The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Stockholm University are proud to present the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture given by Professor Sir Andy Haines on 15 September 2021. The lecture will focus on a crucial topic: the direct and indirect ways in which climate change impacts human health and solutions that can yield multiple co-benefits for people and the environment.
Sir Andy Haines is Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His most recent book “Planetary Health: Safeguarding Human Health and the Environment in the Anthropocene”, was published in July 2021 by Cambridge University Press.
About the topic of this year’s lecture, Professor Haines said, "I will be focusing on the issue of climate change, how it's going to impact human health and the kind of actions we need to take to reduce the impact."
A press briefing with Sir Andy Haines, Dr Maria Neira and Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna will be held after the lecture.
Sir Andy Haines
Credit: Marco Okhuizen, Medisch Contact.
In the abstract for this year’s lecture, Professor Haines wrote, “Climate change will have far-reaching and potentially catastrophic effects on health, with the largest burden falling on the poor, who have contributed the least to emissions. The effects of climate change on health may be direct – for example, from extreme heat. Effects can also be mediated through ecosystems, such as changes in the incidence and distribution of vector–borne diseases, including dengue and malaria, or through socio-economic pathways such as impoverishment and population displacement.”
Press briefing with Sir Andy Haines, WHO and SEI
For journalists, a press briefing will be held after the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture on 15 September. This is a unique opportunity for journalists to pose questions to:
- Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization
- Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, Research Leader, SEI.
Agenda and registration
The press briefing will be led by SEI Lead Press Officer Annika Flensburg and is closed to the public. It will be held online via Microsoft Teams.
15:00–16:30 CEST – Lecture, panel discussion and audience interaction
16:30–17:00 CEST – Press briefing with Sir Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Maria Neira, WHO and Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI.
Join the press briefing by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a Teams link prior the meeting. Please note that registration for the press briefing is separate to the lecture.
Join the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture with Professor Andy Haines by signing up: Climate change and health: developing evidence for action.
The Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture – a Swedish high-level event
Welcome remarks will be presented by Åsa Persson, Deputy Director, SEI, Dan Larhammar, President, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President, Stockholm University. Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, will moderate a panel discussion with international experts.
The Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture is held in honour of Gordon Goodman, founding director of the Beijer Institute at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1977–1989) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (1989–1991).
Register to join the Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture: Climate change and health: developing evidence for action.