NVTG Symposium 2019

Join us at the annual NVTG symposium on Climate Change and Health. Date 6 November, location: Rode Hoed, Amsterdam. Early bird registration until 6 October.

CLIMATE EMERGENCY. Understanding the impact of climate change on health

Climate Change is already impacting human health and is bound to get worse. Worldwide people are facing the effects of environmental change in their daily lives because a lack of clean air, safe drinking water, secure shelter and insufficient food. Extreme heat contributes directly to deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Globally the number of weather-related natural disaster disasters more than tripled over the past fifty years, among others resulting in increasing levels of malnutrition and undernutrition and in forced migration heightening the risk of mental disorders and communicable diseases. Climatic conditions strongly affect water- and vector-borne diseases. 

This symposium aims to take stock, and to look at promising responses to alter the current scenario. In the morning plenary session prominent scholars on the intersect of climate change and health will give an overview of up-to-date knowledge on climate/health, present evidence and possible solutions to emerging issues in the debate: 

  • Prof Sir Andy Haines (London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), 
  • Prof Maarten van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre), 
  • Dr Marzella Wüstefeld (World Health Organization), 
  • Prof Pim Martens (Maastricht University).

Anneke Wensing, activist and change-maker chairs the morning programme.

The afternoon parallel sessions are varied, with:

  • Abstract presentations organised by Uniting Streams.
  • Session on the interface between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & climate change by Share-Net Netherlands.
  • A presentation of the Netherlands Knowledge Agenda on Climate and Health by Dr Maud Huynen (International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development/ICIS, Maastricht University).
  • A discussion on the role of cutting-edge technology in times of climate change crisis by Dr Md. Nadiruzzaman (International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh).
  • Sessions organized by the Netherlands Red Cross on climate change, environment & health, and climate change, health and conflict.
  • In an interactive session TROIE, the society for medical doctors in global health and tropical medicine, will look at ways to reduce waste in clinical settings.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION UNTIL 6 OCTOBER. Be in time, number of participants is limited.

Click on the picture below for the leaflet. For registration, click here.