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FPH Climate and Health Conference

21st June 2023, 12:00am - 12:00am , Online event

Time: 09:00

The Faculty of Public Health's Climate & Health Committee and Sustainable Development Special Interest Group (SIG) are co-hosting the FPH Climate and Health conference on 21 June 2023.

The topic of this year's conference is “Adapting to a warming world from the UK perspective”.

We have great speakers lined up including Baroness Brown of Cambridge and Professor Lea Berrang Ford, Director of the Climate & Health Security Centre of the UKHSA, as well as speakers representing the key sectors involved in climate adaptation, such as the food system, built environment, and healthcare.

Event programme

9 to 9.15

Introduction by Professor Paul Johnstone, Chair of the C&H Committee

9.15 to 10

Overview of adaptation in the UK by Professor Dame Julia Elizabeth King, The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS

10.00 to 10.30

The “physiological” need to adapt by Mr Andrew Mackenzie, Associate Director of Strategy and External Relations at the Physiological Society

10.30 to 10.45


10.45 to 11.15

Adapting to extreme events by Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency

11.15 to 11.45

The Met Office and our changing climate by Mr John Hammond DipPR MCIPR, Met Office Advisor (Civil Contingencies)

11.45 to 1

Climate adaptation in the UK: where we are and need to get to

Roundtable chaired by Professor Dame Anne M. Johnson DBE PMed Sci, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology & Co-Director of UCL Health of the Public and President Academy of Medical Sciences

- ​Professor Lea Berrang Ford, Head of the UKHSA Centre for Climate and Health Security and a Priestley Chair in Climate and Health at the Priestley International Centre for Climate

- Mr Stephen Jones, NI Adaptation Analyst, Climate Change Committee

- Ms Anna Beswick, Head of Climate Ready Leadership, Sniffer

- Ms Nerys Edmonds, Principal Health Impact Assessment Development Officer in the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit in Public Health Wales

1 to 1.30


1.30 to 2

The role of the built environment by Professor Rajat Gupta, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change, Oxford Brookes University

2 to 2.30

The role of the healthcare system in adaptation by Associate Professor Owen Landeg, Senior Net Zero Delivery Lead in Greener NHS

2.30 to 3

Tackling Sustainable Diets – it’s time for action by Kristin Bash, Chair, Food Special Interest Group, Faculty of Public Health; Chair, Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems Network, ADPH Yorkshire & Humber; Honorary Lecturer and PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield

3 to 3.15


3.15 to 4.15

Abstract presentations

Health in Sustainable Development: barriers and drivers in implementing sustainable transport policy in Copenhagen, London, Mumbai, and Shanghai

Jack Haywood, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Local Climate Adaptation Tool Supports Health and Wellbeing

Jess Dicken, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School


Research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and shift to more agile working, on Public Health Wales carbon footprint

Tracy Evans, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, Public Health Wales NHS Trust


Improving Heatwave preparedness in Haringey

Miho Yoshizaki, Public Health Team, London Borough of Haringey


Elective surgical services need to start planning for summer pressures

Maria Picciochi, University of Birmingham

4.15 to 4.30

Concluding remarks by Professor Kevin Fenton, President of the FPH

Abstract submission is open until 15 May.

Abstracts can be on any topic related to sustainability, climate and health or environmental health. However, abstracts reporting case studies and on the topic of adaptation will be preferentially selected. Results of shortlisting and details about presentation will be sent to corresponding authors in late May.

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