16 September 2013

Urban Environmental Pollution 2013 Asian Edition

Following the success of the Urban Environmental Pollution 2012 (UEP2012) conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the organisers are pleased to announce an Asian edition of the conference - Urban Environmental Pollution 2013 (UEP2013) to be held in Beijing, China in November 2013.  The conference aims to provide an international forum to explore the urban environment and how we can begin to create a healthy and liveable environment in cities.

UEP2013 will take place at the Peking University Yingjie Exchange Center, Bejing, China.

International Speaker Line-Up:

Bert BrunekreefUniversity of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Carlo CalfapietraNational Research Council (IBAF-CNR), Italy
Zoe G. DaviesUniversity of Kent, UK
Sue GrimmondUniversity of Reading, UK
Gina LovasiSchool of Public Health Columbia University, USA
Yonglong LuChinese Academy of Sciences, China
Francis L. MartinLancaster University, UK
Elena PaolettiNational Research Council (IPP-CNR), Italy
Tong ZhuPeking University, Beijing, China
Yong-Guan ZhuInstitute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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Topics List
·               New information about urban environments and how they function
·               Pollution problems and possible solutions
·               Role of the built environment in alleviating heat islands
·               Human health problems and solutions
·               Role of vegetation in mitigating urban pollution and human health problems
·               Innovative methods for alleviation of urban stress problems

For further information on the conference and to register visit: www.uepconference.com

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Supporting Journal

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Environmental Pollution

The proceedings will be published in Procedia Environmental Sciences

An Author Workshop on how to prepare your manuscript for acceptance by a peer-reviewed journal will be held during UEP2013 and hosted by the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher of Environmental Pollution.

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26th International Congress for Conservation Biology

This summer Baltimore hosted the 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology.  Kathy Szlavecz and Rich Pouyat, BES Co-PIs, organized a workshop entitled, The Soil Ecology of Urban Areas: Establishment of a Global Research and Education Network (http://www.conbio.org/mini-sites/iccb-2013/program-and-special-events/workshops).  

The goal of this workshop was to formulate meaningful science questions related to urban soil ecology on a global scale.  There were four presentations:

1)       Dispersed experimental networks – Rich Pouyat, US Forest Service
2)       Soil biodiversity and redundancy – their relevance in urban environments – Heikki Setälä, University of Helsinki
3)       Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative - Diana Wall, Colorado State University
4)       Biotic homogenization – Katalin Szlavecz, Johns Hopkins University
Heikki Setälä, University of Helsinki gives a presentation

The short presentations were followed by discussion.  The ultimate goal is to develop protocols that are simple to adopt across many habitat types and soil conditions in urban areas across the world. Some of these experiments will be suitable for students (grades 6-12, undergraduate) and citizen scientists.

Submitted by Kathy Szlavecz, Johns Hopkins University