Carbon Neutral Conferencing

Green Conference Initiatives

ISEE sponsors an annual scientific conference each year, generally in August or September. The scientific program includes plenary sessions, symposia, and poster and oral presentations of accepted abstracts. The annual John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology is awarded and the awardee delivers the John Goldsmith lecture. Other awards, including the Rebecca James Baker Award and awards for outstanding student posters and outstanding abstracts by young investigators are also made. A General Members meeting is held during the conference to communicate with the general membership about the Society's financial status, policy decisions, future meeting venues, and other matters of relevance to the Society and its members.

On these pages you will find information on future annual conferences, local meetings organized or co-sponsored by ISEE, and past annual conferences (with access to abstracts for recent past conferences).

Annual conferences are organized by local organizing committees after a process of selection between competing proposals *. In deciding on venues, ISEE reflects the geographic spread of our membership by ensuring that the location varies internationally from year to year. ISEE members interested in offering to host a future annual conferences should consult the guidance in the Members' section of the ISEE web site.

*Note: The initiative to host a conference comes from ISEE members. Proposals from conference organizing companies and convention bureaus are not accepted.

Carbon Neutral Conferencing

The members of ISEE have expressed enthusiasm for taking responsibility for the overall environmental footprint of our conferences. We have adopted measures to offset the impact of our travel and conference-related activities by contributing to sustainable energy projects.  Scientific discourse on the impacts of global climate change is now commonly included at ISEE conferences, providing a superb platform for hundreds of scientists to discuss health and other impacts of climate change. 

For the next ISEE conference we have provided links to a few simple websites that allow travelers to calculate the CO2 emissions associated with their air travel and then purchase credits that offset these emissions. We encourage you to join other ISEE members in becoming part of the solution.  

Green Conference Initiatives

The local organizing committee for the 'Environment and Health’ conference, held August 19-23, 2013 in Basel, Switzerland and jointly sponsored by the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), set the visionary goal to organize a 'green' and 'sustainable' conference. The 'Green Club' under the lead of Martina Ragettli, Ph.D. student at Swiss TPH, evaluated a wide range of possibilities to reach this goal. As a result, only regional, organic and vegetarian food was served at the conference. Further, instead of bottled mineral water, fresh Basel tap-water and apple juice were offered. Participants could get a recyclable glass bottle to refill with tap water instead of plastic bottles. Naturally, conference t-shirts and bags were made with organic cotton produced under fair-trade conditions. Reflecting the support of these efforts, over 64% of the participants opted-out of a printed conference program. As a result, more than 120,000 printed pages were avoided; a pile of more than 20 meters of program books.

Finally, all conference activities (logistics, transports, garbage, electricity...) including the travel miles of all participants were fully CO2-compensated together with 'South Pole Carbon'. The compensation scheme will support projects in Uganda und China to reduce CO2-emissions.​nference.php

The Vision of a Green(er) Scientific Conference

Nino Künzli, Martina S. Ragettli, and Martin Röösli
Environmental Health Perspectives August 2013 | Volume 121 | Issue 8 |A236

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