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Healthy-Polis: Developing Urban Life Course Approaches in Response to Climate Change

The meeting will start at 14:00 and end at 18:00 and will be held at the Grand Hotel Ritz (Via Domenico Chelini, 41, 00197 Rome). This is very near (11 min walk) to the main ISEE conference centre.

Meeting purpose: Cities around the world face many environmental health challenges including contamination of air, water and soil, traffic congestion and noise, and poor housing conditions exacerbated by unsustainable urban development and climate change. Integrated assessment of these risks offers opportunities for holistic, low carbon solutions in the urban environment that can bring multiple benefits for public health. The Healthy-Polis consortium aims to protect and promote urban health through multi-disciplinary, policy-relevant research on urban environmental health and sustainability. We are doing this by promoting improved methods of environmental modelling and monitoring, epidemiology and risk assessment, facilitating international collaboration, contributing to research training, and engaging with stakeholders in government, local authorities, international organisations, industry and academia.

Aim: to enable an inter-disciplinary approach via sharing practical tools and methods for assessing the risks of climate change in cities, particularly in relation with non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

  1. Learn about the inter-related impacts of climate change and NCDs in cities.
  2. Understand the principles of sustainable urban planning and how this can help improve climate change adaptation and public health.
  3. Understand the use of “big data”, indicators and epidemiological methods for assessing health risks related to climate change in cities.
  4. Learn how to use these principles, data and methods to design and evaluate sustainable urban planning interventions.
  5. Improve understanding of the principles of effective risk communication and engagement with the public and policy makers.

Programme. Topics will included: Overview of the effects of climate change on NCDs in cities; urban design, green-space and heat-related mortality in Asian cities; indoor environmental conditions and asthma; the Happy City Index (Bristol’s Longitudinal health and wellbeing survey); big data and tools for mitigating air pollution exposure and designing healthy sustainable cities; planning for healthier urban nightscapes; sustainable urban design case studies from the UK, China and New Zealand; risk communication and translation of research into policy.

Please contact Prof Clive Sabel or Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis for more information. If you are interested in attending, please email Dr Jonathan Bennett to confirm your place, as space is limited.