WHO’s First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health: Geneva (October 30-November 1, 2018)

The first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will be held from October 30 to November 1, 2018, at the World Health Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This event was organized in collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and United Nations Environment, and World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Using the theme, “Improving Air Quality, Combating Climate Change – Saving Lives”, this meeting provides an opportunity for representatives from national governments, intergovernmental agencies, academic universities, research institutions, and civil society, to discuss global health challenges related to air pollution. The first two days will incorporate meetings to discuss scientific evidence about air pollution, identify challenges, and propose strategies to mitigate negative effects on human and environmental health. The third day will include meetings to facilitate discussion on achieving related Sustainable Development Goals, suggest approaches to further engage national health systems, and encourage sustainable political commitment by national governments and other stakeholders.

For more information about this conference, please visit the event website for the conference objectives, agenda, and remote participation link.

First Global Forum for Heat and Health: Hong Kong (December 17-20, 2018)

The First Global Forum for Heat and Health will be held from December 17-20, 2018, in Hong Kong. This forum is an initiative of the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN), an international collaborative effort of the World Health Organization, World Meteorological Organization, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program Office, and several academic, meteorological. and health service partners. This event will provide an international platform for scientists and other stakeholders to facilitate collaborative learning about local and global evidence-based initiatives in heat and health sciences and develop a technical agenda to highlight the GHHIN scientific priorities. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend hands-on simulations and skills-based workshops on heat communications as well as travel to local health-health project sites.

For more information about this international forum, please visit the event website for the prospectus, agenda, and registration.

GEO Week 2018: Kyoto, Japan (October 29-November 2, 2018)

The GEO Week 2018 will be held from October 29 to November 2, 2018, at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan. This meeting provides an opportunity for GEO’s 105 member governments and 126 participating organizations to evaluate global initiatives in thematic areas, promote further collaborations, and advance GEO efforts. Using the theme, “Supporting a Resilient and Sustainable World”, the event will address GEO’s three priority areas of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first two days of GEO Week will have meetings and side events that are open to the public, and the second two days of GEO Week will include closed meetings for official plenary delegates.

For more information, please visit the GEO Week 2018 website for the conference agenda, side events, and registration.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018: Washington, D.C. (December 10-14, 2018)

The 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be the first ever AGU conference at which there are sessions specifically listed for the new “GeoHealth” section. To encourage participation in these sessions, AGU has made the following two provisions:

  1. An abstract submitted to a GeoHealth section does not count against the one abstract per lead author limit. So you can submit to a GeoHealth session and still submit another abstract to a different session.

  2. Recognizing that many relevant GeoHealth speakers are not AGU members, AGU is waiving the membership requirement for submitting to GeoHealth sessions. This is being done in two ways: (a) through reciprocity agreements with several major professional societies, including the American Public Health Association, International Society of Exposure Science, and International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, such that their members can submit abstracts directly to the AGU Fall Meeting; and (b) by direct request from GeoHealth session Chairs on behalf of speakers submitting to their session.

Abstracts for all AGU sessions, including GeoHealth, can be submitted for oral and poster presentations until August 1, 2018. Please review the full list of GeoHealth sessions that are accepting abstracts.

For more information, please contact Ben Zaitchik, Secretary of the AGU GeoHealth Section.

11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium: Kyoto, Japan (October 24-26, 2018)

The 11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium will be held from October 24-26, 2018, at the Kyoto Terrsa, in Kyoto, Japan. Organized by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), this meeting aims to provide an opportunity for the Asia Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS) community to evaluate initiatives in thematic areas, promote further collaborations, and advance GEOSS efforts. Using the theme, “Strengthening Regional Cooperation through AOGEOSS for the SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework”, the symposium will address GEO’s three priority areas, describe collaborations among Task Groups, and discuss future steps to advance these initiatives. At the symposium, the Kyoto Statement will be adopted, noting future AOGEOSS initiatives, and promoted at the GEO Week 2018 Asia Oceania Day side event.

For more information, please visit the GEOSS Asia Pacific Symposium website for the conference agenda and registration.

AmeriGEOSS Week 2018: São Paulo, Brazil (August 6-10, 2018)

The AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 will be held from August 6-10, 2018, at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), in São José dos Campos in São Paulo, Brazil. In partnership with the INPE and the Center of Marine Biology of University of São Paulo (CEBIMar), this meeting aims to provide an opportunity for the AmeriGEOSS community to evaluate overall progress, including achievements and challenges, and propose activities to meet the regional focus areas related to agriculture, biodiversity/ecosystems, disasters, and water. At this meeting, experts will also offer six workshop training sessions on the use of Earth observations at INPE (São José dos Campos) and CEBIMar (São Sebastião). 

Abstracts can be submitted for oral and poster presentations until June 29, 2018.

For more information, please visit the AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 website for the conference agenda and registration.