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Location: Lecture Hall, Head clinic and historical grand lecture hall


Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University
Ingo Autenrieth, Director of the University Hospital
Welcome, relevance of the topic for academia and health care


Till Bärnighausen, Joacim Rocklöv, Rainer Sauerborn, HIGH
Introduction to the topic and objectives of symposium


Michelle Williams, Dean, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Keynote: Health is the human face of climate change


Sir Andy Haines, former Dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Check on video transfer (VC)
Keynote: Planetary Health and its links to health impacts of both COVID and climate change


Osman Sankoh, Director, National Statistics Sierra Leone, former director of INDEPTH network
Keynote: pandemics and climate change: the perspective from Africa

11:00 – 11:30  Refreshment break

Time Topic Presenter
11:30-11:45 Climate projections in the aftermath of COP26 commitments

Sylvie Joussaume,
CNRS, Paris

11:45-12:00 Public health and climate: has done well, could do better

Alistair Woodward,
Univ. of Auckland, NZ

12:00-12:15 Linking climate and health-cohort data in Africa for research, early warning and policy

Ali Sié,
Nouna Health Research Center

12:15-12:30 Can weather-indexed crop insurance stabilize farmers’ livelihood in African smallholder families? Manuela De Allegri, HIGH
12:30-13:00 Panel Discussion Ina Danquah, moderator
13:00-14:00 Lunch break  
Time Topic Presenter
14:00-14:15 Climate change and the need for intersectoral action Göran Tomson, Karolinska Institutet
14:15-14:30 Size and composition of the health sector’s carbon footprint– an international comparison Ann-Maria Fuhrmann Health Care without Harm
14:30-14:45 Climate migration as stress for health systems? Kira Vinke, German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin
14:45-15:00 Reducing the carbon footprint of the Heidelberg Univ. Hospital: will it generate health co-benefits? Alina Herrmann, HIGH Ina Danquah, HIGH
15:00-15:15 Panel Discussion Kris Ebi, moderator
15:15 – 15:45  Refreshment break  
Time Topic Presenter
15:45-16:00 Changes in global cancer patterns, are they impacted by climate change? Allan Balmain, UCSF, California
16:00-16:15 Non-pharmaceutical (public health) COVID interventions: meta-analysis of their effectiveness Mrinank Sharma, Oxford University
16:15-16:30 Human and veterinary pandemics: an agenda for cooperation in research and policy Knauf, Sascha Friedrich-Löffler-Institut, Riems
16:30-16:45 Panel discussion   Till Bärnighausen, HIGH moderator

23.6.2022 Transfer to Alte Aula (Old Auditorium)

Evening event at the historical grand auditorium with doctoral and master students


Prof. Karl Lauterbach, Federal Minister of Health, Germany (confirmed, by VC)

Keynote: The COVID pandemic, the long way from science to policy and back

Prof. Williams, Dean of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA (confirmed)

Keynote: Challenges and opportunities for promoting young scientists in global cooperation

Srinath Reddy, Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi, India

Keynote: Global health system challenges from the joint effect of climate change & pandemics

Drs. Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin, Founders of BioNTech, Mainz, t.b.c. (confirmed, by VC)

Keynote: Perspectives of novel approaches to vaccine development for future pandemics

Evans, Srinath Reddy, Alistair, Kris Ebi

Reception in the Rector’s Bel Étage


Time Topic Presenter
9:00-9:15   Climate change and pandemics compound the existing health care inequities in Ghana Faith Agbozo, Ghana  
9:15-9:30   Which health system functions need priority strengthening for facing future pandemics? Yodi Mahandradhata, Gadjah Mada Univ., Indonesia
9:30-9:45   Pandemic preparedness and control in India: the case of COVID19 Srinath Reddy, Public Health Foundation India
9:45-10:00   National health system preparedness for climate change in England Revati Phalkey, Public Health England
10:00-10:15 What climate impacts on health need to be adapted to in Bangladesh? Malabika Sarker, BRAC University, Bangladesh
10:15-10:30   What climate impacts on health need to be adapted to in Sub Saharan Africa? Ali Sié, Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna, Burkina Faso
10:30-11:00 Panel Discussion Göran Tomson, moderator
11:00 – 11:45  Refreshment break  
Time Topic Presenter
11:45-12:00 Challenges and research needs to develop climate- early warning systems for health systems Kris Ebi, Univ. of Washington
12:00-12:15   Climate change increases cross-species viral transmission risk: the case for an early warning system. Colin Carson, Georgetown University, USA
12:15-12:30   Early warning system for Vibriosis in the Baltic Sea Joacim Rocklöv, HIGH & Inst. f. Interdis Scient.Computing, HD
12:30-12:45 Sustainable digital pandemic preparedness & response: Open-source Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System Gérard Krause, (VC) Helmholtz Center for Infectious Diseases, Braunschweig
12:45-13:15 Navigating the corona pandemic crisis and beyond: How can apps empower the individual and support public health services? Justus Benzler, Robert Koch Institut
12:45-13:15 Panel Discussion Joacim Rocklöv, moderator
13:15-14:00 Lunch break  
Time Topic Presenter
14:00-14:15 Communicating facts to policy-makers & the public: 2 years of leadership experience with COVID Lothar Wieler, Robert Koch Institute
14:15-14:30   How to break bad news to the public and policymakers in a positive way? Check on video transfer Eckart von Hirschhausen, VC TV series director, comedian
14:30-14:45   Communicating politicized science – a cognitive perspective Helen Fischer, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge & Media, Tübingen, Germany
14:45-15:00   Positive framing works – in the communication of COVID and climate change Katharina von Knop, Digital Trust Analytics GmbH, Berlin
15:00-15:15 New metrics to measure the societal impact of scientific papers Marc Lerchenmüller, Mannheim University, Germany
15:15-15:30 MOOCs: a tool for massive dissemination of science to the public and decision-makers, bridging the digital North—South divide? Caroline Mol, edX Europe (an offshoot of Harvard edX)
15:30-16:00 Panel discussion Detlev Ganten, moderator
16:00 -16:30 Refreshment break  
Time Topic Presenter
16:30-16:50 Summary of panels’ conclusions for research gaps and questions (3` each) Chairs of all sessions
16:50-17:30 Discussion and next steps, ideas for joint research proposals Moderators: Patricia
Nayna Schwerdtle with
Rainer Sauerborn
Till Bärnighausen,
Joacim Rocklöv

Transfer by bus and funicular to dinner venue.

Gala dinner, historical restaurant Molkenkur above the Castle (by invitation onlyonly, dress code: cocktail or (preferred) traditional attire)


Dinner speeches:

Hans Jochen Diesfeld (90 years) (VC):

From Tropical Hygiene to Global Health: the various conceptual molts of the Institute 1962-1997

Osman Sankoh (55 years)

“Hybrid Eyes”: looking at the things with a “Northern” and a “Southern” lens

Raissa Sorgho (25 years) (VC):

Pandemics and Climate Change: Our generation’s future is at stake! 

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Time Topic Presenter
9:00-9:15 A German COVID model Meyer-Hermann, Helmholtz Center for Infectious Diseases
9:15-9:30 A British COVID model Marc Baguelin, Imperial College, London, UK
9:30-9:45 Climate mitigation scenarios with persistent COVID-related energy demand changes Jarmo Kikstra, IAASA, Laxenburg, Austria
9:45-10:00 ISIMIP-health – the need to have inter-sectoral and intercomparison models Katja Frieler, PIK Joacim Rocklöv, HIGH
10:00-10:15 Modeling additional heat impacts in Africa based on empirical research data Hanss-C. Gunga, Charité, Katja Frieler & Fred Hattermann, PIK
10:15-10:30 Projections of climate impact on child undernutrition and of the effectiveness of adaptation interventions in Burkina Faso – the importance of empirical data  Paul Wilkinson & Kristine Belesova LSHTM, Christoph Gornott, PIK,
10:30-11:30 Discussion: Any cross-fertilization about structure and use of the different models? Paul Wilkinson, LSHTM, moderator
Time Topic Presenter
9:00-9:15   MOOCs-10 years after: a tool for massive dissemination to the public and decision-makers Caroline Mol, HarvardX
9:15-9:30   Research Training for Global Health and Climate change – a US-European collaboration project Wafaie Fawzi, Harvard Africa Center
9:30-9:45   E-learning formats on climate change and health for higher education, health staff and policy makers Sandra Barteit, HIGH Alina Hermann, HIGH
9:45-10:00   Are leadership-oriented doctoral programs a new arrow in our quiver of teaching formats? Peter Berman, University of British Columbia, Canada
10:00-10:15 McGill’s offers of courses on climate change and on pandemics Tim Evans, McGill University, Canada
10:15-10:30   From Oral dehydration discovery to teaching global health in South Asia and Harvard – lessons learnt. Richard Cash, Harvard
10:30-10:45 Teaching young scientists in Kenya Erick Muok, Stephen Munga, KEMRI-Kisumu, Kenya
10:45-11:00 Teaching in the times of COVID: are there any positive lessons to be carried beyond the pandemic? Olaf Horstick, Anna Munz, HIGH
11:00-11:30 Panel Discussion Osman Sankoh, moderator
13:00  Farewell and end of symposium