FORHEAD holds its 10th Anniversary Conference in Beijing

The Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD), of which OSGA’s Dr Jennifer Holdaway is co-Director, held its 10th anniversary conference at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 8-10 November. This year’s conference brought together natural, medical and social scientists as well as corporate, media and NGO professionals to review progress in environment and health research in China and related policy over China’s forty years of reform and opening-up.

Conference themes included: the emergence and development of environment and health as a policy issue and topic of research; focused panels on agriculture, food, the pork sector and the impacts of different development strategies on rural environmental health; China’s War on Air Pollution; and the role of NGOs in environment and health. The core FORHEAD team also discussed what can we learn from our experience in promoting and building capacity for interdisciplinary research on environment and health and priorities for future work.

For more information on the conference agenda and topics, please visit: (in Chinese)

A brief review of FORHEAD’s 10 years’ work is available here:  (in English)  (in Chinese)

FORHEAD Co-Directors Dr Jennifer Holdaway (fourth from the left) and Professor Wang Wuyi (third from the left, IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences), with other members of the Advisory Committee (Li Liping of Shantou University, Fang Jing of Kunming Medical School and Zhou Zhijia of Xiamen University- 5th, 6th and 7th from the left).