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International Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health - Addressing Environmental Threats to Human Health from Pregnancy to Senility

4–6 May 2020, Naples, Italy

Public Health, Occupational Health, Environmental Science
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Event Cancellation Notice

In light of the ongoing global Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, and more specifically the outbreak in Italy, we regret to announce that we have decided to cancel the event due to take place from 4-6 May 2020. This was a hard decision to take, but it appeared that maintaining the ICERPH at these dates was too risky in many regards. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this might cause and take this opportunity to thank you for ongoing support to ICERPH.

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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is a very proud and honored moment to announce the 1st International Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health - Addressing Environmental Threats to Human Health from Pregnancy to Senility, organized by the UNESCO CHAIR on Health Education and Sustainable Development established at Federico II University of Nales, in cooperation with the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA) and Campus Salute Onlus, and the MDPI open access journal IJERPH.

We hope to bring together leading experts in the field of environmental research and public health, from academia and industry, to share their recent findings. Six sessions will be chaired by experts to address the related topics:

  • Environmental Exposure, Health and Safety;
  • Epigenetics and Gene-environment Interactions;
  • Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology;
  • Endocrine Disruptors;
  • Climate Change and Public Health;
  • Emerging Issues in Environmental Health.

The conference welcomes inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary nature of contributions from both theoretical and applied perspectives. All accepted abstracts will be published in the proceedings of the conference. Moreover, participants are cordially invited to contribute with a full manuscript to IJERPH Special Issue “ICERPH 2020 - Addressing Environmental Threats to Human Health from Pregnancy to Senility”.

This year, as a sponsor, IJERPH would like to provide awards as elected by the members of the scientific committee.

  • Best Paper Award.
  • Best Oral Presentation.
  • Best Poster Award.

We look forward to welcoming you at the meeting in Naples!

Professor Annamaria Colao, Prof. Prisco Piscitelli

ICERPH 2020 Chairs

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Conference Secretariat

Mr. Jameson Zhang
Mrs. Darija Zilic
Ms. Aggie Zheng
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Conference Chairs

Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Chirurgia, Unit of Endocrinology, Federico II University Medical School of Naples, Naples, Italy

Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA), Milan, Italy,
Euro Mediterranean Scientific Biomedical Institute (ISBEM), Bruxelles, Belgium

Advisory Committee

Department of Biology, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA

Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou is Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. He is a Presidential Distinguished Professor who also serves as Director of DoD-Center of Excellence in STEM Education, Director of NIH-Center for Environmental Health, and Director of Environmental Science PhD Program at Jackson State University (JSU), Jackson, MS. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, and Life Member of the scientific faculty of the International Biographical Institute in Cambridge, England. Prof. Dr. Tchounwou is nationally and internationally known for his biomedical research. Dr. Tchounwou has published 178 refereed papers in top-tiered journals and books. He is Editor-In-Chief of two international journals including the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

School of Public Health, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, USA

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Z. Younis was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Research of Healthcare Financial Management and is an Editorial Board member or manuscript reviewer for several national and international journals. As an internationally recognized scholar, Dr Younis has authored and published over 100 articles and abstracts in refereed journals, and has presented at national and international conferences. He has administrative experience as Senior Advisor for the President at Zirve University, Turkey and as Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Florida International University (FL, USA) where he led the accreditation efforts for the Healthcare Management Program. He has collaborated with faculties from the School of Medicine at Jena University (Jena, Germany), as well as those from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. He served with the American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon) and the World Bank training workshops for health sector reforms in the Middle East, which involved training health administrators from several Middle Eastern countries.
Research Keywords
Global Health; Health Economics & Finance

President of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA), Milan, Italy,
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Alessandro Miani is connection strategic marketing and communication expert, author of 7 monographs and over 100 scientific publications. A publicist journalist, doctor and Aggregate Professor of Environmental Prevention at the University of Milan, President of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA), Council Delegate of Professional Associations Confederations for Sustainability and Health Policies, scientific popularizer, in the past he was also Professor of Web Marketing at Vita Salute San Raffaele University and Sensory Marketing at IED. He also held administration and control positions in various companies, including one listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.

Special Honorary Guests

Departments of Medicine, Health Research and Policy, Biomedical Data Science, and Statistics and Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention, Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, of Biomedical Data Science, and of Statistics; co-Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford. Born in New York City in 1965 and raised in Athens, Greece. Valedictorian (1984) at Athens College; National Award of the Greek Mathematical Society (1984); MD (top rank of medical school class) from the National University of Athens in 1990; also received DSc in biopathology from the same institution. Trained at Harvard and Tufts (internal medicine and infectious diseases), then held positions at NIH, Johns Hopkins and Tufts. Chaired the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina Medical School in 1999-2010 while also holding adjunct professor positions at Harvard, Tufts, and Imperial College. Senior Advisor on Knowledge Integration at NCI/NIH (2012-6). Served as President, Society for Research Synthesis Methodology, and editorial board member of many leading journals (including PLoS Medicine, Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, JNCI among others) and as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation (2010-2019). Delivered ~600 invited and honorary lectures. Recipient of many awards (e.g. European Award for Excellence in Clinical Science [2007], Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College, Columbia University [2015], Chanchlani Global Health Award [2017], Epiphany Science Courage Award [2018], Einstein fellow [2018]). Inducted in the Association of American Physicians (2009), European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010) American Epidemiological Society (2015), European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2015), National Academy of Medicine (2018). Honorary titles from FORTH (2014) and Ioannina (2015), honorary doctorates from Rotterdam (2015), Athens (2017), Tilburg (2019), Edinburgh (2019, ceremony in 2020). Multiple honorary lectureships/visiting professorships (Caltech, Oxford, LSHTM, Yale, U Utah, U Conn, UC Davis, U Penn, Wash U St. Louis, NIH among others). The PLoS Medicine paper on “Why most published research find

Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. María P. Neira holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery (University of Oviedo, Spain), and a specialization in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the Université René Déscartes, Paris. She then obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris, France as well as a University Diploma in Human Nutrition. She also obtained an International Diploma in Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Neira is since 2005, Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO). Between 2002 and 2005, she was Vice Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs in Spain and President of the Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency. She has been working for WHO since 1993, with her first assignment being Coordinator of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control and then being appointed in 1999 as Director of the Department of Control, Prevention and Eradication. Before joining WHO, she obtained extensive field experience working for five years in Africa as Public Health Adviser in the Ministry of Health in Mozambique and in Kigali, Rwanda, where she served as UN Public Health Advisor/Physician for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Previously, Maria acted as Medical Coordinator with Médecins sans Frontières within refugee camps in Salvador and Honduras during the armed conflict. Among other distinctions, Dr Neira has been awarded the Médaille de l'Ordre du Mérite National by the Government of France, the Spanish National Nutrition Strategy Award, the Mujer Extraordinaria Award by Queen Letizia of Spain, and she is currently a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Asturias.

Institute of Global Health, Barcelona, Spain,
President elected of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), Herndon, VA, USA

Urban and Transport Planning Pathways to Low Carbon, Liveable and Healthy Cities Over 50% of the world´s population is living in cities and this is expected to rise to 70% over the next few decades. Cities are society’s predominant engine of innovation and wealth creation, but also main sources of pollution, and disease. Partly due to poor urban and transport planning, or the lack thereof, we have cities that are too car dominated. All the urban planning in the world seems for cars; People do not matter. This has led to high air pollution and noise levels, heat island effects and lack of green space and physical activity that are all detrimental to health. For example, a recent health impact assessment in Barcelona estimated that 20% of premature mortality was due to urban and transport related exposures. This talk will review the latest developments on urban and transport planning pathways leading to low carbon, liveable and healthy cities Electric cars and/or autonomous vehicles have been mentioned as possible solutions, but they are unlikely to be, and solutions need to be sought elsewhere. A new long term visioning of healthy urban future is needed that bring health, sustainability and livable at the forefront of urban and transport planning. Systemic approaches to the current problems and e.g. a shift away from our grey car centric cities towards cities with more public and active transportation and green space are urgently needed. Collaboration between e.g. urban and transport planners, environmentalists and public health professionals is essential to create low carbon, liveable and healthy cities.
Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. He is director of Urban Planning, Environment and Health and Air pollution and Urban Environment at ISGlobal, Barcelona. He is President of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. He has edited 3 books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and one on Integrating human health into Urban and Transport planning, and has co-authored more than 400 papers published in peer reviewed journals and 30 book chapters. In 2018, he was awarded the ISEE John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology. In both 2018 and 2019 he was among the 1% most cited scientists in the world.

Invited Speakers

O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA

Climate change will profoundly affect the public's health and safety. Mosquito-borne diseases will vastly increase; severe weather events will cause injury and death; food and water shortages will threaten security; and inhabitable cities and towns will result in mass migrations. Chronic diseases will be exacerbated by air pollution and threats to the environment. This session explores the profound impacts of climate change, together with legal and policy solutions both at the local and national level and the global level.
Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic rank, and Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law. He directs the World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law. Gostin is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University and Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. The WHO Director-General appointed Prof. Gostin to high-level positions, including expert panels on the International Health Regulations (IHR) and on Mental Health. He served on the Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming WHO, as well as WHO expert advisory committees on pandemic influenza, smallpox, genomic sequencing, and migrant health. He served on WHO’s Blue Ribbon Panel on global health equity. He co-chairs the Lancet Commission of Global Health Law. Professor Gostin served on two global commissions on the 2015 Ebola epidemic. He was senior advisor to the UN Secretary General’s post-Ebola Commission. He served on the drafting committee for the G-7 Summit agenda in Tokyo 2016 on global health security and Universal Health Coverage. Prof. Gostin holds international professorial appointments, including at Oxford University, the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), and Melbourne University. He holds honorary degrees from the State University of New York, Cardiff University, Sydney University, and the Royal Institute of Public Health. Prof. Gostin is Legal and Global Health Editor, Journal of the American Medical Association. Prof. Gostin is an elected lifetime Member of the National Academy of Medicine, and currently serves on the Academy’s Global Health Board. The National Academy, American Public Health Association, and New York Bar Association have all awarded Gostin their Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 2016, President Obama appointed Prof. Gostin to the President’s National Cancer Advisory Board. He serves on the National Institutes of Health Director’s Advisory Committee on the ethics of public/private partnerships to end the opioid crisis. Prof. Gostin’s book Global Health Law (

School of Public Health, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NY, USA

A large body of research on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that act as obesogens has been conducted since the turn of the century. Many prospective birth cohort studies have contributed to a global wealth of knowledge. Todays's overweight and obese children will become tomorrow's overweight and obese adults. What are the generational concerns, the lessons learned, and where do we go as a global society towards solving the overlapping problems of EDCs and childhood obesity?
Lori A. Hoepner, DrPH, MPH is Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. With over 50 co-authored publications, her research is primarily at the intersection of environmental effects and prenatal/early childhood development. She has extensive research experience in common urban exposures (air pollution, pesticides, plasticizers) and health outcomes (obesity, asthma, neurodevelopment, and HIV/AIDS), with a focus on childhood. Additionally, she is experienced in large-scale digital integration of public health data from multiple sources. With her background in health disparities research, Dr. Hoepner has the goal of understanding the intricacies of race/ethnicity, sex and socioeconomics as they pertain to environmental health from a global perspective, as well as from a community-wide perspective.
Research Keywords
endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); plasticizers/plastic pollution; childhood obesity/adiposity; asthma; DOHaD; community-based environmental health; underserved populations; health disparities; urban health; hydraulic fracturing; big data

School of Life Sciences, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK,
Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Edinburgh, UK

The "exposome" encompasses all exposures from conception to death. Developments in characterising the exposome during adult life, including work-related exposures, could play an important part in helping to discover the causes of non-communicable diseases. This presentation will briefly review practical methodologies to collect, analyse, store and interpret data on workplace and other adult exposures. Methodologies to characterise the external exposome may include wearable sensors for light, sound, sleep, physical activity level, location or environmental chemicals, and the internal exposure may be characterised using complex biochemical analysis of blood or other body fluids. These measures should be integrated into new prospective epidemiological studies.
John Cherrie is Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University and Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) in Edinburgh, UK. He has worked on several research studies involving measurement and modelling of exposure to chemicals and other environmental hazards. John also works on air pollution research in Thailand and China and on various workplace epidemiological studies, including the HEADING study investigating brain health of former footballers. He is a member of the British Workplace Health Expert Committee and the UK Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.
Research Keywords
environmental and occupational cancer; epidemiology; the exposome; human exposure assessment; occupational cancer; natural and synthetic fibres; dermal exposure and air pollution

Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

National Research Council - Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa, Italy

Coal-fired thermal power plants represent a significant source of air pollutants, especially sulfur dioxide (SO2), that has been associated with an increased risk of mortality and morbidity for respiratory and cardiovascular disease. The impact of a large coal power plant located in northen Italy, operating from 1970 to 2014 was studied. A population-based cohort study was carried out to evaluate the association between exposure of residents to atmospheric pollutants emitted by the power plant and the other main sources of pollution and the risk of mortality and hospitalization considering both cancer and non-cancer causes. Strong excesses of mortality were found for all natural causes, diseases of the circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems in both sexes, and in men for lung cancers. Results of hospitalization analysis were consistent with those of mortality. Results obtained, considering multiple sources of exposure, indicate a relevant health impact of the exposure to the studied coal power plant as well as the other main sources of air pollution. The adoption of primary prevention measures and of an environment and health surveillance programme appear urgent in a large territory. The role of the main stakeholders were considered and discussed.
Epidemiologist with long standing experience in clinical epidemiology, environmental epidemiology and diseases registries. Researcher at the Italian National Research Council since 1984 and Director of Research since 2005. Head of the Environmental Epidemiology and Diseases Registries Research Unit, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa, Italy. Coordinator of the Tuscany Registry of Birth Defects and of the Tuscany Registry of Rare Diseases. Professor in-charge for teaching in University master at the Sant’Anna University, Pisa. Scientific coordinator of several European and National projects. Author of over 300 scientific papers in journals with impact factor (H-index 35), numerous books and chapters in books with an international or national editors; author for many articles in popular newspapers.

Department of Medicine, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Department of Basic Medicine, Neurosciences, Sense Organs, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Bari, Italy

European Cancer and Environment Research Institute (ECERI), Bruxelles, Belgium

Division of Environmental Chemistry, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Bari, Italy

President of the National Council of Geologists, Milan, Italy

Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Napels Federico II, Napels, Italy

Division of Analytical Chemistry, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Former officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland

European Center for Environment and Health, World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark

Epidemiologist, World Health Organization, Geneve, Switzerland

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Department of Chemistry, University of Milan, Milan, Italy


The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, gala dinner on 5th May, conference bag and program book.

Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by anyone of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 26 March 2020.

For onsite registration, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Authors with multiple contributions: Please note that one author registration will cover only ONE accepted contribution. Authors presenting more than 1 contribution during the event will be charged 25 per additional abstract (e.g., 1 author with 2 abstracts: registration fee + 25 ; 2 authors with 3 abstracts: 2 registration fees + 25 ; etc.)

Certificate of Attendance: Upon request, the participants of the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

* First and last authors of articles published in 2015 or later will be granted a discount.
** Reviewers who provided timely review reports in 2015 or later will be granted a discount.
*** Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors who join IJERPH before 31 December 2019. Please select the regular academic fee otherwise.

Societies Members: Members of partnering societies listed here are granted a 20% registration fee discount. In order to obtain the discount on the registration fees, a proof of membership (a society card, a letter confirming membership, etc.) will be required. Please indicate the society you are affiliated with in the Comments section during registration. We will contact you to request the proof by email.

Early Bird
Until 20th March 2020
Supported documents
Student 300.00 EUR Student ID
Academic 550.00 EUR
MDPI Author* or Reviewer** 500.00 EUR
Board Member/Guest Editor of IJERPH*** 450.00 EUR
Non-Academic 750.00 EUR
Waived Fees: Invited Speakers Free
Student (Societies Members) 240.00 EUR A proof of membership (a society card, a letter confirming membership, etc.)
Student ID
Academic (Societies Members) 440.00 EUR A proof of membership (a society card, a letter confirming membership, etc.)
MDPI Author* or Reviewer** (Societies Members) 400.00 EUR A proof of membership (a society card, a letter confirming membership, etc.)
Board Member/Guest Editor of IJERPH*** (Societies Members) 360.00 EUR A proof of membership (a society card, a letter confirming membership, etc.)
Non-Academic (Societies Members) 600.00 EUR A proof of membership (a society card, a letter confirming membership, etc.)
Cancellation policy

Participation to the conference is considered final only once the registration fees have been paid. The number of participants is limited, once the number of paid registrations reaches the maximum number of participants, unpaid registrations will be cancelled.

Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:
> 2 months before the conference Full refund but 100 EUR are retained for administration
> 1 month before the conference Refund 50% of the applying fees
> 2 weeks before the conference Refund 25% of the applying fees
< 2 weeks before the conference No refund

In the unlikely event that MDPI shall deem it necessary to cancel the conference, all pre-paid registration fees will be reimbursed. MDPI shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individual delegates.

Photographs and/or video will be taken during the conference
By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the conference’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Instructions for Authors

Generic information

The International Conference on Environment Research and Public Health will accept:

  1. A 200- 300-word abstract in English for the booklet (printed) and
  2. A min 2-pages and max 4-pages extended abstract for the proceedings (PDF format), with Title, Affiliations, Abstract, Introduction, Results and Conclusions (with Figures and/or Tables) and References.
To present your research at the event
  • Create an account on Sciforum if you do not have one, then click on New Submission on the upper-right corner of the window OR click on Submit Abstract on the Conference website.
  • Indicate which thematic area is best suited for your research.
  • Submit an abstract in English - the word limits are minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words.
  • The deadline to submit your abstract is 15 February 2020 15 March 2020. You will be notified by 13 March 2020 19 March 2020 regarding the acceptance for poster presentation.
  • Upon submission, you can select if you also wish to be considered for oral presentation. Following assessment by the Chairs, you will be notified by 13 March 2020 19 March 2020 in a separate email whether your contribution has been accepted for oral presentation.
  • Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 26 March 2020.
Poster information
Detailed information about the posters and a plan of the poster session will be circulated later on. Please print your poster prior to the conference.

Venue, Travel and Accommodation

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at CENTRO CONGRESSI "FEDERICO II", University of Naples Federico II - Naples, Italy.

Via Partenope 36, 80121, Napoli, Italy

How to get there:


Naples is a beautiful Italian city which overlooks the sea, unique in its genre, non-conventional, alternative and artistic, able to amaze every tourist with its beauty and its unaltered identity through time. Its historic centre (together with the pizza) has been considered as the UNESCO World Heritage and is the biggest one of Europe; in it, in fact, there are several monuments belonging to differents historical periods, streets and alleys full of history and culture, amazing views, a cheerful and living nightlife, an ancient culinary tradition without eguals in the world, a tasty street food, generous and friendly people, and an original and unique theatrical lifestyle.

Its central position also allows to reach the nearest islands as Capri, Ischia and Procida, and other important sites, such as Pompei, Mount Vesuvius, Ercolano, the Amalfitan Coast, Sorrento, Caserta, the Phlegrean Fields with the Solfatara crater, etc.

For a complete overview, visit

Photo modified from Michele Landi.


In the area of the Conference (University of Naples Federico II - Naples) there are many hotels, shown in the map here below; please consider that Naples is a touristic city and the area of the Conference is one of most renowned; therefore it is highly advisable to make the reservation quite in advance.

Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations
Note that Sciforum is the only official registration platform to register to the ICERPH2020, and that we are not associated with any hotel agency. While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the ICERPH2020 or Sciforum. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.

Travel Information - Getting to Naples

If you arrive by plane

Naples has an International Airport called Capodichino. The airport is well connected to airport hubs in Europe, like London, Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt and Munich, with daily connections and more than 85 destinations in Europe. It is located at a 7 km from the city centre. For information about Naples Airport and flights, please visit the web site "Aeroporto di Napoli". Alternatively, the best and closest destination is Rome Fiumicino airport. From this Airport, you will need to take a train (Leonardo Express) or a bus to the Railways Station of Rome Termini. Leonardo Express takes about 32 minutes to the Railways Station of Rome Termini. From Rome Termini fast trains called Freccia Rossa and Freccia Argento leave about each hour to Napoli, taking about 1 hour and 10 minutes. For timetable of trains connecting Rome to Naples and back please visit the web site: Trenitalia or Italo. For Leonardo Express go to the page: Leonardo Express.

From Naples International Airport of Capodichino to Naples city centre:

By Bus:

- you can take the bus called “Alibus” to Piazza Garibaldi (Railway central station, 1st Stop) . From there take Metro 1

- you can take the bus called “Alibus” to Stazione Marittima (Port, 2st Stop, in the city centrum)

By Taxi:

- Taxis: just outside the arrivals area (~ 23€).

If you arrive by train

The main railway station of Naples is called Napoli Centrale – Piazza Garibaldi (Railway central station). Naples has good train connections through Fast Trains (Freccia Rossa or Freccia Argento or "ITALO") with all main Italian cities.

By Bus

- you can take the bus R2 (just outside the station) and get off at Piazza del Plebiscito. You can buy tickets inside the railway station, or send an SMS to the number 4868680 with the message “ANM R2”

By Metro

- Take Metro Line 1 (Garibaldi, just outside the station), going towards Dante, and get off at Toledo. From there, you can take a taxi or enjoy a pleasant walk along Via Toledo and through Piazza del Plebiscito.

By Taxi

- Taxis: outside the station (~ 11€)

Letter of Invitation for Visa Purpose

A letter of invitation can be requested by attendees with an abstract submitted after the registration is paid. The letter will be sent to you by email once the registration fees has been received. Letters of invitation do not include responsibility of, and, do not imply any financial support from the conference organizers.

Event Awards

The Sponsor IJERPH offers three awards to our conference participants, which will be announced during the Award Ceremony on the last day of the conference.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation (2)

Number of Awards Available: 2

The Awards will consist of 500 EUR each. Will be selected by the Scientific Committee after evaluation of all selected talks presented during the conference.
Best Poster Award (2)

Number of Awards Available: 2

The awards will consist of 500 EUR each. Will be selected by all conference attendees through secret vote.
Best Paper Award (2)

Number of Awards Available: 2

The Awards will consist of 500 EUR each, the Winners can also publish the extended version of the paper submitted to the conference in IJERPH, free of charge. The extended version will have a peer-review process.
Terms and Conditions:

Candidate's requirements for the Best Paper Award:

  • Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows or PhD students involved in the Environmental Science or Public Health research field.
  • The abstract submitted by the applicants must have been previously accepted by the Chairs of the ICERPH 2020 conference.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  1. A brief description of current and future research.
  2. A CV, including a complete list of publications.
  3. A recommendation letter from a supervisor, research director or department head, which confirms that the applicant fulfills all the requirements.

Sponsors and Partners



Partnering Societies

Media Partners

Conference Program

The detailed conference program of the ICERPH 2020 is now available, please see below.

Monday 4 May 2020

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Wednesday 6 May 2020



Annamaria Colao, Alessandro Miani, Franck Vasquez

Oral Presentations of Best Submitted Research Abstracts

Opening Ceremony
Gaetano Manfredi, Nicola Caputo, B. Bignami, Andrea Iacomin

Opening Lecture

S1. Epigenetics and Gene-Environment Interactions: Epigenetics as Reliable Paradigm for Carcinogenesis, Neurological and Metabolic Pandemics

Plenary Lecture

S4. Climate Change and Public Health: Building healthy cities and promoting health and wellbeing

Plenary Lecture

S7. Endocrine Disruptors: pollutants interference in human metabolism, fertility and neurocognitive development

Oral Presentations of Best Submitted Research Abstracts

Coffee Break

Oral Presentations of Best Submitted Research Abstracts

Coffee Break

Lunch & Poster view

Lunch & Poster view


Plenary Lecture

S5. Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology: focus on water contaminants

S2. Environmental Exposure, Health and Safety: Air Pollution and Risk Assessment

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

S6. Pesticides and Health in Agriculture

S3. Emerging issues in Environmental health: the contribution of Engineering, Geology, Biotechnology and Social Sciences

Welcome Cocktail

Gala Dinner

General Schedule

Monday 4 May 2020: 08:30 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 5 May 2020: 09:00 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 18:30/ Gala Dinner: 20:00
Wednesday 6 May 2020: 09:00 - 13:00

Detailed Program

Day 1: Monday 4 May 2020

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction: Annamaria Colao (UNESCO Chair) – Alessandro Miani (SIMA) – Franck Vasquez (MDPI)
10:00 – 10:30 Oral Presentations of Best Submitted Research Abstracts
Chairs: Prisco Piscitelli (Bruxelles) & Javier Arias (Madrid)
10:30 – 11:00 Opening Cerimony: G. Manfredi; N. Caputo; B. Bignami; Andrea Iacomini
11:00 – 11:30 Opening Lecture
Chairs: Maria Triassi (Naples) & Prisco Piscitelli (Bruxelles)
John Ioannidis - "Assessing Non-Genetic, Environmental Exposures in Large Scale: Challenges for a New Epidemiology Paradigm"

11:30 – 13:00 Session 1 – Epigenetics and Gene-Environment interactions: Epigenetics as Reliable Paradigm for Carcinogenesis, Neurological and Metabolic Pandemics
Chairs' Talk: Rodolfo Guzzi (Rome) & Alessandro Distante (Brindisi)
Ernesto Burgio - "From Genetics to Epigenetics"
Ettore Caroppo - " Reproductive Medicine as Paradigmatic Epigenetic Model"
Alessandro Weiss - "Epigenetics and Carcinogenesis"

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Poster view

14:00 – 14:30 Plenary Lecture
Chair's Talk: Eduardo Missoni (Mexico city)
Maria Neira - "Environmental Determinants of Health – Focus on Air Pollution"

14:30 – 16:00 Session 2 – Environmental Exposure, Health and Safety: Air Pollution and Risk Assessmen
Chairs' Talk: Paola Fermo (Milan) & Antonio Uricchio (Rome)
Mark Nieuwenhuijsen - "Urban and Transport Planning Pathways to Low Carbon"
Fabrizio Bianchi - "Coal-fired Power Plant’s Health Impact Evaluation"
Francesco Forastiere - "Steel Production and Health Impact Assessment"

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:30 Session 3 – Emerging Issues in Environmental Health: The Contribution of Engineering, Geology, Biotechnology and Social Sciences
Chairs' Talk: Alexander Leicht (Paris) & Loreto Gesualdo (Bari)
John Cherrie - "Characterising the Exposome During Adult Life"
Lori A. Hoepner - "Intergenerational Perspectives and Evolving Needs"
Vincenzo Giovine - "Radon and Asbestos as Major Health Threats"
Gianluigi De Gennaro - "Indoor Air Quality"

18:30 – 20:00 Welcome Cocktail

Day 2: Tuesday 5 May 2020

9:00 – 9:30 Plenary Lecture
Chair's Talk: LPrisco Piscitelli (Bruxelles)
Andrew Haines, Francesca Racioppi - "Climate Change and Health Challenges" (Video Dialogue)

9:30 – 11:30 Session 4 – Climate Change and Public Health: Building Healthy Cities and Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Chair's Talk: Alessandro Miani (Milan)
Lawrence O. Gostin - "The Impact of Climate Change on Health, Safety and Human Wellbeing"
Salvatore Ippolito - "Climate Change and Migration"
Vincenzo Belgiorno - "Building Healthy Cities to Counteract the Impact of Climate Change on Health"
Piero Salatino - "Engineering Criteria for Healthy Cities"

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Oral Presentations of Best Submitted Research Abstracts
Chairs: Javier Gonzalez (Madrid) & Gaetano Rivezzi (Caserta)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Poster Visit

14:30 – 16:00 Session 5 – Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology: Focus onWater Contaminants
Chair's Talk: Giuseppe Castaldo (Naples)
Vito Felice Uricchio - "Water Contaminants and Health"

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:30 Session 6 – Pesticides and Health in Agriculture
Chairs' Talk: Marcello Iriti (Milan) & Pierpaolo Limone (Foggia)
Thomas Arcuri - "Pesticides in Agriculture"
Matteo Lorito - "Pesticides and Health"
Luoping Zhang - "Carcinogenic Potential of Herbicides"

20:00 – 22:30 Gala Dinner

Day 3: Wednesday 6 May 2020

9:00 – 9:30 Plenary Lecture
Chairs' Talk: Prisco Piscitelli (Bruxelles) & Diego Centonze (Rome)
Giancarlo Logroscino - "Environmental Pollutants and Neurodegenerative Diseases"

9:30 – 11:30 Session 7 – Endocrine Disruptors: Pollutants Interference in Human Metabolism, Fertility and Neurocognitive Development
Chairs' Talk: Andrea Lenzi (Rome) & Rosario Pivonello (Naples)
Giuseppe D’Amato - "Pollutants and Fertility"
Annamaria Colao - "Endocrine Disruptors and Diseases"

11:30 – 12:30 Oral Presentations of Best Submitted Research Abstracts
Chairs: Alessandro Miani & Maurizio Bifulco

12:30 – 13:00 Coffee Break