Health and Climate Colloquium 2016

Building a global community in support of health delivery and improved outcomes in a changing climate.


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The colloquium was live-tweeted on, twitter feed @climatesociety. Please check there for tweets and possible video feeds of Jeff Sach’s keynote address.

June 8-10, 2016


International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Monell Building
Columbia University at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Campus
61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, are convening the 2016 Health and Climate Colloquium from June 8-10 in Palisades, New York.

The purpose of the event is to help build a global community of health practitioners and policymakers that can use climate information as a means to support health delivery and improved outcomes in the context of a changing climate, with a focus on infectious diseases, nutrition and the public health outcomes of meteorological disasters.

The meeting is sponsored by the World Health Organization, including WHO – Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, the World Meteorological Organization, the Global Framework for Climate Services, the World Bank Group, the Nordic Development Fund, the International Development Research Centre, the CGIAR research programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, and the Earth Institute. It brings together experts from governments, humanitarian agencies, development organizations, U.N. agencies, research centers and universities.

They will be sharing cutting-edge health and climate research with an emphasis on data methodologies and tools that are needed for strengthening health policy and practice in resource-poor settings. In particular, participants will consider:

The colloquium is invitation-only. However, the event will be livestreamed on this page starting June 8. Follow updates using #healthclimate2016 on Twitter.

  • Data: How best to use data from historical climate observations, environmental monitoring and forecasting and prediction to improve the management of climate sensitive outcomes.
  • Technology: Freely-available technologies capable of managing vast data sets and transforming them into locally-relevant products that can be disseminated within health sector tools.
  • Training: Opportunities for targeted training, education and long-term investments in user and stakeholder engagement in order to leverage these newly available resources.

Space is extremely limited. Journalists wishing to attend should contact Francesco Fiondella (ude.aibmuloc.irinull@ocsecnarf).

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The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, aims to enhance society’s ability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. Visit and follow @climatesociety on Twitter.

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation and the world. Its over 450 multi-disciplinary faculty members work in more than 100 countries around the world, addressing such issues as preventing infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, maternal and child health, health policy, climate change & health, and public health preparedness. It is a leader in public health education with over 1,300 graduate students from more than 40 nations pursuing a variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs. For more information, please visit

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