Day 1

Speaker and Session Descriptions

Day 1: Thursday September 5th, 2019

8:30 – 8:50am [plenary]

Welcoming Remarks 

A welcome to Stanford University and the 2019 Planetary Health Meeting

Michele Barry, Director, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Persis Drell, Provost, Stanford University
Chris Field, Director, Stanford Woods Institute
Samuel Myers, Director, Planetary Health Allianc
Amalia Almada, Senior Program Manager, Planetary Health Alliance
8:50 – 9:50am [plenary]

Cities and the Planet: How Urban Ecosystems Impact the Planet

Urban ecosystems impact planetary health, and urbanization needs to be a focus of study and action. Panelists will discuss both benefits and threats that cities bring, with a particular focus on megacities and slums. The panel will present solutions bridging sectors – including innovative governance structures and new technologies.

Led by Jo Ivey Boufford (NYU)
Moderator: Michele Barry (Stanford)
Anna Dyson (Yale)
John Rossant (NewCities)
Olga Sarmiento (Los Andes University)
David Vlahov (Yale)

9:50 – 10:20am [plenary interview]

Conversation: Mental Health Impacts of Climate and Environmental Change

A science communicator interviews leading experts on global mental health

Interlocutor: Britt Wray (BBC, CBC)
Vikram Patel (Harvard)
Helen Berry (University of Sydney)

11:00 – 11:30am [keynote]

China’s Ecological Civilization Directive – A Contribution to Planetary Health

Keynote address by Christine Loh, Former Undersecretary for the Environment; Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
11:30am – 12:30pm [plenary]

Can the Private Sector Drive Change?

In what ways is the private sector driving change in planetary health? Leaders in finance, valuation, and scalable solutions discuss how we can turn old and new documents toward a sustainable future.

Led by Katherine Burke (Stanford)
Moderator: Alicia Seiger (Stanford)
Robert Strand (UC Berkeley)
Gretchen Daily (Stanford)
Ranjani Varadan (Impossible Foods)
John Fullerton (Capital Institute)
12:30 – 1:45pm [lunch session]

Mentorship Lunch

This is an opportunity to network and engage in deeper discussions about major planetary health questions and challenges. Open to all speakers, students, and next generation leaders, particularly those participating in the Speaker Ambassador Program.
1:45 – 1:50pm [plenary]

Planetary Health Alliance Case Studies

Presented by Hilary Duff (Planetary Health Alliance)
1:50 – 2:10pm [plenary]

Lightning Talks: 6 Great Ideas in 3 Minutes Each

Emcee: Steve Luby (Stanford)
Kristie Ebi (University of Washington)
Valerie Stull (University of Wisconsin)
Songhee Han (Stanford)
Enrique Barros (World Organization of Family Doctors)
Cristina Tato (CZI Biohub)
2:10 – 3:00pm [plenary]

Mobilizing a Planetary Health Movement

Degradation of earth’s natural systems demands urgent, global, collective action. What strategies do successful organizers use to help people fight feelings of futility and come together to catalyze change?

Led by Sam Myers (Harvard)
Moderator: Courtney Howard (CAPE)
Bill McKibben by video (
Zoe Cina-Sklar (Sunrise Movement)
Sandy Naranjo (Mothers Out Front)
Emmanuela Shinta (YOUTH ACT)

3:15 – 5:15pm [workshop]

Concurrent Workshops

Attendees may select from any of the five interactive and skills-oriented workshop options listed here.
5:30 – 7:30pm [poster session]

Poster Session

100 selected posters and demonstrations highlighting new ideas in planetary health research, policy, and practice. More information here.
8:00 – 9:00pm [social event]

Student Gathering at The Patio

412 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Student participants and next gen attendees meet at The Patio for good food, conversation, and relaxation. More information here.
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