The ISEE Awards Committee is soliciting nominations by April 27, 2018. There are awards for people at different career stages. For instance, the John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology recognizes senior scientists who serve as models of excellence in research, unwavering promotion of environmental health, and integrity. The Tony McMichael Mid-Term Career Award recognizes a mid-career scientist (more than 5 years past their doctoral degree) who has pursued innovative, independent research in environmental epidemiology. The Rebecca James Baker Award recognizes graduate students and new investigators who are within three years of having completed their degree and are beginning to make contributions to the field. There is also the Research Integrity Award that honors an environmental epidemiologist who has demonstrated exceptional integrity in the face of pressure from special interests, and the Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award. More information about the awards and instructions to submit nominations can be found by clicking here.

Dear ISEE colleagues, 

I am honored to have been elected to the Presidency of ISEE. I look forward to the challenge of following in the footsteps of outstanding previous presidents who planted the seeds that will help us grow and mature as a society. I welcome the opportunity to work with the past president, old and new councilors, committee and chapter members, conference organizers and the membership at large with the support of our administrator Doreen Albertson and our Secretary Treasurer, Sara Adar.

In the near future, our profession will be tasked with addressing greater and greater environmental changes impacting human and ecosystem health. We will need to generate new alliances and embrace ever more complex tools and methodologies. Our profession has been and will continue to face opposition and critique in its pursuit of environmental public health goals. This, I interpret, as a sign of a maturing discipline with a growing impact on communities worldwide. We have to be able to engage in constructive scientific dialogue and balance our awareness of limitations in our approach with calls for action and public health protection. Having been an active ISEE member for almost 3 decades, I am encouraged to see so many young faces at our annual meetings and delighted that our young researchers are so active within our society. I still hope that we can find even more ways to attract, train, and support the next generation of students and postdocs especially from regions that are not as well represented in ISEE yet. We have started and, under my leadership, will continue to expand our chapter activities and our training capacity - in person and online. We will also focus on attracting more professionals from Asian, African, and Latin American countries. 

Important elements we now can build on are -- a strategic plan that guides and structures our society’s activities and our improved financial status. The latter will allow us to make some strategic investments in the coming years. I am most grateful to our Past President, Manolis Kogevinas, and our Treasurer, Sara Adar, for their hard work and leadership in creating these resources. I encourage all of you to reach out to the council members, the chapters and committees chairs with new ideas and initiatives. I anticipate our annual conferences will continue to provide us with a broad platform  for communication and professionalization to grow our discipline and society, and to increase our impact worldwide. With this in mind, I hope you will join me in expanding our mutual professional support and translational influence, to be a society that attracts members from all continents, and that contributes to vital debates about the future of our common environment.

I hope to see you at local meetings and our annual conference in 2018!

Beate Ritz, MD, PhD
President ISEE


Dear ISEE colleagues and friends,

With the arrival of 2018, I completed my term as ISEE President. This has been more work than what I thought but it was without any doubt more than worthwhile and a great honor for me. I would like to thank all of you for your confidence in me. I would like to particularly thank those with whom I collaborated more closely: the Officers and Council members, Committee and Chapter Chairs, the Rome and Sydney Conference Organizers, our Past Presidents who were always available for advice and of course Doreen, our administrator.

We have done a lot together: 

  • We achieved a wide discussion within the Society concerning our future actions and developed a strategic plan to guide us.
  • We have improved our financial situation. For the first time in ISEE’s history (I think) our Secretary Treasurer presented a budget allocating funds to several Society activities! 
  • We have taken a major step in promoting communication as a key activity of the society: we have a new website, we tweet and do many more activities.
  • All our committees were extremely active and we established the new Capacity Building and Education committee: we are funding a local course in India, as well as developing online lectures and webinars produced by the ethics and education committees and local chapters.
  • Our chapters continued their activities at a local/regional level and we re-established the Eastern Mediterranean chapter.
  • We conducted two very successful annual international conferences, a local conference from the Asian chapter and two conferences from our new researchers who continue to be extremely active in our Society. 
 What have we not achieved? Many things, let me list those that I consider more important:
  • Certainly a more secure financial situation. We have to multiply our activities and for this we need more funds from donors, for example to fund activities of our members in LMICs. 
  •  We need to increase the number of active members outside of North America and Europe, with Asia as a priority.
  • We need to strengthen our international collaborations with other Societies to more efficiently promote our actions globally.
  • We did not manage to advance with the coordination of our activities in North America. Given the current political situation in the US this is essential. 
When I presented my candidacy I had mentioned that “A Society such as ISEE has a role beyond organizing the annual meeting and supporting the journals. The global issues on environment and health are huge and we have to be more active …” We have accomplished a lot and have made our Society more outward looking and active, however much more important work remains. With our new President, Beate Ritz, and the rest of the Executive Council we are in good hands to deal with the numerous, serious threats we have in environmental health and sustainability.

My best wishes to all of you for a happy, peaceful, creative and active 2018

Manolis Kogevinas, MD, PhD
Past President ISEE

We are pleased to announce our two incoming members to ISEE’s Executive Council. Alistair Woodward, representing Australia and Oceania; and Eunhee Ha, representing Asia. We are happy to have a well-rounded council that addresses our goal to strengthen international collaboration and we look forward to their participation to actively move the society forward on a global basis.
Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland,
Auckland, New Zealand

Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Alistair is head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. He graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide, undertook postgraduate training in public health in the UK, studied for his PhD in epidemiology under Tony McMichael’s supervision, and has worked subsequently at universities in Australia and New Zealand. Alistair's research has included studies of tobacco, road crash injury, radiation, housing, air quality, transport  and climate change. He has worked for international agencies such as WHO, the IPCC, UNEP and the Ford Foundation throughout Asia and the Pacific. He enjoys teaching epidemiology and environmental health to a wide range of students, which has taken him to interesting places, Florence, Pyongyang and Kiribati, to name three. Alistair is presently an editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology, an associate editor for EHP, and on the editorial board for the Bulletin of the WHO.
Eunhee Ha, Ewha Womans University,
Seoul, Republic of Korea

The Research Support Center for Ko-CHENS(Korean Children’s Environmental Health Study), Korea

Eunhee is the director of department of occupational and environmental medicine at the Ewha Womans University College of Medicine and the deputy director of Ewha Womans University Medical Center, Korea. In 2009, she participated as a member of the WHO Organizing Committee for the Third International Conference on Children's Health and Environment. Afterwards, she was given a chance to stay at Geneva WHO in January 2017 to participate in the preparation of guidelines on air pollution and the health effects of children which is continuing till present for publication. Since 2006, Eunhee has set up a birth cohort study in Korea to lead research on the field of children's environment and established an environmental health research network to conduct research on interventions for policy use as well as basic research.  Furthermore, she established the Birth Cohort Consortium (BICCA) in Asia and has been involved in child health research to promote environmental health for children in Asia. Eunhee's mission in life is to research and act to protect susceptible population such as pregnant women and children’s health from the harmful environment.


Thank you also to our two outgoing councilors, Chang-Chuan Chang and Molly Kile. Chang-Chuan will remain active as the Asia Chapter Chair and Molly will continue for one more year as co-chair of the Communications Committee.

The 2018 Joint Meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) and the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) will be held in Ottawa, Canada, from 26-30 August 2018. This year’s meeting will focus on ‘Addressing Complex Local and Global Issues in Environmental Exposure and Health.’ Ottawa is home to a diverse and active community of scientists and policymakers engaged in local and global environmental exposure and health research. It is therefore a fitting venue to bring together local and international delegates to address challenging local and global issues in the field of exposure science and environmental epidemiology. To learn more about the conference, please visit the conference website. There you will have the opportunity to submit abstracts and pre-conference workshops, as well as pre-register for the conference. Please note that the call for symposiums will close January 12, 2018, the call for abstracts will close April 1, 2018, and early bird registration will end July 1, 2018. We look forward to your participation!


Now is your opportunity to enter a bid to host ISEE’s next annual conference in your city! The Executive Council looks forward to receiving host bids that can help them determine the ideal location and overarching theme for the 2020 Annual Conference. For more information on how to prepare and submit a bid, click here.

ISEE-Europe and the Institute of Epidemiology II of the Helmholtz Zentrum München are pleased to announce the 3rd Early Career Researchers Conference on Environmental Epidemiology. The conference will be held in Freising, Germany on 19-20 March 2018. Registration is from January 15 – March 2, 2018. For more information, click here to visit the conference website.

The Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and International Society of Exposure Science-Asia Chapter 2018 will take place in Taipei, Taiwan from June 21-25, 2018. Students, scientists, and young researchers who are working on or interested in environmental health, exposure assessment, occupational health, women and child environmental health are invited to attend! This year’s conference theme is Changing Environment and Healthy Generations - How to Secure Human Health in the Dramatic Changing Environments. Early bird registration runs from March 1 – May 1, 2018. For most information, visit the conference website.
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