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4–6 April 2018 7th Annual Meeting of the inFLAME, “Transforming Life – Unifying Personal, Public and Planetary Health”

Canmore, Alberta

Welcome to our 7th annual meeting in the spectacular Canadian Rockies!

The theme of the meeting “Transforming Life – Unifying Personal, Public and Planetary Health” underscores the imperative to address address global ‘dysbiotic drift’ – life in distress - on every level. This reflects our increasing focus on understanding and improving the complex relationships between human health and planetary health. We seek to emphasize the eco-biological interactions in our living environments (including food systems, climate change and biodiversity and microbial ecology) on well-being, together with the wider societal factors that govern these.

In particular, we aim to define and modify impact of rapid global environmental change, urbanization, and biodiversity losses on immune health – which is fundamental to all aspects of health and the risk of allergy and immune disease, obesity and metabolic disease and neurocognitive disorders. We do this with a strong developmental ‘life-course’ approach that recognizes the critical need for long range vision and disease prevention.

We are very proud of our tremendous network of like-minded people from diverse fields and many regions who collaborate to address these modern health challenges and, importantly, how they link to wider global challenges. Our interests span from planetary/population/ environmental health to microbial ecology/ systems biology and the deep biological mechanisms - basically working ‘symbiotically’ to connecting the siloes through an integrated systems framework.

Our meetings are highly productive and interactive with as much emphasis on meaningful collaborations and productive friendships as on the data and opportunities we generate.

It is our privilege and pleasure to welcome to Canmore!

Prof Susan Prescott (Network Director)
Prof Dianne Campbell (Network CoDirector)
Prof Anita Kozyrskyj (Local Organiser)

22–25 November 2016 EAPRIL Conference 2016 – Challenges of the Digital Era for Education, Working and Learning

ISEP, Porto, Portugal

The European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) aims to promote practice-­based and practitioner research on teaching and learning within formal, informal, non-­formal, lifelong learning and professional development contexts. EAPRIL aims to professionally develop and train educators and, as a result, to enhance practice.

EAPRIL’s conference in 2016 focuses on in-­depth dialogue between practitioner researchers who will be able to describe, share and discuss the current and future technological challenges within education. As we are living in a Digital Era, EAPRIL delegates will have opportunities to exchange, think and rethink innovations in education, learning and working, as well as exploring the impact of virtual technology.

1–4 September 2016 International Society for Environmental Epidemiology 28th Annual Conference

Rome, Italy

The Department of Epidemiology Lazio Regional Health Service – ASL Roma 1 – and the Italian Epidemiological Association are pleased to announce the 28th Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.

The meeting will be held in Rome, Italy on the 1-4th September 2016. The main theme of the conference is “Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology”.
The Conference will bring together researchers, academics, and health professionals to promote the sharing of research results, experiences and new ideas in the field of environmental epidemiology.

The Conference will address the challenges in exposure assessment, study design and data analyses in the coming decades. The format of the meeting will promote discussion and scientific communication and will include plenary sessions, keynote invited addresses, oral presentations, thematic symposia, and posters.

6–8 July 2016 Molecular Diagnostics Summit 2016

Boston, MA, USA

We invite you to attend the Molecular Diagnostics Summit, which takes place July 6 - 8, 2016 inBoston, MA. The summit will bring together our usual balance of industry and academia, so that delegates have the unique opportunity to network with colleagues from different sectors and gain a fresh perspective on the various topics below:

2nd Cancer Markers & Liquid Biopsies:
The role of cancer markers is significant towards the diagnosis, prognosis, and surveillance of a patient. Understanding markers and characterizing circulating elements with the latest technologies aid our progress toward the future of better personalized cancer care. Leaders in industry and academia will discuss platforms for isolating and studying CTCs. Technologies such as next generation sequencing and digital PCR are gaining momentum in these research areas. This meeting will also discuss biomarker sensitivity, stability, validation, and how we can use markers to follow up with patients and improve the quality of life.

Precision Medicine:
There is a huge drive in Precision Medicine as it integrates research and clinical practice to build a knowledge base that can better guide individualized patient care. At a crucial time, where there are efforts to scale up population-based genome sequencing and integrate it with clinical data, this meeting will discuss the progress towards the implementation of precision medicine. This conference will discuss the future of healthcare, strategies and technologies for successful implementation, precision medicine beyond oncology, integrating and interpreting personal genomics, big data, bioinformatics, and overcoming challenges in the commercialization of precision medicine.

Digital PCR & qPCR:
There has been a push to find a faster and a more efficient way to optimize the quantification of nucleic acids. In the past, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) has been the best way to measure the relative amplification of PCR in real time. In more recent years, digital PCR has become a newer method of PCR quantification that can result in absolute quantification, increased sensitivity in samples, more controllable precision, and multiple partitions of the same sample. This meeting will discuss the newest developments in digital PCR and qPCR in relation to how PCR can be used the molecular diagnostics field.

30 June–1 July 2016 IWcee16 - IV International Workshop on Computational Economics and Econometrics

Rome, Italy

IWcee16 main topic this year will be:
“Coping with Uncertainty in Complex Socio-Economic Systems”

Economies are sophisticated social systems characterized by pervasive uncertainty, which makes agents’ behaviours and systemic outcomes difficult to predict. The study of such systems thus requires new datasets and more reliable statistical techniques. This is a necessary requirement for enabling policymakers to assess and regulate economic performance vis-à-vis uncertainty. IWcee16 aims to raise a rigorous scientific debate on the many interconnections between uncertainty and socio-economic performance, by focusing on the tools offered by modern quantitative socio-economic science.

Papers on the following topics are highly welcome:

Measuring and communicating uncertainty; Uncertainty propagation in relational systems; Sensitivity analysis and robustness methods; Network dynamics and resilience; Agent-based and game-theory modelling of uncertain environments; Risk analysis; Chaotic socio-economic systems; Causal inference and identification under uncertainty; Time series analysis and forecasting techniques, Big Data analysis

The deadline for abstract submission to [email protected]  is:  April 15, 2016.

If you have any query or curiosity, please contact: [email protected]

21–23 June 2016 International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics – IPC2016

Budapest, Hungary

Probiotics are nonpathogenic live microorganism that can provide a diverse health benefits on the host. Prebiotics is a non-digestible fiber compounds that induce the growth or activity of microorganisms. Taking probiotics plus prebiotics could bring diverse types of health benefits. Probiotics are consumed in diverse ways including dairy product, food supplements and functional foods with specific health claims. Recently, many reports suggest that certain probiotic strains or multi strain mixture have potent immunomodulatory activity in diverse disorders including allergic asthma, atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. However some of the probiotic strains have an adverse effect on people with underlying health problems or immuno-compromised individuals. In addition, however, efficacy of probiotic administration is quite different depending on the type of strains and the amounts of doses and underlying mechanism of action is still unclear. By attending the International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics - IPC2016, you will have a chance to expand your ideas on recent advances made in the science of probiotics, highlighting their current and future roles in maintaining health and preventing diseases.

30 November–2 December 2015 15th Mediterranean Microwave Symposium

Lecce, Italy

The symposium provides an opportunity to exchange scientific results and current research progress in the area of electromagnetics, antennas and microwave theory and applications.

7–11 September 2015 Challenges in European Aerospace – 5th CEAS Air & Space Conference

Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

CEAS 2015 will be a joint event combining the 5th CEAS (Council of European Aerospace Societies) Air & Space Conference and the 12th European Workshop on Aircraft Design Education (EWADE). CEAS 2015 will be a unique opportunity for aerospace industries, academia, organizations and associations to communicate, share and debate innovative concepts and technical solutions in the aerospace domain. CEAS 2015 will promote the establishment of knowledge and technical networks with the aim of increasing European competitiveness in the field of aerospace. Participation from all major nations involved in aerospace across the world, a wide exhibition area, special sessions on selected topics and specific actions to facilitate students’ attendance will make CEAS 2015 one of the major European aerospace events. CEAS 2015 will be hosted by the Netherlands Association of Aeronautical Engineers (NVvL) in close cooperation with the Delft University of Technology (DUT) and the Society of Aerospace Students DUT (VSV Leonardo da Vinci) on behalf of the CEAS community. CEAS is an organization bringing together European national aerospace societies for increased international strength. Today, CEAS comprises 16 member organizations with an outreach to roughly 35,000 professionals in aerospace. Since 2007, CEAS hosts biennial conferences on aeronautics in Europe.

21 June 2015 World Food System Conference 2015

Ascona, Switzerland

The aim is to bring together researchers and other food system stakeholders to exchange ideas, methodologies, success stories, and lessons learned. The conference will be kept small (maximum 100 participants) in order to maximize opportunities for meaningful exchange among participants.

12 September 2014 9th Workshop in Chemical Information

Lausanne, Switzerland

The 9th Lausanne Workshop on Chemical Information will take place on September 12, 2014 at the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Lausanne-Dorigny, Switzerland.

The journal Challenges and MDPI will be sponsoring a prize of 2’000 CHF (Swiss Francs) for the winner of a contest aiming at identifying the best open source cheminformatic tool of the year. To enter the competition, the authors of such tools are invited to make the source code of their tool openly available (for instance using GitHub) and send a 1–2 pages description of the tool by e-mail to Dr. Luc Patiny ([email protected]).

The short description papers will be published in the journal Challenges after editorial review. The winner of the contest will be invited to present his/her tool at the workshop where the prize will also be awarded. We are looking forward to the response and tools submitted to this first contest!

27–30 June 2011 Grand Challenges in Modeling & Simulation

The Hague, Netherlands

GCMS 2011: Part of the 2011 International Simulation Multiconference (IMSC’11). GCMS’11 is one of three conferences that make up SummerSim 2011, organized by the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS).. SummerSim 2011 is collocated with the 2011 European Simulation Interoperability Workshop (SIW) organized by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO). Participants in IMSC’11 are free to attend sessions and other activities in any of the constituent e vents in IMSC’11. The 4th International Conference on Grand Challenges in Modeling and Simulation (GCMS’11) is one of the constituent conferences of the 2011 International Simulation Multi-Conference (ISMC’11). Following the success of the earlier conferences in Edinburgh, Istanbul, and Ottawa, the focus of GCMS’11 will continue to be on the major challenges that must be met if the full potential of modeling and simulation is to be realized. Significant progress in M&S methods and applications has accompanied the rapid growth in the power and cost-effectiveness of available computer systems, but many challenges remain.

15–17 June 2011 East African Project Management Conference - 'EAPMC 2011'

Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi, Kenya

The 'EAPMC 2011' will be an interactive forum bringing together major project investors, promoters, profesionals, CEOs, Project managers, developers, manufacturers, supplers, NGOs, donors, Government Infrastructure Departments, decision makers from East Africa and other parts of the world. The main purpose of this conference is to enable business organisations (private and public companies) show case their prowess in funding, procurement  and delivery of major projects. We hope to attract over 1500 participants and some 30 exhibitors bringing together representatives from the public and private sectors - government, multi-nationals, project promoters, project developers, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders to address key major projects challenges.< /p>

The main focus will be on all sectors of the economy including infrastructural - energy, water, oil, mining, roads, prorts, housing, construction, agriculture, telecommunications, manufacturing, education, health, research, reforms, and policy decision making process in private and government enterprises.

Main Theme:

  • Enhancing best practices in project management in Eastern Africa: s' funding, procurement and delivery'


  • Business success through projects
  • Right projects, right people and right results
  • Managing multi-projects
  • Local projects, global consequence (Climate Change and Global Warming)
  • The future of project management in Africa
  • The role of a project management in organisations

22–24 October 2010 2010 International Conference on Academic Integrity

Long Beach, CA

We especially welcome proposals that address:

  • The integrity continuum: developing integrity in primary school through graduate school and beyond
  • The relationship between current events, culture, and academic integrity, and how to make use of examples – good and bad – in the classroom
  • Technology and integrity: The effects of technology and how best to harness it as an enhancement to integrity-focused pedagogy

As always, proposals from the full spectrum of Academic Integrity research and best practices are welcome.

15–17 September 2010 Implementation in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research, Practice and Teaching

Geneva, Switzerland

In a knowledge society, research questions, processes and results cannot be disconnected from everyday practices. Politicians, funding bodies and society at large increasingly demand of researchers to propose efficient ways of how to use abstract findings in concrete situations and as a common good. From the very start, implementation strategies should therefore include processes of embedding the research in its social and scientific contexts, recursiveness and negotiation with non-academic actors, and testing the expected impact through ‘real-world’ experiments. How exactly to bring research results to fruition, integrate theory and practice and build truly participative collaborations are key issues of inter- and transdisciplinarity. Keynotes includes experts in the fields of public health, new media, urban planning, sustainability, action research. Please visit our website for further information. Deadline for paper/poster/workshop submissions: 3 May 2010.

30 June–2 July 2010 The Human Document Project

Saarbrücken, Germany


Literature, newspapers or science use the internet, paper and written language for documenting their contents and trading it down to the readers. The time scale for this is typically a human generation or much less. Technically speaking, printed paper as such will not necessarily survive very much longer. The computerized modern world has gotten a boost towards storing and accessing much more information. However, this hasn’t improved the survival time scale.

Heart beat frequency, body size of the organism and time scales of reaction may correlate. We have developed a civilization which overcame these biological hurdles through, e.g., medicine and technology for self-protection. However, human thinking is mostly limited to short timescales, in its best case to 1-2 generations ahead. Long-term documentation has only occurred related to religion and the idea of “eternal life”, or purely by accident. Ancient cultures documented themselves on cave paintings, petroglyphs and rock carvings. Clay plates and large architectural objects have demonstrated lifetimes of thousands of years. At least, that is how it appears to be today. We simply have no evidence of other forms of communication, since most of that has disappeared with time. We can find that Homo erectus or Homo neandertalensis was able to prepare fire, because this is documented in inorganic traces. However, perhaps there was a scientific understanding or expression of art, which may have vanished over the years. How can we know?

What will remain of today’s efforts of the arts and sciences, not to speak about the many aspects of everyday life, in say 1,000,000 years?

It may be comparable to the remains we currently have of Homo erectus and his lifestyle. Computers will have corroded (except a few silicon chips), paper is all gone, houses disappeared and with it most other items we use in everyday life. Of course, we can hope for a community which trades down information as the medieval monasteries did in copying Aristoteles‘ books. However, we have no guarantee that there will be a smooth transition or continuous development in Homo sapiens, as we can observe in the last 1 million years. Historians speak of hundreds of years, archaeologists of 100,000s of years and astronomers or geologists handle the real time scales, which we currently believe play no role for Homo sapiens. That might be wrong. In a similar way as there was centuries of debate about geocentric vs. heliocentric viewpoint for astronomy, there could be a debate about relevant timescales... We may not have a (very geological) prehistory of much more than 1 million years, but we may have a future of intelligent life on this planet of much more! I am not saying that it will be Homo sapiens, it might as well be another humanoid species, another mammal or even social insects… Speculation of that kind is to be avoided, but I am sure you get my point...

Prof. Dr. Andreas Manz

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