REQUEST FOR PRELIMINARY BIDS TO HOST 2020-2022 ISEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The ISEE Executive Council is requesting bids from individuals or organization to host the Annual Conference in 2020, 2021, or 2022.   Members potentially interested in submitting a preliminary bid to host in any of these years will find more details here.

STRATEGIC PLANNING CHARTS FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR ISEE
ISEE has finalized its strategic plan for 2016-2020. This effort was led by Ulrike Gehring and with the involvement of the general membership. The process identified five distinct, yet overlapping, strategic priorities. Namely, to improve the society’s finances, grow and maintain our active members, enhance communications, provide more educational opportunities, and further policy. The executive council and committees have already begun to implement these priorities. We have upgraded our website, created @isee_global to share news, jobs, and announcements more quickly via Twitter, and generate a bi-monthly newsletter for our members. We are also supporting the 3rd Early Career Researcher’s Conference in Germany, ISEE/ISES’s Asian Chapter Meeting, and have other workshops being developed. We have expanded the benefits by creating a subsidized early career membership plan, negotiated member discount for publishing fees in the new ISEE-affiliated journal Environmental Epidemiology, and increased our Commentaries in Epidemiology. We will continue to update the membership as plans developed. Have an idea of how to contribute to our strategic plan? Join a committee today!
ISEE SUBMITS COMMENTS TO WHO REGARDING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
ISEE recently submitted comments, prepared by Audrey de Nazelle, David Rojas-Rueda, and Alistair Woodward on WHO’s proposed global action plan for physical activity.  WHO requested comments from ISEE in our role as an affiliated NGO. The main recommendations (the full letter can be viewed here) were to broaden the definitions of physical activity to focus on “work, transport, and leisure physical activity”, to enhance the discussion of the benefits and opportunities provided by active travel, to consider the importance of the physical environment where physical activity occurs and the benefits that may or may not co-occur, increased emphasis on rural areas, and expansion of the discussion of blocks to progress, indicators of success, and how success will be monitored or evaluated.  The authors also argue that the WHO proposed increase in physical activity was too small, and suggested a 30% increase would be more appropriate.
PAYAN DADVAND REPRESENTS ISEE AT INTERNATIONAL MEETING IN IRAN
ISEE Member Dr. Payam Dadvand from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) represented the Society at the 2nd International and 20th national Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Conference in Yazd, Iran. Thank you Dr. Dadvand!
ISEE PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO EUROPEAN FOOD AND SAFETY AUTHORITY

On November 21, ISEE President Manolis Kogevinas gave a keynote presentation representing the Society at a scientific conference on the "Use of Epidemiological findings in Regulatory Pesticide Risk Assessment" organized in Parma, Italy by EFSA (European Food and Safety Authority – analogous to the US FDA). Kogevinas provided a critical review of the approach followed by EFSA in pesticide risk assessment and presented a wider perspective that is not mainly based on a toxicological approach.  He stressed that the complex issues of risk assessment of pesticides are also found in the evaluation of many other exposures, such as endocrine disruption and water contaminants. He also highlighted that many problems with risk assessment of pesticides are not specific to epidemiology. Finally, he stressed the need for EFSA to standardize protocols for risk assessment similar to what is done for example by IARC in carcinogen identification. His presentation can be found in  http://bit.ly/2A0QDcT
CAPACITY BUILDING AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE LAUNCHES YOUTUBE CHANNEL


One of the strategic priorities for ISEE is to provide more educational opportunities to its membership. The Capacity Building and Education committee has started to implement this priority. We created the ISEE Global Education Channel on YouTube to share teaching videos (click here) and provide links to interesting webinars on our website.

COLLABORATIVE ON HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Nine current or recent ISEE members have been recently named to the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s “20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health”. The full list is available online and nominees were selected by a committee of senior leaders in the field of environmental health, including several current and former ISEE members. ISEE extends congratulations to Brook Anderson, Joseph Braun, Joan Casey, Cynthia Curl, Kelly Ferguson, Allan Just, Ana Maria Mora, Amy Padula, and Ami Zota for being selected. Each of the nominees will give a webinar (you can register for future webinars here or view past webinars in the archive).

ASIA CHAPTER MEETING
The Asia Chapter had a successful meeting during the ISEE conference in Sydney, Australia. The next Asia Chapter meeting will take place on 21-25 June 2018 in Taipei Taiwan. Watch  
for further details.
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