Programme

You can find the programme of the upcoming winter term Planetary Health Academy here. All lectures will be held in English and online via Zoom. You can find more information in our FAQs and in our privacy policy. Register here for the second edition of the Planetary Health Academy.

Lectures from the first series can be found here.

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18.11.2020, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Introduction into Planetary Health – Science and Social Movement

Sam Myers (Planetary Health Alliance)
Martin Hermann (German Climate Change and Health Alliance (KLUG))
Melvine Otieno (Planetary Health Hub Eastern Africa)

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Planetary Health is a scientific discipline, a philosophy for living and a social movement. The first lecture will give an introduction to key aspects, latest developments and emerging solutions. Dr. Samuel Myers, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, will focus on planetary health as a scientific discipline as well as emerging solutions. Melvine Ayongo, initiator of the planetary health hub in Eastern Africa,  will talk about the situation in Kenya and eastern Africa. Martin Herrmann, chair of the German Climate Change and Health Alliance, will point to the highly dynamic and fastly growing planetary health movement in the German speaking countries. The movement has its focus on converting knowledge into transformative action.

Samuel Myers
Director of the Planetary Health Alliance

“Humanity is at a crossroads. Our biophysical life support systems are beginning to crumble under the weight of our ecological footprint. Our current path takes us to rising burdens of disease ans falling quality of life. But another path, toward The Great Transition holds enormous promise for a global society thriving in balance with our natural systems. The choice is urgent, and it is ours to make. “

Dr. Martin Hermann
German Climate Change and Health Alliance (KLUG)

Melvine Otieno
Planetary Health Hub Eastern Africa


02.12.2020, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Planetary Health Dimensions

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In the second lecture, we will elaborate on some of the core dimensions of planetary health. In the first lecture series, we focused on the impact of climate change and biodiversity loss on health. This time we will have a closer look at environmental pollution as a consequence of human behaviour and mental health impacts related to climate and environmental change.


16.12.2020, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Planetary Health Ethics

Katharina Wabnitz

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Recognising the planetary health emergency radically changes the perspective on how we live, act and think. This implies critically reviewing existing ethical and philosophical concepts while we engage in transformative action at the same time. 

How do we understand our relationship to the natural agents and dynamics that we are part of? 

How do we work together in the face of the evolving emergency? How do we deal with the enormous injustice becoming apparent?

Katharina Wabnitz


13.01.2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Gender and Global South Perspective

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We will deepen our understanding of  Planetary Health Ethics through focusing on two key themes related to justice: the gender perspective and the Global South perspective.


27.01.2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Urban Development and Planetary Health

Anna Dyson (Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design)

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Cities can be drivers of enormous power for the required transformative changes. Therefore, innovative urban development presents major opportunities to improve population health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for health risks exacerbated by climate change. Unlocking their transformative power, cities are key settings for the implementation of a diverse set of interventions to address major planetary health challenges. Lecturers will highlight key facets of transdisciplinary and transformative  urban development for a healthy and good life in cities. They will present the situation and stories of  two cities, one in the south, one in the north.


10.02.2021, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Examples of transformation

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Knowledge needs to be put into action. And here we go! In our last lecture we will give you the space to present your project for a healthy planet. By inspiring each other we will bring our work to the next level.



Scientific director of the Planetary Health Vorlesungsreihe: Dr. Martin Herrmann


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