AIHce: Discoveries Beyond Borders

June 1, 2009
Thousands of industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety professionals from around the globe double-checked their passports in preparation to travel to Toronto for the 2009 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce). The event kicked off June 1 with the opening session "Challenges, Progress, Innovation: Predicting the Future by Creating It."

In the presentation, speaker Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., chairman and CEO of The X PRIZE Foundation in San Francisco, challenged attendees to push beyond the boundaries of creative thinking toward new discoveries.

Diamandis believes that challenge, properly framed, can inspire and unleash progress toward eradicating the seemingly intractable grand obstacles of our time. His current goal is to use this proactive, competitive prize model to energize individuals to innovate technological breakthroughs in other areas including energy, genomics, nanotechnology, medicine and the social arena.

The opening session is just one in the event’s lineup of high-profile keynote speakers addressing topics such as innovative thinking, sustainability and nanotechnology. AIHce also includes dozens of conference, podium, roundtable and poster sessions. EHS Today editors are in Toronto to cover some of these educational sessions. Be sure to check the week of June 1 for their reporting from AIHce.

AIHce runs from May 30 to June 4 and is co-sponsored by American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).

About the Author

Laura Walter

Laura Walter was formerly senior editor of EHS Today. She is a subject matter expert in EHS compliance and government issues and has covered a variety of topics relating to occupational safety and health. Her writing has earned awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Her debut novel, Body of Stars (Dutton) was published in 2021.

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