Proof for life – where next for the evidence linking nature and health

Panel discussion
15th July 12:30 – 14:00

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Please join us for a panel discussion on natural capital and health to discuss the current state of evidence and to build the case for action. Our panellists will share their insights into environmental and medical sciences and policy, followed by a chaired discussion with Q&A.

  • Professor Dan Osborn, Professor of Human Ecology at University College London (event Chair) studies the growing need to protect human health and well-being as well as wildlife and habitats, from the adverse consequences of technological advances, and is a proponent of using research findings to inform policy and business developments and foster wise decision-making at both local and global scales. 
  • Professor Hugh Montgomery, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Director of the Centre for Human Health and Performance at UCL is a leading intensivist and a pioneer advocate for action on climate change and human health; he is co-chair of the international Lancet Countdown connecting 27 countries on climate and health issues and evidence.  
  • Dr Rebecca Lovell, Research Fellow, European Centre for Environment and Human Health investigates the health and wellbeing benefits of higher quality and bio-diverse spaces and places for people and is an author of recent reports using qualitative and quantitative methods to develop management recommendations.
  • Dr Michelle Howarth, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, University of Salford has a specialist interest in social prescribing and the use of nature based, person centred approaches to promote health and wellbeing, and leads the National Social Prescribing Network Special Interest Group for Nursing.

At our most recent summit, participants rated Natural Capital and Health as a relatively underdeveloped area where work was needed on evidence and tools, examples of implementation and towards mainstream adoption of good practice.

There has been considerable progress over the last decade towards a more robust evidence base and better access to data, as well as better evaluation metrics and clearer value chains between nature and health, but further research, knowledge and engagement will be needed, as well as greater awareness and integration of what has been learned already.

Importantly, this is a multidisciplinary challenge and bringing together different sectors and stakeholders remains key. Planning and management for concrete human and environmental health outcomes is complex and requires collaborative working across different disciplines and priorities. To this end, we have invited leading experts to discuss a way forward.

Please join our panel discussion by registering here.

Attendance is free but booking is essential.