International Society of Environmental Biotechnology Conference (ISEB Conference, Chi)

Venue: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Location: Chicago, Illinois, 60654, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 18, 2004 End Date/Time: Jun 21, 2004
Registration Date: Jun 04, 2004
Early Registration Date: Apr 15, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 30, 2004
Paper Submission Date: Apr 30, 2004
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This is the 7th symposium organized under the auspices of the International Society of Environmental Biotechnology. Global warming trends because of the release of greenhouse gases, remediation of contaminated ecosystems, water quality, heavy metal decontamination, and the symbiotic relationships of microbes that impact on agricultural production and the biological cycling of elements are just a few of the areas covered by the conference that have profound impact on society. The ISEB Conference has been a forum for the consideration of critical or even controversial issues that have led to the development of new technologies. The Conference has a long record of stimulating advanced research in industrial laboratories, college and universities, research foundations, and government laboratories. Many of the research advances in different areas of environmental biotechnology and their potential applications worldwide will be stressed in the keynote lecture to be presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand.

One of the most exciting developments in recent times is the human genome sequence project that has in turn led to the development of the field of toxicogenomics where vulnerability of human populations to environmental insults or even effective pharmacological actions of drugs can be predicted from the determination of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the human genome. The National Science Foundation has played a key role in microbial genome sequences and its Director Dr. Rita Colwell, Chair of the National Interagency Genome Sequencing Coordinating Committee, will talk about many recent advances in this area. The NIEHS has taken a leading role in establishing a toxicogenomics program towards dissemination of important information in this area, as well as promote international collaboration. Both Dr. Kenneth Olden, Director, NIEHS and Dr. James Selkirk, Deputy Director, will emphasize the area of toxicogenomics and how progress in this area will affect human health. The Department of Energy (DOE) has been instrumental in the advancement of the microbial and human genome projects and Dr. Daniel Drell of DOE will reflect on some of his experiences in these areas. Also included are sessions on the ethical and legal issues that will certainly dominate our legal and social structures in the future, both nationally and internationally. Prominent members of the US judiciary and legislative body (International Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives) will discuss the relevant issues of environmental biotechnology in relation to various disputes that will likely arise in the near future. A session on environmental justice, chaired by Hon’ble Timothy Evans, Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court and Hon’ble Thomas Fitzgerald, Supreme Court of Illinois, where the role that communities should play in developing environmental biotechnology in the safest way that will not harm or negatively affect the minority communities, both nationally and internationally, will provide important insights and documentations in this important area. Dr. George Tzotzos, Head of Biotechnology & Bioldiversity of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria, will discuss the role the United Nations intends to play to help member countries improve the state of their environment. The conference also includes many sessions on contemporary scientific global issues such as greenhouse gases, bioremediation and phytoremediation, military waste disposal, recent industrial developments, etc, that make it a timely, important and highly educational international conference of our time. There are very few conferences that address such wide-ranging emerging environmental issues and their social, ethical and legal implications, making this ISEB conference a unique experience. To our knowledge, there has been no national or international conference in the past that has addressed all these important global issues in environmental biotechnology.


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Additional Information

Keynote and Plenary Speakers: Her Royal Highness Professor Dr. Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand Dr. Rita Colwell, Director, NSF Dr. Kenneth Olden, Director, NIEHS Dr. Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity Dr. George Tzotzos, Head, Biotechnology Division, UNIDO Honorable Justice Thomas Fitzgerald, Illinois Supreme Court Honorable Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Cook County Circuit Court