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Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"
Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"

4th - 5th December 2018: Symposium on Climate Change and Health, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Climate change is known to have an influence on human and environmental health in a variety of ways. According to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate variability and extreme events have been providing favourable conditions for the dissemination of a variety of diseases, especially mosquito-transmitted ones, and to offer a basis upon which other vector-transmitted diseased by become more widely spread.

It is against this background that the “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH” is being organized  by Nottingham Trent University (UK), the Research and Transfer Centre  “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP).

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fold faq BACKGROUND

Climate Change (IPCC), climate variability and extreme events have been providing favourable conditions for the dissemination of a variety of diseases, especially mosquito-transmitted ones, and to offer a basis upon which other vector-transmitted diseased by become more widely spread. According to assessments made by the World Health Organisation (WHO), climate change is expected to cause approximately 250.000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress, between 2030 and 2050. The direct damage costs to health, excluding costs in health-determining sectors such as agriculture and water and sanitation, are estimated to range between USD 2-4 billion per year by 2030.  

Apart from increasing the risks to the population, the health problems associated with climate change and adding an additional burden to the health systems of many developing countries, which are already struggling to cope with the current problems they face. 

The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects health, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help countries and communities to handle the health risks posed by climate change. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change to health systems,  especially the ways of acting in order to both cope with current trends and prevent future problems. 

It is against this background that the “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH” is being organized  by Nottingham Trent University (UK), the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP).  

The “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH” will focus on “coping with the health challenges posed by a changing climate”,  meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to prevent the health impacts of climate change in both industrialised and developing countries, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere. The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects related to health issues from across the world. 

fold faq AIMS

Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working in the field of climate change and health, , the aims of the “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH” are as follows:

  • I. to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, government agencies and enterprises with an opportunity to  display and present their works in the field of climate change and health;
  • II. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of climate change and health projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice across the region;
  • III. to discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects, which aim to show how health impacts of climate change may be addressed in practice;
  • IV. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

The event bears close links with the following UNs' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):  

  • SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) 
  • SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) and 
  • SDG 13 (Climate Action) 


The Symposium will offer an opportunity for researchers working on climate change and health to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives which aim at providing a better understanding of how climate issues influence health, and how human health is influenced by climate change. 

Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today. To this purpose, the book “Coping with the health challenges posed by a changing climate” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be a further volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management”  

http://www.springer.com/series/8740 published by Springer, which since its creation in 2008 has become the  world´s leading book series on climate change management. Publications part of this high level, peer-reviewed series, officially count as a scientific outputs for promotion and tenure purposes, and many scientists/academics have over the past 10 years benefitted from it. The decision of the editors as to which papers may be selected and undergo peer review for the book is final. 

fold faq PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

Delegates attending the  “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH”  will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas. These are:  

  • 1. members of NGOs working with climate change;
  • 2. researchers at universities and research centres;
  • 3. teaching staff at universities;
  • 4. representatives from companies;
  • 5. representatives from UN and national development and aid agencies working with climate change adaptation and funding/ executing projects on the ground;
  • 6. members of social movements;
  • 7. project officers and consultants, as well as other people interested on the topic.

It is believed that this wide range of participants will help to outline the need for and the usefulness of integrated approaches towards climate change adaptation and health, and hence contribute to the further consolidation of this thematic area

fold faq ORGANISERS

Co-Chairs 

  • Professor Walter Leal, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
  • Dr Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School/Nottingham Trent University, UK

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Fátima Alves, Centre for Functional Ecology, University of Coimbra and Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • Prof. Ulisses M Azeiteiro, Department of Biology & CESAM Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Prof. Filipe Duarte Branco da Silva Santos, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Prof. Marco Akerman, School of Public Health at the University of São Paulo and Latin America Vice President of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education
  • Prof. Javier Aliaga, Catholic University of Bolivia, Bolivia
  • Dr. Abul Quasem Al-Amin, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Dr. Nelson Amaro, Galileo University, Guatemala
  • Prof. Luiz Velazquez Contrera, University of Sonora, Mexico
  • Prof. Boaventura Chango Cuamba, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Prof. Amadou Gaye, University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
  • Prof. Plamen Gramatikov, University of Blageovgrad, Bulgaria
  • Prof. Baltasar D´Andrade Guerra, UNISUL, Brazil
  • Prof. Arvo IItal, Technical University of Tallin, Estonia
  • Prof. Maris Klavins, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Dr. Evangelos Manolas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Prof. David Chávez Muñoz, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
  • Prof. Justice Nyamangara, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
  • Prof. Nicholas Otienoh Oguge, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Prof. José A. Milán Pérez, Climate Change Technologies, Nicaragua
  • Prof. Osvaldo Quelhas, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
  • Prof. Julia Seixas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Prof. Michael Shilin, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia
  • Prof. Menas Wuta, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Scientific Support

  • Dr Mihaela Sima, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy
  • Juliane Bönnecke, Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Cooperating Organisations

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
  • International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP)
fold faq CONTACT POINT FOR SCIENTIFIC INPUTS, STRATEGIC COOPERATION AND GUIDANCE ON PUBLICATION

All questions related to scientific inputs and strategic partnerships should be sent to:
Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS) 
HAW Hamburg (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) 
E-mail: iusdrp(@)ls.haw-hamburg.de

fold faq CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATION AND CONTACT POINT FOR FURTHER DETAILS

All questions related to abstracts and registrations should be sent to: 
Dr. Mihaela Sima Institute of Geography Romanian Academy  
E-mail: simamik(@)yahoo.com

fold faq STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT

The  “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE ARAB REGION” will be organised in two main strands: 

Strand 1: the posters 
Individual participants and organisations will be able to put-up posters describing their works and projects and to distribute the relevant information to the participants. The posters will allow close, one-to-one contacts between the participants and the exhibitors.

Strand 2: the presentations 
A set of presentations, divided into four main themes will be organised, distributed over parallel sessions dealing with some of the issues of strategic value in the field of climate change and health. These are: 

  • Session 1: Climate Change, Health, and Hazards (including health impacts of droughts/extreme rainfall induced landslides/floods) 
  • Session 2: Climate Change, Health, Policies, Territory and Society 
  • Session 3: Information, Communication, Education and Training on Climate Change and Health
  • Session 4: Climate Change and Vector-transmitted (including mosquito-borne) Diseases  

The plenary and parallel sessions, as well as the social events, will provide participants with an outstanding opportunity to interact, network and learn about the latest ideas, projects and practices, mainstreaming climate change adaptation in the Arab region

fold faq TIME-TABLE

The “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH” will be held on 4th-5th December 2018 in Nottingham, United Kingdom.  The exact venue where the event will be held is: Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU. For detailed map and travel directions, please see: www.nottinghamconferencecentre.co.uk/location  

The schedule is as follows: 

Day 1 – 4th December 2018 

  • Morning:  Arrival and set-up of displays, Plenary and Sessions 
  • Afternoon:  Plenary and Sessions 
  • Evening:  Reception with informal chats and networking

Day 2 – 5th December 2018

  • All day:  Exhibition and visit to displays 
  • Morning:  Plenary and Sessions 
  • Afternoon:  Plenary and Sessions
  • 16:00- Final Session and hand over of the Best Paper Awards

In order to ensure an efficient use of the time, delegates are kindly asked to organise their travel in a way that allows them to arrive in Nottingham in the course of 3rd December 2018, and travel back on or after 5th December 2018, so they can fully take part in the Symposium.

fold faq DEADLINES
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20th July 2018
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 30th October 2018
  • Deadline for the submission of revised papers: 30th November 2018
  • Deadline for registrations: 10th November 2018


Since the conference book is expected to be launched shortly after the event, the deadlines need to be followed.

fold faq FEES AND CHARGES

A discounted fee of € 300 (plus 19% VAT) will be charged to invited delegates who register until 30th March 2018 (early bird registration). After that, delegates will need to pay the full fee of €350 (plus 19% VAT). The reduced fee for MSc/PhD students is € 200. The fee includes free lunches and coffee breaks on 4th-5th December 2018 and free electronic access to the book “Coping with the health challenges posed by a changing climate”, expected to be launched soon after the Symposium.

This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. They are however happy to issue letters of invitation to support invited delegates who have registered. UK immigration rules require that letters of invitation to enter the United Kingdom are only sent to non-registered delegates. There are no exceptions.

fold faq REGISTRATION AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Registrations are now open and are possible until the 10th November 2018. Regrettably, logistical limitations mean that registrations after the deadline will not be possible. Since the space for displays and the time for presentations is limited, delegates are advised to register as soon as possible. The organisers will notify any interested delegate or organisation in case there are any limitations with time for presentations or space for displays. Registered delegates will then receive further details on the payment of the fees and updated information on the preparations for the event. The decision as to which papers will be accepted for presentation will be taken by the Chairpersons, following consultation with the organising committee. Participants registering to the event will do so under the condition that they will cover their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs (e.g. visa fees) related to their trip to Nottingham.

This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. Letters of invitation to enter te United Kingdom can only be sent to bona fide, registered delegates, who have paid their fees and need a document to show their employers.

For cancellations up 60 days before the event, a full refund will be provided. For cancellations between 59 days and 30 days, a 50% refund will be provided. For cancellations of 29 days or less no refunds are provided.

The standard and official procedures for registrations are listed below. In order to avoid misunderstandings and wasting time, delegates are kindly requested to register only if they are seriously considering attending the event. The registration is a binding document, so this procedures needs to be carefully considered. Please do not register if you are unsure you will attend the event, or do not yet have the resources to attend.

Standard procedures: 

  • 1. delegates register at the web site of the event
  • 2. once this is done, delegates will get an invoice (professional rate or student rate)
  • 3. delegates settle the invoice and send a proof of payment as required
  • 4. delegates, who need a formal letter of invitation, send to the organising team a draft text as they need it, and which includes all their personal details, title of the event and of their presentation. No letters will be sent to non-registered delegates.

We can only consider for the book the inputs of registered delegates, also to be fair with all others. 

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fold faq HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided. The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided. Abstracts should be written in the third person and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see below a sample abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted, will receive further details about how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information. Please send your abstract to: Dr. Mihaela Sima, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy. E-mail: simamik(@)yahoo.com.

SAMPLE ABSTRACT

Promoting Climate Change and Health in Developing Countries: breaking misconceptions and addressing information needs

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
School of Science and the Environment
Manchester Metropolitan University Chester Street
Manchester, M1 5GD United Kingdom
E-mail: info(@)iccip.net

Abstract

The impacts of climate change to health means that due considerations to health issues as part of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts has become a pressing issue. Among other factors, the emphasis to health matters as part of climate change adaptation strategies is made difficult by the general lack of awareness and spread misconceptions about the real impacts of climate change to human and environmental health which, in turn, slow down the execution of the adaptation initiatives needed, and which may ameliorate them.

This paper presents an analysis about the misconceptions related to the inclusion of health considerations as part of climate change adaptation strategies in a sample of developing countries, and describes the most widespread ones, as well as their implications. A special emphasis is given to the problems and barriers caused by misinformation, which – in turn- prevent the inclusion of health-related matters as part of adaptation initiatives at local level. Finally, some concrete steps which may be taken in order to break the misconceptions and foster a more systematic consideration of health matters as part of adaptation strategies, are outlined. Experiences gathered in this paper will be useful to people and organisations interested in the different levels of responses given by the health sector to climate changes threats, and on some of the tools which may be used to encourage specific action to adapt health systems to ever changing climate conditions.

Letzte Änderung: 22.05.18

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Contact

Dr. Mihaela Sima Institute of Geography Romanian Academy  
simamik(@)yahoo.com