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The 4th International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health — Climate Change and Health in a Broad Perspective

15–30 Oct 2022
Abstract Submission
10th July 2022
Acceptance Notification
31st July 2022
File Submission
28th August 2022

Climate Change, Ecology and the Environment, Climate, Global Health, Environment Sciences, Public Health, Environmental Microbiology, Climate Change Science, Climate Change Impacts
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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

We are proud to invite you to the 4th electronic conference, with the topic of Climate Change and Health in a broad perspective.

This means that we invite papers on a wide variety of health consequences of climate change in all regions of the world. The health effects could be very different if we increase the temperature from 5 to 10 °C compared to an increase from 35 to 40 °C. If we look at the mortality causes associated with climate change, the burden is obviously higher in tropical areas. However, if we add morbidity and complications for, e.g., reproductive health and pregnancy care, the situation might be very different. The spread of infectious diseases related to vector migration is also a very important topic, as is the situation of environmental exposure to contaminants and occupational health. We leave these topics to you with an open mind. Please participate and contribute to a high-quality conference with good science, and good and important messages to stakeholders and policy-makers around the world. We wish you a warm welcome to our electronic conference.

Relevant topics could include:

Reproductive Health and Climate Change

Vector Migration from a Climate Perspective

COVID-19 from a Climate Perspective

The Forgotten Tropical Diseases from a Climate Perspective

Cardiovascular Diseases and Climate Change

Occupational Health and Temperature Change

We are also open to alternative topics of high scientific quality.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland
Chair of the 4th International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health

Event Chairs

Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

DETAILS
Bio
Jon Øyvind Odland, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a specialist in GYN/OB, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. He has worked on mother/child programs in more than 20 countries, focusing mostly on the Arctic, southern Asia, and Africa. His studies have mostly focused on the impact of the environment and infectious disease on fetal development and pregnancy outcome. He has a scientific production of ca. 200 peer-reviewed papers and is now involved in a new study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and the general population in southern Africa.

Session Chairs

Dr. Pál Weihe

University of the Faroe Islands, Svabos gøta, Tórshavn.

DETAILS
Bio
For over 30 years, Dr. Pál Weihe has led the Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health in the Faroe Islands and, for part of this period, as Medical Director of the Faroese Hospital System. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Faroe Islands, a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark. Between 2005 and 2016, Dr. Weihe served as Chair of the Faroese Board of Public Health. Dr. Weihe is deeply committed to serving his community through the provision of medical care and devotion to his work on minimizing community exposures to marine contaminants. Specifically, he has conducted the examinations of over 3000 Faroe Islanders of five prospective studies of birth cohorts exposed to marine contaminants associated with neurotoxicity, growth, and development, immunotoxicity, and endocrine disruption. He is also involved in other research areas such as reproductive toxicological studies of time to pregnancy and semen quality as well as age-related functional deficits and degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and cardiovascular diseases, concerning lifetime exposure to methylmercury and persistent lipophilic contaminants. Dr. Weihe has published more than 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books.

Prof. Dr. Trond Flaegstad

the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.

DETAILS
Bio
Professor in pediatrics at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway; senior consultant, Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital of North Norway (UNN), Tromsø, Norway.

Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

DETAILS
Bio
Jon Øyvind Odland, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a specialist in GYN/OB, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. He has worked on mother/child programs in more than 20 countries. Currently, he mostly focuses on the Arctic, southern Asia, and Africa. His studies have mostly focused on the impact of the environment and infectious disease on fetal development and pregnancy outcome. He has a scientific production of ca. 200 peer-reviewed papers and is now involved in a new study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and the general population in southern Africa.
Research Keywords
Key words: inequality in health; environment and health; climate change and health; pregnancy and early childhood health; epidemiology and population registries

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Darj

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

DETAILS
Bio
Elisabeth Darj, MD, PhD, the first professor in Global Health at NTNU, Swedish obstetrician and gynecologist, has been working in clinical, education and research settings for more than 40 decades. Her research focuses on reproductive health, mainly in low-income countries, supervising PhD, Master’s, medical, and midwifery students. Darj started a new two-year international Master’s Program in Global Health at NTNU in 2015 and was the first Director of the National Research School in Global Health for PhD students, collaborating with all major universities in Norway. Previously, Darj was the head of the clinical Dept of Obs&Gyne in Uppsala and is now visiting Professor at Uppsala University, head of the scientific committee for research and development at Dept of Obs&Gyne, St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, authorized Medical Doctor in Norway and Sweden, member of Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters and now Prof Emerita at NTNU.
Research Keywords
Keywords: sexual reproductive health and rights; obstetrics and gynecology; gender-based violence; global health; low- and middle-income countries

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Gabutti

The Italian Scientific Society of Hygiene, Italy.

DETAILS
Bio
Giovanni Gabutti is professor of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, MD, specialist in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, and in Microbiology and Medical Virology. He has worked and still works on epidemiology and public health. His area of expertise includes epidemiology and the prevention of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. He has been involved in several RTCs on new vaccines as well as research projects promoted by the Ministry of University. He is chief of the Post-graduate School of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy and has a scientific production of approximately 170 peer-reviewed papers.
Research Keywords
Keywords: vaccine-preventable infectious diseases; epidemiology; vaccines; immunization; prevention; public health

Prof. Dr. Valerii Chashchin

North-Western State Medical University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

DETAILS
Bio
Valerii Chashchin has served as the Principal investigator (PI) and Co-PI for more than 30 international and all-national research projects in Public Health, Human Toxicology, Occupational, and Environmental Health, Epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, primarily in Arctic communities and other areas of ecological crisis. He has also served as the supervisor for 38 PhD students and as the designated expert of the Russian Federation in the Working Groups of the Arctic Council (AMAP and SDWG). Currently, he is the lead expert in the AC project "Biosecurity in the Arctic" (2021-2023).

Instructions for Authors

Submission

Submissions should be made by authors online by registering with www.sciforum.net, and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system.

  1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceeding issue) online on this website until 10 July 2022.
  2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 4th International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health. All authors will be notified by 31 July 2022 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit the manuscript, optionally along with a poster and/or PowerPoint and/or video presentation of their paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 28 August 2022.
  4. The conference proceedings papers and presentations will be available on https://sciforum.net/event/ECERPH-4 for discussion during the time of the conference 15–30 October 2022 and will be published in Journal Proceedings.
  1. The accepted papers will be published free of charge in the journal Proceedings of the conference itself. The open access journal IJERPH will publish a Special Issue of the conference to include extended and expanded version of conference proceedings papers, with a 15% discount on the article processing charges (the submission to the journal is independent from the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC, etc.).

Proceedings Paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:


First page:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
  • Abstract (200–250 words)
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (including figures, tables, and references) and should not exceed 6 pages.

Presentation Slides

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the manuscript. slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.

Accepted File Formats

  • MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
  • LaTeX: Manuscripts prepared in LaTeX must be collated into one ZIP folder (include all source files and images, so that the Conference Secretariat can recompile the submitted PDF). When preparing manuscripts in LaTeX, please use the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health LaTeX template files.

The 4th International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health Microsoft Word template file and LaTex template file

ECERPH-4_Word_Template.docx
ECERPH-4_Latex_template.zip

Manuscript Preparation

  • Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
  • Paper Length: The conference proceedings paper should not be longer than 6 pages. The conference manuscript should be as concise as possible.
  • Formatting and Style: The paper style of the Journal Proceedings should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper (see above). The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [4] or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
  • Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
  • Figures, Schemes, and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and a explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.

Copyright

MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Event Awards

In recognition of the support of the conference’s esteemed authors and their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide one Best Paper Award and one Best Presentation Award.

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award will be given to three submitted papers, as elected by the conference committee. Each awardee will receive 500 Swiss Francs. We look forward to your submission.

Criteria for Evaluation of Best Paper Award:

Criteria
1. Submit 3–6 pages of an extended abstract/full paper to ECERPH-4;
2. Originality of the paper;
3. Scientific merit and broad impact;
4. Relevance to the conference scope;
5. Interest to readers;
6. English language and style.

Evaluation

  • Each evaluation committee member will assess each applicant based on the criteria outlined above;
  • The total score for each presentation will be ranked from highest to lowest;
  • If two or more authors receive the same score, further evaluation will be carried out;
  • All decisions made by the evaluation committee are final.

Best Presentation Award

The Best Presentation Award will be given for two presentations, as chosen by the conference committee. Each awardee will receive 500 Swiss Francs. We look forward to your submission.

Criteria for Evaluation of Best Presentation Award:

Criteria
1. Submit presentation files (slide/video/poster) to ECERPH-4;
2. Originality of the presentation;
3. Scientific merit and broad impact;
4. Relevance to the conference scope;
5. Interest to readers;
6. English language and style.

Evaluation

  • Each evaluation committee member will assess each applicant based on the criteria outlined above;
  • The total score for each presentation will be ranked from highest to lowest;
  • If two or more authors receive the same score, further evaluation will be carried out;
  • All decisions made by the evaluation committee are final.

The criteria for judgment of the presentation shall be the ability of the author to summarize the content of the work and motivate interest in the presentation files (slide/video/poster).

The Awards
Best Paper Award
CHF 500 for each awardee / 3 awardees
Best Presentation Award
CHF 500 for each awardee / 2 awardees

Sponsors and Partners

Organizers


Media Partners

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Sylvia Li
Ms. Louisa Zhou
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing, China
E-Mail:

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the conference secretariat.

ECERPH-4 Live Sessions Information

During the e-conference, four live sessions have been scheduled. We have invited some speakers to share their latest research. Also, a number of excellent submissions have been selected, and these works will be presented during the live sessions by the authors. During each live session, the participants will have the chance to ask questions in the “open for discussion” section.

The live sessions are free for everyone. If you are interested in attending, please register in advance for your chosen session by clicking the "Webinar Registration" buttons which are showing in below live sessions program.

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