The aim of this online workshop is to strengthen participants’ understanding of, and ability to act upon these challenges through research collaboration across disciplinary and international boundaries.
As universities we can work together to develop transformative strategies to deliver to the Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis underpin the importance of health (SDG 3) and climate (SDG 13), and how the drivers and the impacts of these are shaping many of the other goals including education, life on land, food security, education and economy. One system that draws together this interconnectedness of human health with the health of the biosphere, and the economy is Planetary Health. Planetary Health examines how the impact of human behaviour has disrupted the earth's natural systems and created the crises that we are now experiencing. It challenges us to urgently act in new interdisciplinary collaborative ways to bring about change.
Co-hosted with the University of Edinburgh, this workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary and international ECR community spanning the full range of Planetary Health topics. Early career academics from all disciplines are welcome to join. They should have been awarded their PhD within the last 8 years; this definition is flexible with each university having the discretion to nominate ECRs who fall outside this definition, due to an atypical career path, including those who have:
- started the research-intensive component of their career later
- had career breaks
- spent time in industry
Each U21 member university may nominate up to 5 researchers to attend the workshop. The cost of attending the workshop is covered by U21.
What will researchers gain by attending?
Participants will gain:
- A network of peer researchers across the Universitas 21 global network of leading universities.
- The opportunity to hone a variety of multidisciplinary and collaborative research skills.
- An understanding of how to map the contribution that their research makes towards planetary health related SDGs – and the potential pathways to impact that connect research with change in policy and practice.
- A chance to have fun through a series of online social events!
What will happen at the workshop?
Due to uncertainties surrounding global travel and the C-19 pandemic, the 2022 ECR Workshop will take place online. We aim to deliver live, asynchronous and recorded activities across a range of time zones that will allow participants to select activities that work for them including:
- Research skills workshops
- Workshops on teaching on the planetary health research agenda
- Thematic seminars for participants to present their research
- Co-creative activities for participants to grapple with planetary health challenges together
- ‘Meet the expert’ sessions with people from industry, policy makers and communities who use evidence to improve and protect planetary health
- Keynote talks with leading scholars
Can you tell me more about planetary health?
There is no doubt that our global environment is changing – from the hottest years on record, to the worldwide decline in pollinator numbers, to the global collapse of fisheries, and to our use of around half of the planet's habitable surface to feed ourselves.
We are faced not only with climate change, but also with declining biodiversity, shortages of arable land and freshwater, pollution, and changing biogeochemical flows. We are dramatically affecting our global food production system, the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, our exposure to infectious diseases, and even the habitability of the places where we live. Changes to natural life support systems are already impacting our health and are projected to drive the majority of the global burden of disease over the coming century, hitting today’s most vulnerable and future generations the hardest.
Understanding and acting upon these challenges calls for massive collaboration across disciplinary and national boundaries to safeguard our health.
Learn more at the Planetary Health Alliance website.
Who are the workshop organisers?
The workshop is organised by Universitas 21 with The University of Edinburgh contributing a multidisciplinary group of scholars from the Global Health Academy and the Global Academy of Agriculture & Food Security and beyond, and a support team from the Institute for Academic Development and Edinburgh Global.
How do universities nominate participants?
As the 2022 workshop is online, each Universitas 21 member university may nominate up to 5 early career researchers who will be guaranteed a place, plus 2 additional reserves. Depending on capacity, further places may be available at a further date.
To submit your nominations, fill out this online form. The deadline for sending nominations is Friday 7 January.