KNAW Symposium

Planetary Health

23 November 2021 from 15:30 to 17:30 hrs
Online, via Zoom
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Recently, medical journals around the world have called for urgent action to limit global temperature increases and restore biodiversity because human health is at stake. Issues include infectious diseases, lack of water and food, but also migration, conflict and mental health.

What do we know so far about the health risks of anthropogenic environmental changes on a planetary scale? What can we do now and what needs further research? Two of the founders of the new ‘planetary health’ discipline and Dutch experts will address these issues at this symposium.

This symposium will be in English.


15:30 – 15:34h


Ineke Sluiter, president KNAW

15:34 – 15:44h

Planetary health: old wine in new bottles? Johan Mackenbach, chair KNAW advisory committee Planetary health, Emeritus professor in Public Health, Erasmus MC Rotterdam

15:44 – 16:05h

Global environmental change and human health: what are the greatest risks? - Samuel Myers, Principal Research Scientist, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

16:05 – 16:25h

Global environmental change and pandemics: problems and solutions - Thijs Kuiken, Professor of Comparative Pathology, Erasmus MC Rotterdam

16:25 – 16:45h

Global environmental change and human nutrition: problems and solutions - Edith Feskens, Professor in Global Nutrition, Wageningen University & Research

16:45 – 17:05h

Global environmental change and human health: towards a research agenda - Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

17:05 - 17:30h

Plenary discussion, moderated by Johan Mackenbach


This symposium will be online, due to the corona measures. You can register here to view the symposium.

Advisory work Planetary Health

The advisory committee will carry out an exploration of the scientific knowledge that is needed in the field of planetary health and will identify priorities for knowledge development in the Netherlands. You can read more about the advisory work here.