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15 Nov–7 Dec 2018
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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome from the Chair of the 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences

15 November – 7 December 2018

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences.

Today, longitudinal studies are extensively performed, especially in Arctic countries. A considerable number of reports and articles related to epidemiological studies conducted in the arctic regions have appeared in last year Special Issues of IJERPH. For both ethical and scientific reasons, many longitudinal studies have a cohort design, with a long-term follow up of the individuals concerned that, often, are mothers and their children, since the most vulnerable period in human life is before birth and in early childhood. Various epidemiological studies in the circumpolar area have shown associations between contaminants and different health outcomes. The risk assessment of the effects of environmental pollutants is essential for the overall protection of health of the current and next generations. Different methods of risk assessment are available, however it is not clearly established how to translate the contaminant concentrations measured in the blood of the monitored individuals to information useful for risk characterization, thus linking the likelihood that specific adverse health effects will occur to defined concentration ranges of contaminants. In addition, risk assessments are complicated by several factors, such as climate changes and the fluctuations of contaminant exposure levels over long periods. This makes it necessary to continuously monitor environmental pollution and the related potential health effects. The information gathered from risk assessment studies is also important for policy makers to identify preventive measures to be adopted on both a population level and an individual level. The precautionary principle should be the basis of all environmental health science approaches based on newly acquired knowledge, including risk assessments and the definition of strategies to reduce contaminant exposure to humans. This conference creates a unique opportunity to discuss any subject related to environment and health issues. The Chair and the scientific committee heartily welcome you and look forward to this first electronic conference on environmental health sciences.

Conference Chair

Professor Jon Øyvind Odland

Professor of global health
NTNU The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
MD, PhD, Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology


Visiting professor, Department of Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2013--)
Visiting professor, OB/GYN Department, College of Medicine, University of Malawi (2013-)
Key National Expert, Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Council (2010--)
President of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research (2009-- 2011)
Chair of AMAP Human Health Assessment Group (2009 --).
President, International Union of Circumpolar Health (2012-2015).
Teacher and supervisor in Health Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Public Health at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level in Norway, Russia, Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Island, Iceland, Canada, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Australia, Argentina, and Vietnam.
Appr. 200 peer reviewed publications in international journals.

Ongoing studies:

PI of the Breathe study, supported by Globvac. Clinical trial of azithromycin treatment of lung complications in HIV-positive children and adolescents in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
PI of the MISA cohort of Northern Norway. Focus on pregnancy outcome, persistent toxic substances, nutrition, and endocrine disruption.
Coordinator for national studies in all Arctic countries.
Additionally ongoing identical studies on contaminants, nutrition and pregnancy outcome in South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Birth registry studies in North-West Russia. Co-PI for health and environment studies in North-west Russia, Nenets, Yakutia and Chukotka.


Call for Papers

E-conferences, virtually anywhere. The 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences (IECEHS 2018) will be held from 15 November to 7 December 2018 in the internet environment. This event will solely be an online proceeding which allows the participation from all over the world with no concerns of travel and related expenditures, while at the same time making rapid and direct exchanges about the latest research findings and novel ideas in Environmental Health Sciences. All proceedings will be held online at

Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Children’s Environmental Health
  • Global Environment
  • Registry Epidemiology for Public Health Purposes
  • Air Pollution
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Environmental Exposure and Health
  • Industrial and Occupational Health
  • Risk Assessment and Management of Environmental Hazards

The conference will be completely free of charge - both to attend, and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. There will also be a possibility to submit selected papers to the e-conference related Special Issue of the journal IJERPH (ISSN 1660-4601; Impact Factor: 2.101 (2016)), with a 20% discount on the APC. IECEHS-2018 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without the concerns and expense of traveling - all you need is access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to "attend" this conference by presenting your latest work.

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 22 September 2018 online at For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 20 October 2018. The conference itself will be held 15 November to 7 December 2018.

We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. IECEHS-2018 is organized and sponsored by MDPI, a scholarly open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland.

Paper Submission Guidelines

For information about the submission procedure and preparation of a full presentation, please refer to the "Instructions for Authors".

Conference Chairs

Professor of global health, NTNU The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MD, PhD, Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology

Visiting professor, Department of Public Health, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2013--) Visiting professor, OB/GYN Department, College of Medicine, University of Malawi (2013-) Key National Expert, Sustainable Development Working Group, Arctic Council (2010--) President of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research (2009-- 2011) Chair of AMAP Human Health Assessment Group (2009 --). President, International Union of Circumpolar Health (2012-2015).

Conference Committee

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans LA, USA

Research Keywords
the impact of toxic chemicals on human health and the environment: accumulation in food chain organisms and degradation; water and sanitation and effects of agricultural pesticides in developing nations

Pesticide Biochemistry and Environmental Toxicology, Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagaziz University, Egypt

Research Keywords
toxicity and biotransformation of agrochemicals; molecular diagnosis of pesticides and biocontrol agents toxicity and resistance; health and environmental risk assessment of pesticides; applications of biotechnology in pest control

Department of Occupational Safety and Health, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Research Keywords
occupational health; occupational epidemiology; health risk assessment; physical hazards assessment

School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Research Keywords
environmental physics; air pollution modelling; air pollution exposure; the impact of climate on health; environmental noise

Department of Global Health, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Research Keywords
health risks of and responses to global change; particularly climate change

Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Graduate School of Public Health, St. Luke's International University, Tokyo

Research Keywords
statistics; epidemiology; health inequality; quantitative health system assessment; statistical methods in health services research

Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, 1 Matsunosato, Tsukuba, Japan

Research Keywords
forest therapy; shinrin-yoku; nature and medicine; preventive medicine; forest landscape; phytoncide; five sense stimulus

Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Regional Health Service-Italy, Rome, Italy

Research Keywords
environmental epidemiology; climate change; extreme weather events and health; short and long term effect of air pollution; environmental exposure and cancer; public health

Institute of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Research Keywords
environmental and occupational epidemiology; environmental health impact assessment

Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Research Keywords
adsorption of inorganic/organic pollutants using low-cost adsorbents; activated carbon and nanocomposite materials

School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Research Keywords
bladder health; women's health; aging; behavior and environment

School of Public Health, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China; JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; General Practice and Primary Care, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Research Keywords
primary health care; multimorbidity; cardiovascular diseases

Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481, USA

Research Keywords
adolescent development; sexual risk and prevention; family sexuality communication; teen-family relationships; evaluation of preventive programs; qualitative and mixed-methods approaches

University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90014 Oulu, Finland


School of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia

Research Keywords
climate change and population health; adaptation; vulnerability; infectious disease; disaster response; public health policy and health services

School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Research Keywords
pollen and health outcomes; osteoporosis and exposure to solar radiation; risk factors for the consumption of pesticides

Instructions for Authors


Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with, and using the "Submit New Submission" function once logged into system.

  1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 22 September 2018.
  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 1st International Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences. All authors will be notified by 28 September 2018 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit his/her manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 20 October 2018.
  4. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 15 November-7 December 2018 and will be published in Journal Proceedings.
  5. The Open Access Journal IJERPH will publish a Special Issue of the conference proceedings papers and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference itself. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. After the conference, the Conference Committee will recommend manuscripts that may be included for publication in this Special Issue of the journal IJERPH (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.).
Structure of proceedings paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
  • Abstract
  • 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 (incl. figures, tables and references). There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible.

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'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.

Video presentations

Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer at to get to know more about the procedure. This is an unique way of presenting your paper and discuss it with peers from all over the world. Make a difference and join us for this project!

Presentation of posters

Authors that wish to present a poster only, i.e. without proceedings paper, can do so in section J. - Posters of this conference. Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.

Submission of manuscripts

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 Electronic Conference on Materials Science 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.
  • Electronic Conference on Environmental Health Sciences MS Word Template File
Manuscript preparation
  • References: References must be numbered in order of appearance in the text (including tables and legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. We recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package, such as EndNote, ReferenceManager or Zotero to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references. Citations and References in Supplementary files are permitted provided that they also appear in the main text and in the reference list. In the text, reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [1], [1–3] or [1,3]. For embedded citations in the text with pagination, use both parentheses and brackets to indicate the reference number and page numbers; for example [5] (p. 10). or [6] (pp. 101–105). The Reference list should include the full title as recommended by the ACS style guide. The style file for endnote, MDPI.ens, can be found at
  • Author List and Affiliations: Authors' full first and last names must be provided. The initials of any middle names can be added. The PubMed/MEDLINE standard format is used for affiliations: complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and all email addresses. At least one author should be designated as corresponding author, and his or her email address and other details should be included at the end of the affiliation section. Please read the criteria to qualify for authorship.
  • Figures, Schemes and Tables: All figure files should be separately uploaded during submission. Figures and schemes must be provided at a sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1000 pixels width/height, or a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). All Figure file formats are accepted. However, TIFF, JPEG, EPS and PDF files are preferred. Materials can publish multimedia files in articles or as supplementary materials. Please get in touch with the Editorial office for further information. All Figures, Schemes and Tables should also be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearance (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, Table 1, etc.). All Figures, Schemes and Tables should have a short explanatory title and a caption. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. To facilitate the copy-editing of larger tables, smaller fonts may be used, but in no less than 8 pt. in size. Authors should use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables. For multi-panel figures, the file must contain all data in one file. For tips on creating multi-panel figures, please read the helpful advice provided by L2 Molecule. Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color (RGB at 8-bit per channel). Full color graphics will be published free of charge.

For further enquiries please contact us at

Publication ethics statement

Authors wishing to publish their papers are asked to abide to the following rules:

  • Any facts that might be perceived as a possible conflict of interest of the author(s) must be disclosed in the paper prior to submission.
  • Authors should accurately present their research findings and include an objective discussion of the significance of their findings.
  • Data and methods used in the research need to be presented in sufficient detail in the paper, so that other researchers can replicate the work.
  • Raw data should preferably be publicly deposited by the authors before submission of their manuscript. Authors need to at least have the raw data readily available for presentation to the referees and the editors of the journal, if requested. Authors need to ensure appropriate measures are taken so that raw data is retained in full for a reasonable time after publication.
  • Simultaneous submission of manuscripts to more than one journal is not tolerated.
  • Republishing content that is not novel is not tolerated (for example, an English translation of a paper that is already published in another language will not be accepted).
  • If errors and inaccuracies are found by the authors after publication of their paper, they need to be promptly communicated to the editors of this journal so that appropriate actions can be taken. Please refer to our policy regarding publication of publishing addenda and corrections.
  • Your manuscript should not contain any information that has already been published. If you include already published figures or images, please obtain the necessary permission from the copyright holder to publish under the CC-BY license.
  • Plagiarism, data fabrication and image manipulation are not tolerated.

MDPI, the publisher of the 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 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).

List of accepted submissions (12)

Id Title Authors Poster PDF
sciforum-021683 Noise Annoyance in Urban Life: the Citizen as a Key Point of the Directives , , , N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-021123 Mediterranean Built Environment and Weather as Modulator Factors on Physical Activity: Cross-Sectional Study , , , , , , , N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-021108 Breast-Feeding Protects Children from Adverse Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke


Submitted: 16 Jul 2018

Abstract: Show Abstract
, N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-021366 Acute Effects of Air Pollution and Noise from Road Traffic in A Panel of Young Healthy Subjects , , , , , Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-021453 Risks for Population Health from Atmospheric Air Pollution in the City of Kazan , , N/A Show Abstract

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Conference Secretariat

Ms. Margie Ma
Ms. Aggie Zheng
IECEHS Secretary
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing

Sponsoring Opportunities

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Invited Speaker

Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele

Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA

Prof. Wenjie Sun

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University, 1440 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA