In 2018, the world experienced a global heat wave which shrouded many regions in the hottest and most dangerous temperatures since records began. From the UK, across to Scandinavia and Japan, hot weather caused wide-ranging consequences. Japan declared its heat wave a natural disaster after high temperatures lead to thousands being admitted to hospital with heat stroke, Oman recorded the highest overnight temperature on record (42 C), and Sweden experienced forest fires which spread as far as the arctic circle. Such events are occurring with greater frequency, magnitude, and impacts year after year — with astounding direct and indirect impacts on communities, livelihoods, population health and wellbeing. It is estimated that between 2000 and 2016, the number of people exposed to heat waves increased by around 125 million, and according to the IPCC, the incidence of heat waves and extreme temperature events is expected to steadily increase in decades to come. Health experts are raising alarm bells that national authorities and the public health community are largely unprepared to manage extreme heat and increasing global temperatures.

Simulation of maximum temperatures on July 18 at two meters above the ground, from the Global Forecast System weather model. Credit: University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer

Against this backdrop, The First Global Forum for Heat and Health will take place in Hong Kong from the 17-20 December 2018. As the inaugural global forum of the Global Heat Health Information Network, this event will aim to rapidly scale-up efforts to manage the complex human health risks introduced by extreme and increasing ambient heat, and inform a global common agenda on heat and health. As well as engaging talks and content from experts in the field, the forum will also feature technical segments, interactive workshops, and a live simulation with a focus on heat health communication.

Programme & Agenda

For a detailed agenda, please follow the agenda link below. Please note that this agenda is subject to change and will be updated as the event approaches.

Who else is attending?

The GHHIN Forum will host experts from all over the world. This graph shows the regional representation of GHHIN Forum attendees.

Want to contribute?

Want to contribute to the GHHIN Form but you're not sure how? There are multiple ways share your work:


Please submit an abstract along with your registration details. Based on this information, our Programme Committee will identify relevant thematic experts to comprise speaker panels and share experiences during technical sessions. Our sessions will be very dynamic and interactive, so being part of the discussion is also a big part of contributing.

Poster sessions

More information on poster submissions is found in the registration form. Two poster sessions will be held during the forum.

Regional Summaries

Summary presentations aim to collect and reflect the status of heat hazards experienced, key impacts and vulnerabilities being observed, highlights of hotspot issues and priorities, and governance and actions being taken to better manage heat risks around the world. If you would like to volunteer to contribute to the regional summary please let us know via

Online webinar

Live streaming of some sessions will be available to allow remote participation. Please register for remote participation at:

In-Conference Voting

Have your say! The meeting will identify and prioritize key knowledge gaps, needs, and actions. Thus we will be offering a live voting application that can also be used by remote participants.

Pre-Event Editorials and Web Features

Please share with us news about events or findings that you think are newsworthy and of interest to the Global Heat Health Community. We will consider featuring this work as an editorial or in the GHHIN Digest. Please email ideas to with 'Editorial' in the subject heading.

Want to learn more?

You can find more information about the content, speakers, and logistics of the the GHHIN Forum at our dedicated site.