Doctoral training course 2018: Climate Change, Weather and Human Health

Doctoral training course

October 30 - November 1, 2018, Oulu, Finland

Location: Kontinkangas Campus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.

The course is organized by the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Reseach (CERH), University of Oulu at the Faculty of Medicine.

Study credits: 3 ECTS

Course objectives: Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. The objectives of the course are to understand the phenomenon of climate change and how it is related to weather nationally and globally at present and in the future.

Another objective is to increase knowledge on how key primary effects of climate change, such as temperature, as well as climate extremes influence human health. Furthermore, the course will provide knowledge of secondary and tertiary health effects of climate change, such as changes in the occurrence of allergens (e.g. pollen), infections and societal conflicts on health. Following this, the course focuses on mitigation measures and public health, which include investigating and implementing evidence-based methods to adjust to and direct the changes for reducing or preventing adverse health effects.

Who should attend? The course is suitable for doctoral students representing various disciplines and interested in climate change related effects. Especially students of medicine, health sciences, health care, public health, economy, social, natural and environmental sciences may find the course interesting.

Confirmed speakers: Prof. Colin Butler (Australia), Prof. Vladimir Kendrovski (WHO Europe), Prof. Timothy Carter (Finnish Environment Institute), Professor Emeritus Tari Haahtela, Sirpa Pietikäinen (European Parliament), Mayor Päivi Laajala (City of Oulu), Prof. Jouni Jaakkola (CERH), Docent Tiina Ikäheimo (CERH), Docent Timo Hugg (CERH), Postdoctoral researcher Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi (University of Lapland).

Course material provided to participants: Butler, CD (ed.) Climate Change and Global Health. Revised Reprint. CABI 2016, 318 p.

Course funding: Health and Biosciences Doctoral Program, University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)



Schedule: 30.10.-1.11.2018

Online registration: By October 4, 2018

Pre-course online exam: 15th-28th of October 2018



Professor Colin D. Butler, Australia. Professor Butler is especially interested in future global health, including the consequences of global environmental changes such as to the climate, ecosystems, energy sources and resource depletion. He has published widely, and given many invited talks on topics including food security, population growth, ecology and infectious diseases. Professor Butler is the editor of the book “Climate Change and Global Health” used during the course. He is the initial co-chair of the Health-Earth network.

Research Professor Timothy Carter, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland. The expertise of Professor Carter is related to climate change impact and adaptation; scenario development and application; vulnerability indicators; impact modelling as well as spatial mapping.  He is one of the leading authors of the report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has been a contributor to these reports for over twenty years.

Professor Vladimir Kendrovski, WHO European Centre for Environment and Health. Dr Vladimir Kendrovski is a specialist in hygiene and environment and health. Before joining the World Health Organization in 2012 he was an Associate Professor at the Medical School in Skopje, where he also served eight years as Head of Sector for Environmental Health at the National Institute for Public Health, and during this time was President of the Institute’s Executive Board from 2009 to 2012. Dr Vladimir Kendrovski works on public health adaptation to climate change at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany. He assists European Member States in the development and implementation of policies in relation to climate change, extreme events and health issues.

Professor Emeritus Tari Haahtela is a specialist in Pulmonary Medicine and Allergology, and former Professor of Clinical Allergology in the University of Helsinki (-2012). He is the Chairman of the Finnish Asthma (1994-2004) and Allergy Programmes (2008-2018). He is an Editorial Board member of several scientific journals, Board member of Global Initiative of Asthma (GINA) and World Allergy Organisation (WAO). His research interest is the origin of allergy, asthma and other immune disorders, and especially their association to environmental and life-style changes. He has postulated the biodiversity hypothesis to explain an increase in the occurrence of asthma, allergies and other autoimmune diseases.

Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen M.Sc. (Economics), Finnish Member of the European Parliament representing the European People’s Party (EPP) since 2008. Finland’s Minister of Environment from 1991 to 1995 and a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2003.

Mayor of the City of Oulu Päivi Laajala M.Sc. (Admin), Mayor of Oulu 1.4.2017–. In 2008–2017 Päivi Laajala served as Director-General, Head of The Department for Local Government Department, subsequently Regional Administration and Regional State Administrative Department at the Ministry of Finance. In 2005-2008 Laajala served as Deputy Mayor of City of Oulu. Prior to this, she has worked as Mayor of City of Kannus, Mayor of Kauhajoki Municipality and as Director of social- and welfare department in Pielavesi Municipality.

Professor Jouni J. K. Jaakkola, CERH, University of Oulu, Finland. Director of the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) and WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health, University of Oulu. Jaakkola has since 1980’s conducted research into environment and health in populations applying epidemiologic methods and combining multidisciplinary collaboration. In 2009, he established CERH and initiated a research program on Global Change, Environment and Public Health. This program includes studies on primary, secondary, and tertiary health effects of climate change and other topics linked to climate change and health. He is the initial co-chair of the Health-Earth network.

Docent Tiina M. Ikäheimo, CERH, University of Oulu, Finland. The research of Dr Ikäheimo focuses on the effects of extreme temperature on human health, especially in identifying susceptible populations for planning and implementing prevention and protection measures to mitigate the expected adverse health effects of climate change. Her research combines controlled experiments and population studies.

Docent Timo Hugg, CERH, University of Oulu, Finland. The expertise of Dr. Hugg is related to pollen dispersal between in- and outdoor environments, pollen concentrations in different urban environments, and the effects of environmental exposures on asthma, allergic diseases and symptoms.

Postdoctoral researcher Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi, University of Lapland, Finland. Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi is a Saami researcher and a former Saami politician from Enontekiö, North Finland. He’s a member of reindeer Saami family and his native language is North Saami. Näkkäläjärvi has been working as full-time president of Finnish Saami parliament for seven years and he has been studying reindeer herding and Saami culture from the 1990. Currently Näkkäläjärvi is working as a postdoctoral researcher studying the influences of climate change to Saami reindeer herding. His current research interests concern also changes in biodiversity and its influences to Saami people.



Tuesday October 30, 2018, Lecture room F202
Theme: Climate Change

8.00 Registration
8.30 Introduction and welcome words. Professor Jouni Jaakkola (15 min)
8.45 Lecture I: Introduction to climate change, weather and health. Professor Jouni Jaakkola (30 min)
9.15 Lecture II: What is climate change? I. Causes, observations and projections. Professor Timothy Carter (45 min)
10.00 Coffee break
10.30 Lecture III: What is climate change? II. Socioeconomic impacts, vulnerabilities and responses. Research professor Timothy Carter (45 min)
11.15 Lecture IV: Climate change and global health. Professor Colin Butler (45 min)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Lecture V: Oulu climate change and health activities. Päivi Laajala, Mayor of the city of Oulu (20 min)
Lecture VI: EU climate change and health activities. Member of the Sirpa Pietikäinen (20 min)
14.00 Group work info
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Group work

Wednesday October 31, 2018, Lecture room F101
Theme: Climate change and primary health effects

8.30 Lecture I: Effects of ambient temperature on human health. Docent Tiina Ikäheimo (45 min)
9.15 Lecture II: Projections of temperature-related excess mortality under climate change scenarios. Professor Jouni Jaakkola (45 min)
10.00 Coffee break
Theme: Climate change and secondary health effects
10.30 Lecture III: Biodiversity and health Professor Emeritus Tari Haahtela (45 min)
11.15 Lecture IV: Climate change, pollen and allergic diseases. Docent Timo Hugg (45 min)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Group work
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Group work discussions

Thursday November 1, 2018, Lecture room F202
Theme: Climate change and tertiary health effects

8.30 Lecture I: The holistic effects of climate change on the Saami culture and well-being. Postdoctoral researcher Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi (20 min)
8.55 Lecture II: The holistic effects of climate change on the Saami health. Professor Jouni Jaakkola (20 min)
9.15 Lecture III: Climate change and conflicts. Professor Colin Butler (45 min)
10.00 Coffee break
10.30 Lecture IV: WHO climate change and health activities. Professor Vladimir Kendrovski (45 min)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
Lecture room 101A
13.00 Future perspectives. Panel discussion: Moderator Professor J. Jaakkola, discussants Professor V. Kendrovski, Professor C. Butler
Closing words, Professor Jouni Jaakkola

Lectures available online through Adobe connect:

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Last updated: 2.11.2018