Earth Science, Health, and Wellbeing (GfGD 7th Annual Conference)

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Earth Science, Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Development

Understanding, managing and improving the natural environment is essential to improving human health and wellbeing around the world (Sustainable Development Goal 3), which in turn underpins many of the other Sustainable Development Goals. Conversely, environmental degradation threatens improvements made in health in recent years.

Improving health and wellbeing includes:

  • Improving access to good nutrition.

  • Reducing non-communicable diseases, such as cancers.

  • Tackling communicable illnesses, such as diarrhoea.

  • Improving access to mental health support.

  • Reducing losses and injuries during environmental shocks.

This requires integrated approaches to reduce air, water and soil pollution, understanding of environmental drivers of disease, and better managment of all forms of waste (e.g., from extractive industries, cities, and agriculture).

The 7th GfGD Annual Conference will explore how Earth and environmental science can help to deliver SDG 3, and other linked SDG targets. Bringing together speakers from diverse sectors and disciplines, we aim to increase understanding of the spectrum of work and research opportunities for those interested in the interface between Earth science, health and sustainable development.

We are grateful to the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, The Institute of Geologists of Ireland, the European Federation of Geologists and the Geological Survey Ireland for supporting this meeting.

This conference is open to all, irrespective of disciplinary background, career stage, or sector. A valued characteristic of GfGD Annual Conferences is the space we create for students and senior members of the profession to exchange ideas, and meet others from different backgrounds. The meeting will have an opportunity for you to meet others passionate about Earth science and sustainable development.

The 7th GfGD Annual Conference will take place on Friday 15th November, hosted by the Geological Society of London (Burlington House, London).

Sessions and Speakers include:

Geoscience and Health – Current Research and Professional Practice

  • Professor Jane Entwistle (University of Northumbria/Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health): Dust, Dirt and Diet - Geochemistry in Human Health Risk Assessment

  • Dr Chris Broadbent (Wardell Armstrong): Mining Operations and Health

  • Professor Ilan Kelman (University College London): Climate Change Impacts on Mental Health

  • Geraint Burrows: Founder/Chief Executive Officer (to be confirmed)

Resilient Communities – Geohazards, Health, and Reducing the Impacts of Disasters

  • Kevin Blanchard (DRR Dynamics Ltd)

  • Professor Claire Horwell (Durham University/International Volcanic Health Hazard Network)

  • Cecilia Reed (Creative Earth Science Communicator)

Student Micro-Presentation Competition.

  • Sponsored by the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health.

  • Themes will likely include: (1) asbestos minerals, (2) fluoride in groundwater, (3) minerals used in medical technologies, (4) radon gas, (5) artisanal gold mining and associated health risks (e.g., mercury), (6) geology to improve mental health.

Plus... learn more about GfGD, meet the team, explore potential career paths and further study options, and network with geoscientists at the heart of sustainable development activities.

See www.gfgd.org/conferences for further updates on the programme and speakers.

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  • Registration opens at 9.45am, with the conference expecting to start promptly at 10.20am. Please try not to arrive before 9.45am as the team will be busy setting up.

  • Formal talks/discussion will end at 5.30pm, followed by an informal networking session (finishing at 6.30pm).

  • Drinks will be provided in the morning and afternoon (included within the registration fee), but please bring your own lunch (or make use of the many shops nearby).

  • Refunds are at our discretion, and may not be possible in all circumstances. No refunds can be issued for tickets purchased less than 14 days before the conference.

  • It is not necessary to bring a paper copy of the ticket on the day. A list of names and affiliations will be held by the GfGD team. ID may be required.

  • For information on how we use your personal information (when buying a ticket), please see our privacy notice (http://www.gfgd.org/about-us/privacy-notice)


Geology for Global Development (GfGD) is a registered charity existing to champion the role of geology in sustainable development, mobilising and reshaping the geology community to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Based in the United Kingdom, we organise conferences and training, support international projects working to achieve the SDGs, and advocate for the importance of Earth science at local, national and international forums. Find out more about our work online www.gfgd.org, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gfgd.org) or on Twitter (@Geo_Dev).

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