Tackling climate change - for a sustainable and healthy future


Barbara Schumann and Vijendra Ingole gave presentations at the "Consultation on Climate Adaptation and Services for Water, Food and Health Security" in Pune, India. The consultation workshop was organized by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), India, and Wageningen University, Netherlands.

The NGO WOTR (www.wotr.org/) works with climate change adaptation of rural communities in India. See their 8min film Under The Blazing Sun about agricultural challenges posed by heat and drought. 

Trang Phan Minh


Phan Minh Trang, Vietnam defended her PhD at Umeå University. The title of her thesis is "Weather and extreme heat in association to mental disorders: The case of Hanoi, Vietnam".

Trang's opponent was Mare Löhmus Sundström, Associate Professor/Researcher Karolinska institute.

Link to the thesis

Maquines Odhiambo Sewe


Maquines Odhiambo Sewe, Kenya, defended his PhD at Umeå University. The title of his thesis is "Towards Climate Based Early Warning and Response Systems for Malaria".

Sewe's opponent was Professor Madeleine Thomson (International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, New York).

Link to the thesis


2016, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Barbara Schumann attended a three-day workshop at the Sida Partnership Forum in Härnösand, Sweden. Sida is the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The workshop with the title “Integration of Environment and Climate Change” addressed Sida’s requirements, frameworks and practical approaches how to introduce an environment/climate change perspective in Sida-funded projects. 

Osama Ahmed Hassan


Better surveillance and more cohesive policies needed against frequent Rift Valley fever outbreaks

Osama Ahmed Hassan defended successfully his PhD at Umeå University, Sweden on Nov. 22, 2016.

The title of his thesis was “Rift Valley Fever: Challenges and new insights for prevention and control using the "One Health" approach. The opponent was Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, Outbreak Investigation Task Force, Centre for Global Health, Institute Pasteur, Paris.

 The thesis concluded that, a policy is needed that better incorporates ecological factors and human interactions with livestock and the environment to confront Rift Valley fever outbreaks (RVF).  These encompasses on the so called “One Health” approach.

Link to the thesis http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1040825&dswid=-1330

Maria Furberg


On the 18th of November 2016 Maria Furberg - the current Swedish representative in AHHEG- Arctic Human Health Expert Group of the Arctic Council - defended her thesis Towards the Limits, Climate Change Aspects of Life and Health in northern Sweden. The thesis attracted a lot of media attention. Some media focused on the up to two months shorter snow cover season and loss of long cold stable period during the last thirty years of winters in northern Sweden and the consequences for reindeer herders. Other media concentrated on the investigated changes in tularemia epidemiology with a ten-fold increase in national incidence shown over the same three decades. 

P4 Västerbotten, P4 Jämtland, example from Studio Ett i SR P1 (starts at minute 58:25):


Newspapers (VK; Piteåtidningen, Norran, Sundsvalls tidning, Tidningen Ångermanland, Läkartidningen, Norrländska Sociademokraten). Example from national newspaper ETC:

Link to a PDF of the thesis: 


Vijendra Ingole defended successfully his PhD at Umeå University on Sept. 21, 2016. The title of his thesis was “Too hot! An Epidemiological Investigation of Weather-Related Mortality in Rural India”. The opponent was Prof. Patrick Kinney from Columbia University, New York.

Link to UMU article


Vijendra Ingole attended a day of networking in Lund University, Sweden.
The Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) arranged a day of networking at Lund University on Monday, 25 April 2016. Those working  on South Asia-related issues were presented.The purpose of this day was to discuss ways to expand collaboration on education and research concerning South Asia among Nordic universities. 
More information about SASNET can be found here:http://www.sasnet.lu.se/about-sasnet


Researchers at Umeå University have developed a model for evidence-based predictions of the mosquito-borne dengue virus. Results show that global travel and climate change increase the risk for epidemics of dengue, and potentially other climate-sensitive infectious diseases carried by mosquitos, spreading into temperate areas. This according to a doctoral dissertation at Umeå University recently defended by Mikkel B. Quam.

Studies of dengue outbreaks in Tokyo and Madeira suggest global travel and warming climates may expose parts of Europe


Joacim Rocklöv gave an open popular science lecture on some new studies (in Swedish).

A video of the event is available here:


Zika virus

Umeå researchers are fighting against the spread of the Zika virus.
More information (in Swedish) and an interview with Joacim Rocklöv can be found here:


Umeå University, May 30 to June 10, 2016.
For further information, do not hesitate to contact course director Barbara Schumann (barbara.schumann@umu.se).


A climate smart lunch discussion will be held at Fores - Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability - a green and liberal think tank on Tuesday the 10th of November at 12.00-13.30. 

Contributors are our team  is:
Joacim Rocklöv - IPCC fifth assessment co-author 
Maria Nilsson - Integrating editor for health in the "Lancet Commission on health and climate change and policy responses" and invited participant in the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York September 2015. 

Also contributing is 
Anders Wallberg, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Council Member of the Green Climate Fund and of GEF- Global Environemntal Facility.

Mattias Goldmann, Fores CEO, will moderate the discussion. 



In connection with Riksteaterns manifestation ”Run-for-your-life” - a Climate Movement From Arctic to Paris, Maria Furberg presented "Klimatförändringar i norra Sverige - renskötares observationer och meteorologiska data”  at Tráhppie on Thursday November 5 at 19.00.

October 2015

Barbara Schumann and Rebekah Lucas organized together with their Indian colleagues Papiya and Sumit Mazumdar a workshop on public health preparedness to climate change in Cuttack, India. The visit included site visits and consultations with local authorities. This networking project is funded by the SSEESS.


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.

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