2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health (SESEH 2012)

Galway, Ireland, August 20 - 25, 2012


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Besides the wide range of themes and topics, SESEH 2012 contains a large number of organized sessions, supported by internationally active experts in the field of environment and health.


Session convenors and their topics are approved by Chair of SESEH 2012. Delegates invited by a session convenor are recognised as "invited delegates" of SESEH 2012. Invited delegates are required to submit their abstracts under the session convenor's name and topic via the online abstract submission system.


Approved organized sessions are listed as follows in the alphabetic order of corresponding session convenors' names (shown with a *).


Convenor(s): Chen, Jianmin*; Yang, Xin; Mellouki, Wahid

Topic: Aerosol Chemistry and Health Impact


Aerosol plays an important role in air quality and public health. Organic and inorganic compositions in aerosols may change a lot in different regions due to aerosol chemistry. Although epidemiological studies have identified serious health risks, there is still uncertainty as to which particle components among OC, EC, sulfate, ammonium, metal ions, are most harmful. This session highlights the chemical process and components by the temporal sparseness of aerosols data available from the field measurements and epidemiological studies. Comparisons of aerosol particle constituents associated with morbid states and mortality in different polluted circumstances are of greater concerns.


Convenor(s): Clements-Croome, Derek*

Topic: Environmental Health in Buildings


This session will present and discuss the various factors which contribute to the health and well-being of occupants in buildings. Healthy mind and body are essential for effective concentration and hence the work performance of people. Following the early work of Maslow on the physiological and psychological needs of individuals the factors contributing to meet these needs when designing and managing buildings will be discussed starting with trying to understand how we perceive and sense our environment. There is much research by academics and practitioners showing that the environments we create affect us mentally in both the cognitive and emotional modes of consciousness as well as physically. Ways of making the ambience in buildings more uplifting, soulful and refreshing will be discussed. The conclusions will be sent to the Royal British Institute of Architects and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers for them to consider and include in their guidelines for design.


Convenor(s): Clifford, Eoghan*; O’Reilly, Edmond

Topic: New sustainable technologies for decentralised wastewater and sludge treatment


This session will focus on the development, from laboratory to pilot scale, of new technologies for wastewater and sludge treatment. Abstracts should focus on the novel aspects of the technology, its commercial potential, the energy and operation requirements and the technologies’ treatment performance. Particular attention will be on technologies that are energy efficient, robust and have simple maintenance and operation demands and are suitable for remote control and operation. Technologies should be suitable for decentralised wastewater treatment.


Convenor(s): Diamond, Dermot*

Topic: Sensor Networks for Distributed Environmental Monitoring


This session will focus on emerging technologies for harvesting information about the quality of our environment, particularly distributed sensing of environmental chemistry and biology using chemical sensors and biosensors.  Topics will include Current status of autonomous chemical sensing and biosensing platforms; Examples of existing sensor platforms and deployments; Integration of terrestrial sensor networks and satellite based remote sensing;    Visualisation of environmental sensed data; Challenges and potential solutions to realisation of widely deployed chemo/bio-sensor networks; futuristic perspectives on chemo/bio-sensor platforms such as biomimetic systems, materials and fluidics.


Convenor(s): Ding, Shiming*

Topic: Sediment pollution and remediation


Increased population and intensified agriculture and industry have led to enhanced inorganic and organic pollutant inputs and their increasing accumulation in sediments. The resulted sediment pollution causes a resistant deterioration to water quality and has notably delayed the restoration of many aqueous systems in China and Europe. This proposed session aims to provide a platform to explore the state-of-the-art in sediment pollution for the major pollutants (nutrients, heavy metals and persistent organic compounds) and the advanced techniques for their pollution control. The details may include the cycling of pollutants and their flux processes between sediment and water, and physical, chemical, and biological restoration techniques developed for controlling sediment pollution. This session accepts both research and review paper on the recent progresses. The interaction between sediment and water for pollutants, as well as technologies with high remediation efficiency and reasonable cost, are highly welcomed.


Convenor(s): Dogan, A. Umran*; Dogan, Meral

Topic: Medical Mineralogy


Quantitative medical mineralogy deals with quantitatively characterizing health hazard minerals and elements which contaminates our environments including soil, air, water. It is essential to characterize these minerals/elements quantitatively before they can be used in animal and cell experiments. The results of these experiments eventually will help decision makers of civil and government organizations to set up the threshold values for carcinogenicity/toxicity.


Convenor(s): Dong*, Sijun

Topic: Environmental Molecular Toxicology


This session will focus on recent advances in the application of in vitro and in virvo models for assessment of mechanisms of toxicities for chemicals of global and emerging concern, unravelling the susceptibility of different life stages to environmental chemicals, their lifelong impacts and trans-generation consequences. The session will provide a platform to discuss the challenges ahead to incorporate “omics” technologies in toxicology, and to apply toxicity pathway data in risk assessment.


Convenor(s): Belviso, Claudia; Fiore, Saverio*

Topic: Clays & Zeolites: Environmental & Medical Uses


Clays and zeolites are used in numerous environmental application due to their structure, ionic exchange and catalytic properties. These minerals have also received great attention in medical application because of their biological properties, low toxicity and high compatibility. This session will highlight the recent research activities on clays and synthetic-natural zeolites in environmental and medical applications providing a forum to promote a discussion on the role these minerals play in toxic organic and inorganic element immobilization and on their effects upon human health.


Convenor(s): Griffiths, Bryan*; Zhang, Bin

Topic: Land use and the soil environment


Human intervention to our soils can be considered a necessary evil, in that it is essential for crop production, remediating contaminated lands and maintaining landscapes yet it can also lead to polluted watercourses and greenhouse gas emissions. In this session we have matching experts from China and Europe to give perspectives on current research in the areas of: greenhouse gas emissions form agriculture; remediation of contaminated soil; land management impacts on soil biology; and soil biophysics (the connection between soil physical properties and biological activity in soil); with a view to encouraging the sustainable use of soils.


Convenor(s):  Healy, Mark G.*

Topic: Nutrients, soils and the environment


This session will focus on surface and subsurface processes with a particular interest in erosion and surface runoff of nutrients, solids and metals, and leaching of nutrients through soil. In addition, it may look at carbon sequestration in soils and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from agricultural practices.


Convenor(s): Kan, Haidong*; Song, Weimin

Topic: Climate change, air pollution and population health


Climate change threatens the health of human populations throughout the world, particularly those in low-income countries such as China. Because many sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are also sources of air pollutants that can damage health, policies to reduce GHG emissions could often have more immediate and potentially large beneficial effects on human health. In this proposed session, scientists from China and Europe will gather together and present their studies on the health effects of climate change and air pollution. Discussion priorities may include the heterogeneity of the health impact of air pollution and climate change in China and Europe, interaction between air pollution and climate change in affecting human health, co-benefit analysis of low-carbon policy and potential collaboration between scientists in the two regions.


Convenor(s): Liu, Rutao*

Topic: Environment & Health on Molecular Level


The toxic interaction or evaluation of environmental pollutants target to the living organism investigated on molecular level, which including evaluation methods, monitoring, cure process.


Convenor(s): Lucy,  Frances*; de Waal, Theo

Topic: Searching for the Sources – Cryptosporidium in Ireland’s Environment


This session will explore recent research on Cryptosporidium in Ireland. This pathogen (C. parvum and C. hominis) is responsible for the notifiable human disease cryptosporidiosis, which also occurs in lambs and calves. EPA funding (over several years) has promoted research at IT Sligo and UCD, focussing on environmental sources, notably waste-water end-products and young farm animals. Human samples were also analysed to assess links via genotyping. The presentations and posters in this session will detail this research and also deal with relevant public health aspects.


Convenor(s): Marsili, Enrico*; Erable, Benjamin

Topic: Electroactive biofilms


Electroactive biofilms (EABs) are composed of microorganisms capable of electron transfer to solid metals and electrodes. EABs are relevant to bioremediation, bioelectricity production, biosensors, and microbially influenced corrosion. In this interdisciplinary session, a diverse pool of microbiologists, biochemists, and physical chemists will present the latest fundamental results in microbial electron transfer and bioelectrointerfaces. Presentations that focus on the electron transfer mechanism, EAB characterization methods, and microbial ecology of EABs are also invited.


Convenor(s): Marsili, Enrico*; Erable, Benjamin

Topic: Beyond electricity: Microbial Fuel Cells for bioremediation and bioelectrosynthesis


Microbial electrocatalysis deals with the catalytic reactions that occur at the interface biofilm/electrode. Early applications of this idea in Microbial Fuel Cells aimed to produce electricity from degradation of low cost feedstock or wastewater. However, these systems have generated some scepticism with regard to the electrical power they can produce in large-scale deployment. Current research explores the application of microbial fuel cell to bioremediation and bioelectrosynthesis of high added-value chemicals, and biofuels production. In the session, a mixed group of microbiologists, electrochemists, and technologists will present the most recent applications and the emerging technologies in this highly interdisciplinary area. 


Convenor(s): O’ Donoghue, Lisa*; Leen, Joseph

Topic: WEEE and Battery Recycling


EU legislation restricts the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and promotes the collection and recycling of such equipment at the end of their life. This workshop invites discussion on the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, the Battery directive and also the REACH directive. The former two directives focus on the successful treatment and recycling of the products they cover. While the latter requires that heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and flame retardants such as polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) to be substituted by safer alternatives. This workshop is open to those who are researching handling/processing any of the above, reviewing the current state of industry in Ireland, the EU or Globally and those who are developing state of the art solutions, environmental technologies and strategies to facilitate the directives goals.


Convenor(s): Peng, Xianzhi*

Topic: Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment


As emerging contaminants, PPCPs in the environment has attracted increasing concern due to the negative potential, such as endocrine disrupting effects and non-target toxicity. This session focuses on occurrence, behaviour, and fate of PPCPs in the environment, including water, sediment, soil, and biota. Studies of toxicity and new analytical methods are also included.


Convenor(s): Qi, Shihua*

Topic: Organochlorined Pesticides Transportation


This session focuses on organochlorined pesticides transportation at regional scale. Specific topics include transportation of  organochlorined pesticides between basin and mountain, watershed and bay, soil and air, air and water, etc.


Convenor(s):  Quinn, Mary Kelly*

Topic: Land-use pressures on surface water quality - sources, pathways, impacts & mitigation


This session will focus on the impact of land-use pressures on the hydrochemical and ecological quality of surface waters. Papers may deal with the identification of sources of pressure, the pathway of transfer to the aquatic environment and the link between input and impact. Of particular interest is research dealing with measures to mitigate impact of point and diffuse sources of pollution, from catchment to reach scale.


Convenor(s): Sheehan, David*

Topic: New Frontiers of Omics Technologies in Environmental Science

Environmental stress, particularly arising from chemical pollution (including emerging threats such as nanoparticles and endocrine disruptors), climate change and habitat loss can be evident at all levels of biological organisation worldwide. –OMICs technologies focus on detection of changes at the level of genes (genomics), mRNA (transcriptomics), proteins (proteomics) and small Mr metabolites (metabolomics). There is growing interest in Europe, China, the Americas and elsewhere in the potential of these approaches to reveal acute and chronic stress effects at the subcellular level which could shed light on stress mechanisms. This session will focus on new approaches in –OMICS technologies as well as illustrative case-studies of their application.


Convenor(s): Shen, Heqing*

Topic: Environment genetic/epigenetic interactions


Focus on the environmental factors, esp., environmental pollutants affect on gene (DNA toxicity) and gene expression via epigenetic pathways. The topic will be on in vitro, in vivo or population based studies or the other relevant researches.


Convenor(s):Sodeau, John *

Topic: Impacts of Biological and Chemical Particulates in Air


There is an increasing societal requirement for reliable chemical and biological, especially particulate, monitoring of air. The fundamental aims of such programmes are clear: identifying, quantifying and controlling health hazards in places that we occupy both indoors and outdoors. The characterisation of our exposure to chemical and biological agents requires reliable sampling and modelling strategies to be devised. These must be built on sensitive, selective and user-friendly experimental and computational methodologies. In fact in recent years there have been continuous and novel developments in all of the relevant fields, including instrumentation, that underpin this topic. After the studies have been completed it is essential to disseminate the information, data and knowledge gathered from the newly developed methods and strategies to the widest possible audience. By this means it is possible to turn fundamental scientific results into valuable legislative instruments relevant to airborne pollution events that can occur throughout the world.


Convenor(s): Wang, Lin*; Chai, Fahe; Zhang, Renyi

Topic: Nucleation, Growth, and Aging of Atmospheric Aerosols


Atmospheric aerosols impair visibility, alter the radioative balance of the Earth's atmosphere and modify the microphysical properties, abundance and lifetime of clouds. However, the processes leading to nucleation, growth and aging of atmospheric aerosols are poorly understood. While the importance of a number of chemical species and processes is well known, the identities of others that likely have similar atmospheric importance remain highly uncertain. This session solicits contributions that highlight the identification of key species and processes, currently ignored in atmospheric models. Findings from laboratory studies, theoretical calculation, process modelling, and field measurements that describe new particle formation and multiphase chemistry are sought.


Convenor(s): Xu, Xianli*

Topic: Soil threats (e.g. erosion, compaction, sealing, (stony) desertification, loss of organic carbon, landslide)


Changing climate conditions (particularly extremely events frequently occurred) and intensifying human activities continuously put heavy stress on soil qualities. Assessment and management of soil services and functions are becoming a hot topic. This session will include, but not limited to, threats to soils caused by soil erosion, compaction, sealing, (stony) desertification, organic carbon loss and landslide in a changing world. Both monitoring and modelling of these threats at different scales are welcome.


Convenor(s): Zhao, Feng; Yu, Chang-Ping*

Topic: Innovative Technologies in Wastewater Treatment


Speakers will share the latest development in wastewater treatment, including electricity generation, bioenergy production, new treatment processes, nutrient removal and recovery etc.


Convenor(s): Zhao, Yaqian*; Segura, Yolanda

Topic: Smart wastewater treatment approaches


Wastewater treatment requires a sustainable approach that minimizes its energy consumption, recovers useful elements and reuses the by-products from other industries. This session will focus on the smart wastewater treatment technologies with promising and prospective impact on sustainable development.


Convenor(s): Zhu, Duanwei*; Zhou, Yiyong

Topic: Environmental Chemistry and Recovery of Water Ecology


There are many problems in environmental chemical field which effect properties of sediments, quality of overlying water and health and growth of aquatic animals and plants. All of sediments, waters and aquatic animals and plants compose an integrated ecological system and the relative elements and substances transfer and translate in the system. Unbalance of the system causes the above problems which we must be up against and resolve.

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2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health (SESEH 2012)