recent information on the relationship between toxic metal ions, trace elements, natural dusts, and their impact on environment and public health. The scientific topics of the short course will include environmental toxicology, environmental pathology, geochemistry, geoenvironmental epidemiology, extent, patterns and consequences of exposures to toxic metal ions and dust in the general environment (with the stress on the water quality), biological risk assessment studies, modern trends in metal analysis and updates on the geology, toxicology and pathology of metal ion and dust exposures.

Course leaders: Dr. Olle Selinus, Dr. Robert Finkleman, Dr. José A. Centeno, Dr. Mark Cave, and Mr. Maurice Mulcahy

Venue: Arts & Science Building, NUI Galway (Follow "SEGH 2010 Registration & Presentations" on NUI Galway map)

Registration time: 8:00 - 8:30, Sunday, June 27.


2. MULTITUDE (Multiple Links Towards Integrating Teams for Understanding of Disease and Environment, July 1, 2010)

The workshop was successfully held during SEGH 2007 European conference in Liverpool, SEGH 2008 European conference in Athens (, and SEGH 2009 (Jointly organized with ISEE) in Dublin.

This workshop runs in parallel with conference sessions, accessible for all SEGH 2010 delegates.


3. Vapour Behaviour and Assessment at Contaminated Sites - Risks Posed to Human Health (July 1, 2010)

This workshop examines the issue of vapour intrusion to indoor air from subsurface sources of volatile chemicals. The exposure and risk posed to human health is highly uncertain. The uncertainty stems from transport of vapours in the subsurface, biodegradation processes, redevelopment options at impacted sites, building construction variations, sampling and analysis techniques, and a number of other issues. This workshop will outline current understanding of vapour behaviours as sourced from subsurface contamination, the effects of buildings, the role of biodegradation for petroleum hydrocarbon vapours, and some assessment techniques. The latest research and guidance from Australia, the UK and the USA will be discussed. Dr Greg Davis from the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (, who has been carrying out research on vapours for over a decade, will lead the workshop. Key presentations are also planned from industry, regulators and consultants, followed by a discussion forum.

Download contents of Vapour Workshop here. (There is still opportunity to present at this workshop – if you wish to present a talk or vapour case study please email Dr Greg Davis with details:

This workshop runs in parallel with conference sessions, accessible for all SEGH 2010 delegates.


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