Annual conferences provide a unique opportunity to network with colleagues and develop new relationships while learning of the most recent research activities in our field. ISES annual conferences are organized to promote an open exchange of new ideas across disciplines, and to provide a forum for broad interactions among participants. Everyone with an interest in exposure science is invited to participate and to take advantage of opportunities to present and learn about the latest research, discuss new insights, and interact with new and long-term colleagues.
29th Annual ISES Meeting
ISES-ISIAQ 2019 Joint Meeting
“The built, natural, and social environments: impacts on exposures, health and well-being”
August 18-22, 2019
This year’s annual conference took place in beautiful Kaunas, Lithuania as a joint effort with International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. Kaunas, Lithuania provided quite the background as the conference attendees walked the short distance from their hotels to Kaunas’ professional basketball arena, where the conference was held. One of the local partners, Kaunas Technology University, provided dedicated student volunteers and a great venue at their new location for a social event.
The meeting attracted over 500 participants from more than 40 countries! Attendees came from a variety of industries and sectors, with over 15 different areas represented. Jointly, ISES and ISIAQ awarded 28 individuals with travel awards, totaling more than $20,000! This group of award recipients represent over 13 different countries and regions throughout the world.
Scientific Program/Session Highlights
The scientific program included over 49 different sessions representing different topics and disciplines within the exposure science and air quality industry.
Throughout the conference, there were many opportunities to network with other conference attendees. Jointly, the Student/New Researcher committees hosted numerous activities and events to bring together this younger community within exposure science. Attendees were invited to happy hour events, another successful Women’s Networking event, and a social event hosted by the city of Kaunas.
Congratulations to all of the 2019 ISES science award winners!
ISES Excellence in Exposure Science Award
ISES had the sincere pleasure and honor to present The Excellence in Exposure Science Award to Antonia Calafat, PhD, at this year’s annual meeting. Dr. Calafat leads the CDC’s biomonitoring programs and has published over 460 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Calafat led a fantastic session on Biomonitoring for public health action, focusing on the challenges and opportunities currently faced in the field. Congratulations Dr. Calafat and thank you for all of your hard work over the years and commitment to the field of Exposure Science!
Joan M. Daisey Outstanding Young Scientist Award
This year, ISES awarded Lesliam Quiros-Alcala, PhD, with The Joan M. Daisey Outstanding Young Scientist Award to recognize her outstanding contributions to the science of human exposure analysis. Dr. Quiros-Alcala has recently joined Johns Hopkins University as an Assistant Professor.
Award for Best JESEE Paper
ISES recognized Kim Lichtveld, PhD, Nicolle Tulve, PhD and Kent Thomas as the winners of the Best JESEE Paper Award for their research on “Chemical and non-chemical stressors affecting childhood obesity: a systematic scoping review,” which was published in January of 2018 in JESEE.
JESEE Young Investigator Meeting Award
ISES recognized Nathan Lothrop as the recipient of the JESEE Young Investigator Award at the Annual Conference. This award, beginning in 2017, is given to either a student or new researcher (researcher within 10 years of terminal degree) to support young investigator participation in the ISES annual meeting.
IPA/DGUV Award for Young Exposure Scientists
ISES presented Nicolas Lopez-Galvez as the recipient of the IPA/DGUV award. This award, new in 2009 and formerly called the DGUV/BGFA Award, is to foster research in exposure areas with linkages to biomonitoring for superior doctoral students working on their dissertation or in the first year postdoctoral experience and whose doctoral field is exposure sciences, occupational/environmental health sciences, toxicology, biochemistry, biology or a related field.
ISES Award for Best Student Paper
This year, ISES recognized Jamaji Nwamaji-Enweren as the recipient of the Award for Best Student Paper. Jamaji’s paper focused on “Relationships of Long-term Smoking and Moist Snuff Consumption with a DNA Methylation Age Relevant Smoking Index: An Analysis in Buccal Cells.”
Meeting Co-Chairs and TOC
A huge thank you to the meeting co-chairs, Lisa Baxter, Ulla Haverinen-Shaughnessy, Dainius Martuzevicius, and Natalie von Goetz. Their attention to detail and ability to facilitate a seamless event did not go unnoticed by attendees!
An additional note of thanks to the Technical Organizing Committee Chairs and Members! There were over 40 individuals from ISES and ISIAQ involved in managing the program content and other conference logistics.