Climate change will affect global health in many different ways. Adaptation strategies will be sorely needed to prevent major negative health consequences in countries in most need and mitigation measures will result in substantial health co-benefits.

Join us for a rich and intellectually stimulating programme of talks, discussions and debates on cutting-edge research and case studies from various world regions.

  • Climate-related health risks
  • Vulnerabilities and impacts in different contexts
  • Health and non-health adaptation measures
  • Frameworks for health system resilience strengthening
  • Mitigation and health co-benefits

Live-streaming will be available starting at 8:30 on Dec. 5 and 6 for those who are not able to attend in person.


Thursday, 5 December 2019

Session PL1 | Setting the Scene

09:15     Where We Stand on a Global Scale, Guéladio Cissé and Martin Röösli, Swiss TPH
09:30     Climate Change Projections from the Global to Local Scale, Erich Fischer, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
10:00     Climate Health Risks, Scenarios and Action, Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, USA

Session TS1 | Climate Related Health Risks

1a Climate Change and Non-Communicable Diseases
11:00     Heat Related Mortality in Switzerland: Relevance and the Effect of Heat-Health Action Plans, Martina Ragettli, Swiss TPH
11:20     Climate and Migration, Etienne Piguet, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
11:40     Climate and Mental Health, Susan Clayton, College of Wooster, USA

1b Climate Change and Infectious Diseases
11:00    Vector Born Disease and Climate in Asia and Australia, Peng Bi, University of Adelaide, Australia
11:20    Diarrhea and Climate in Senegal, Sokhna Thiam, Swiss TPH, Senegal
11:40    Malaria and Climate Change in West Africa, Richard M’bra Kouassi, Swiss TPH, Cote d’Ivoire

Short Film “WHO: TDR - Preventing Malaria and Schistosomiasis due to Climate Change in Cote d’Ivoire”

Session TS2 | Vulnerabilities and Impacts in Different Contexts

2a Physical and Spatial Vulnerabilities
13:30    Vulnerabilities of Water and Sanitation Systems in West Africa, Guéladio Cissé, Swiss TPH
13:50    Climate Change: From Emerging Risk to Real-Life Danger—an Insurance Perspective, Bernd Wilke, SwissRe, Switzerland
14:10    Modelling and Mapping Vulnerabilities, Penelope Vounatsou, Swiss TPH

2b Socio-Economic Vulnerabilities
13:30    Vulnerabilities of Communities to Heat Waves in the North of Senegal, Ibrahima Sy, Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Senegal
13:50    Valuing Climate Services in the Peruvian Altiplano Using Economic and Vulnerability Assessments, Filippo Lechthaler, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
14:10    Climate and Economic Impact, David Bresch, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Session TS3 | Mitigation and Health Co-Benefits

15:30    Health Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation—an Overview, Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
15:50    Co-Benefits of Reduced Fossil Fuel Burning, Nino Künzli, Swiss TPH
16:10    Dealing with Trade-Offs Between Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Measures and Health, Jeremy Hess, University of Washington, USA

Friday, 6 December 2019

Session PL2 – Paving the Way Forward

08:30    Research Agenda and Methods for Studying Climate Change Impact on Health and Adaptation Effectiveness, Rainer Sauerborn, University of Heidelberg, Germany
09:00    How to Get From Research to Policy, Janine Kuriger, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Switzerland

Session TS4 | Health and Adaptation Measures

4a Adaptation Plans
09:30    Health Adaptation Gaps, Gerardo Sanchez, United Nations Environmental Program, Denmark
09:50    Climate Change Adaption Plans for Queensland, Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University, Australia
10:10    Climate Change and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa,  Andrea Rother, University of Cape Town, South Africa

4b Prediction and Monitoring for Impact
09:30    Prediction of Heat Related Mortality on a Global Scale, Ana Vicedo, University of Bern, Switzerland
09:50    Impact of Climate Change on Distribution of Schistosomiasis (Modelling), Guojing Yang, Swiss TPH
10:10    Surveillance of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in Switzerland, Pie Müller, Swiss TPH

Session TS5 | Frameworks for Health System Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction

5a Frameworks
11:10    Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Virginia Murray, Health England, UK
11:30    WHO Framework for Health System Strengthening, Diarmid Campbell, WHO, Switzerland
11:50    EcoHealth Framework and Climate Change, Brama Koné, Swiss Centre for Scientific Research, Cote d’Ivoire
12:10    A Framework for Modelling Nutrition-Related Health Impacts under Climate Change, Mirko Winkler, Swiss TPH

5b Health Systems
11:10    Climate Disaster Risk Management for Food Security and Nutrition, Maria-Cristina Tirado, UCLAI, USA
11:30    Immunisation's Contribution to Climate Change Resilience, Deepali Patel, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, Switzerland
11:50    Public Health Systems in the Face of Climate Sensitive Hazards in Florida, Song Liang, University of Florida, USA
12:10    Health Systems, One Health and Climate Change, Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss TPH

Session PL3 | From Research to Policy to Change

14:15    Switzerland Assessing Climate Change Risks and Opportunities, Roland Hohmann, Federal Office for the Environment
14:45    Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, Kris Murray, Imperial College London, UK
15:15    Decarb Swiss TPH: The Way Forward, Mirko Winkler and Martin Röösli, Swiss TPH
15:45    Closing Words, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Swiss TPH


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