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iSEE Congress 2023:

 

ADDRESSING CRISES

 

OF PLANETARY SCALE

 

Lessons from Pandemics and Climate Change

April 12-13, 2023

Illini Union Rooms B/C

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

 

#iSEECongress2023

About the Congress

 

The 2023 iSEE Congress will address the challenges associated with globally interconnected systems — and the need for partnerships and coordination to tackle planetary-scale challenges including infectious disease emergence, biodiversity loss, and climate change.

As evidenced from regional and global pandemics, environmental and public health crises can cross political boundaries and affect many different economic sectors. Yet responses to this crisis have varied enormously among nations and with only limited coordination. In the absence of a global coordination, responses to environmental and public health crises can be reactionary and with nations acting in their own self-interest. Emerging infectious diseases, biodiversity loss, and climate change are among the most critical, planetary-scale challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. The focus must shift from unilateral approaches to coordinating among diverse stakeholders in addressing complex problems.

iSEE Congress 2023 will highlight how interdisciplinary collaborations can help tackle the enormous challenge of coordinating global responses to crises of planetary scale. By bringing together experts from multiple disciplines, the symposium will foster further collaborations and provide a public platform for the community to engage in pressing concerns.

Conference Program

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

 

5-5:10 p.m. — Day 1 Welcome, Opening Remarks

WELCOME: Madhu Khanna

Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Chair & Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

OPENING REMARKS: William Bernhard (invited)

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

5:10-6:10 p.m. — Keynote

Felicia Keesing

David and Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, Bard College

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6:10-7 p.m. — Reception

7 p.m. — Dinner (invitation only)

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 13

8-8:20 a.m. — Day 2 Welcome, Opening Remarks, Introduction

WELCOME: Madhu Khanna

Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Chair & Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

OPENING REMARKS: Susan Martinis (invited)

Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

INTRODUCTION: Brian Allan

Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Professor of Entomology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

8:20-9:55 a.m. — Panel 1: "Disasters"

Moderated by Ryan Sriver, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Discussion points: Identifying the relationships between climate and global disasters is the first step to seeking pathways towards solutions. Based on this foundation, can we look ahead and identify new types of looming disasters? How is the recent COVID-19 pandemic influenced by changing climates? What are some of the causes associated with other recent disasters? Are there key lessons from recent events we can bring forward? Are there leading solutions?  

 

Jeffrey Shaman

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University

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Alex Richard Cook

Vice Dean and Associate Professor of Public Health, National University of Singapore

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Pamela P. Martinez

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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9:55-10:30 a.m. — Break

10:30 a.m.-noon — Panel 2: "Equity"

Moderated by Japhia Hannah Jayasingh Ramkumar, Clinical Associate Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Discussion points: The negative effects associated with climate change are not equally experienced by all human populations. What are some of the most pressing injustices we have observed? How are we contributing to these injustices? What are the public health related implications of these stressors? Are their key lessons we might bring forward to other scenarios?

 

Ashish Sharma

Climate and Urban Sustainability Lead, Discovery Partners Institute, Argonne National Laboratory; Adjunct Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Noon-1:30 p.m. — Luncheon Keynote

(Lunch service starts at noon; keynote will begin at 12:15)

 

Aileen Marty

Professor of Translational Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, Florida International University

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1:30-3 p.m. — Panel 3: "Land Use and Landscape Change"

Moderated by Yvette Joyce Johnson-Walker, Clinical Instructor of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Discussion points: Changing land uses and landscapes can highlight the risks imposed by highly interconnected systems. Some changes may put people at risk for disease, others may entail greater environmental risks associated with long-term degradation. What new trends are currently being observed? What new relationships have been revealed by recent events? Are there key lessons that we can bring forward into related scenarios?

 

Kevin Olival

Vice President for Research, EcoHealth Alliance

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Will Sander

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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3-3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30-5 p.m. — Panel 4: "Infrastructure"

Moderated by Paolo Gardoni, Alfredo H. Ang Family Professor and Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Discussion points: There is no greater change to our landscapes those surrounding our urban infrastructures. Economies of scale provide efficiencies in urban regions, but the relative separation from primary production decreases our awareness of remote responsibilities and liabilities. Are there new approaches to urban and regional planning or new forms of urban infrastructures that provide promising solutions? What factors surrounding urban systems are emblematic of failures to serve underrepresented populations? What are public health related implications associated with urban infrastructures or policies?

 

Jessica F. Brinkworth

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Thanh Huong Nguyen

Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Sybil Derrible

Associate Professor of Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago

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5-5:15 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Luis F. Rodríguez

Associate Director for Education & Outreach, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Accommodations & More

Venue

North side of Illini Union facing Green Street.

The Illini Union is located on Green Street, right at the meeting point of Urbana and Champaign. This facility is a warm and welcoming space perfect for soaking in the latest knowledge on how water, agriculture, and energy interact in our world today and in the future.

Address: 1401 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

View on Google Maps or the Illinois Campus Map.

Illini Union website

Getting here:
Many of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s bus routes pass right in front of the Illini Union on Green Street, or stop close by at the Illinois Transit Plaza. The 2 Red, 5 Green, 8 Bronze, 10 Gold, 12 Teal, 13 Silver, 21 Raven, and 22 Illini stop on Green at the newly renovated stops.

Bicycle racks are available, and active transportation is encouraged.

Parking is available at meters in nearby lots and along the street. Please be sure to read the specific instructions of your meter; each street and lot can be slightly different from others nearby.

Nearby eats: In addition to the Union’s own food court and eateries throughout the building, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat between sessions on Green Street.

Air Travel

Willard Airport (CMI)

The quickest, easiest way to travel a long distance to the iSEE Congress is to fly into Willard Airport (CMI) in Savoy.

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