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Food systems, sustainability and health 

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Expanding the Scope of Research in Planetary Health in Europe webinar series

Funded by the ISGlobal Severo Ochoa Strategic Programme, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), is hosting the series of 5 weekly webinars: “Expanding the scope of research in planetary health in Europe”.

The programme is aimed at strengthening the field of planetary health, particularly within Europe, by bringing together stakeholders from academia, government, and civil society. The initiative builds on previous activities including the EU meeting “The Europe that Protects: Safeguarding our Planet, Safeguarding our Health” held in Dec 2020 in Helsinki, as well as the “Horizon 2020 HERA Research agenda for the Environment, Climate & Health 2020-2030”.

Main objectives:

  • Update the knowledge in specific areas of planetary health to identify research gaps, including a focus on 1) research methodologies; 2) existing evidence and design of interventions; and 3) demand for new knowledge from end-users and stakeholders
  • Develop interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and innovation agenda for planetary health
  • Strengthen the network of planetary health in Europe


The webinar series will be structured in five sessions from 14.00 - 16.00 GMT. 

Session 2: 2 March, Food Systems, Sustainability and Health 

14.00 - 14.10: Welcome and introduction

Chairs: Jaana Halonen (Research Programme Director – Safe and health-promoting environments at THL) and Alan Dangour (Director, Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health, LSHTM).

14.10 - 14.25: Planetary health diets and just food system transitions

Speaker: Minna Kaljonen (Research Professor, Just sustainability transformations, Finnish Environment Institute-SYKE).

14.25 - 14.35: The environmental footprints of the Spanish recommended dietary patterns

Speaker: Sara González-García (Senior Researcher, University of Santiago de Compostela).

14.35 - 14.45: The environmental impacts of European food trade

Speaker: Thomas Kastner (Senior Scientist, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre).

14.45 - 14.55: The environmental impacts of cell-cultured foods

Speaker: Hanna Tuomisto (Associate Professor in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Helsinki).

14.55 - 15.05H: Nudging Consumers toward Sustainable Diets

Speaker: Brian Cook (Senior Researcher, Livestock, Environment and People project-LEAP, University of Oxford).

15.05 - 15.20: Panel Discussion with audience questions

Moderated by Jaana Halonen (THL) and Alan Dangour (LSHTM).

15.20 - 15.40: The Farm to Fork Strategy – a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system in Europe.

Speaker TBC.

15.40 - 15.55: Panel Discussion with all speakers and audience questions.

Moderated by Jaana Halonen (THL) and Alan Dangour (LSHTM).

15.55 - 16.00: Closing remarks

Speakers: Jaana Halonen (THL) and Alan Dangour (LSHTM).


Please note that the time listed is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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More detailed information about future sessions will follow:

Session 3: 10 March, Energy Decarbonisation, Health and Equity

Session 4: 17 March, Promoting Health through Sustainable Urban Development

Session 5: 24 March, Catalysing demand for Planetary Health in Europe


Collaborators' logo - LSHTM Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health, ISGlobal, Finnish Institute for Health and ISGlobal Severo Ochoa Strategic Programme


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