2018 Annual Meeting


MAY 29-31, 2018


Building on the successful inaugural Planetary Health Meeting in Boston, the goal of the second Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Edinburgh is to bring together new communities around the world to stimulate interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration towards ground-breaking solutions to major planetary health challenges. Our objective is to examine how the health impacts of various global environmental changes manifest in regional settings and to highlight emerging responses to planetary health issues. We aim to engage with researchers, policy makers, planners and local communities who experience these planetary health impacts to progress tailored policies built on action-focused research and innovations across sectors. Our expectation is that, through gathering a diverse group in-person and via small regional satellite sessions, we will expand the global reach and perspective of the planetary health community in pursuit of advancing planetary health solutions.


Accepted abstracts were presented as oral or poster presentations at the Annual Meeting, and a selected group were published by The Lancet Planetary Health in a booklet of “Top Abstracts in Planetary Health” released in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. To read the top abstracts at the 2018 Annual Meeting, click here.

Agenda and Recordings:

Day 1, Tuesday, May 29th

Day 2, Wednesday, May 30th

Day 3, Thursday, May 31st

Day 1, Tuesday, May 29th 

“Welcome,” Sam Myers Director, Planetary Health Alliance Principal Research Scientist, Planetary Health Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health; Liz Grant, Assistant Principal and Director, Global Health Academy, The University of Edinburgh; Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Edinburgh; Lord Provost Frank Ross, Right Honourable Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost, City of Edinburgh

“Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through Work at the Nexus of Environment and Health: Video Message,” Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

“Opening Keynote Addresses,” Elder François Paulette, Dënesųłiné Elder and member of the Smith’s Landing Treaty 8 First Nation Advisor, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research; Hannah Ritchie, Researcher, Our World in Data; UN Children Human Rights Defenders, The Children’s Parliament in Scotland

“Panel Discussion: A Set of Movements Converging Together — A Conversation through Different Lenses Towards One Overarching Goal,” Sam Myers, Director, Planetary Health Alliance, Principal Research Scientist, Planetary Health, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health; Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Anna Meredith, Personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine, The University of Edinburgh; Robyn Alders, Professor of Food and Nutrition School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney; Peter Msoffe, Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Research and Consultancy, Dodoma University; Jonathan Patz, Professor and Director, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mark Shimamoto, Program Manager, GeoHealth, American Geophysical Union

Session I: Food and Nutrition and Environmental Change

“Introductory Remarks,” Robyn Alders, Professor of Food and Nutrition School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney

“KEYNOTE: EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems,” Brent Loken, Science Liaison Officer, EAT Stockholm

“Future Food Production Under Environmental Challenges,” Pauline Scheelbeek, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“The Health and Environmental Aspects of Dietary Changes Towards Sustainable Diets,” Marco Springmann, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin School

“Food Waste Reduction Innovation Project,” Komal Ahmad, Founder and CEO, COPIA (video message below)

Session II: Mental Health/NCDS Impacts of Environmental Change

“An Overview from Problem Analysis to Transformative Action,” Jonathan Patz, Professor and Director, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“KEYNOTE: Lancet Commission on Air Pollution and Health- Conversation on Findings,” Phil Landrigan, Dean for Global Health, Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Co-Chair, The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health

“The Global Burden of Ambient Air Pollution on Asthma,” Ruth Doherty, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Edinburgh

“Impact of Cooking and the Opportunities for Cook Stoves on Health of Women and Infants in Bangalore,” Esther Boudewijns, Research Assistant, Maastricht University

“Mental Health and Climate Change in Oceania,” Tony Capon, Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney; Helen Berry, Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health, University of Sydney

Session III: Infectious Disease, Animals, Agriculture, and Environmental Change

“Introductory Remarks,” Geoff Simm, Director of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security and Assistant Principal Global Agriculture and Food Security, The University of Edinburgh; Pat Conrad, Associate Dean, Global Programs, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis

“Nitrogen and Planetary Health– Why This Matters: Launch of the Planetary Health Nitrogen MOOC,” Dave Reay, Professor of Carbon Management and Education Assistant Principal, Global Environment and Society, The University of Edinburgh

“Environmental and Socioeconomic Drivers of Disease Risk,” Woutrina Smith, Co-Director of UC Global Health Center of Expertise on Planetary Health, Professor and Researcher Medicine & Epidemiology, UC Davis; Peter Msoffe, Professor, University of Dodoma, Tanzania

“Agricultural Land Use and Infectious Disease Risks in South East Asia: A Systematic Review and Meta Analyses,” Hiral Shah, PhD Candidate, Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London

“Integrating approaches to study land use change and hotspots of malaria transmission in rural Madagascar,” Benjamin Rice, PhD Candidate, Harvard University, Madagascar Health and Environmental Research (MAHERY)

“A Focus on Madagascar– Why Plague?” Matt Bonds, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of PIVOT; Sandra Telfer, Senior Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen

Day 2, Wednesday, May 30th

“Introductory Remarks,” Liz Grant

Panelists: Andrew Murray, Technical Advisor, World Health Organisation- Global Action Plan on Physical Activity; Roger Hawkes, Executive Director, Golf and Health Project of World Golf Foundation; Mel Young, President, Homeless World Cup Chair, Sport Scotland; Sharon Pfleger, Consultant, Pharmaceutical Public Health, NHS; Catriona Patterson, Environmental Officer for Festivals, Edinburgh

Session IV: Solution Space – Faith Traditions, Indigenous Voices and the Arts: Rethinking our Place in the World

“Introductory Remarks,” Harriet Harris, University Chaplain, University of Edinburgh

“KEYNOTE: The Pontifical Academy Responses to the Planet,” Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

“Lessons on Planetary Health from Ancient and Modern Sacred Scriptures and Community Voices,” John Bell, Presbyterian minister, Iona Community

“Planetary Health and the Arts,” Reiko Goto Collins, Environmental artist; Alice Audouin, Founder, Art of Change 21

“Photo Exhibition,” Erika Veidis, Member Engagement & Outreach Manager, Planetary Health Alliance

Session V: Lightning Sessions on New Ideas in Planetary Health

“Introductory Remarks,” Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“The Urban Gold Mine,” Euan Doidge, PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh

“Strategic Research Partnerships to Build Capacities and Generate Scientific Data to Promote the Sustainable Use and Conservation of Brazilian Underutilized Species,” Daniela Moura de Oliveira Beltrame, National Project Coordinator- Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project (BFN)

“Identification of Oceanic Hotspots for Production of the Neurotoxin BMAA,” Carolin Löscher, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark

“BRIDGE Collaborative: Practitioner’s Guide on Cross-Sector Action Planning and Evidence Evaluation,” Katharine Kreis, Director of Strategic Initiatives, PATH

“Fish Catch, Fisher Adaptations, and Fish Consumption in Cambodia’s Rice Field Fisheries: Implications for Climate Change,” Kathryn Fiorella, Lecturer, Program in Public Health, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University

“A Better Connection Between Climate Change, Migration, and Health,” Annelise Depoux, Co-director, Centre Virchow-Villermé

“Identifying the synergistic impacts of climate and pesticide use on pollinators and food systems,” James Crall, Rockefeller Foundation Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Solution Space: Creating and Collaborating

“The ‘how’ of Planetary Health — challenges from children,” Children’s Parliament

“Reflections,” Andrew Cave, Head of Governance, Baillie Gifford

“Reflections — Nature, cities, and children’s wellbeing,” Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminars

Session VI: Solution Space: Governance and Policy Solutions

“Introductory Remarks,” Ann Kurth, Dean, and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor, Yale University School of Nursing, President, CUGH

“KEYNOTE ADDRESS,” Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director, United Nations Development Programme on HIV, Health & Development Practice

“The Co-Benefits of Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Preparedness: A Conversation Between Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Health Scotland, and Scottish Managed Sustainable Network,” Phil Mackie, Lead Consultant, Scottish Managed Sustainable Health Network (SMaSH)

“Maori Concept of Kaitiakitanga: (guardianship and protection of the environment) and the Resource Management Act,” Stephen Bridgman, Clinical Director of Public Health, Nelson Marlborough Health, New Zealand

“Consumption and Population: What Governments and NGOs Can Do,” Robert Engelman, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute

“A Panel Discussion on the Roles and Responsibilities of Global and National Agencies, Governments, and Partners,” Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme on Gender, Health, & HIV; Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director, United Nations Development Programme on HIV, Health & Development Practice; Timothy Bouley, Climate and Health Specialist, World Bank; Kulsum Ahmed, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Expert and former Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World BankKatherine Trebeck, Research Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance; Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner, Wales

Day 3, Thursday, May 31st

Opening Session

“Planetary Health– Worth Everything,” Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Session VII: Economic and Business Solutions to Planetary Health Problems

“A Panel Discussion,” Sam Bickersteth, Executive Director, The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health; Katherine Trebeck, Research Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance; Jennifer Cole, Public Policy Advisor, The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health; William Evison, Associate Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC; Andrew Cave, Head of Governance, Baillie Gifford; Michael Weatherhead, Implementation Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Session VIII: Blue Planetary Health

“Water, Oceans, and Human Health: The BlueHealth Programme,” Lora Fleming, Director, European Centre for Environment and Human Health

“Fisheries and food security under climate change: Scenario analysis for charting plausible futures,” Jessica Gephart, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

“Drinking Rainwater and Illness in Salinity-Affected Southwest Coastal Bangladesh,” Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Project Coordinator, icddr,b

“Water Quality Management — the effect of industrial effluents on human health: An Indian case study,” Priyanka Jamwal, Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE

“Creative Solutions to Ocean Plastics,” Maria Westerbos, Founder & Director, Plastic Soup Foundation

Session IX: Redesigning Space – Urban Design for Health

“Introductory Remarks,” Andy Kerr, Executive Director, Centre for Carbon Innovation, The University of Edinburgh

“Health and Built Environment — Understanding the Links,” Michael Davies, Professor of Building Physics and the Environment, University College London

“How to Move from Health Risks of Cities to the Health Opportunities that Smart City Designs Offers,” Ana Diez Roux, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Drexel University

“Urban Risk — Perspectives from Nairobi,” Kanyiva Muindi, Post-doctoral Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

“Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council,” Cathy Johnston, Group Manager, Glasgow City Council

“Water-Sensitive Revitalisation of Urban Informal Settlements in Fiji and Indonesia: Presentation of Progress from the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) Program,” Diego Ramirez, RISE Design & Engagement Leader

Closing Session

“Commitment and Call to Action,” Howie Frumkin, Head, Our Planet Our Health, The Wellcome Trust

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