Seminars, workshops & courses

Air pollution and health education for students and the general public is another core activity of CAR.
For information about upcoming events, check the News and Events page.

Seminars

Seminars and presentations aim to disseminate current research activities and findings of CAR team investigators, our collaborators, colleagues and other invited guest speakers.

Click below on each link to listen/see the presentations.

2017
8th June 2017

CAR Postdoctoral Seminar Series
Dr Farhad Salimi

Associations of short- and long-term exposure to air pollution with health outcomes/



2016

Greenness & Health Workshop 5th to 6th December 2016
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
The University of Melbourne

For centuries, city planners have developed parks and planted trees in urban environments. The terms “urban greenery,” “green space” and “open space” all refer to urban design elements meant for recreation or improving a neighbourhood’s aesthetic appeal. In recent years, researchers have been looking into the potential role of green space and vegetation in improving public health. Emerging evidence shows beneficial effects of exposure to green environment on a range of diseases including mental health, cardiovascular diseases and an overall direct and positive impact on well-being.

In this four day workshop we aim to:
- Understand the methods involved in quantifying and measuring green space (including a one day Geographic Information System (GIS) based practical session)
- Review and discuss how these methods are applied in epidemiological studies
- Understand and review the current evidence on what we have learnt from epidemiological studies in green space and human health

Invited speakers
Prof Joachim Heinrich (Institute for Occupational, Social, and Environmental Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany)
Dr Iana Markevych (Social and Environmental Medicine, University of Munich, Germany)
Prof Guanghui Dong (School of Public Health - Sun Yat-Sen University, China, Guangzhou)
Prof Takemi Sugiyama (Institute for Health & Ageing - Australian Catholic University, Australia)
A/Prof Geoffery Morgan (University Centre for Rural Health, School of Public Health - The University of Sydney, Australia)
A/Prof Bircan Erbas (School of Psychology & Public Health, Department of Public Health, Latrobe University, Australia)
Dr Caroline Lodge (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia)
Dr Yuming Guo (School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia)

Click here to see the presentation slides

Greenness workshop
2015

2nd June - CAR Toxicology Workshop

CAR hosted a toxicology workshop in Melbourne 2nd June 2015
This workshop introduced key toxicological concepts, health guideline levels and exposure limits, as well as common misinterpretations using a number of interesting case studies.


26 May 2015 - Causal Inferences Workshop

The half day workshop was held under the auspices of the Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation (CAR), CRE in Severe Asthma, TB CRE and NeuroSleep, NHMRC Centre for Translational Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

1. Introduce the concept of causal inferences as it influences reporting of observational data and research findings
2. Explain the way in which researchers can interact with statisticians to utilise these concepts of causal inferences; and
3. Explain the use of causal inference graphs

Please find copies of the presentations below:

General introduction into Causal Inferences Concept
A/Prof Lyle Gurrin (University of Melbourne)
Click here attached

Casual diagrams and DAGS
A/Prof Lyle Gurrin (University of Melbourne)
attached

Introduce causal problem for DAG creation
Dr Bronwyn Brew (Bathurst Rural Clinical School, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney)
attached

Case study – use of conventional and causal inferences method
Dr Frances Garden (University of Sydney)
attached

2014

December 2014 Prof Michael Brauer

Prof Michael Brauer from the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia, presented his research on the methodology used to estimate the burden of disease attributable to air pollution and discussed his results and implications for air pollution health effects research and global health.
Click here attached

November 2014 Dr Anna Hansell

Dr Anna Hansell, Assistant Director, Small Area Health Statistics Unit MRC-PHE, Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London presented her research on the European Study of Cohorts and Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE). Click here for the presentation attached


November 2014 Noise and Health Seminar

CAR in conjunction with NSW Health, the Australian Acoustical Society (NSW Branch) and the Centre for Integrated Research and Understanding of Sleep (CIRUS) hosted the Noise and Health Seminar, Friday 21st November 2014. This seminar introduced researchers and policy-makers to evidence, methodological issues and policy associated with the study of the health effects of noise.

2013

June 2013 Dr Neal Fann

Neal Fann from the USEPA talks about Health and air pollution research and standard setting in the USA

http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/p3xfm46bnmr/

Symposium

2015

More information to follow.

2013

CAR co-hosted a symposium in September 2013 aimed at community, health professionals and industry. This symposium focussed on air pollution and health – please click on the link below to find out more information.

CAR Workshop and Symposia Program Guide 2013

Workshops and Courses

2015

26 May 2015 Causal Inferences Workshop Sydney

General
The half day workshop is being held under the auspices of the Centre for Air quality health and Research and evaluation (CAR), Severe Asthma CRE, TB CRE and CIRUS.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

1. Introduce the concept of causal inferences as it influences reporting of observational data and research findings
2. Explain the way in which researchers can interact with statisticians to utilise these concepts of causal inferences; and
3. Explain the use of causal inference graphs

Target Audience. Who is this workshop relevant to?

Clinical and public health researchers which may be epidemiologist’s and non- epidemiologist’s from a range of disciplines.

Assumed knowledge:
The workshop will be relevant for people engaged in the research process.

Cost & registration:
There is no charge for the workshop but registrations are essential. To register please click on the following http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/causal-inferences-workshop-tickets-16308405881/

2014

December 2014 Air Pollution Exposure Assessment workshop

CAR hosted a two-day workshop on ‘Air Pollution Exposure Assessment’ held on the 10-11 December in Sydney. Please find the program attached and the summary of the days events attached


July 2014 R Statistical Language for Air Pollution Epidemiology workshop

In July 2014 the R Statistical Language for Air Pollution Epidemiology was held at the University of Queensland.