Events

August 21 2016

Expired2nd Annual IIES Scientific Workshop

University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

August 21, 2016 - November 4, 2016

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On behalf of the organizing committee it gives us great pleasure to invite you to the International Institute for Environmental Studies (IIES) Scientific Workshop, which will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, August 21-24, 2016. The theme of the Kuopio workshop is aimed at raising the IIES profile in communicating effectively not only amongst researchers but also with representatives from government agencies and the industry, covering cross disciplinary studies in environmental research.

The workshop will be a forum where participants can describe current research ideas, share ideas, identify important problems, as well as formulate future research directions and enhance their international collaboration. The venue also guarantees a successful technical meeting amidst the beautiful lake scenery of Kuopio.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Kuopio and hope your stay will both be rewarding and enjoyable!

For more information please visit the University of Eastern Finland’s website

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October 31 2016

ExpiredInternational Young Scientists Workshop on Soil Contamination and Remediation

Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou Shi, China

October 31, 2016 - November 4, 2016

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The workshop will address soil contamination and remediation, with special focus on the reclamation and valorization of mine sites. The objective is to bring together scientists to exchange about their experience and projects on the following subjects of mutual interest: functioning and evolution of mine soils/brownfields, geochemistry, environmental and ecological issues, site restoration, biomass production, agromining, political and regulatory issues. Industrial partners will be welcomed to discuss about the technologies in use and in perspective for soil remediation, restoration, and reuse of industrial and mine sites.

For more information please visit the Sun Yat-sen website.

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March 6 2017

ExpiredSoil Contamination and Remediation: Live E-lecture Series

Online

March 6, 2017 - May 15, 2017

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Course Coordinator: Dr. Margaret Graham (University of Edinburgh)

Contributors: Edinburgh, ETH, Florida, Keele, Montreal, Nanjing

Content Outline 

Part 1 – Introductory Lectures

L1 (06/03)          Bioavailability of Metals in Contaminated Soils (Sauve/Montreal)    

L2 (13/03)          Background concentrations of trace metals in soils (Ma/Florida)

L3 (20/03)          Characterisation of Cr(VI)-Contaminated Urban Soils (Graham/UoE)

L4 (27/03)          Antimony behaviour in shooting range soils (Schulin/ETH)

Part 2 – Contaminant Remediation – Case Studies

L5 (03/04)          Remediation Methods for high-pH Cr(VI)-Contaminated Soils (Graham/UoE)

L6 (10/04)          Earthworm-enhanced Remediation of Soil with Organic Contaminants (Ji/Nanjing)

L7 (17/04)          Remediation of Mercury-contaminated Farming Soils (Zhong/Nanjing)

L8 (24/04)         Phytoremediation of As-contaminated soils (Ma/Florida)

Part 3 – Environmental Risk Assessment and Regulation

L9 (01/05)          Principles and practise of terrestrial ecotoxicology (Oliver/Keele)

L10 (08/05)       Terrestrial ecotoxicology for chemical risk assessment (Oliver/Keele)

L11 (15/05)        Case studies for retroactive and proactive soil risk assessments (Shaun Watmough/Trent University)

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July 23 2017

Expired3rd Annual IIES Science and Policy Workshop and GlobalTech International Conference on Low-Carbon Development

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

July 23, 2017 - July 26, 2017

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The 3rd Annual IIES Science and Policy Workshop will be held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China from July 23-26, 2017. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Low Carbon Development—Responding Post-Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Energy Transmission and Innovation which is also being sponsored by the IIES, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University with the GlobalTech Alliance. The two meetings will be held simultaneously and will offer participants the opportunity to meet colleagues from a wider range of institutions and to participate in both meetings.

Abstract submission is now closed for the International Conference on Low Carbon Development.

More information on the International Conference on Low Carbon Development Invitation (pdf).

IIES Session Topics:

  • Atmospheric Pollution – Health Interactions
  • Collaborative Projects – Ongoing or prospective
  • Green Technology
  • Low Carbon Economies – Technology and policy
  • Soil Resources – Contamination and remediation
  • Water Resources – Contamination and remediation

Preliminary Agenda:

Preliminary Agenda 3rd Annual Meeting (pdf). Please note this is a draft agenda for the meeting, the sessions will be realigned once abstracts have been submitted and depending on numbers of submissions in the various categories.

Non-IIES Members:

Participants from non-IIES institutions are warmly welcomed to attend.  For IIES participants there is no registration fee.  As well, meals and accommodation will be provided.  For non-IIES participants, there is a registration fee of $400 USD or 3,000 RMB, which includes meeting materials and meals during the meeting days.

Travel Grants:

Some travels funds are available for graduate students from IIES member institutions, within this limited financial budget student travel grants will be considered based on institution and disciplinary background. For those looking for travel grants, please register online and indicate that you are interested in a travel grant in the checkbox. Preference will be given to those who register early.

Important Dates:

Registration and abstract submission deadline has been extended until June 15, 2017.

We encourage those planning to attend from countries for which a visa for China is required to register as soon as possible so that we can provide the letter of invitation required to obtain a visa.

For further information please contact:

Julia Colley, Administrative Assistant, International Institute for Environmental Studies
Email: juliacolley@trentu.ca;  phone: +1 705-748-1011  ext. 6438

 

 

April 11 2018

ActiveWater Pollution Mitigation and Aquatic Remediation E-Course

Online

April 11, 2018 - June 20, 2018

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The IIES is pleased to offer a new e-course to our online lecture series. This course titled, “Water Pollution Mitigation and Aquatic Remediation” will run every Wednesday from April 11 to June 20. An email will be sent out with a link to the access the lecture. If you do not receive this email please contact: juliacolley@trentu.ca The lectures will be recorded each week and posted below.

Contributors: Arizona State University, University of Edinburgh, University of Hawaii, Johns Hopkins University, Nanjing University, National Taiwan University, Sun Yat-sen University and Trent University.

Each week join a faculty member from one of the contributing universities who will share their research and expertise. Lectures run approximately 45 minutes with a Q&A to follow. The lectures are FREE and are available to anyone interested. The lectures will be LIVE each week and will begin at:

08h00 EST (Canada/US)
13h00 BST 
14h00 CEST
15h00 EEST
19h00 ICT 
20h00 CST (all of China, Taiwan and Macau)

Be sure to register online before the e-course begins (see above).

COURSE OUTLINE | WATER POLLUTION MITIGATION AND AQUATIC REMEDIATION E-COURSE | APRIL 11- JUNE 20, 2018

PART I – Water Treatment

April 11 | Lecture 1 | Introduction to water treatment | Paul Westerhoff, Arizona State University

April 18 | Lecture 2 | The formation and control of disinfection byproducts | Xin Yang, Sun Yat-sen Univeristy

Unfortunately there was a technical error during the lecture and it was not able to be recorded. Prof Yang has kindly provided her PPT presentation.

To download the PDF please click on the following link:

Lecture 2 | The formation and control of disinfection byproducts | Xin Yang | April 18

April 25 | Lecture 3 | Pollutants in the water distribution system | Yi-Pin Lin, National Taiwan University

PART II – Wastewater Treatment

May 2 | Lecture 4 | Occurrence and fate of organic contaminants in wastewater treatment| Carsten Prasse, Johns Hopkins University

May 9 | Lecture 5 | Biological treatment | Lin Ye, Nanjing University

May 16 | Lecture 6 | SANI process (sulphur associated wastewater treatment) | Hui Lu, Sun Yet-sen University

May 23 | Lecture 7 | Anaerobic biotechnology for bioenergy production | Samir Kumar Khanal, University of Hawaii

May 30 | Lecture 8 | Groundwater remediation and dual-biofilm barrier for treatment of chlorobenzenes | Edward J Bouwer, Johns Hopkins University

PART III – Aquatic Remediation and Recycling

June 6 | Lecture 9 | Removal of organic contaminants in water and wastewater using UV and ozonation technologies | Chris Metcalfe, Trent University

June 13 | Lecture 10 | Wastewater bioremediation with filamentous algae | Andrea Semiano, University of Edinburgh

June 20 | Lecture 11 | Application potential of the UV/AA process in water treatment | Shujuan Zhang, Nanjing University

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June 18 2018

UpcomingUndergraduate Summer School at Nanjing University

Nanjing University, Nanjing Shi, China

June 18, 2018

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UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION

FATE AND EFFECTS OF CHEMICALS AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The IIES in partnership with Nanjing University is hosting a summer learning opportunity for undergraduate students finishing 3rd year and intending to register for their final year. Join more than 15 faculty from top international universities who will share their research and expertise.

Travel grants are available for up to 20 students. Accommodations provided by Nanjing University. Participants will be expected to pay for their own meals.

As travel support is limited, please register soon.

To register Download Registration Form (PDF), when completed email to: juliacolley@trentu.ca.

 

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July 1 2018

Upcoming4th Annual IIES Science and Policy Workshop | Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

July 1, 2018 - July 3, 2018

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4th ANNUAL IIES SCIENCE AND POLICY WORKSHOP
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND | JULY 1-3, 2018

We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual IIES Science and Policy Workshop hosted this year by the University of Edinburgh and held at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). Participants will gain insight into the current research in the many fields of environmental science, policy and planning. And will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from our partner institutions and from external universities and agencies as well. For students, this is a chance to share their research and build potential collaborative relationships at an international level.

Workshop Sessions

Environmental Policy: Development and Implementation
How do we align environmental policy with our rapidly changing and decarbonising world? The UK has published a 25-year environment plan gives comprehensive coverage of its aspirations in environmental policy but can this be delivered? What approaches are being taken in other countries? Does policy implementation simply displace pollution?

Energy, Sustainable Materials and Green Chemistry
Electrochemical storage beyond lithium batteries; sustainability of battery technologies; emerging renewable energy technologies; generating wealth from waste.

Environmental Contaminants and Ecosystem/Human Health
Plastics pollution; pesticides in agricultural systems; heavy metals and mining wastes; contaminants from new technologies; persistent organic pollutants; PM1 and PM2.5 in urban environments; VOCs from bioenergy crops.

Water and Wastewater Treatment
Natural organic matter and disinfection by-products; emerging pollutants including pharmaceuticals and personal care products; greener ways to treat wastewater; sludge as a resource; bioenergy potential.

The areas of interest are not exclusive and all abstracts relating to the four main themes will be considered.

Registrations

There are no registration fees for participants from IIES member institutions – accommodation and some meals will be provided. Participants from non-IIES institutions are warmly welcomed to attend. There is a registration fee of $500 CAD for non-IIES participants, which includes meeting materials, refreshments and lunch on meeting days, opening reception, whisky tasting and banquet dinner. Non-IIES members are responsible for finding their own accommodations. Attendance is limited please register early.

Travel Support

The IIES has travel grants available for graduate students from IIES member institutions. Preference will be given to first time attendees to IIES events and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Registration deadline and abstract submission deadline is April 30, 2018.  

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact:

Dr Margaret Graham, Reader at University of Edinburgh, Workshop Coordinator
Email: Margaret.Graham@ed.ac.uk

Julia Colley, Administrative Assistant, International Institute for Environmental Studies
Email: juliacolley@trentu.ca

Visiting Edinburgh

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh comprises two architecturally distinct areas: The Old Town dating from medieval times and The New Town with its renowned Georgian splendour. Both were granted UNESCO Wold Heritage Status in 1995 and attract millions of visitors all year round.

Edinburgh Castle (stands at the head of the Old Town; the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg, the One-o-clock Gun and the Prisons of War are among the highlights that can be viewed here)

The Royal Mile (a succession of streets forming the main route through the Old Town

St. Gile’s Cathedral (also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle, a statue of John Knox, medieval stonework and many stained glass windows)

The Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence and the home of Scottish royal history; Mary Queen of Scots lived here for about 6 years from 1651 while Prince Charles Edward Stuart stayed here for 6 weeks in 1745)

Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat (the park is adjacent to the Holyrood Palace and is a short walk from the Royal Mile; Arthur’s Seat is the highest peak of the hills within the park; a series of cliffs known as the Salisbury Crags are also a major feature of the Edinburgh skyline; St. Anthony’s Chapel, dating from the 15th century, and Duddingston Loch are also found within the park)

Note: robust walking boots are required for the ascent to Arthur’s Seat and the walking paths should be followed, although these can be indistinct in places

Princes Street Gardens (in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, these gardens date back to the 1760s following the draining of the Nor Loch and the building of the New Town)

Scottish National Portrait Gallery (the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery, opening in 1889; it hosts many famous portraits including those of Mary Queen of Scots, Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Robert Burns)

Tours in Edinburgh

All of these sights can be reached on foot but there is a hop-on-hop-off bus and there are also guided tours.

 

We look forward to seeing you in July!

 

 

 

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