• MRC-PHE Centre Annual ISAB Meeting
    Prof. Frans Berkhout, King's College London
    08 May, 2017
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    Monday 8th May all day:

    Initial Board meeting, scientific presentations, lunch & posters 

    ISAB Guest Lecture early evening: Prof.Frans Berkhout, King's College London (title to be confirmed) 

    To be followed by drinks reception & Annual Dinner.

    Location details & agenda to follow.


  • MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health Annual Guest Lecture 2017
    Professor Frans Berkhout
    08 May, 2017
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    Anatomy Lecture Theatre, K6.29
    King's College London
    Level 6, King's Building
    King's College London Strand campus, Strand
    WC2R 2LS
    United Kingdom

    We are pleased to welcome Professor Frans Berkhout as the Speaker for our Annual MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health Guest Lecture 2017.

    Welcome will be given by Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal for Health.

    17:00 - 18:00 Lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception to 18:45.

    All are welcome to join us.


    Planetary Health: making sense of the research and policy opportunities

    The Rockefeller-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health (2015) launched an ambitious new framework for understanding the complex and global interactions between global health and well-being, and environmental change and risks. Planetary Health, defined as ‘…the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends’ seeks to integrate health and environment research and policy at a fundamental level. Looking at the burden of disease worldwide, a substantial proportion of this is either directly or indirectly influenced by environmental risks. Achieving many global health goals depends on improvements in environmental quality and the sustainable management of environmental systems and services, while much of the justification for action on environmental change, including climate change and biodiversity protection, depends on health co-benefits. The challenge now is to make sense of the very broad agenda which the Planetary Health concept offers, and to make some choices about where the most significant research and policy opportunities appear to lie. The talk will set out the Planetary Health concept and discuss some key challenges for research and policy which emerge.


    The Rockefeller Foundation– Lancet Commission on planetary health. Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch.

    Sarah Whitmee, Andy Haines, Chris Beyrer, Frederick Boltz, Anthony G Capon, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Alex Ezeh, Howard Frumkin, Peng Gong, Peter Head, Richard Horton, Georgina M Mace, Robert Marten, Samuel S Myers, Sania Nishtar, Steven A Osofsky, Subhrendu K Pattanayak, Montira J Pongsiri, Cristina Romanelli, Agnes Soucat, Jeanette Vega, Derek Yach.

    Lancet 2015; 386: 1973–2028. DOI:




    Frans Berkhout is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy and Professor of Environment, Society and Climate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. From 2013-2015 he was Director of the Future Earth programme, based at the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Paris. Before that, Prof Berkhout directed the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and led the Amsterdam Global Change Institute. Among other advisory roles, Professor Berkhout was a lead author in two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007 and 2014) and a member of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) of the UK Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He is chair of UK Future Earth, a joint committee of four UK scientific academies. He sits on the editorial boards of Research Policy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Energy Research & Social Science and The Anthropocene Review.

    His early research was concerned with the economic, political and security aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management. Over the last 20 years, his work has been concerned with science, technology, policy and sustainability, with a focus on climate change. His main academic contributions have been to the understanding of innovation in socio-technical systems and adaptation to climate change impacts by organisations.

  • Current Trends in Nanotoxicology: Implications for Environmental & Human Health Symposium
    01 Jun, 2017 to 02 Jun, 2017
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    Plymouth University
    6th Floor, Rolle Building
    PL4 8AA
    United Kingdom

    Distinguished scientists in the field of nanotoxicology are invited to a symposium to be held in Plymouth on 2 June 2017.

    Current Trends in Nanotoxicology:  Implications for Environmental & Human Health will be a series of sessions held on Friday 2 June at Plymouth University, with a ‘Welcome’ event on the evening of Thursday 1 June.

    The symposium will be in collaboration with NERC, UKEMS and Plymouth University, and as well as experienced and senior scientists speaking at the event, young scientists are encouraged to actively participate and present their work.

    The deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation is 18 April.

    The registration deadline is Friday 12 May.

    There is no registration fee to participate in this symposium but participation is restricted to 60 delegates on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

    The registration link and abstract submission details can be found by visiting:

    If you have any scientific queries, please contact, for any organisational queries please contact


  • GIS for Public Health short course
    10 Jul, 2017 to 14 Jul, 2017
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    St Mary's Campus
    Imperial College London
    Norfolk Place
    United Kingdom



    The Small Area Health Statistics Unit runs again its highly successful workshop on GIS for Public Health. The course offers an introduction to GIS and how it is used in public health and epidemiological research. You will learn how to use GIS to prepare and analyse data for studies of environment and health, use GIS to assess exposures to environmental pollution, and explore and analyse patterns and spread of disease.

    Specific skills and tools will be introduced in relation to assessing exposure to a range of environmental risks, and a particular focus will be given to methods for linking geographical and health data for epidemiological studies and health risk assessment. Please contact the course directors Daniela Fecht ( and John Gulliver ( for more information.

    A full programme and details on how to register, please go to