August 21 2016

2nd 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

International 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.


March 6 2017

Soil Contamination and Remediation: Live E-lecture Series


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

3rd 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:;  phone: +1 705-748-1011  ext. 6438