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

15 July 2021, 12:30pm


The Natural Capital Inititative is hosting an online panel discussion on the use of evidence linking nature and health – a key topic and highly relevant to the focus on building healthier futures for people and planet.

15 July 2021, 12:30 – 14:00 (online)

There has been progress towards a better evidence base of links between environment and health, as well as better access to data, evaluation metrics and the exploration of value chains. However, if we are to realise the potential benefits of better integrated knowledge, a great deal of progress is still needed in research, knowledge, awareness and engagement using what has been learned; we also need to be extending focus to new, relevant but underexplored areas. This is a truly multidisciplinary challenge and requires collaborative working across different disciplines and ways of establishing priorities.

Awareness is key and we are bringing together leading experts to discuss a way forward.

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.

How to register your attendance

Attendance is free but booking is essential. Find more information and a booking link here.

Questions can also be submitted via the booking page, or get in touch with Dr Laura Bellingan at the Royal Society of Biology.

The Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) is a partnership of the Royal Society of Biology, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and the James Hutton Institute. Our vision is to grow a collaborative network that ensures sound science on natural capital informs public policy and business decisions. You can follow NCI on Twitter.