Open lectures about climate change, weather and human health, October 27-29, 2014

The recently established WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health will start it’s activities with a doctoral training course “Climate Change, Weather and Human Health”. The course lectures are open to all interested in the topics.

Lecturers are recognized experts on their fields of research like Professor Colin D. Butler from the University of Canberra, Australia, Professor Birgitta Evengård from the University of Umeå, Sweden, Research Professor Nils Petter Gleditsch from the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway and Adjunct professor Yuming Guo from the University of Queensland, Australia. Additionally, authorities from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finnish Environment Institute and CERH are involved.

The course is organized by CERH in collaboration with Doctoral Programs in Public Health and the University of Oulu Graduate School. The course takes place in the auditorium of Kastelli research center (Aapistie 1, 1st floor) between 27th and 29th of October. Lectures will be given in English.

Lectures are also available online at

DAY 1. Monday October 27, 2014

8.30 Introduction and opening words, Professor Jouni J. K. Jaakkola

9.00 What is climate change? General effects on environment, Professor Timothy Carter

9.45 What is climate change? Environmental and socioeconomic consequences, Professor Timothy Carter

13.30 Climate Change and Global Health, Professor Colin Butler

14.15 Climate Change and Global Health, Professor Colin Butler and Professor Jouni Jaakkola


DAY 2.Tuesday October 28, 2014

8.30 Temperature and human health, Adjunct professor Tiina Ikäheimo

9.20 Temperature and human health in different climates, Adjunct professor Yuming Guo

9.45 Climate extremes temperature and health, Professor Colin Butler

13.30 Climate change and infectious diseases, Professor Birgitta Evengård

14.15 Climate change, pollen and allergic diseases, Lecturer Timo Hugg, Professor Jouni Jaakkola


DAY 3. Wednesday October 29, 2014

8.30 Solutions at regional leve, Representative from the County of Oulu, Member of Parliament Tytti Tuppurainen

9.00 Solutions at national level, Representative from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Medical counsellor Mikko Paunio

9.45 Climate change – a threat to the warning of war? Research Professor Nils Petter Gleditsch

11.45 Climate change mitigation and human health, Professor Colin Butler


Recorded lectures available online

Last updated: 6.11.2014