Call for Symposia

The Call for Symposia is now closed


Symposia submission guidelines

The purpose of the Symposia is to provide a forum for a discussion on a well-defined topic in environmental epidemiology. The main theme of the Conference is “Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology”. Proposals of Symposia that incorporate the main theme of the conference are encouraged.

Typically, a Symposium consists of a short introduction, a series of brief presentations by invited speakers about the Symposium specific topic, followed by a discussion among Symposium participants.


Important Dates

Submission deadline for Symposia: January 30, 2016

Notification of acceptance to Symposia Organizers: February 19, 2016


Symposium features

  1. Each Symposium session will last 90 minutes. The Symposium should be organized to allow adequate time for discussion. It is suggested to have 3 to 5 speakers each presenting for 15 to 20 minutes with 10-30 minutes reserved for discussion.
  1. The Symposium theme should be obvious from its titles and from the individual presentations and abstracts (see below).
  1. The Symposium should start with a brief introduction in which the key questions for discussion are highlighted to the participants.
  1. The Symposium should preferably include presentations from different research groups and participation of researchers from different fields and levels (e.g., geography, ethnicity, gender, age).


Symposium Submission

Each Symposium Organizer must provide a list of the invited speakers, their affiliations, and titles of the symposium and of each specific talk. As a way to engage young researchers to be more active in the ISEE conference (in addition to providing an excellent learning experience) we strongly recommend Symposium Chairs to invite a new researcher (under 5 years of experience from terminal degree) to act as co-Chair. 

In the on line form provided on the submission web page, please enter:

  • Proposed Symposium Title
  • Chair and co-chair names and institutions
  • Symposium Speakers, Contact Details, Suggested Presentation Titles
  • Format of Session
  • Aim of the Symposium
  • Summary (up to 250 words) including goals, key questions/scientific issues to be discussed, anticipated benefits that would be met, such as knowledge to be gained by participant upon conclusion of the symposium
  • Possible inclusion of Ethical discussion
  • Additional information


Abstract submission for provisional accepted Symposia

After the acceptance of the Symposium proposal (February 17, 2016), the Symposium Organizer should invite speakers to submit abstracts of their presentations according to the normal on-line abstract submission process (see abstract submission guidelines). These abstracts will be reviewed through the normal review process leading to the final acceptance of the Symposium in the program (May 15, 2016).

Invited speakers must indicate in the submission forms that the abstract is for a specific Symposium (titles of proposed symposia will be listed after February 17). In the text of the abstracts submitted statement such “in this symposia presentation, we will discuss …..” are discouraged.  The submission of the abstracts that have been proposed for the symposium is mandatory and the Symposium cannot be evaluated without the corresponding abstracts.


  1. The abstract of a Symposium proposal that is not accepted will still be considered for oral or poster sessions.
  2. It is a responsibility of Symposium Organizers to obtain any needed financial support for speakers or participants (if there are specific funding requirements for the symposium). The Conference Organizers have very limited funds for travelling costs and these will be directed towards travel assistance for participants with accepted abstracts from countries with weak currency and young investigators and students with accepted abstracts (from all countries).
  3. Stipends or honoraria are not provided to Symposium speakers.
  4. If abstracts on the topic of the Symposium are submitted independently, these will be provided to the session organizers for consideration of inclusion in the Symposium.
  5. Only Symposia with full sets of abstracts accepted will be considered for the conference program.


Review Process for selection of Proposals

The conference program scientific committee will evaluate symposia proposals. The symposia will be reviewed on:

  • Relevance to the conference theme;
  • Well-defined and focused objectives;
  • Importance of subject and contents;
  • Scientific and technical value;
  • Originality of topics and degree of innovation;
  • Qualifications of presenters as experts in the symposium topic;
  • Diversity of presenters (e.g., geography, ethnicity, gender).


Specific topics

  • Aging and environment
  • Biomass burning and health
  • Causal inference in environmental epidemiology
  • Children environmental health
  • Climate change and environmental health
  • Climate and air pollution
  • Communicating environmental risks
  • Consequential epidemiology
  • Energy and health
  • Environmental epidemiology and sustainable  development
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental disease surveillance
  • Epigenetics
  • Evidence evaluation
  • Exposure modelling
  • Health effects of urban air pollution
  • Health effects of industrial pollution
  • Health impact assessment
  • Heavy metal contamination and health
  • Indoor contaminants and health
  • Life course approach
  • Environmental health literacy
  • Methods in environmental epidemiology
  • Methods in exposure assessment
  • Medical exposure to radiation
  • Migration, environment and health
  • Multiple exposures
  • Noise and health
  • Occupational exposures
  • Persistent organic pollutants
  • Pesticide exposure
  • Perinatal exposures and reproductive health
  • Quality assurance in environmental epidemiology
  • Spatial Epidemiology and GIS
  • Systematic review methods in environmental epidemiology
  • Temperature and health
  • Urban transport and health
  • Urban green and health
  • Water pollution
  • Waste management and health effects
  • Women’s health and environment