Information about Virtual Scientific Content

Updated on June 11, 2020

Dear ISEE Community,

Please note that presenters need to register early to stay in the programme.
Deadline for presenter registration has been extended: it is now June 30, 2020!

We are very excited about the upcoming 2020 ISEE annual conference going forward, albeit virtually! This will certainly be an experience different from what we’re used to, but hopefully the necessity imposed by the coronavirus will lead to new inventions that can help us green our conference, not just this year, but in the future! This has been an aim of ISEE for some time and we hope that your experiences with ISEE 2020 will help us discern what features we should keep even when we return to in-person meetings. For this to work we need your participation and opinions.

Having to rapidly transition from an in-person to a virtual conference has posed challenges and not been without its hiccups, so first we want to apologize if those have caused any consternation! The abstract acceptances have gone out and registration is open thanks to session chairs and committed ISEE members who helped sort through all of the abstracts in record time – see the conference website (

Here are some insight into what the virtual conference will look like. We have an exciting online portal for the meeting that will allow for symposia and oral sessions to be held and we have some 60 planned, some will be pre-recorded and some will be live.
However, all sessions—even the live ones—will be available to view after they air by anyone who couldn’t view it live—an exciting advantage over in-person meetings!
No more missing a talk because of conflicts with another!

In addition, all material -oral sessions, keynotes, posters, and more!- will be available to view by all meeting registrants for three months after the conference. While timing for live events will be tricky given our world-wide audience, there will be live session slots for August 24-27 at 8am, 10am, and noon US East Coast (EDT) time. While we recognize that this may not work for everyone, even the live sessions will be recorded and viewable at your convenience anytime! In addition to the oral sessions there will also be e-posters, with a chat box function so that people can communicate with poster authors at their convenience and some live poster discussion sessions.

We have an exciting line up planned, including:
• Keynote talks, including but not limited with:
– Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile
– Nigel French, the Director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University
– Gabriel Leung, the Dean of Medicine and Chair of Public Health Medicine at the University of Hong Kong and before that the first Under Secretary for Food and Health for Hong Kong.

• Hot topic oral sessions on, for example:
– The environment and COVID-19
– Effects of climate change
– Translating science into policy

• All to complement the regulars on topics like air pollution and pesticides, and causal methods.
• “Early Morning Sessions”
• Student and New Researcher Network planned online activities – stay tuned!
• Bringing back Pecha Kucha sessions after their debut in Utrecht in a virtual format and recorded for all to see.

All of this with the intent to create as many opportunities for exchange between our members as we can. Finally, some novel online aspects will be a twitter wall and a world map to locate and communicate online with your colleagues!

We hope you will all help to make this a robust and exciting conference! “See you” in August!


Virtual Conference Co-Chairs

Marc Weisskopf, PhD, ScD
ISEE Annual Conference Committee Chair

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Beate Ritz, MD, PhD
ISEE Officer, Past President

Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA
Los Angeles, California, USA