Morning Sessions
All morning side sessions will take place from 8:30-12:00. Please only register for one event.

Development of “Planetary Health Watch”: Towards an integrated system to monitor health and global environmental changes:

There is a need to bring together various efforts which aim to monitor and track trends in relevant health, environmental and other indicators that reflect different aspects of Planetary Health in order to assess progress, facilitate early warning of impending threats to health, and assess the effects of adaptation and mitigation policies. Such an initiative would focus on building sustainable capacity in vulnerable countries and regions. Sites in high and middle income countries would also be an essential part of the collaborative network particularly to demonstrate the feasibility of decarbonising their economies and the health (co) benefits of doing so as well as the effectiveness of integrated adaptation/mitigation strategies. Planetary Health monitoring should capitalise on the use innovative of approaches such as linking remote sensing and population based data or analysis of big data which would be key components of a ‘Planetary Health Watch’ approach. There is now an opportunity to integrate a range of efforts and platforms to foster a transdisciplinary collaborative approach, coordinating data collection across key environmental drivers, exposures, health outcomes and policy using consistent approaches and metrics. In this way decision makers can be held accountable for decisions across a range of policies and sectors necessary to advance Planetary Health and gaps in evidence and policy can be identified. This session will explore the range of issues related to using environment and health data to monitor on the Planetary level, as well as provide real examples of ongoing resources and research.

Contacts: Kristine Belesova at and Peninah (Penny) Murage at

Making climate change and sustainability relevant to health professionals using innovative pedagogical approaches: A hands-on practical workshop:

In providing healthcare we compromise public health and make a contribution to climate change. However practical action and future research will not be effective without first educating healthcare practitioners about the role they play. For example improving energy and resource efficiency, procurement policies and waste management are vital for a more sustainable health sector. This workshop will engage participants with evidence-based teaching and learning materials designed to build sustainability literacy and competency in healthcare professionals. Using key knowledge topics related to health and climate change, as well as managing the use of resources, innovative pedagogic approaches will be demonstrated. This includes the use of gaming and scenarios to raise awareness and consider decision-making about challenging topics. Most importantly the session will highlight how the topics of climate change and sustainability can be included in the education of healthcare professionals in ways that are interesting, engaging, relevant to practice, and fun!

Contacts: Janet Richardson at and Norma Huss at

Scientific publishing at the interface between the earth systems and human health:

A new field has recently opened up in research at the interface between earth system processes and human health, a critical field given the importance of maintaining and improving the health and well-being of people across the planet in the face of tremendous environmental change. Editors from the new American Geophysical Union journal GeoHealth and from Lancet Planetary Health will discuss how to translate research into publications, describing the range of types of articles that are published, and provide writing tips to ensure that your science not only proceeds smoothly through the review process but also has the highest impact possible once it is published.

Contact: Gabriel Filippelli at

 Your planet needs you – a proposal for action research project between the textile industry and Planetary Boundaries framework:

A short presentation of an action research project combining the textile industry supply chain and its negative impacts on the environment with a proposal to apply elements of the Planetary Boundaries (PB) framework.   The aim of the project is to begin to apply objective measures to one of the planet’s most polluting supply chains. More specifically irrigation techniques and their effects on changes to salinity, local ground water pollution and the use of endocrine disrupting chemicals and their effects on biodiversity.

The goals of the side session are to bring together a team of business and environmental science researchers with organisations who are interested in creating a working group with  a textile producer willing to embed the  PB framework.. Successfully applying the framework  would allow real data to be produced and begin to answer the following questions:   What are the safe limits within which the industry should be functioning? How can the planetary boundaries framework assist in providing more specific solutions for textile industry suppliers and producers?

Contact: Eileen Murphy at


Afternoon Sessions
All afternoon side sessions will take place from 13:30-17:00. Please only register for one event.

Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network:

Future Earth is an international research programme. It facilitates research, mobilises networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge into action towards transformation to global sustainability, by co-designing research with stakeholders in the society to solve urgent problems in the earth environment and in human society. In order to provide forum for networking and co-implementation, Future Earth has been developing Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs) for interested individuals and groups. Health KAN is one of them, which strongly aims for actualizing the concept of Planetary Health by engaging diverse experts in the society and also in young generations. This side event introduces ongoing processes of Health KAN and discusses on future direction and actions especially with early-career professionals. Anyone who is interested in the interaction of environmental change and human health, in solving derived problems and in roles of scientists and professionals in seeking for solutions are welcome to join this session.

Contact: Fumiko Kasuga at

Bridge Collaborative: Working Across Sectors to Advance Planetary Health Solutions:

Designing strategies to address major challenges in planetary health requires integration of diverse bodies of evidence that remain largely segregated. Yet, as actors across the health, development, and environment sectors pivot to act collectively, they face challenges in finding and interpreting evidence on sectoral interrelationships, and thus in developing effective evidence-based responses. In this active, hands-on session, we will tackle this practical issue head on by having participants break into groups to road test methods and tools for cross-sector action planning and evidence evaluation. Groups will focus on topic-specific issues, with topics tailored to the interests of participants. Project teams are encouraged to participate together, when possible. Participants will leave the workshop with new insights about how to improve cross-sector planning efforts to advance their planetary health work.

Contact: Josh Goldstein at

Leadership and Influence: Advocacy skills for policy engagement in planetary health:

Planetary Health has a far-reaching vision for a healthier society.  Achieving our goals will require using evidence generated by researchers to inform policy targets, then leveraging the power of the health voice to generate support from other sectors and influence decision-makers. This side-session will teach a selection of core advocacy skills essential to success with policy engagement, using examples of where change has already been made in service of improved Planetary Health.

Contact: Courtney Howard at

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