News Updates

Dr Leslie Nickels

The local organisers of ICOH Dublin 2018 were sorry to learn of the passing of Dr Leslie Nickels, Chair of the ICOH Scientific Committee on History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Diseases. We were very much looking forward to having Leslie join us for the Congress where she was due to run a number of sessions on the themes of global occupational and environmental health. During many decades, Leslie made an invaluable contribution to both ICOH and WHO on the development of global occupational health and safety and the protection of workers. A full tribute can be found at the following: . Our sympathy and thoughts are with her family, colleagues and friends at this sad time.

Prof Ken Addley
Chair, Dublin 2018 Local Scientific Committee

WHO Collaborating Centres for Workers’ Health

Dr Ivan Ivanov [Team Leader, Worker’s Health, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation, Geneva] visited the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in Dublin on 14th November 2017. The Faculty and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland are pleased to be able to assist the WHO in facilitating the 11th Meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Workers’ Health. This will be held in the College, Kildare Street, Dublin [April 26-28 2018] in conjunction with the ICOH Dublin 2018 Congress. This confirms a long tradition where the WHO global network meetings have been held in conjunction with the ICOH triennial world congresses. This active commitment of WHO in ICOH events is extremely important to draw attention to OSH issues, globally. It is one of ICOH’s strategic goals to keep this strong and productive relationship active both now and in the years ahead.

Photo: Dr Ivan Ivanov, World Health Organisation with Prof Ken Addley, Faculty of Occupational Medicine and Chair of ICOH 2018 Local Scientific Committee

Abstract Review Process Completed

The ICOH 2018 Organising Committee are pleased to announce that the abstract review has now been completed. Our session organisers and teams of reviewers have done a great job in completing the various task within the time schedule allowing us to notify authors by the agreed date. A big thank you to all of them! We would also like to commend our Conference Partner team here in Dublin for their excellent professional input. We also thank all of those who submitted abstracts – we have had over 1500 submitted which is a record number. We now look forward to having an excellent collection of high quality abstract oral and poster sessions at the Congress next year.

Congress Update – 35 Weeks to go!

There has been exceptional interest from those wishing to actively participate at ICOH 2018. With 35 weeks to go to Congress, the following provides an update:

  • 11 Keynote Plenary & 32 Semi-plenary speakers have already agreed to give presentations;
  • Abstract submission is now closed with over 1500 abstracts received
    across a range of relevant themes;
  • It is our intention to deliver over 180 Special & Oral Abstract Sessions;
  • There will an expert Global Policy Forum on Preventing Occupational Cancer – global policies and strategy;
  • Over 700 General Posters have been submitted and the popular Student Poster Competition with various prizes available will be run again;
  • We will be offering 4 Worksite Visits to major organisations in the Dublin area as well as an Historical Architectural Walking Tour;
  • Delegates will have access to a dedicated Conference App that will enhance their experience;
  • Registration is open currently – EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS 15TH November 2017;
  • There are discounted registration rates for ICOH Members, Students and delegates
    from Developing Countries;
  • There will be a full accompanying Social Programme and Gala Dinner;
  • Application will be made for European CME/CPD accreditation [EACCME].

More detail on these offerings is available through our website. So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Ireland and participate in a fantastic educational and networking event

Professor Tar-Ching Aw

The Organising and Scientific Committees for Dublin 2018 were saddened to learn of the recent sudden death of their esteemed colleague and friend, Prof Tar-Ching Aw. He had many affiliations including being a Fellow of the Irish Faculty of Occupational Medicine and played a major global role over very many years improving and protecting the health of workers. A gifted academic, he held many positions including Professor & Chair, Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, UAE University and Professor of Occupational Medicine, University of Kent, UK. Tar-Ching was also an adviser to the WHO and ILO and had served as an ICOH Board member for two terms. There were many personal and professional achievements and he was widely published. His most recent post was Chief OH Adviser for ADNOC in Abu Dhabi. His quiet good humour and warm personality will be missed by his colleagues in the fields of both occupational and public health and beyond.

We offer our sympathy and condolences to his family. RIP.

The UK SOM are arranging for donations to support a research fund in Tar-Ching’s memory please use the following link:

Prof Ken Addley, Chair of the Dublin 2018 Scientific Committee

Congress Global Policy Forum theme announced: preventing occupational cancer – global policies and strategies

ICOH President Dr Jukka Takala, General Secretary Prof Sergio Iavicoli, Prof Jorma Rantanen and officers attended an update meeting with local organisers in Dublin on 2nd/3rd July. It was noted that much progress has been made and that the preparations for next years Congress were well advanced. At the meeting it was also announced that the Global Policy Forum will be dedicated to the the theme of preventing occupational cancer. A range of leading experts in the field will be invited to discuss relevant policies and strategies for the future. This session will be a major component of ICOH 2018 providing a variety of opportunities for audience participation using social media and the conference app. Further details will be announced on the website in due course.

ICOH 2018 Book of Abstracts to be published by OEM Journal

Organisers of the 2018 Congress have declared their intention to publish the conference proceedings in the OEM journal. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a BMJ journal, is an international peer reviewed journal covering current developments in occupational and environmental health worldwide. Further details will be posted in due course on the website.

Chair and CEO of IOSH meet with ICOH 2018 organisers

The Chair and CEO of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and their local representatives met with ICOH 2018 organisers in Dublin on 30th March 2017. With around 47,000 members, IOSH is the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation and works with its members and other health and safety organisations across the globe to keep people safe and healthy in all areas of their work. Further information on IOSH can be found at:

IOSH is a supporting organisation for ICOH 2018 and the meeting provided an opportunity to update their delegation on progress in preparations for the Congress next year. In addition, discussion of ongoing support for ICOH 2018 and wider partnering issues was also facilitated.

Prof Ken Addley (Dublin 2018), Bev Messinger (CEO, IOSH), Dr Bill Gunnyeon (Chair, IOSH), Liam Howe (Chair, Ireland Branch IOSH), Norita Robinson (Development Manager, IOSH Ireland), Dr Martin Hogan (Dublin 2018)

ICOH Mid-Term Meeting Florence 13th March 2017

The ICOH Board received an update on preparations for the ICOH Congress Dublin 2018 from the Chair of the Scientific Committees and ICOH Vice President Dr Marilyn Fingerhut; the Chair of the Chair of the Local Organising Committee Dr Martin Hogan; and the Chair of the Local Scientific Committee Prof Ken Addley. Members heard about the registration system, abstract submissions and programme of special sessions. Local organisers will be sending out regular information about the Congress on a monthly basis to all those who are registered with them and this includes all ICOH members. It is possible to register to receive these updates – check the home page of this website. Those who are not yet ICOH members are encouraged to join: The organisers also encourage the submission of abstracts and registration for the conference.

Attending the ICOH mid-term meeting (l – r):
Prof Seong-Kyu Kang (Vice President ICOH), Dr Martin Hogan (Board Member ICOH & Dublin 2018), Dr Jukka Takala (President ICOH), Dr Marilyn Fingerhut (Vice President ICOH), Prof Ken Addley (Dublin 2018), Prof Malcolm Sim (Board Member ICOH & Melbourne 2021)

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