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The 33rd International conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH 2017)

30 June 2017
The annual SEGH conference provides an internationally leading platform for interaction between scientists, consultants, regulatory authorities and public servants engaged in the multidisciplinary areas of environment and health. The 33rd SEGH conference will be held by Guangdong University 30th June-July 4th 2017 in China.

Environmental pollutants such as heavy metals and organic pollutants including persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are receiving increasing attention, due to their negative influences on the health of human and ecosystems. Meanwhile, lots of new emerging contaminants have been added to the list of our concerns. Further, the importance of environmental geochemistry and health is becoming widely recognized. Therefore, there is a growing demand for international experts to work together to deal with the distressing pollution problems and to examine the linkage between environmental geochemistry and health.

We are delighted to announce that the 33rd international conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health ( will be hosted by Guangdong University of Technology and Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  Twenty six sessions have been organised, with six plenary speakers from Europe, USA and China, 100 keynote speakers and 50 invited speakers and grouped into 26 sessions.

See ( for regular updates and conference programme, including abstract submission instructions.

Abstract submission deadline: 28th February 2017.

Conference organiser: Professor Taicheng An, Guangdong University of Technology

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Dr. Yanpeng Gao

Dr. Xiang Li

Dr. Yuemeng Ji

Prof. Taicheng An

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Latest on-line papers from the SEGH journal: Environmental Geochemistry and Health

  • Status, source identification, and health risks of potentially toxic element concentrations in road dust in a medium-sized city in a developing country 2017-09-19


    This study aims to determine the status of potentially toxic element concentrations of road dust in a medium-sized city (Rawang, Malaysia). This study adopts source identification via enrichment factor, Pearson correlation analysis, and Fourier spectral analysis to identify sources of potentially toxic element concentrations in road dust in Rawang City, Malaysia. Health risk assessment was conducted to determine potential health risks (carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic risks) among adults and children via multiple pathways (i.e., ingestion, dermal contact, and inhalation). Mean of potentially toxic element concentrations were found in the order of Pb > Zn > Cr(IV) > Cu > Ni > Cd > As > Co. Source identification revealed that Cu, Cd, Pb, Zn, Ni, and Cr(IV) are associated with anthropogenic sources in industrial and highly populated areas in northern and southern Rawang, cement factories in southern Rawang, as well as the rapid development and population growth in northwestern Rawang, which have resulted in high traffic congestion. Cobalt, Fe, and As are related to geological background and lithologies in Rawang. Pathway orders for both carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic risks are ingestion, dermal contact, and inhalation, involving adults and children. Non-carcinogenic health risks in adults were attributed to Cr(IV), Pb, and Cd, whereas Cu, Cd, Cr(IV), Pb, and Zn were found to have non-carcinogenic health risks for children. Cd, Cr(IV), Pb, and As may induce carcinogenic risks in adults and children, and the total lifetime cancer risk values exceeded incremental lifetime.

  • Erratum to: Preliminary assessment of surface soil lead concentrations in Melbourne, Australia 2017-09-11
  • In vivo uptake of iodine from a Fucus serratus Linnaeus seaweed bath: does volatile iodine contribute? 2017-09-02


    Seaweed baths containing Fucus serratus Linnaeus are a rich source of iodine which has the potential to increase the urinary iodide concentration (UIC) of the bather. In this study, the range of total iodine concentration in seawater (22–105 µg L−1) and seaweed baths (808–13,734 µg L−1) was measured over 1 year. The seasonal trend shows minimum levels in summer (May–July) and maximum in winter (November–January). The bathwater pH was found to be acidic, average pH 5.9 ± 0.3. An in vivo study with 30 volunteers was undertaken to measure the UIC of 15 bathers immersed in the bath and 15 non-bathers sitting adjacent to the bath. Their UIC was analysed pre- and post-seaweed bath and corrected for creatinine concentration. The corrected UIC of the population shows an increase following the seaweed bath from a pre-treatment median of 76 µg L−1 to a post-treatment median of 95 µg L−1. The pre-treatment UIC for both groups did not indicate significant difference (p = 0.479); however, the post-treatment UIC for both did (p = 0.015) where the median bather test UIC was 86 µg L−1 and the non-bather UIC test was 105 µg L−1. Results indicate the bath has the potential to increase the UIC by a significant amount and that inhalation of volatile iodine is a more significant contributor to UIC than previously documented.