Climate change and health symposium

21 June 2023, 10.00 AM - 21 June 2023, 3.35 PM

Lecture Theatre 3, Chemistry Building, Cantock's Close, Bristol

This half-day event is being jointly hosted by the Infection and Immunity Research Network and the Climate Change and Health Research Group, an initiative between the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the Cabot Institute for the Environment at the University of Bristol. 

This will be an inclusive and collaborative exploration of the wider effects of climate change on health, including engineering interventions to counteract environmental drivers of disease exposure, modelling of disease transmission, chemical contaminants, impacts on nutrition and food systems, entomology, fungal pathogens, and mental health consequences.


Time Speaker Title
09.45-09.50 Angela Nobbs (Senior Lecturer, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol) Welcome and Introduction
  Chair: Dann Mitchell (Professor of Climate Science, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol)  
09.50-10.10 Nina Ockendon-Powell (Senior Research Associate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol) Vector-borne plant virus impacts on nutrition in a changing climate
10.10-10.30 Charlotte Lloyd (Royal Society Research Fellow/Proleptic Lectureship, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol) Water quality
10.30-11.00 Matthew Baylis (Oxenhale Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool) Climate-change-driven emergence and spread of infectious diseases on food and health
11.00-11.20 Guy Howard (Global Research Chair Environmental and Infrastructure Resilience, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol) Engineering interventions to counteract environmental drivers of disease exposure
11.20-11.50 Emma Lawrance (Climate Cares: a climate change and mental health programme, Imperial College) Aiming to understand and support mental health in the current climate and ecological crises
11.50-12.15 Josephine Walker & Adam Trickey (Lecturer in Health Economic Modelling / Research Fellow, Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol) Infectious disease modelling / looking at HIV
12.15-13.45 Lunch and posters  
  Chair: Stephanie von Hinke (Professor of Economics, School of Economics, University of Bristol)  
13.45-14.05 Fay Clark (Lecturer, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol) Animal mental health in changing environments
14.05-14.35 TBC (UK Health Security Agency) Surveilling the impact of climate change on tick and mosquito populations
14.35-14.55 Greg Messenger (Associate Professor in Law, Bristol Law School, University of Bristol) Public policy (protecting health and supporting climate policy)
14.55-15.25 Sarah Gurr (Chair in Food Security, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter) Plant fungal infestations, global movement and control
15.25-15.30 Ed Moran (Consultant in Infectious Disease, North Bristol NHS Trust) Closing remarks

Please note titles are an indication of the focus of the talk and not the actual title. 

Call for posters

There is an opportunity for researchers at all career levels to present a poster during the lunch break. This will allow you to share your work with a wider audience and build connections under the broader climate change and health umbrella. Posters must include an aspect of climate change and health. 

To submit your poster, please email Catherine Brown with the following by 17 May 2023: 

  • Title
  • Name of presenter
  • Brief summary

There are limited poster spaces available.  


Contact information

Enquiries to Catherine Brown


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