Environmental Science Conference in Viet Nam
2nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration and Management
A group of Loyola faculty lead by Dr. Tham Hoang, in the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Department of Environmental Science collaborated with Vietnam National University-Hanoi University of Science, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Vietnam Environment Administration to organize the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration and Management and a Biotic Ligand Model Workshop (BLM) in Hanoi, March 4-8, 2013.
The goals of the conference and the workshop were to enhance collaboration for environmental research and education between scientists and managers around the world and to educate Asian scientists and managers on using the BLM for environmental regulation of heavy metals. The conference included eleven sessions that covered different topics in environmental pollution, restoration and management. The conference and workshop were very successful with an attendance of 200 scientists and managers from academia, industrial and governmental institutions in 35 different countries. This was the largest conference for environmental science ever held in Vietnam.
The conference provided opportunities for future education and research collaborations between scientists in developing and developed countries. A number of Asian students are interested in coming to Loyola for graduate school. The Vietnam Environmental Administration is also interested in collaborating with Loyola on a research project to apply the Biotic Ligand Model for environmental regulation of heavy metals in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.