Participation of the project’s teams from UJEP, Czech Republic, NULES, Ukraine and WULES, Poland at the international conference CEECHE2018, Cracow, Poland

On June 11-14, 2018 the Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment: Environmental and Health Issues in Fast Changing Economies (CEECHE2018) was held at the Congress Centre of the University of Agriculture in Cracow, Poland. The biannual CEECHE conference is an initiative of the United States and European institutions to facilitate scientific exchange and have been held at venues across CEE countries since 2004 to better define the complex but common links between health and environment and enable the use of shared understandings of current research. Since that time the conference is constantly supported by National Institute of the Environmental Health Sciences, Super Fund Programmers (USA), and number of out-standing universities in the US and Europe. The conference was focused on air pollution, persistent organic pollutants, contaminants at mining and military sites in CEE countries, and highlight research related to environmental toxicology and mechanistic biology studies, disease risks and intervention approaches to improve health. In addition, novel environmental remediation technologies, risk assessment approaches, socio-economic and policy implications were discussed. CEECHE2018 was attended by 172 participants from 18 countries, including Poland, Czech Republic, Rumania, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, and USA.

In 2018 year the new field of research related to the questions of Environmental issues and local population exposures at former military sites in Central and Eastern European countries was included to the programmer. The special session was arranged in that topic led by prof. Jaco Vangronsveld, Hasselt University (Belgium) and prof. Eugen Gurzau, Environmental Health Centre (Rumania). 4 oral presentations were delivered at the session by members of NATO G4687 team overviewing the current results of the project, i.e.:

Valentina Pidlisnyuk (UJEP) Impact of military territories to the environment and place of phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production;

Iwona Grass (WULSE) Environmental risk assessment of heavy metals contamination at the military site in Ukraine: avoidance and reproduction test with Collembola;

Diana Nebeska (UJEP) Growing Miscanthusxgiganteus in post-military soil and soil contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons: remediation and biomass production;

Tatyana Stefanovska (NULES) The composition of nematodes community associated with Miscanthusxguganteus growth at Dolyna military contaminated site.

At the panel discussion followed the session members of NATO team answered for the numerous questions from auditoria about peculiarities of phytotechnology, indication of the process, standardization the analysis and perspective of applying the miscanthus phytotechnlogy to another contaminated sites in Europe. Also activities connected with the role of public in implementation of technology were illustrated. The update brochure of G4687 activities was disseminated among the conference’s participants.

PhD students involved in the project presented their results at the Poster session, i.e.:

Jan Cerny (UJEP) Remediation of military areas Contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons: is it possible to effectively produce Miscanthus x giganteus biomass?

Artem Medkov (NULES) Impact of Plant Growth Regulators to Miscanthuxgiganteus establishment while producing biomass at the military land from Dolyna, Ukraine contaminated by heavy metals

While at Crakow prof. Pidisnuk and Stefanovska had a number of discussions related to the project and possible future cooperation with the following participants: prof. Stan Gawronski (Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland), Slawo Lomnitcki (Louisiana State University, USA), prof.Eugen Gurzau (Babes-Bolyai University and Director of Environmental Health Centre, Rumania), Dr. Heather Henry (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA), Dr.Kelly Pennell (University of Kentucky, USA), prof. Florian Gambus (Krakow Agricultural University, Vice-Rector, Poland), prof. Jacek Antonkiewicz( Krakow Agricultural University, Poland), prof. Alan Baker (The University of Melbourne, Australia), prof. Raina Maier (University of Arizona, USA), prof. Shao Lin (University at Albany, USA).

While at Krakow NDP Pidlisnyuk and PPD Stefanovska discussed the current state with the miscanthus plantations established at the military site in Kurakhove, Ukraine, modelling plantation at Tokarivka, Ukraine and the publication issues.

The brainstorming meeting related to the current obstacles with miscanthus plantation at Mimon, Czech Republic was held on June, 13 in which prof. Pidlisnyuk, PPD Stefanovska and Trogl participated. The different reasons caused the weak growing on the plant at that site were overviewed, such as: extremely cold temperature on March, 2018, possible eating of rhizomes by wild animals or stolen from the ground, pure quality of planting materials. It was decided to arrange consultations with professionals in Ukraine, Czech Republic and USA in order to do the necessary emergency actions for ensuring good growing of miscanthus at the site in 2019.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk, and Stefanovska attended the workshop “Sustainable remediation and rehabilitation of contaminated sites” was jointly organized on June, 10 by US Environmental Protect Agency and Arizona State University, USA within the conference’s framework.

The CEECHE2020 conference would be organized by Vilnius Polytechnic University, Lithuania.
Openig ceremony
Conclusing remark from Dr.Suk, Director, Superfund Research Program, NIEHS, USA
Greeting from USA Consul General in Poland Walter Braunohler
From left to right prof.Hennig, University of Kentucky, USA, Dr.Trogl and PhD student Cerny
Artem Medkov answered for questions from Dr.Henry, NIEHS,USA
Greeting from Dr.Lomnicki, Luisiana State University, USA
From left to right prof.Pidlisnyuk, prof.Vangronsveld, prof.Gawronski and Dr.Stefanovska
Dr.Stefanovska's report
with Dr.Mayer, University of Arizona, USA
Prof.Pidlisnyuk, PhD student Medkov, Dr.Stefanovska and prof.Vangronsveld, Belgium
Report of Mrg. Diana Nebeska
Report of Mgr.Iwona Gruss
Report of Dr.Henry,NIEHS,USA at the workshop
With Kelly Pennel, University of Kentucky, USA
Presentation of prof.David Carpenter, University of Albany, USA
Poster session
Panel discussion
Plenary session
Presentation of project's broshure
Presentation of Dr. K.Ciarkowska, WAU, Poland
Presentation of Dr.Raina Maier, University of Arizona, USA
Participants group picture
Detailed Programmer
MONDAY – June 11, 2018

9:00-12:00: OPENING SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Stanislaw Gawroński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) 
and Slawomir Lomnicki, Louisiana State University (USA)

Opening Remarks by Distinguished Representatives

Plenary Presentation – Main Hall

Advancing Science in Rapidly Changing Environments

W. Suk, Director, Superfund Research Program, NIEHS/NIH, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Plenary Presentation – Main Hall

Environmental Pollution and Civilization Disorders

E. Konduracka, Jagiellonian University School of Medicine and John Paul II Hospital, Poland

12:10-15:40 PARALLEL SESSIONS A and B
(with Lunch Break 13:20-14:10)

SESSION A: Chemistry, health risks and solutions for atmospheric air pollution

Co-Chairs: Ewa Konduracka, Jagiellonian University (Poland) and Stephania Cormier, Louisiana State University (USA)

SESSION B: Topics of growing awareness related to environmental health

Co-Chairs: David Carpenter, University at Albany (USA) and Joanna Surmacz- Górska, Silesian University of Technology (Poland)

Main Hall

Room 033


A1 KEYNOTE. PM Air Pollution – Are EPFRs (Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals) a marker of PM’s health impacts?

(S. Lomnicki)

B1 KEYNOTE. Electromagnetic fields and human health

(D. Carpenter)


A2. Fate of selected pollutants of concern: Surface and Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) assisted oxidation

(A. Ghimire)

B2. Rapid method to quantify carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in environmental media

(S. Al-Abed)


A3. Dioxin-like PCB 126 increases systemic inflammation and accelerates atherosclerosis in lean LDL receptor deficient mice

(M. Petriello)

B3. Agricultural Field Measurement of Radioactive Cesium in Fukushima

(Y. Ueda)



A4. A Study of tree species phytofiltration properties in the green infrastructure of the city of Yerevan (Armenia)

(G. Nersisyan)

B4. Occurrence and removal of selected pharmaceuticals from the aquatic environment

(J. Surmacz- Górska)


A5. Health impact of suspended particulate matter in some Hungarian cities assessed by Airq+

(A. Paldy)

B5. Physical activity attenuates alterations of the gut-brain axis and brain metastasis formation induced by PCBs

(M. Toborek)


A6. Aristolochic acid I and Balkan Endemic Nephropathy etiology: a potential exposure pathway through soil

(L. Draghia)

B6. Impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Puerto Rico Maternal and Child Environmental Health Health Research Programs

(C. Vélez-Vega)


Panel Discussion

15:50 – 18:20 PARALLEL SESSIONS C and D

SESSION C: Environmental issues and local population exposures at former military sites in Central and Eastern European countries

Co-Chairs: Eugen Gurzau, Environmental Health Center (Romania) and Jaco Vangronsveld, Hasselt University (Belgium)

SESSION D: Coastal and aquifer pollution

Co-Chairs: Heather Henry, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (USA) and Aleksander Astel, Pomeranian University (Poland)

Main Hall

Room 033


C1 KEYNOTE. The impacts of soil contamination on tree rhizosphere bacterial communities in a forest on an old military site

(J. Vangronsveld)

D1 KEYNOTE. Sustainable Development of Several Coastal Lakes in The Southern Baltic Area

(A. Astel)


C2. Impact of military territories to the environment and place of phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production

(V. Pidlisnyuk)

D2. Identification of hotspots of genotoxicological and faecal pollution along the Danube and Sava rivers – the whole river surveys

(S. Kolarevic)


C3. Environmental risk assessment of heavy metal contamination at military sites in Ukraine: avoidance and reproduction test with Collembola 

(I. Gruss)

D3. Evaluation of drinking water quality and health state of population in Chisinau Municipality

(S. Cociu)


C4. Actual Questions of Population Health Risk Assessment Of Former Military Sites In Czech Republic (Cr) And Ukraine (Ua)

(Y. Chayka)

D4. The effect of spruce dying and air pollution on water quality on the example of springs within the Skrzyczne range area

(K. Krakowian)


C5. Growing miscanthus x giganteus in post-military soil and soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons: remediation and biomass production 

(D. Nebeská)

D5. Photocatalytic removal of sertraline from water over titania/chitosan hybrid materials

(M. Rejek)


C6. The composition of nematode community associated with Miscanthus x giganteus grown at Dolyna military contaminated site 

(T. Stefanovska)

D6. Innovation in Coastal and Aquifer Remediation and Monitoring

(H. Henry)


Panel Discussion

TUESDAY – June 12, 2018

9:00-11:10 PLENARY SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Stanisław Małek, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and William Suk, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (USA)

Short Plenary Presentation

Rocket Fuel Oxidizer: Polish Method of Disposal

W. Maliszewski

Plenary Presentation

A New Class of Environmental Pollutant Increases Morbidity and Mortality from Influenza Virus Infection

S. Cormier, Louisiana State University, USA

Plenary Presentation

Healthful Nutrition as a Modifier of Pollutant-Induced Inflammatory Diseases: Implications in Atherosclerosis

B. Hennig, University of Kentucky, USA

11:20-13:20 POSTER SESSION – Hall

Packaged lunches provided for sightseeing at the conclusion of the poster session

18:30 DINNER for students and post-doctoral scholars (Club Arka)

WEDNESDAY – June 13, 2018

9:00-11:00: PLENARY SESSION – Main Hall

Co-Chairs: Florian Gambuś, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and Kelly G. Pennell, University of Kentucky (USA)

Plenary Presentation

Climate Change Impacts, Climate Strategies and Alternative Energy Perspectives in the Cities of Eastern Europe

S. Romanko, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ukraine

Plenary Presentation

Agromining: Farming for Metals and the Valorization of Metal-Contaminated Lands and Wastes

A. Baker, Laboratoire Sols et Environnement and LABEX Ressources21, ENSAIA/INRA, Université de Lorraine, France

11:00-13:30: PARALLEL SESSIONS E and F

SESSION E: Chemistry, fate, transport, and health effects of persistent halogenated contaminants 

Co-Chairs: Adam Grochowalski, Cracow University of Technology (Poland) and Slawo Lomnicki, Louisiana State University (USA)

SESSION F: Environmental and health impacts of minerals/metals and mining activities

Co-Chairs: John McKernan, Environmental Protection Agency USA) and Anna Ostręga (Poland)

Main Hall

Room 033


E1 KEYNOTE. Copper salts as catalyst substances responsible for formation of dioxins and other halogenated compounds during burn process in fireplaces and heating stoves

(A. Grochowalski)

F1 KEYNOTE. Revitalization of post-mining areas for sustainable tourism

(A. Ostręga)


E2. New developments in the synthesis and use of reactive activated carbon impregnated with iron nanoparticles for remediation of persistence organic pollutants in contaminated sediments and water

(S. Al-Abed)

F2. Heavy metals and lipids in the tissue and bee production at traditional and organic bee-keeping conditions and the ways of their levels’ correction

(I. Kovalchuk)


E3. Development of magnetic nano-composite materials as reusable adsorbents for chlorinated organics in contaminated water

(A. Gutierrez)

F3. Limiting horizontal water filtration using drainage screen modules to reduce the hydraulic interaction of artificial objects and the natural environment

(S. Klimov)


E4. Biogeochemical characterization of a dual-pathway microbial remediation strategy for chlorobenzenes at the anaerobic-aerobic groundwater interface

(S. Chow)

F4. Risk assessment of ZN-PB ores mining and usefulness of native plant communities in decreasing its impact on affected areas

(K. Ciarkowska)


E5. Adverse human health effects including congenital malformations related to the use of agent orange

(V. Bencko)

F5. Rhizobia as the microorganisms potentially improving the growth of legumes in heavy metal polluted areas

(E. Oleńska)


E6. Identification of an Immobilization Technology for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Contamination in Soil and Sediments

(J. McKernan)

F6. Soil microbiome dynamics during revegetation of pyritic mine tailings: understanding microbial bioindicators of soil acidification

(R. Maier)


Panel Discussion

13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH

14:30 – 17:50 Parallel Sessions G and H

SESSION G: Exposure science and risk reduction approaches for indoor pollution

Co-Chairs: Stanislaw Gawroński, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) and Shao Lin, University of Albany (USA)

SESSION H: Environmental risk assessment and epidemiology

Co-Chairs: Anicenta Bubak, Cenia-Ekspertyz (Poland) and Carmen Vélez-Vega, University of Puerto Rico (USA)

Main Hall

Room 033


G1 KEYNOTE. Assess school environmental effects on children’s health and performance and evaluate environmental policies’ impacts

(S. Lin)

H1 KEYNOTE. Bioavailable forms of metals and Human Health Risk Assessment

(A. Bubak)


G2. Fate and transport processes for assessing in-building CVOC concentrations from subsurface sources

(K. Pennell)

H2. Surrounding Greenness, air pollution and general health in preschool children

(S. Andrusaityte)


G3. Sewer systems and volatile organic compounds: indoor air considerations for buildings near contaminated groundwater plumes

(M. Roghani)

H3. Lung cancer in black coal miners in the Czech Republic, 1992-2015

(T. Hana)


G4. Assessing the association between home indoor environment and respiratory health among school age children in Romania

(Y. Lu)

H4. Dynamic approach to transfer of potentially toxic elements in the soil-plant system

(E. Baltrenaite)


G5. Indoor environment and respiratory health in Romanian primary school children

(Z. Lin)

H5. Gestational phthalate exposure and intrauterine growth restriction

(M. Bloom)


G6. Study conditions and air pollution in pre-university institutions

(D. Iunac)

H6. Peripubertal serum dioxins and subsequent adult semen quality and sperm methylome in the prospective Russian children’s study

(O. Sergeyev)


G7. Dietary Factors May Decrease the Effects of Environmental Hazards on Asthma and Allergy in Children

(W. Lawrence)

H7. Heavy metals in water and risk assessment: A case study of the Czarna Przemsza River source in Zawiercie, Poland

(A. Gruszecka-Kosowska)


G8. Plant as remedy for improving indoor air quality

(S. Gawroński)

H8. Relationships between air pollution level of PM10 and health status of 8-10 years old children – Results from the Hungarian National Children’s Respiratory Surveys (2005-2017)

(P. Rudnai)


Panel Discussion

17:50 – 18:40

A Panel for students, post-docs and young researchers: Future environmental health careers

Co-Chairs: Kepka, University of Agriculture in Kraków (Poland) and Erin Madeen, Johns Hopkins University, (USA)

19:30 CEECHE 2018 Gala Dinner

Located in the lower level of the Kraków Cloth Hall in the Old Town Main Square (Rynek Główny)

THURSDAY – June 14, 2018

9:00-11:30: PARALLEL SESSIONS I and J

SESSION I: Environmental and health benefits of renewable energy sources

Co-Chairs: Souhail Al-Abed, Environmental Protection Agency (USA) and Antoni Stasch, European Business Club Association (Poland)

SESSION J: Social, political and economic impacts and considerations related to environmental stressors

Co-Chairs: Alan Baker Laboratoire Sols et Environnement and LABEX Ressources21, ENSAIA/INRA, Université de Lorraine, (France) and Margaret Reams, Louisiana State University USA)

Main Hall

Room 033


I1 KEYNOTE. Environmental pollution – A threat of the Earth’s life and a killer of 9 million human beings a year

(A. Stasch)

J1 KEYNOTE. Applying resilience theory to community engagement with residents facing cumulative environmental exposure risks: lessons from Louisiana’s industrial corridor

(M. Reams)


I2. Ecological evaluation of the production of alternative fuel from waste

(M. Malinowski)

J2. Community Resilience and Critical Transformations: The Case of St. Gabriel, Louisiana

(J. Irving)


I3. Impact of ozone pretreatment on the biometallurgical properties of toxic wastes

(M. Gliniak)

J3. Behavioral and psychosocial risk factors in high school students – results from the Y.A.B.S. study

(J. Babjakova)


I4. Analysis of the biochar production from waste biomass—process influence on quality parameters

(M. Jewiarz)

J4. Implementation of “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” of the Republic of Armenia in rural communities

(A. Hambartsumyan)


I5. Energy management in crops under cover during storage heat in the accumulators: energy and ecological effects

(H. Latala)

J5. Anthropocene and the Contemporary Environmental Situation

(O. Khan)


I6. Gasification of waste and biomass-energetic and environmental effects

(S. Famielec)

Panel Discussion


I7. Polish concept and 46 years research and training on primary prevention of environmental risk factors (e.g. cancer prevention, sustainable development focused on better environmental health in industrial and recreational areas)

(J. Dobrowolski)

11:40-13:00: CLOSING SESSION

Co-Chairs: Heather Henry, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (USA) and S. Małek, University of Agriculture (Poland)

Plenary Presentation

Analysis of the Toxicity of Combustion Aerosol: Chemical Composition of Different Combustion-Emissions and their Molecular Biological Effects on Air/Liquid-Interface Exposed Lung Cells

R. Zimmermann, Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre, Rostock University (Analyt. Chem.) & Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Closing Remarks

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