Scientific Program

   Conference: 10-14 June. 2018

The conference will begin on 10 June with registration and an official welcome gathering. On the following 3 days (11-13 June), the conference will continue with plenary sessions and parallel scientific sessions.

   We present a detailed conference program for download

   Please be advised that the maximum dimensions of the poster: height - 117 cm, width - 77 cm

MONDAY - June 11, 2018


9:00-12:00: OPENING SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Stanislaw Gawroński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland)
and Slawomir Lomnicki, Louisiana State University (USA)


Opening Remarks by Distinguished Representatives


Plenary Presentation - Main Hall
Advancing Science in Rapidly Changing Environments
W. Suk, Director, Superfund Research Program, NIEHS/NIH, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA


Plenary Presentation - Main Hall
Environmental Pollution and Civilization Disorders
E. Konduracka, Jagiellonian University School of Medicine and John Paul II Hospital, Poland


12:10-15:40 PARALLEL SESSIONS A and B

(with Lunch Break 13:20-14:10)



SESSION A: Chemistry, health risks and solutions for atmospheric air pollution

Co-Chairs: Ewa Konduracka, Jagiellonian University (Poland) and Stephania Cormier, Louisiana State University (USA)

SESSION B: Topics of growing awareness related to environmental health

Co-Chairs: David Carpenter, University at Albany (USA) and Joanna Surmacz- Górska, Silesian University of Technology (Poland)


Main Hall

Room 033


A1 KEYNOTE. PM Air Pollution – Are EPFRs (Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals) a marker of PM’s health impacts?
(S. Lomnicki)

B1 KEYNOTE. Electromagnetic fields and human health
(D. Carpenter)


A2. Fate of selected pollutants of concern: Surface and Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) assisted oxidation
(A. Ghimire)

B2. Rapid method to quantify carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in environmental media
(S. Al-Abed)


A3. Dioxin-like PCB 126 increases systemic inflammation and accelerates atherosclerosis in lean LDL receptor deficient mice
(M. Petriello)

B3. Agricultural Field Measurement of Radioactive Cesium in Fukushima
(Y. Ueda)



A4. A Study of tree species phytofiltration properties in the green infrastructure of the city of Yerevan (Armenia)
(G. Nersisyan)

B4. Occurrence and removal of selected pharmaceuticals from the aquatic environment
(J. Surmacz- Górska)


A5. Health impact of suspended particulate matter in some Hungarian cities assessed by Airq+
(A. Paldy)

B5. Physical activity attenuates alterations of the gut-brain axis and brain metastasis formation induced by PCBs
(M. Toborek)


A6. Aristolochic acid I and Balkan Endemic Nephropathy etiology: a potential exposure pathway through soil
(L. Draghia)

B6. Impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Puerto Rico Maternal and Child Environmental Health Health Research Programs
(C. Vélez-Vega)


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion


15:50 – 18:20 PARALLEL SESSIONS C and D



SESSION C: Environmental issues and local population exposures at former military sites in Central and Eastern European countries

Co-Chairs: Eugen Gurzau, Environmental Health Center (Romania) and Jaco Vangronsveld, Hasselt University (Belgium)

SESSION D: Coastal and aquifer pollution

Co-Chairs: Heather Henry, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (USA) and Aleksander Astel, Pomeranian University (Poland)


Main Hall

Room 033


C1 KEYNOTE. The impacts of soil contamination on tree rhizosphere bacterial communities in a forest on an old military site
(J. Vangronsveld)

D1 KEYNOTE. Sustainable Development of Several Coastal Lakes in The Southern Baltic Area
(A. Astel)


C2. Impact of military territories to the environment and place of phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production
(V. Pidlisnyuk)

D2. Identification of hotspots of genotoxicological and faecal pollution along the Danube and Sava rivers – the whole river surveys
(S. Kolarevic)


C3. Environmental risk assessment of heavy metal contamination at military sites in Ukraine: avoidance and reproduction test with Collembola
(I. Gruss)

D3. Evaluation of drinking water quality and health state of population in Chisinau Municipality
(S. Cociu)


C4. Actual Questions of Population Health Risk Assessment Of Former Military Sites In Czech Republic (Cr) And Ukraine (Ua)
(Y. Chayka)

D4. The effect of spruce dying and air pollution on water quality on the example of springs within the Skrzyczne range area
(K. Krakowian)


C5. Growing miscanthus x giganteus in post-military soil and soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons: remediation and biomass production
(D. Nebeská)

D5. Photocatalytic removal of sertraline from water over titania/chitosan hybrid materials
(M. Rejek)


C6. The composition of nematode community associated with niscanthus x giganteus grown at dolyna militarty contaminated site
(T. Stefanovska)

D6. Innovation in Coastal and Aquifer Remediation and Monitoring
(H. Henry)


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion



TUESDAY - June 12, 2018


9:00-11:10 PLENARY SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Stanisław Małek, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and William Suk, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (USA)

Short Plenary Presentation
Rocket Fuel Oxidizer: Polish Method of Disposal
W. Maliszewski

Plenary Presentation
A New Class of Environmental Pollutant Increases Morbidity and Mortality from Influenza Virus Infection
S. Cormier, Louisiana State University, USA

Plenary Presentation
Healthful Nutrition as a Modifier of Pollutant-Induced Inflammatory Diseases: Implications in Atherosclerosis
B. Hennig, University of Kentucky, USA


11:20-13:20 POSTER SESSION - Hall

Packaged lunches provided for sightseeing at the conclusion of the poster session


18:30 DINNER for students and post-doctoral scholars (Club Arka)



WEDNESDAY - June 13, 2018


9:00-11:00: PLENARY SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Florian Gambuś, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and Kelly G. Pennell, University of Kentucky (USA)

Plenary Presentation
Climate Change Impacts, Climate Strategies and Alternative Energy Perspectives in the Cities of Eastern Europe
S. Romanko, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ukraine

Plenary Presentation
Agromining: Farming for Metals and the Valorization of Metal-Contaminated Lands and Wastes
A. Baker, Laboratoire Sols et Environnement and LABEX Ressources21, ENSAIA/INRA, Université de Lorraine, France


11:00-13:30: PARALLEL SESSIONS E and F



SESSION E: Chemistry, fate, transport, and health effects of persistent halogenated contaminants

Co-Chairs: Adam Grochowalski, Cracow University of Technology (Poland) and Slawo Lomnicki, Louisiana State University (USA)

SESSION F: Environmental and health impacts of minerals/metals and mining activities

Co-Chairs: John McKernan, Environmental Protection Agency USA) and Anna Ostręga (Poland)


Main Hall

Room 033


E1 KEYNOTE. Copper salts as catalyst substances responsible for formation of dioxins and other halogenated compounds during burn process in fireplaces and heating stoves
(A. Grochowalski)

F1 KEYNOTE. Revitalization of post-mining areas for sustainable tourism
(A. Ostręga)


E2. New developments in the synthesis and use of reactive activated carbon impregnated with iron nanoparticles for remediation of persistence organic pollutants in contaminated sediments and water
(S. Al-Abed)

F2. Heavy metals and lipids in the tissue and bee production at traditional and organic bee-keeping conditions and the ways of their levels’ correction
(I. Kovalchuk)


E3. Development of magnetic nano-composite materials as reusable adsorbents for chlorinated organics in contaminated water
(A. Gutierrez)

F3. Limiting horizontal water filtration using drainage screen modules to reduce the hydraulic interaction of artificial objects and the natural environment
(S. Klimov)


E4. Biogeochemical characterization of a dual-pathway microbial remediation strategy for chlorobenzenes at the anaerobic-aerobic groundwater interface
(S. Chow)

F4. Risk assessment of ZN-PB ores mining and usefulness of native plant communities in decreasing its impact on affected areas
(K. Ciarkowska)


E5. Adverse human health effects including congenital malformations related to the use of agent orange
(V. Bencko)

F5. Rhizobia as the microorganisms potentially improving the growth of legumes in heavy metal polluted areas
(E. Oleńska)


E6. Identification of an Immobilization Technology for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Contamination in Soil and Sediments
(J. McKernan)

F6. Soil microbiome dynamics during revegetation of pyritic mine tailings: understanding microbial bioindicators of soil acidification
(R. Maier)


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion


13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH



14:30 – 17:50 Parallel Sessions G and H



SESSION G: Exposure science and risk reduction approaches for indoor pollution

Co-Chairs: Stanislaw Gawroński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) and Shao Lin, University of Albany (USA)

SESSION H: Environmental risk assessment and epidemiology

Co-Chairs: Anicenta Bubak, Cenia-Ekspertyz (Poland) and Carmen Vélez-Vega, University of Puerto Rico (USA)


Main Hall

Room 033


G1 KEYNOTE. Assess school environmental effects on children's health and performance and evaluate environmental policies’ impacts
(S. Lin)

H1 KEYNOTE. Bioavailable forms of metals and Human Health Risk Assessment
(A. Bubak)


G2. Fate and transport processes for assessing in-building CVOC concentrations from subsurface sources
(K. Pennell)

H2. Surrounding Greenness, air pollution and general health in preschool children
(S. Andrusaityte)


G3. Sewer systems and volatile organic compounds: indoor air considerations for buildings near contaminated groundwater plumes
(M. Roghani)

H3. Lung cancer in black coal miners in the Czech Republic, 1992-2015
(T. Hana)


G4. Assessing the association between home indoor environment and respiratory health among school age children in Romania
(Y. Lu)

H4. Dynamic approach to transfer of potentially toxic elements in the soil-plant system
(E. Baltrenaite)


G5. Indoor environment and respiratory health in Romanian primary school children
(Z. Lin)

H5. Gestational phthalate exposure and intrauterine growth restriction
(M. Bloom)


G6. Study conditions and air pollution in pre-university institutions
(D. Iunac)

H6. Peripubertal serum dioxins and subsequent adult semen quality and sperm methylome in the prospective Russian children’s study
(O. Sergeyev)


G7. Dietary Factors May Decrease the Effects of Environmental Hazards on Asthma and Allergy in Children
(W. Lawrence)

H7. Heavy metals in water and risk assessment: A case study of the Czarna Przemsza River source in Zawiercie, Poland
(A. Gruszecka-Kosowska)


G8. Plant as remedy for improving indoor air quality
(S. Gawroński)

H8. Relationships between air pollution level of PM10 and health status of 8-10 years old children – Results from the Hungarian National Children’s Respiratory Surveys (2005-2017)
(P. Rudnai)


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion


17:50 – 18:40

A Panel for students, post-docs and young researchers: Future environmental health careers
Co-Chairs: Kepka, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and Erin Madeen, Johns Hopkins University, (USA)



19:30 CEECHE 2018 Gala Dinner

Located in the lower level of the Kraków Cloth Hall in the Old Town Main Square (Rynek Główny)



THURSDAY - June 14, 2018


9:00-11:30: PARALLEL SESSIONS I and J



SESSION I: Environmental and health benefits of renewable energy sources

Co-Chairs: Souhail Al-Abed, Environmental Protection Agency (USA) and Antoni Stasch, European Business Club Association (Poland)

SESSION J: Social, political and economic impacts and considerations related to environmental stressors

Co-Chairs: Alan Baker Laboratoire Sols et Environnement and LABEX Ressources21, ENSAIA/INRA, Université de Lorraine, (France) and Margaret Reams, Louisiana State University USA)


Main Hall

Room 033


I1 KEYNOTE. Environmental pollution - A threat of the Earth's life and a killer of 9 million human beings a year
(A. Stasch)

J1 KEYNOTE. Applying resilience theory to community engagement with residents facing cumulative environmental exposure risks: lessons from Louisiana’s industrial corridor
(M. Reams)


I2. Ecological evaluation of the production of alternative fuel from waste
(M. Malinowski)

J2. Community Resilience and Critical Transformations: The Case of St. Gabriel, Louisiana
(J. Irving)


I3. Impact of ozone pretreatment on the biometallurgical properties of toxic wastes
(M. Gliniak)

J3. Behavioral and psychosocial risk factors in high school students – results from the Y.A.B.S. study
(J. Babjakova)


I4. Analysis of the biochar production from waste biomass—process influence on quality parameters
(M. Jewiarz)

J4. Implementation of “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions" of the Republic of Armenia in rural communities
(A. Hambartsumyan)


I5. Energy management in crops under cover during storage heat in the accumulators: energy and ecological effects
(H. Latala)

J5. Anthropocene and the Contemporary Environmental Situation
(O. Khan)


I6. Gasification of waste and biomass-energetic and environmental effects
(S. Famielec)

Panel Discussion


I7. Polish concept and 46 years research and training on primary prevention of environmental risk factors (e.g. cancer prevention, sustainable development focused on better environmental health in industrial and recreational areas)
(J. Dobrowolski)



11:40-13:00: CLOSING SESSION


Co-Chairs: Heather Henry, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (USA) and S. Małek, University of Agriculture (Poland)

Plenary Presentation
Analysis of the Toxicity of Combustion Aerosol: Chemical Composition of Different Combustion-Emissions and their Molecular Biological Effects on Air/Liquid-Interface Exposed Lung Cells
R. Zimmermann, Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre, Rostock University (Analyt. Chem.) & Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Closing Remarks


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