Welcome to ISEE Young 2021!

ISEE Europe and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) are pleased to virtually welcome you to the 4th Early Career Researchers Conference on Environmental Epidemiology.

ISEE Young targets early career researchers, including students (MSc, PhD), postdocs and assistant professors, to promote scientific communication and discussion in environmental epidemiology, to foster collaborations, and to exchange experiences and new ideas in the field of environmental epidemiology.

The meeting will be held online on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 February 2021 and will be hosted from Basel, Switzerland. We expect to virtually gather around 200 researchers who are passionate about public health and the environment.

The local organizing committee values scientific conferences as a great way to network, collaborate and exchange with other scientists. Even though the conference will be held online, we will ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for young scientists to network and exchange.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Swiss TPH is associated with the University of Basel, and combines research, services, and education and training at the local, national and international level. Over 850 people from more than 70 nations work at Swiss TPH, researching infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.

The local organizing committee for ISEE Young 2021 is largely from the research unit Environmental Exposures and Health (EEH) within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). Our research focuses on health in relation to the many environmental exposures: including air pollution, noise, electromagnetic fields, heatwaves, green space and airborne pollen.

1 July 2020    Conference announcement and call for abstracts
1 October 2020    Conference registration opens
23 October 2020    Extended submission deadline for scientific abstracts (originally 16 October 2020!)
16 November 2020    Abstract acceptance notification
15 January 2021    Final conference programme published
15 January 2021 Registration deadline for abstract presenters
11 February 2021 Registration deadline for other attendees
17 February 2021 Kick-off event & evening pubquiz
18 February 2021    Conference opens
19 February 2021    Conference closes

Our main conference days are 18 and 19 February 2021, with kick-off social events on 17 February. The programme will be finalized when abstracts are processed, and includes a diverse mix of scientific sessions, interactive networking sessions and even fitness opportunities! The online conference access details will be communicated to the conference participants shortly before the conference.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Maria Foraster, Assistant Research Professor, ISGlobal: Overview on health effects of transportation noise
  • Melissa Penny, Professor, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute: Mathematical modelling to address contemporary issues in infectious diseases and global health – experience from the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Taskforce
  • Nina Iszatt, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Public Health: Environmental chemicals and perturbations of the gut microbiome
  • Virissa Lenters, Assistant Professor, University Medical Center Utrecht: Influence of the built environment on the gut microbiome


Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

The 'Peer-to-Peer' mentoring is a structured mentoring event where you get to exchange with your colleagues on career related topics. After a brief introduction by an experienced researcher, you will be teamed-up in small groups, where you will consult each other on a personal challenge. It can be related to the choice of your career path, but also to specific challenges you face in your everyday work life. We believe that no matter if PhD, Post-doc or advanced researcher, we can learn from each other! Each of you will, in turn, be giving and seeking advice. It is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know your colleagues. We will guide you through the process. Don't be shy and join us!

Abstracts may only be submitted by filling out the abstract form.

Abstracts must be written in English and may be up to 1500 characters long. Please tag your abstract with at least one of the topics below.

Priority will be given to young and early-career researchers.


  • Aging
  • Air pollution
  • Allergies
  • Biomass burning
  • Cancer
  • Cardio-metabolic outcomes
  • Covid-19
  • Children’s health
  • Endocrine disorders/endocrine system
  • Environmental contaminants & pesticides
  • Environmental disasters
  • Epigenetics&-omics
  • Environmental equity
  • Exposome, biomarkers
  • Exposure assessment
  • Food and nutrition
  • Gene environment interactions
  • Green space, blue space, built environment
  • Health impact assessment/risk assessment
  • Indoor environment
  • Live-stock exposures and health
  • Methodological advances
  • Microbiome
  • Mobility, physical activity and health
  • Neurological outcomes: neurodevelopment, neurobehavioral effects, neurodegenerative outcomes
  • Noise
  • Occupational exposures and health
  • Radiation: EMF, mobile phones, UV
  • Reproductive and perinatal outcomes
  • Respiratory outcomes
  • Risk communication
  • Spatial epidemiology and GIS
  • Susceptible/vulnerable subgroups
  • Toxicology
  • Water
  • Weather and climate

We have decided to replace the poster sessions with speed talks, giving everyone the opportunity to present to an audience. You may choose between the classic conference talk or a speed talk, or indicate that you have no preference. In addition, regardless of the format you choose, all conference contributions are promoted by a “Tweeser”.

1)    The Classic Oral Conference Presentation

The "classic" conference presentations are 15 minutes total. This allows you to present your research in maximum 12 minutes with the remaining time for questions from the audience and 1-minute transition time between the speakers. This format allows the speaker to explain a few interesting side-analyses and technical details, but we urge you to keep a strict time limit.

2)    The Speed Talk

Speed talk speakers have only 4 minutes to present their key ideas, results and the implications of their research in a short, dynamic talk. We will allow for 1-minute transition time between the speakers. Speakers may bring visual aid if they choose (e.g. powerpoint, props), but are discouraged from using text on these slides. A single question may be asked after the talk, speakers are asked to remain in the room for further questions after the session. Session chairs are asked to observe the time limit strictly, in order to give all speakers the opportunity to present their work. Please prepare well, so you are not forced to abruptly cut your presentation.

For everyone: the ”Tweeser”

The "Tweeser" is a cross-breed between a tweet and a teaser. It is short, snappy and captures the essence of your research and why it matters. The tweeser is a maximum 280-character teaser message with one picture. Rather than explaining all the complexity of your research, the tweeser is an invite to the other attendees to talk to you in person and to come and see your talk, no matter if you have a classic conference presentation or a speed talk. Not sure how? Please see the image below for the idea. Tweesers will be projected on screens in the foyer during the conference days and will be visible throughout the conference venue.

You submit the white text and the picture, we do the rest.


All abstracts will be reviewed by several members of the scientific organizing committee. They will rate your abstract, and try to honour your preferences regarding the presentation format. Scores will also be used to select the outstanding abstract award.

At the Closing Session of the conference, awards will be presented to:

  • The authors of outstanding abstract
  • The best speed talk presentation

The speed talk presentations will be assessed by popular vote during the conference. The three best speed talk presenters will have the opportunity to give their presentation in plenary, on the last day of the conference.

- Student (MSc, PhD) + ISEE membership*: CHF 90

- Early career researcher** + ISEE membership*: CHF 130

- ISEE member***: CHF 50

- Non-ISEE member: CHF 150


* Registration includes a student or early career ISEE membership at a discounted rate (75%).

** Early career researcher (less than 5 years of experience from terminal degree).

*** Member rates are available for ISEE members. Before registering for the conference, attendees may join ISEE or renew their ISEE membership online. Session chairs and members of the scientific committee are also required to register.