The Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health
26th European Conference
31st March – 2nd April 2008
Athens, Hellas

Registration, reception and all oral and poster presentations will take place in the “Aristotle” Conference Centre, Panepistimiopolis Campus, University of Athens.
(see map on Website for location: http://conferences.geol.uoa.gr/segh2008/Travel&Maps.html )







08.00 - 09.00


09.00 - 09.10

Welcome address Ioannis Karakostas
                              Vice Rector University of Athens

09.10 - 09.20

Welcome address Konstantinos Makropoulos
                              Dean of the School of Sciences, University of Athens

09.20 - 09.30

Welcome address Emmanuel Baltatzis,
                              President of the Faculty of Geology and
                              Geoenvironment University of Athens

09.30 - 09.40

Welcome address Niki Goulandri
                              Honorary Chair of SEGH 2008

09.40 - 10.00

Conference Opening Lecture Andreas Georgakopoulos
                                                IGME Director General
                                                Chairman of SEGH 2008

Session 1:  Health Hazards Assessment
Chairs:  Alex Stewart, Joy Carter

Keynote addresses
10.00 - 11.00

Polyxeni Nicolopoulou  - Stamati
(Univ. of Athens)

Environment and health:  Focusing on endocrine disruption

David Gee (EEA)

Late onset environmental stressors: the implications for early prevention

11.00 - 11.40

Refreshments & Poster viewing

11.40 - 12.00

Iain McLellan*

Pentachlorophenol in Quercus suber forests: a pilot study in Tunisia (a NATO science for peace project)

12.00 - 12.20

Jacqueline Thomas*

Field measurements of in situ soil contaminant heterogeneity to create more realistic pot trials for the estimation of plant uptake

12.20 - 12.40

Katy Boon

The role of on-site measurement in the assessment of hazard, exposure and risk

12.40 - 13.00

Graham Urquhart

The Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division (CHAPD) and Environment Agency horizon scanning collaboration

13.00 - 14.30


Session 2:  Air pollution and health
Chairs:  Andreas Georgakopoulos, Polyxeni Nicolopoulou - Stamati

Keynote addresses 14.30 - 15.30

Klea Katsouyanni (Univ. of Athens)

Effects of ambient particles on health

Luc Hens
(VUB Belgium)

Health impact assessment of motorized mobility

15.30 - 15.50

Philipp Preiss*

Extended impact pathway approach - new generalised results for use in life cycle impact assessment, integrated projects and optimisation models

15.50 - 16.10

George Kallos

Lung dose from mineral Saharan dust to Greek Residents

16.10 - 16.30

Andreas Iordanidis

Provenance study of PM10 and PM2.5 from an urban site of northern Greece

16.30 - 17.00

Refreshments & Poster viewing

Session 3:  Pollution pathways of potentially toxic elements 
Chairs:  Xiang-dong Li, Ariadne Argyraki

17.00 - 17.20

Sergio Calabrese*

Environmental impact of Mt. Etna's volcanic emissions: trace metal bulk-deposition

17.20 - 17.40

Simon Cuthbert

Distribution and mobility of As and Sb in stream water, sediment and suspended matter in a former mining area at Glendinning, Southern Scotland

17.40 - 18.00

Mehri Aliasgharpour

Impact of occupational lead exposure on industrial workers health condition; Tehran- Iran

18.00 - 18.20

Future Conferences and AGM

Brief presentations of ISEG 2009, SEGH 2010 and


Bus Collection



Conference Dinner at "Kostis Palamas" Historical Building (centre of Athens)










08.00 - 09.00

Registration & Poster viewing

Session 3:  Mineral pollutants and health
Chairs:  Panayiotis Behrakis, Malcolm Brown

Keynote address
09.00 - 09.30

Anthony J. Newman Taylor (Imperial College London)

Mineral dusts and disease

09.30 - 09.50

Rachel Smith

The public health significance of asbestos exposures from large scale fires

09.50 - 10.10

Hirokazu Fujimaki

Protection against malignant mesothelioma by consolidation of asbestos- containing outdated construction materials using straight silicone resin

10.10 -10.30

George Economou

Raman microspectroscopy: a powerful tool for studing asbestos in building materials

10.30 - 11.00

Refreshments & Poster viewing

Session 4:  Soil pollution and geochemical baselines
Chairs:  Mike Ramsey, Akis Kelepertsis

11.00 - 11.20

Ariadne Argyraki

Garden soil and house dust as exposure media for lead uptake in the mining village of Stratoni, North Greece

11.20 - 11.30

Chaosheng Zhang

Use of local Moran's I and GIS to identify pollution hotspots of Pb in urban soils of Galway, Ireland

11.30 - 11.50

Alex Stewart

Golf Courses - Hazards to health?

11.50 - 12.10

Louise Ander

Baseline geochemical characteristics of urban areas - A record of environmental change in the English Midlands

12.10 - 12.30

Georgios Papastergios*

Arsenic baseline concentrations in surface soils of the Kavala area, Northern Greece

Keynote Address
12.30 - 13.00

Olle Selinus (Geological Survey of Sweden)

Medical geology: an international opportunity for the future

13.00 - 14.30


Session 5:  Water pollution and health
Chairs:  Chaosheng Zhang, Olle Selinus

14.30 - 14.50

Parvinder Sethi

Hidden threat: Groundwater pollution and health risks associated with Middle Devonian, organic-carbon-rich, black shales in Southern Virginia, USA

14.50 - 15.10

Roman Tandlich

Treatment for reuse of grey water and the elimination of associated health risks

15.10 - 15.30

Anestis Filippidis

Purification of urban wastewaters, production of odourless zeo-sewage sludge and food quality improvement, using Hellenic natural zeolite

15.30 - 15.50

Anna Grigoriadou*

Molecular indicators for pollution source identifications in marine and terrestrial water of the industrial area of Kavala city, North Greece

15.50 - 16.10

Giuma Sasi

Evaluation of metal concentrations in groundwater nearby Soma coal -fired power plant, Turkey

16.10 - 16.30

Refreshments & poster viewing

Session 6:  Marine pollution and health
Chairs:  Fani Sakellariadou, Andrew Hursthouse

16.30 - 16.50

Xiang-dong Li

The spacial and temporal distribution of heavy metals in sediments of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

16.50 - 17.10

Samira Korfali

Chemical profile of Lebanon's potential contaminated coastal water

17.10 - 17.30

Catherine Tsangaris

Oxidative stress biomarkers in grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) from polluted Greek coastal waters

17.30 - 17.50

Bahram Habibnia

Biomarker oil-oil correlation of Nargesi oilfield and oil seeps in Dalaki region, South Iran

17.50 - 18.10

Alecos Demetriades

Lavreotiki-Lavrion field trip introduction

18.10 - 18.30

Close conference



Free evening



* Student presentation





Field trip to Lavreotiki-Lavrion (55 km SE of Athens)