News Updates

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


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.



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.



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)

Registration and Call for Abstracts now open

We are pleased to announce that registration and call for abstracts is now open. We invite you to register for the Congress and avail of the early registration discount rates. In addition, we would encourage submission of abstracts across the range of sessions outlined in the abstract submission section. It is with pleasure that Dr Kurt Straif will be our Opening Keynote Speaker. Full details about registration including accommodation and abstract submission can be found on our website. We look forward to welcoming delegates from across the globe to Dublin in 2018.

Dr Martin Hogan
Chair, National Organising Committee

Prof Ken Addley
Chair, National scientific Committee

ICOH Vice President visits Dublin 1st & 2nd December 2016

Dr. Marilyn Fingerhut, ICOH Vice President responsible for ICOH2018 scientific contributions from the ICOH 37 Scientific Committees, visited Dublin in early December 2016 to meet with Prof. Ken Addley, Chair of the Dublin2018 local scientific committee and their professional conference organisers – Conference Partners.

Progress on the preparations for the triennial Congress was discussed including compilation of abstract and special sessions; opening keynote and plenary/semi-plenary speakers; global policy forum; and, the Student Poster Competition. It was agreed that everything was going to be in place to enable the call for abstracts and opening of registration to take place on 6th February 2017. Dr. Fingerhut said: “It is an honour and privilege to work with Prof. Addley and his colleagues and the Conference Partners. They are doing an outstanding job organizing the 32nd ICOH Congress.

Our ICOH2018 website will provide all of the details needed to register for the Congress and submit abstracts:

First Announcement Launched

The First Announcement for ICOH 2018 has been launched this week. The following welcome is offered to all intending delegates:

Céad Míle Fáilte/Welcome/Bienvenue
We would like to invite you to attend the 32nd ICOH Congress in Dublin, Ireland 29th April – 4th May 2018. Our theme is Occupational Health and Wellbeing: linking research to practice. To deliver on this we will have an excellent blend of plenary, semi-plenary and parallel sessions on a range of the latest occupational health and safety topics. The Policy Forum will also discuss strategies to deal with future challenges in occupational health and safety from national and global perspectives. The Congress offers a unique opportunity to experience a truly global multi-disciplinary event where you can learn, discuss and share views with a wide range of expert OSH contributors and practitioners from across the world. Come to Dublin and benefit from the exchange of ideas and practice which contributes to advancing research, policy and interventions. Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and is steeped in history and vibrant cultural diversity with a variety of activities and sights to enjoy. The conference will take place in the iconic Convention Centre Dublin and we look forward to welcoming you.

Dr Martin Hogan
Chair, National Organising Committee

Prof Ken Addley
Chair, National Scoentific Committee


Prof Ken Addley chaired a meeting in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin of the National Scientific Committee on 8th April 2016 with ICOH2018 supporting organisations: Occupational Health Nurses Association of Ireland; Irish Society of Toxicology; Insitute of Occupational Safety and Health; Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland.”Prof Ken Addley chaired a meeting in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin of the National Scientific Committee on 8th April 2016 with ICOH2018 supporting organisations: Occupational Health Nurses Association of Ireland; Irish Society of Toxicology; Insitute of Occupational Safety and Health; Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland.


Organising Committee and ICOH Board Member visited Dublin

Professor Malcolm Sim, President of the ICOH 2021 Organising Committee and ICOH Board Member visited Dublin, Ireland on 11th March to meet with the ICOH 2018 local organisers: Dr Martin Hogan, President of National Organising Committee and Prof Ken Addley, President of the National Scientific Committee along with Dr Declan Whelan, Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicins of Ireland. A useful meeting was held with many ideas exchanged including an agreement to work together and share information as planning continues for the Congress event in Dublin: 29 April – 4 May 2018.



ICOH Officers visit Dublin in February 2016

The ICOH President Jukka Takala, Vice Presidents Marilyn Fingerhut and Seong-Kyu Kang along with Secretary General Sergio Iavicoli visited Dublin on 28-29 February 2016 to meet with the National Organising and Scientific Committees. This was part of the preparatory work for the forthcoming ICOH Congress being held in the Convention Centre Dublin 0n 29 April – 4th May 2018. The itinerary facilitated an Officers tour of the convention centre and a visit to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland are hosting the Congress with support from a range of local and other relevant organisations including the RCPI. All those attending the meeting agreed that it was a very useful step en-route to the delivery of a successful Congress in 2018.


ICOH 2018 Competition Winner

The winner of the competition that we ran at ICOH to win a night in an Irish medieval castle is Dr Alejandro Morales Freire, Occupational Health Consultant, Santiago, Chile. We look forward to welcoming Dr Morales Freire to Dublin for ICOH 2018.


Upcoming Events

  • International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference

The International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference is taking place in London in September. The details can be found on the conference website along with the current list of speakers. This will be the largest ever held international conference on aircraft cabin air quality, to be held in London at Imperial College, 19-20 September, 2017.

  • ARIOPS Conference 2017

Sleeping on the Job – the effect of shift work and fatigue within the railway industry: 13th October 2017, Northampton, UK. Access further information via the link:

  • 6-7 Oct Faculty of Occupational Medicine Autumn Conference


  • 18 Nov Faculty of Occupational Medicine Smiley Lecture, AGM, Admission Ceremony and Annual Dinner

You can access the registration forms on the RCPI website, by clicking here:
Bookings should open for them approximately 6 weeks before the event date.

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