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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

ExpiredWater 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 | Application potential of the UV/AA process in water treatment | Shujuan Zhang, Nanjing University

June 20 | Lecture 11 | Wastewater bioremediation with filamentous algae | Andrea Semiano, University of Edinburgh

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June 18 2018

ExpiredUndergraduate 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.

———–Registration is now CLOSED for this event————

 

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July 1 2018

Expired4th 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.

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP PROGRAMME (Includes venue locations and maps)

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

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What to see and do in 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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October 29 2018

Upcoming11th Sino-French International Workshop on Contaminated Soils

Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou Shi, China

October 29, 2018 - November 2, 2018

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LIA ECOLAND Workshop 2018

The 11thSino-French International Workshop on Contaminated Soil Remediation:

Innovations for the circular economy by recycling secondary resources

October 29 – November 2, 2018 Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou/Shenzhen, China

Organizers: Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), University of Lorraine (UL) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

 

Context of the workshop: the joint lab ECOLAND, created in December 2015, is the outcome of a fruitful cooperation between two laboratories, the LSE of the University of Lorraine (UL) and INRA and the LEPCRT of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), around pollution issues and remediation of soil and water.

The LIA ECOLAND project is to help restore value to territories marked by persistent pollution, and to support the development of ecosystem services through the implementation of appropriate strategies for the management of polluted sites and soils.

The LIA ECOLAND leads many projects and supports the exchange of researchers and young talents. It is also the gate for other partners and allows the creation of innovation opportunities not only in the field but also in other related fields.

Objectives of the 2018 workshop: in an economic and environmental context where the circular economy is becoming increasingly important, the LIA proposes to organize the 2018 meeting on the recycling of territories and abandoned secondary materials in order to develop innovation and new French and Chinese scientific and industrial partnerships for the creation of new activities in these sectors.

This approach is starting to be developed in France, and particularly in the Environment and Agronomy Division (EA) at INRA and at the University of Lorraine (UL) within the framework of the LabEx “Ressources21” and the OTELo (Geosciences) scientific clusters, and EMPP (Energy, Mechanics, Processes, Products). It is also under construction at SYSU, with the recent recruitment of a large number of scientists, who offer a wide range of skills in this scientific and technological sector.

The aim is to analyze value-added sectors and abandoned secondary resources (polluted soils, waste, sediments) by focusing on end-products with a high added value intended for industrial use. For example, a polluted soil generally perceived as a handicap, may also be recognized as a source of materials that can be recovered and / or support for the production of biomass that can be recovered by bio-refinery. The workshop will promote interactions between scientists and companies and should stimulate Franco-Chinese partnerships (research projects, creation of new activities).

DUE TO THE TIME REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A TRAVEL VISA FOR CHINA WE RECOMMEND REGISTERING BY SEPTEMBER 10, 2018.

General program: the workshop will be organized around the following themes:

  • Global environmental changes, demand for raw materials, scarcity of resources, criticality of strategic elements;
  • Strategies for sustainable management of resources and ecosystems:
    • ecosystem services;
    • circular economy;
    • nature based solutions;
  • Secondary resources:
    • definitions, typology;
    • potential;
    • inventory and valuation prospects;
  • Recycling of degraded and polluted territories:
    • requalification of degraded soils and control of pollution;
    • biomass production strategies for industrial use;
  • Recovery of strategic elements contained in contaminated matrices (soils, sediments, waste):
    • by agromine (coupling biology-process engineering);
    • by physical and hydrometallurgical separation;
  • High value products from waste recycling:
    • The market for recycled materials and compounds and its prospects;
    • The bio-refinery applied to urban and industrial waste;
  • Recycling channels – industrial innovations:
    • Soil remediation;
    • Restoration of soil functions;
    • Recovery of metals by agromine;
    • Recovery of waste.

Process: The workshop will be held during the week of October 29 to November 1, 2018 at Sun Yat-sen University in Canton. Two days of scientific exchange (communications, posters) are planned for the Canton campus. Then, two more days will be relocated to Dongguan, in an environmental industry group, and to Shenzhen, on the new SYSU campus.

In addition to presentations of positioning strategies and innovations of companies in the field of circular economy, recycling and production of very high value materials, visits of companies will be organized in the field of depollution and recycling as well as the High-Tech sector to present approaches that led to industrial successes.

Participants: The workshop will bring together colleagues from the two LIA laboratories. It will also include members of the 111 project submitted and accepted in 2017 for five years, whose objective is to support the internationalization of Sun Yat-sen University by relying on a group of international experts (France, Netherlands, Germany, United States).

In addition, as for previous workshops, it will be open to partners of both laboratories, including the two scientific centers of UL, Otelo and EMPP, the LabEx “Ressources21” and INRA units engaged in this field.

In addition, the workshop is also intended to mobilize French and Chinese companies to promote interactions with research. On the French side, Véolia, which has signed a framework agreement with INRA and which is present in Guangdong, SoléoServices for soil remediation and two start-ups from LSE (Microhumus) and LSE and LRGP (Econick) are expected.

SCHEDULE

October 29-30: Scientific reports (Guangzhou)

October 31-November 1: Technical tours (Dongguan, Shenzhen)

November 2: Post workshop meeting

Note: List of speakers to be finalized.

 

| October 29 | 

Morning session (The Swasey Hall, SYSU)

Opening
Scientific report 1 – Global environmental changes and demand for raw materials
Discussion: Scarcity of resources and criticalityof strategic elements

Afternoon session (Kaifeng Hotel, SYSU)

Scientific report 2 – Strategies for sustainable management of resources and ecosystems
Discussion: Opinions on recycling of secondary resources
Scientific report 3 – Recycling of degraded and polluted territories
Discussion: Opinions on Recovery of strategic elements contained in contaminated matrices

| October 30 |

Morning session (Kaifeng Hotel, SYSU)

 Scientific report 4 – High value products from waste recycling
Discussion: Opinions on the market for recycled materials and compounds and its prospects

Afternoon session (Kaifeng Hotel, SYSU)

Scientific report 5 – Recycling channels – industrial innovations
Discussion: Opinions on recovery of metals by agromine: why it is important?

| October 31 |

09:00-17:00  | Trip to Topcent Environ. Group Ltd., Dongguan
A technical tour to Topcent Environ. Group Ltd. in Dongguan, Guangdong Province is arranged to visit pilot works and demonstration project for recycling secondary resources. The tour will be sponsored by Sun Yat-sen University

| November 1 |

09:00-17:00  | Trip to Shenzhen Campus of Sun Yat-sen University
A technical tour to Shenzhen Campus of Sun Yat-sen Unviversity in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province is arranged. Round-table is scheduled for sharing innovative recycling technologies and the pathways for start-up companies’ growth. Visit to pilot works and demonstration projects is also included. The tour will be sponsored by Sun Yat-sen University

| November 2 |

Post-workshop roundtable discussion: Joint lab research summary and next cooperation

Please note:

If interested, you may attend both the Graduate Students Forum as well as, the 11th Sino-French International Workshop: Innovations for the circular economy.

Please register online for both events and email juliacolley@trentu.ca 

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November 1 2018

Upcoming2nd IIES Graduate Students Forum | Hong Kong | 2018

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, China

November 1, 2018 - November 3, 2018

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2nd IIES GRADUATE STUDENTS FORUM
Soil Contamination & Remediation / Water Contamination & Management

HONG KONG | November 1-3, 2018

The IIES is pleased to announce the upcoming IIES Graduate Students Forum held this year from November 1-3 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). This year’s themes will be soil contamination and remediation & water contamination and management.  The forum is co-hosted by Nanjing University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with support from the IIES. The forum will allow graduate students from IIES member universities to meet and discuss environmental research from various perspectives. Students will give a 15-minute presentation on their research.

The IIES will provide travel support for student participants. Meals and accommodations will be the responsibility of the students. Hotels nearby the university are approximately 1000 HKD (between $150-200 CAD).

The chairman of the forum is Professor Wang Wen-xiong from HKUST.

The draft agenda is as follows:

November 1, 2018 Arrive in Hong Kong
November 2, 2018 Student Presentations
November 3, 2018 Tour around HKUST & Laboratories: Discussion

Please submit your abstract (including a title) and indicate the topic you will present in.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018

If interested you may attend both the Graduate Students Forum as well as the 11th Sino-French International Workshop: Innovations for the circular economy.

Please register online for both events. If you have any questions feel free to email juliacolley@trentu.ca 

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