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Sustainability Webinar | COVID-19 and the Sustainability of Clean Environment for Human & Nature: Visions, Challenges, and Solutions

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5 Feb 2021, 00:00

Sustainability, Covid-19, Clean Environment
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4th Sustainability Webinar

COVID-19 and the Sustainability of Clean Environment for Human & Nature: Visions, Challenges, and Solutions

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and became a global pandemic rapidly. The effect of the COVID19 on everyone in the world is substantial, leading to changes in life patterns.

The appearance of the COVID19 emerged the need for crucial reconsiderations regarding the sustainability of a clean environment for humans and nature. The importance of the provision of safe water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management as essential for preventing the transmission of the virus and protecting human health became bolder and more critical. Understanding the technical, social, and economic concepts of the COVID19 pandemic and recognizing challenges can lead to providing solutions and sustainable management approaches during and after the pandemic.

Accordingly, this webinar is designed to provide a global forum for everyone from ordinary people to decision-makers to understand the vision, challenges, and solutions for sustaining a clean environment for humans and nature during and after the COVID19.
The webinar includes presentations from four experts including scholars who had valuable contributions to the special issue Sustainable Integrated Clean Environment for Human & Nature of the journal Sustainability on the mentioned topic.

Hereby, I invite everybody all around the world, to participate in the webinar as an audience and raise constructive questions on the topic. With a global contribution, together, we can overcome the challenges of this pandemic and keep our environment safe and clean for ourselves and nature. I hope that the outcomes of this webinar can be useful to the whole world, especially to the leaders and decision-makers.

Shervin Hashemi, Ph.D.
Institute for Environmental Research,
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Date: 5 February 2021

Time: 2.00pm CET

Webinar ID: 875 5514 4556

Webinar secretariat: [email protected]

Webinar Chair: Dr. Shervin Hashemi

The following experts will present and talk:

Dr. Shervin Hashemi, Yonsei University, Korea

Shervin Hashemi is a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Research at Yonsei University. He is an expert in research on the provision of water and sanitation for remote areas. He invented the Resource Circulated Sanitation system, which won the “Leaving No One Behind Innovation Award 2019” and “Energy Globe Republic of Korea National Award 2019.” He also developed the Sanitation Sustainability Index to evaluate the technical, economic, and social sustainability of local sanitation systems. Shervin is the guest editor of the special issue “Sustainable Integrated Clean Environment for Human & Nature” of the journal “Sustainability.”

Dr. Mario Coccia, National Research Council of Italy, Italy

Mario Coccia is a research director at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Economics and a visiting professor at the Polytechnics of Torino and University of Piemonte Orientale (Italy). He has conducted research work in manifold international institutions, such as Yale University, Georgia Institute of Technology, RAND Corporation, ASU, etc. He investigates, with interdisciplinary scientific approaches, the determinants of socioeconomic phenomena. He has written more than three hundred international papers in several disciplines, and he is a member of the Editorial Board of manifold international journals.

Dr. Courage Kosi Setsoafia Saba, University for Development Studies, Ghana

Courage Kosi Setsoafia Saba is a Senior Lecturer of Microbiology as well as the Acting Director of International Relations and Advancement of the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. He has conducted extensive research works with the one health approach by isolating, identifying and characterizing pathogenic microbes from foods, animals, humans and the environment and their resistance patterns to antibiotics in Ghana. He has participated in several international projects and conferences and has several publications to his credit in his field of study. He is currently on the roster of experts, Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (2018-2022). He has also innovated several hand hygiene devices during the COVID-19 outbreak to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Adel al-Gheethi, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia

Adel Al-Gheethi is a lecturer at the department of water and environmental engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, since 2017. His research interests focus on environmental microbiology/ biotechnology. He has been involved in many of the projects as a leader and member on the microbiology and biotechnology as well as applied sciences. He has more than 130 papers published in WOS journals with Impact factor and Scopus Journals and editor for two edited volume books published in Springer.

Mr. Mohammad Nasirul Hoque, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh

Mohammad Nasirul Hoque is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of Physics, University of Chittagong, Chattagram, Bangladesh. He obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) and M.S. degree in physics from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. His research interest focus on the optimization and analysis of green energy harness system form technical and economical point of view for various sectors particularly in Renewable Energy Engineering, Hybrid Energy Systems, Low Cost integrated power generation and management systems. He has published several research papers in highly reputed national and international journals.

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CET

Dr. Shervin Hashemi

Chair Introduction

2:00 – 2:05 pm

Dr. Mario Coccia

How (Un)sustainable Environments are Related to the Diffusion of COVID-19

2:05 – 2:20 pm

Dr. Courage Kosi Setsoafia Saba

Are the current handwashing devices/equipment widely used in Africa efficient to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2?

2:20 – 2:35 pm

Dr. Adel al-Gheethi

Disinfection Methods and Survival of SARS-CoV-2 in the Environment and Contaminated Materials

2:35 – 2:50 pm

Mr. Mohammad Nasirul Hoque

Energy Engineering Approach for Rural Areas Cattle Farmers in Bangladesh to Reduce COVID-19 Impact on Food Safety

2:50 – 3:05 pm

Q&A Session

3:05 – 3:25 pm

Closing of Webinar
Dr. Shervin Hashemi

3:25 – 3:30 pm

Webinar Content

On Friday, 5th February, MDPI and the journal Sustainability organized the 4th webinar on Sustainability, entitled: “Sustainability Webinar | COVID-19 and the Sustainability of Clean Environment for Human & Nature: Visions, Challenges, and Solutions"

The introduction was held by the chair of the webinar, Dr. Shervin Hashemi. Dr. Shervin Hashemi, who is an expert in research on the provision of water and sanitation for remote areas, is a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Research at Yonsei University.

Dr. Mario Coccia held the first presentation, which was entitled “How (Un)sustainable Environments are Related to the Diffusion of COVID-19”. Dr. Mario Coccia, who is a research director at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), has conducted research work in manifold international institutions.

The second presentation with the title “Are the current handwashing devices/equipment widely used in Africa efficient to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2?” was held by Dr. Courage Kosi Setsoafia Saba. Dr. Saba is a Senior Lecturer of Microbiology as well as the Acting Director of International Relations and Advancement of the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana.

The third speaker of the webinar was Dr. Adel al-Gheethi. His presentation was entitled: “Disinfection Methods and Survival of SARS-CoV-2 in the Environment and Contaminated Materials”. Dr. Adel al-Gheethi is a lecturer at the department of water and environmental engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.

The last presentation with the title "Energy Engineering Approach for Rural Areas Cattle Farmers in Bangladesh to Reduce COVID-19 Impact on Food Safety" was held by Mr. Mohammad Nasirul Hoque, who is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of Physics, University of Chittagong, Chattagram, Bangladesh.

Their presentation were followed by a Q&A and a discussion, moderated by the chair Dr. Shervin Hashemi. The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found here on Sciforum website. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on Sustainability, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

Relevant Special Issues

Sustainable Integrated Clean Environment for Human & Nature
Guest Editor: Dr. Shervin Hashemi
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020

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