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33rd International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH 2022)

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Online, Rome, Melbourne

Feb 6, 2022 - Feb 10, 2022

The 5-day scientific program will include plenary, semi-plenary, special and oral sessions, the global policy forum, and interactive poster sessions. The program will combine live-streamed and pre-recorded sessions that will be scheduled in two different time zones (Rome stage and Melbourne stage). In addition, all sessions will be made available on-demand for the delegates to watch at a convenient time. Special sessions, oral free papers and poster sessions will provide interactive discussion among participants and presenters through live chats available during the Congress. The 37 ICOH Scientific Committees, covering the full range of OSH fields, are contributing an exciting range of topics and speakers to lead the scientific program. An outstanding faculty of Plenary speakers from across the globe will lead these discussions and participants are invited to play an active role in the scientific program by submitting an abstract for consideration in the highly regarded oral and poster presentations. Accepted abstracts will be published in an online supplement of Safety and Health at Work (SH@W).

Past Events

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Masterclass: Heat Early Warning Systems – Scientific Approaches for Estimating Thresholds

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Online

Oct 28, 2021

Save the date for the South Asia Heat Health Information Network's (SAHHIN) fourth global masterclass on ‘Heat Early Warning Systems-Scientific Approaches for Estimating Thresholds’ with Abhiyant Tiwari, on 28th October 2021 (4.30 pm -5.30 pm IST). Hosted by IRADe and supported by IDRC / CRDI, Canada, this masterclass will deliberate on the importance of temperature thresholds in heat early warning systems, along with various options and best in use scientific analytical methods available for deriving such temperature thresholds. It will also discuss the issues and constraints in policy decision-making in setting threshold temperature for heat early warning systems.

Webinar: Investigate Options 4 – Community Engagement, Outreach, Education

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Online

Oct 12, 2021

Webinar: Investigate Options 3 – Green Cooling Infrastructure

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Online

Sep 30, 2021

One of the most popular interventions is planting trees, and creating accessible green spaces and water features to mitigate heat, long term. This session will cover tree canopy assessment, planting and cooling strategies, combined with strengthening community cohesion and resiliency. Threaded throughout is the intersection with environmental justice, public health, crime reduction, and equitable approaches to improvements that benefit current residents.

NIHHIS Urban Heat Island Community of Practice Webinar Series

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Online

Sep 13, 2021 - Oct 12, 2021

This summer, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and its partners are hosting a webinar series to feature community case studies on what happens after Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns are conducted. Each webinar will be themed to follow the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit’s (CRT) Steps to Resilience framework and how cities are working to address extreme heat risk. Sessions will be added throughout the summer as they are scheduled. See here  for the most up to date information.
  • Webinar 1: Exploring the Heat Hazard
  • Webinar 2: Constructing Heat Vulnerability Indices
  • Webinar 3: Investigate Options 1 - The power of the Pen: Policies, Standards, Codes etc...
  • Webinar 4: Investigate Options 2 - Structural & Physical Infrastructure
  • Webinar 5: Investigate Options 3 - Green/Blue Infrastructure
  • Webinar 6: Investigate Options 4 - Community Engagement, Outreach, Education
  • Webinar 7: Prioritize and Plan - Heat in All Plans (Climate, Hazard, Resilience, Sustainability)

Webinar: Investigate Options 2 – Structural & Physical Infrastructure

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Online

Sep 13, 2021

This session will feature communities that have implemented solutions to make their built environment cooler and more resilient to heat. A common action to manage urban heat risk is increasing the albedo of surfaces - rooftops, streets, sidewalks, and walls - but cities have a variety of options to choose from to provide indoor and outdoor thermal comfort. The session will provide resources and suggestions for participants just getting started thinking about which cool solutions in the built environment can be part of their portfolio of actions to mitigate urban heat risk.

Webinar: Thermal Remote Sensing of Urban Climates

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Online

Sep 8, 2021

This webinar will discuss the current status and future directions in using remote sensing in urban climate research. It will explore the growing use of thermal remote sensing in urban climate research while detailing fundamental definitions and applications of this methodology.

Agenda:

  • "Challenges of global SUHI analysis " by Professor Benjamin Bechtel (Ruhr-University Bochum)
Benjamin Bechtel holds a professorship in Urban Climatology at the Department of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Before he was a Research Associate with the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP, University of Hamburg. His research interests include crowdsourcing and urban remote sensing, in particular, the characterization of urban surfaces and thermal remote sensing for applications in urban climatology. Dr. Bechtel received the dissertation award 2013 for physical geography of the Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (VGDH) for his Ph.D. thesis on “Remote sensing of urban canopy parameters for enhanced modelling and climate-related classification of urban structures”; his habilitation was on “Advancements in urban- and topoclimatic observations and modelling – Remote Sensing, Crowd-Sourcing and Data Fusion”. He serves as a board member of the International Association for Urban Climate, as a steering committee member of the Belgian research project REACT, Associate Editor for Frontiers in Remote Sensing, and as a reviewer and guest editor for several international journals and funding agencies.
  • "(In)complete urban surface temperatures " by Professor James Voogt (University of Western Ontario)
James Voogt is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada. He is an urban climatologist who specializes in the measurement and modelling of urban surface temperatures. He received his BSc in 1986 from Queen’s University and MSc (1989) and PhD (1995) from the University of British Columbia. He has contributed to research projects on understanding the three dimensional surface temperature of cities, thermal anisotropy over urban areas, the use of remotely sensed surface temperatures in urban climate model evaluation, the climate performance of green roofs, and spatial variations in the heat impacts on urban residents. Dr. Voogt is a past president of the International Association for Urban Climate and a co-author of the text ‘Urban Climates’ published by Cambridge University Press.
  • Facilitated Q&A and discussions.
The webinar will be recorded and shared with the community so that people who are unavailable or in inconvenient time zones are able to follow the presentations and discussion.