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The International Society of Environmental Indicators: Historical Overview

Edward J. Zillioux (Distinguished Establisher of the Society)

The International Society of Environmental Indicators (ISEI) is an international network of scholars who support and promote the development and use of biological, chemical and physical environmental indicators in environmental assessments and environmental management. Environmental indicators are critical components of monitoring efforts worldwide, and because many environmental indicators are relatively inexpensive to monitor, ISEI makes efforts to work with scientists in developing countries to enable them to better integrate environmental indicators in their environmental assessment and monitoring efforts. This overview describes its formation and development.

The ISEI traces its origin to a series of sessions on bioindicators, or biomarkers, organized by myself and Jim Newman at the Annual International Conference on Contaminated Soils, Sediments and Water held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2002 – 2005. In 2003, we published a paper on Bioindicators – Essential tools for realistic site assessment and remediation cost control in the March/April issue of The Association for Environmental Health & Sciences (AEHS) magazine, Soil Sediment & Water. It was in Amherst during this period when several new journals were being launched by Amherst Scientific Publishers, an affiliate of AEHS. I was having lunch with Paul Kostecki, the co-founder of AEHS, and suggested that there was a need for a journal on environmental bioindicators and that AEHS should consider adding such a journal to their portfolio. Paul responded with, “Why don’t you do it?” This was not something I had contemplated before and it took a couple weeks to get used to the idea. I contacted Jim Newman to see if he would be interested in partnering with me on the venture and found him to be enthusiastic. I then called a contact at Taylor & Francis Group, LLC (T&F). A short time later, Jim and I were invited to meet with the publishing staff of T&F at their corporate offices in Philadelphia. We were advised that the chances of such a journal being a success would be greatly enhanced if we were to form a scientific society to support it.

The first meeting of the new International Society of Environmental Bioindicators was held in concert with the Thirteenth International Conference on Environmental Bioindicators of the International Union of Biological Scientists (IUBS), International Commission on Bioindicators at the Vila Porthemaka Praha, Czech Republic, 6-10 June 2005. The formation of the new society was proposed and agreed by the participants. (The name of the new society was formally changed to the International Society of Environmental Indicators [ISEI] in 2009 to reflect the broader scope of the interests of its members).



Prof. Osmo Hänninen (ISEI establisher and honorary member)


Osmo Hänninen_20190124093153.249.jpgOsmo Otto Päiviö Hänninen (born 30 April 1939 in Lahti, Finland) is a Finnish scientist and physiologist, a non-fiction writer, opinion-maker, a supporter of the folk medicine, culture and a humanist. He served as rector of the University of Kuopio, 1981–1984, Vice Rector 1973-78, and was appointed to the first permanent professor post of the university as the Professor of Physiology and acted as the head of the institute 1972-2004. Hänninen also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Turku and the University of Joensuu, (1967–2004 and 1981–2004) and research professor of the Academy of Finland 1980-81.

He has published more than 400 scientific journal articles in physiology, toxicology, biochemistry, sports medicine, environmental sciences and pharmacology and numerous textbooks and books of cultural history in Finnish, English, Swedish and Estonian. He is also the current editor-in-chief of the journal Pathophysiology, and was also the president of the 3rd International Congress on Pathophysiology. The most noteworthy of the text books is the one on human physiology and anatomy (in Finnish), which in 2014 becomes the oldest continuously used textbook in Finland. In 2009 he won the Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers's price for textbook writers. Prof. Hänninen is a veteran and highly active member of our organization (ISEI) (Former President of the society 2015-2017).

23rd International Conference on Environmental Indicators 9-12 September 2019

Theme: “Chemistry and environment”

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Faculty of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel

22nd International Conference on Environmental Indicators 10th ISEI International Conference 1-5 August 2017

Theme: Microbiome and Health: Indications of Sustainable Agriculture and Food-chain

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Crowne Plaza Hotel Helsinki

21st International Conference on Environmental Indicators 9th ISEI International Conference 2-5 August 2015

Theme: Water Quality Indicators

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Windsor, Canada - University of Windsor and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

20th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 8th ISEI International Conference 16-19 September 2013

Theme: Monitoring Indicators to Inform and Diagnose Environmental Hazards and their Impacts

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Trier, Germany – Trier University

An ISEI-Related and Linked Conference 4-6 February 2013

Theme: Bioindication in the Ecological Assessment of Soils and Related Habitats

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Moscow, Russian Federation - Moscow State University

19th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 7th ISEI Annual Meeting 11-14 September 2011

Theme: Environmental Indicators with a Global View

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Haifa, Israel - Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

18th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 6th ISEI Annual Meeting 13-16 September 2010

Theme: Polar & Marine Environmental Changes and Pollutants & Other Anthropogenic Impacts 

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Hefei, China – University of Science and Technology of China

17th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 5th ISEI Annual Meeting 18–20 May 2009

Theme: Global Indicators

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Moscow, Russian Federation - Moscow State University

16th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 4th ISEI Annual Meeting 11–14 November 2008

Theme: Management Metrics

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Orlando, Florida, USA – Environmental Indicators Foundation, LLC

15th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 3rd ISEI Annual Meeting 7-9 June 2007

Theme: Bioindicators for Environmental Management

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Hong Kong, SAR, China - City University of Hong Kong

14th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 2nd ISEI Annual Meeting 24-26 April 2006

Theme: Indicators of Performance and Trends

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Linthicum Heights, Maryland – Maritime Institute

13th International Conference on Environmental Indicators 1st ISEI Annual Meeting 6–10 June 2005

Theme: Large-scale Biomonitoring

Location & Sponsoring Institute: Prague, Czech Republic – University of South Bohemia

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