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

Galway, Ireland, August 20 - 25, 2012


Keynote Speakers



Professor Ming-Hung Wong (Ming-Hong Huang)

Editor-in-chief: Environmental Geochemistry and Health

Title of presentation: Emerging Chemicals of Concern: Sources, Fates and Effects (Download abstract)


Professor Ming-Hung Wong is Chair Professor of Biology, and Director of Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist University. His major research areas included ecotoxicological assessment and remediation of sites contaminated with toxic metals and persistent organic pollutants. He has been awarded a DSc Degree each from University of Durham and University of Strathclyde based on papers published 1977-1990, and 1991-2002, respectively.


Professor Wong served as the Regional Coordinator of Central and North-East Asia of the project “Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances”; and recently joined a panel of three to review “Emerging Chemicals Management Issues in Developing Countries and Countries with Economy in Transition”, both sponsored by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF). Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Springer), Editorial Board Member of other 5 international journals, Member of the “Advisory Committee on the Environment”, and Chairman of its “Waste Management Sub-Committee” in Hong Kong.


Professor Wong has published over 440 peer-reviewed papers and 24 book chapters, edited 22 books/special issues of scientific journals, and successfully filed 4 patents. Based on citations of papers published between 1999 and 2009, an internal document prepared by the Chinese Government ranked Professor Wong first among the top 20 most influential Chinese scientists in the world, in the area of environmental science and ecology.


Professor Shu Tao

Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Title of presentation: High-resolution inventories of fuel combustion and emissions of various pollutants (Download abstract)

This speaker is sponsored by NUI Galway’s Millennium Fund.


After graduating from the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Kansas with MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science and Health, Prof. Shu Tao joined the faculty at Peking University in 1984. He was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Science in 2009.


He is now Cheung Kong Professor and Dean of the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences of Peking University. He chairs the subcommittee of Environmental & Chemical Geography, Chinese Geography Association. He also serves on editorial boards of several international journals.


Currently, his research is focused on fate, exposure, and risk assessment of persistent organic pollutants. Dr. Shu Tao has over 200 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals. The publications cover a number of fields including bioavailability of trace elements and persistent organic pollutants, aquatic humic substances, fate and multimedia fate modelling of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organochlorine pesticides.


Professor Xiaoying Zheng

Peking University

Title of presentation: Development of Environment and Health Studies in China (Download abstract)


Prof. Xiaoying Zheng is professor and director in Institute of Population Research /WHO Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health and Population Science at Peking University. She has been appointed as Yang Zi Professor of National Yang Zi Award Scholar Program and Leading Scientist, National “ 973” program of Population and Health (Environment and Genetic Interaction of birth Defect in China) of MOST.

Prof. Zheng has been teaching the Chinese course entitled Population Health and Economic since 1999 and English course entitled Social Science Research on Reproductive Health together with her colleagues since 1998. Her primary research areas are in changes of reproductive health, health economic and development, genetic and environmental interaction of birth defect with monitoring two cohorts (embryo development cohort and birth cohort)


Prof. Zheng has authored over 150 journal papers, chapters, and edited books.  She has received more than 30 peer-reviewed research grants since 1991 from the WHO, South-South Cooperation, UNIFEM, UNDP, World Bank, Ford Foundation, UNICEF,ARROW and governments (NSFC, MOST,NSB,NPSFC, National Disability Federation, National Women Federation, NRDC and ect.), and National Excellent Yong Scholar Fund in 2000. Among her 26 awards, the important research awards are “The First Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellow Awards” (2000), “State Governmental Special Fund” (2004); “National Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellow Award” (2005); “Yang Zi Professor in China” (2005); “Special Contrition Award for Chinese Population Development Strategy” (2006); “Special Contribution Award for Chinese Population and  Development Strategy” (2007); “Special Contribution Award during 2001-2008 of consultant for Asian-Pacific Reproductive Health Advisory Panel of Human Reproductive Special Program and Department of Reproductive Health of  UNFPA/WHO/UNDP/World Band” (2008).


Prof. Zheng also served as a consultant to the UNICEF, UNFEM, Asian-pacific Regional Reproductive Health Advisory Panel of World Health Organization (RAP/WHO), APEC and ect.. She is currently Vice-President of Chinese Population Association, Vice-President of Chinese Science and Technology of Birth Health Association, Vice President of China Anti-epilepsy Association, Deputy Director of National Ageing Research and Teaching Committee of Ministry of Civil Affairs, member of Chinese HIV/AIDs Prevention Committee of CDC, Deputy Director of the fifth and six UNFPA Chinese Program on Reproductive Health Advisory Committee. And board member of Journal of Population Ageing (Oxford University), Chief Editor of Population and Development (CSSCI) and several other journals board member. In 2008, Prof. Zheng has been  appointed as member of Leading Board of Life Science Innovation Forum of APEC.


Professor Derek Clements-Croome

University of Reading

Title of presentation: Why Does the Environment Matter? (Download abstract)


Professor Derek Clements-Croome is founder of the MSc Intelligent Buildings Course at the University of Reading originally funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The second edition of the book Creating the Productive Workplace (Clements-Croome 2000) was published by Routledge in 2005. The book Intelligent Buildings (Clements-Croome 2004) became available in Chinese in 2006 and in softback edition 2010. He has a portfolio of many projects including sustainability, learning from Nature, building facades, system reliability, building rating methodology( recently with the University of Dundee and Hilson Moran); design quality (including ventilation) in schools and effects of this on students learning, all funded by Government bodies. He was Vice‐President of CIBSE 2007‐9 and chairs committees on Intelligent Buildings that has over 5500 members in over 118 countries and Natural Ventilation of similar size. He is coordinator for CIB W098 on Intelligent and Responsive Buildings .He is a member of the College for the EPSRC and also has served on the Dynamics of Ageing Panel for the Economics and Social Sciences Research Council. He was President of National Conference of University Professors in UK 2005‐‐2007. He is Editor of the peer reviewed journal Intelligent Buildings International published by Taylor and Francis. He is also a member of the UK Green Building Council and served on the Board for the British Council for Offices. He lectures in China, Sudan, Poland, Hungary ,Finland , Mexico ,US , the Middle East and other countries. His latest writing is Chapter 13 The Interaction Between the Physical Environment and People in the book Sick Building Syndrome in Public Buildings and Workplaces edited by Sabah A.Abdul-Wahab and published by Springer in 2011.


Professor Jerome Nriagu

Editor-in-chief: Science of the Total Environment

Title of presentation: ARSENIC AND FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA – Issues, challenges and research opportunities (Download abstract)


Prof. Nriagu's research and teaching programs center around three main issues: (i) sources, behavior, fate and effects of metals in the natural and contaminated environments; (ii) environmental justice and disproportionate exposure of communities to environmental pollutants; and (iii) environmental health problems in the developing countries. His work includes applied laboratory and field studies and has led to 30 books (authored/edited) and over 300 published articles. He is listed (http://isihighlycited.com) as one of the most cited scientists in the fields of Environmental Studies and Ecology. Before joining the department in 1993, he was a research scientist with Environment Canada, Burlington, Ontario. Prof. Nriagu is editor-in-chief of the journal Science of the Total Environment and Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (in five volumes) recently published by Elsevier in 2011. Prof. Nriagu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His other awards include Senior Fulbright Fellowship and the Alexander van Humboldt Distinguished Research Award.



Professor William Manning

Editor-in-chief: Environmental Pollution

Title of presentation: Climate Change:  Influence of elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone (O3) on pollen production and future allergic airway diseases (Download abstract)


William J. Manning is a Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA. His current research is focused on the influence of rising background concentrations of ozone on plants: problems or opportunities? Another research interest is the interactive effects of future elevated carbon dioxide and ozone on growth, biomass production and allergenic pollen formation by plants. He is the editor-in chief of the journal Environmental Pollution. In 2010 he organized the conference Urban Environmental Pollution: Overcoming Obstacles to Sustainability and Well-Being. (UEP2010). Following on the success of this conference, He is now organizing the conference Urban Environmental Pollution: Creating Healthy Liveable Cities in Amsterdam in June 2012.


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