On September 10th 2015, the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin (CVV) in Paris in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health (University of Heidelberg) will welcome Franco-German experts and researchers from diverse fields – from medicine to communication and beyond – to convene in a workshop dedicated to a pressing question of our time: “Climate Change, Health and Communication: how to raise awareness?”
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This workshop, held in French, seeks to synthesize research and actions being taken toward the effects of climate change on health with tactics for its dissemination to the general public and policy makers. Participants will be encouraged to embrace the multi-faceted interactions between climate, policy, and health in generating novel approaches to spread awareness and increase involvement in combatting the health effects of climate change. The goal of this joint French-German workshop is to develop a series of recommendations to guide actors in this field as they seek to transform their knowledge into real-world actions to promote and protect the health of people around the world.
What better way to prepare for this intrepid event than attending a short-course on climate change and health at the prestigious University of Heidelberg? This May, several members of the CVV team joined participants from around the world in this two-week intensive course studying the many impacts of climate change on health. “Climate Change and Health: Impact and Adaptation Strategies” bridged the historic divide between environmental sciences and health outcomes and looked forward to the next steps in research and policy.
We will bring these experiences and our connection with the University of Heidelberg to add depth to our workshop “Climate Change, Health and Communication: how to raise awareness?”, which seeks to find new approaches to the challenges presented by this global issue. An inclusive audience with diverse perspectives is the key to innovative solutions, and we hope to motivate participants to continue working toward this cause and develop closer links with others dedicated to the same goal. We are eager to welcome you and your ideas in September!
The workshop is financially supported by the French programme “Investissements d’avenir” and by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within the programme “Dialogue Franco-allemand entre chercheurs”.