Tackling climate change - for a sustainable and healthy future


Maria Nielsson was invited to the UN, New York

Read more: http://www.umu.se/om-universitetet/aktuellt/nyheter/nyhetsvisning/umeaforskare-tar-plats-i-fn.cid256186


Maria Furberg presented her poster ”Tularemia mapping in northernmost Sweden: Seroprevalence and a case-control study of risk factors” at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Nordic Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 3-6 September 2015, Väven, Umeå.

Climate change could wipe out progress in health – or be a great global health opportunity

In a launch event in London the 2015 Lancet Commission “Health and Climate change: policy responses to protect public Health” was presented. From us Maria Nilsson and Peter Byass participated. Maria acted as Integrating editor for health in the commission and Peter as senior advisor. The Lancet Commission reports on the health impacts of climate change and the policy responses found necessary. The Lancet Commission report will be used as an important resource for presentations and talks on climate change on global health during meetings connected with the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December, 2015.
The work behind the report, has involved a number of European and Chinese climate scientists, environmental scientists, natural scientists, social scientists, medical and health scholars, engineers, energy policy experts, and others.

The report: http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/climate-change
The UmU press release: http://www.umu.se/english/about-umu/news-events/news/newsdetailpage/climate-change-could-wipe-out-progress-in-health---or-be-a-great-global-health-opportunity.cid253680
The Commissions website: http://climatehealthcommission.org/
A film about the findings: http://climatehealthcommission.org/resources/

Maria Furberg last week attended the ICCH16 - 16th Congress of International Circumpolar Healt Research. She won the 250€ Best Poster Award for the poster on Tularemia mapping in northernmost Sweden: Seroprevalence and a case-control study of risk factors. The congress offered many different interesting session during the week in the beautiful city of Oulu and neighbouring Rokua.

The annual meeting of the International Circumpolar Surveillence Climate Change and Infectious Diseases Working Group was also held during the congress, a group that Maria Furberg is now co-chairing with Dr Thomas Hennessy at the Artic Investigations Program, CDC, Anchorage. 

Joacim Rocklöv gives his review on important aspects of impacts, adaptation and policy related to climate change and health within the Whole Earth lecture series.


Joacim Rocklöv presents the research area  of Climate change and health and the research team at Epidemiology and Global Health on Swedish national Television in Swedish.


Both Barbara Schumann and Maria Nilsson received a planning grant from the SSEESS http://www.sseess.org/grant-opportunity/sseess-research-links/funded-projects-2015

Barbara Schumann: Building Urban Public Health Resilience against Climate Change Risks: A Study of Indian Cities
Maria Nilsson: Climate change and health – a platform for research, policy and practice in Central America 

Climate Change and Health Research Methods course

Location: Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Date: 1st – 12th June, 2015

Get more information on our teaching website

Doctoral student Vijendra Ingole organized the “International workshop on climate and health in India” in Pune, India, on Oct. 14-16, 2014.

The workshop was supported by the Graduate School in Population Dynamics and Public Policy, Umeå University. Barbara Schumann, Joacim Rocklöv and Rebekah Lucas contributed besides Vijendra with several lectures. As an outcome of the workshop, an Indian network was initiated with the aim of linking researchers in the field of climate and health across the country.

Link to a newspaper article in the Indian Express: http://epaper.indianexpress.com/c/3698107

The workgroup for Climate Change and Global Health of the Umeå Center for Global Health Research got together on a retreat on 25th and 26th of September 2014 in the Swedish High Coast area. In the focus of the discussions was the work of the doctoral students within the workgroup.

Barbara Schumann, Vijendra Ingole, Sewe Maquins, Thaddaeus Egondi and Yien Ling Hii presented their research at the annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology in Seattle, USA, August 24-28 2014.


Jing Helmersson has given a presentation at the Dengue Modelling Workshop during Sept. 3-4, 2014 with the title of “Vectorial capacity of Aedes aegypti: effects of temperature and implications for global dengue epidemic potential”.

During 17-21 of August 2014 Maria Furberg attended the 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology with the theme Global Epidemiology in a Changing Environment: The Circumpolar Perspective. It was a large gathering with more than 1000 attendees held at the Dena'ina Center and took place during five sunny days in the beautiful surroundings of Anchorage, Alaska. The program was interesting and offered a broad variety of different topics.
Maria Furberg gave an oral presentation of "Tularemia in Sweden 1984-2012, epidemiologic trends and spatial correlations with ecological factors". The meeting offered good opportunities to meet other colleagues and particularly those engaged within the research field of infectious diseases in the Circumpolar North, Marias main interest. In the picture is Maria together with Qi Chen, PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

Joacim Rocklöv has been invited to a workshop (15.09.2014) in the White House for discussions and modeling tutorials on forecasting dengue epidemics for a US federal initiative on prediction of the next pandemic.


Sandra Pandey Modh will present a paper at the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) 2014 conference in Brighton, 12-14 September, titled Community perceptions of climate, gender, and health among swidden agriculturalists in highland Flores, Indonesia: designing sustainable and locally acceptable adaptation strategies.

On the 16th-20th of June, members of Theme V attended the 1st International SNP Workshop on Biometeorology and Applied Synoptic Climatology in Vindeln Sweden. During this workshop we had a chance to meet and work with a great group of international scientists and received training in weather-health based research methods and application. Thanks to the organizers Dr. David Hondula, Dr. Jennifer Vanos and Dr. Simon Gosling for putting together an excellent workshop.

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), Seattle, USA (24-28 August 2014)

Vijendra Ingole will present on the topic “A study on the effect of temperature and rainfall on years of life lost in Vadu.” at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE).

Conference link: http://depts.washington.edu/uwconf/isee2014/

ASEASUK 28th Annual Conference (12-14 September 2014)

Sandra Modh will present a paper on "Community perceptions of climate, gender, and health among swidden agriculturalist in highland Flores, Indonesia: Designing sustainable and locally acceptable adaptation strategies" at the the ASEASUK 28th Annual Conference (Britain's national association for South-East Asian studies) which will take place at the University of Brighton on 12-14 September 2014.

The Global Climate and Health Alliance, an alliance of health organisations from around the world, has organised a webinar with several international leading experts on climate change and health, scheduled for  Wednesday 9th of April at 21:00 CET/20:00 BST/15:00 EDT and lasting 1 hour.
You are all warmly welcome to follow the webinar and can sign up to watch at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2364783787022790402

For those who cannot watch the webinar the aim is for a recording of the webinar to go up at climateandhealthalliance.org/ipcc afterwards.

Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Alistair Woodward, Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Working Group II health chapter, 
Dr. Diarmid Cambell-Lendrum, the World Health Organisation's Climate Change and Health Team Leader, and
Professor Sir Andy Haines, review editor for the IPCC health chapter. Maria Nilsson, researcher at Umeå Centre for Global Health Research is the moderator.

To submit questions in advance, simply email them to info@climateandhealthalliance.org, or you can submit them in real time via twitter (@GCHAlliance, #climateheath).

1st International SNP Workshop on Biometeorology and Applied Synoptic Climatology

16/06 - 20/06/2014, Umeå University

Umeå universitet