14th International Conference On Environmental Bioindicators
(2nd Annual Meeting, International Society of Environmental Bioindicators) The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA April 23–25, 2006
More than 90 scientists, researchers and policy makers representing 18 countries and 5 continents met to present and to discuss the current state-of-art of environmental bioindicators. Eighty platform and poster papers on Endocrine Disruptor Indicators, Mercury Indicators, Physiological Indicators, Pesticide Indicators, Petroleum Contamination Indicators, Genomic Indicators, Coral Reef Indictors, Landscape, Water Quality, Benthic, Plant, and Policy indicators were given. In addition there were three major roundtable discussions on Coral Reef, Mercury and Policy indicators where selected speakers provided different views on these indicators, and the roundtable participants discussed and developed positions on issues involving these indicators. Position papers based on the roundtable discussions will be published in subsequent issues of the journal. The meeting had several key note speakers including Robin O’Malley of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, Washington, DC, who discussed the work of the Heinz Center, a not-for-profit organization, on the recently developed Ecosystem Indicator System for the US, its proposed updates and ideas for international cooperation in developing similar systems. Dr. Osmo Hanninen, Department of Physiology, University of Kuopio, Finland and the Chairman of the IUBS International Commission on Bioindicators discussed the global need and use of environmental bioindicators to evaluate the consequences of contamination in humans. Dr. Anne Fairbrother, Chief. Risk Characterization Branch, Western Ecology Division, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussed the history and development of aquatic, terrestrial and air quality indicators in the US and the implications of global climatic change on the interpretation of some of these types of indicators. Dr. Jay Messer, Senior Science Advisor in the Office of the Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment, USEPA, Washington D.C., discussed EPA’s environmental indicator program, its application for decision making and criteria for use of environmental bioindicators in decision-making. Members of the International Society of Environmental Bioindicators also met. They elected Dr. Edward Zillioux of the Environmental Bioindicator Foundation, Inc, as first president. Society members also agree upon the location and date of the 15th International Conference on Environmental Bioindicator to be held in Hong Kong on 7–9 June 2007 in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology to be held 4–6 June. International and regional ISEBI committees were established for the purposes of furthering the development of environmental bioindicators within regions and within the framework of the Society. Please see the ISEBI Update in this issue for committee details.
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