Collegium Helveticum

Planetary Health
It Takes More Than a Village to Find a Solution


Venue & accessibility info: Meridian Hall, Collegium Helveticum

This is a public event. Participation is free of charge and registration is not required.

A live stream is available for this event.

The symposium is followed by a small reception.

Climate change may pose the most significant health threat of the 21st century. It has direct repercussions on individual health and well-being, while also exerting indirect influences on environmental and social health determinants. As such, fostering transdisciplinary collaboration is essential to create sustainable solutions for healthy living on our planet.

At the symposium, experts from the industry and scholars specializing in planetary health, emerging diseases, pandemics, water science, medicine, and public engagement will discuss challenges and strategies with the overarching goal of ensuring a resilient global future. The event concludes with an interdisciplinary panel discussion poised to catalyze actionable insights for future action.



Opening and welcome remarks

Noé Brasier
Collegium Helveticum

Sebastian Bonhoeffer
Collegium Helveticum 


What Do We Need to Know about Planetary Health—And Why?

Christian Abshagen
University of Basel/University Hospital Basel, CH
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, CH


Emerging Diseases and Pandemics
Should We Be Concerned?

Christian Griot
Institute of Virology and Immunology, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, CH


The Future of Freshwater
Essential for Human Welfare and Biodiversity

Janet Hering
Swiss Federal State Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, CH 


Holcim’s Mission to Decarbonize Construction and Buildings

Fabio Wider
Holcim (Schweiz) AG, CH


Coffee break


How a Medical Content Provider Supports Education

Emrah Hircin
Amboss GmbH, DE 


The Planetary Health Report Card Initiative
An International Health Student Community Inspiring Institutional Change

Anja Jost
Planetary Health Report Cards, CH


Living in a Climate-Changed Environment
Lessons from Awareness, Advocacy, and Actions

Runcie C.W. Chidebe
Project Pink Blue, NG


Panel discussion with all speakers


Closing remarks

Followed by a reception.

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