Full Programme and Agenda

Forum Aims

The heat health forum serves as an international platform to build capacity, promote sharing, and encourage evidence-based policy and actions to improve the management of extreme heat risks. The forum will bring together the interdisciplinary community of experts and practitioners implementing various aspects required to understand and manage heat risks to health in order to share experience, inform a global common agenda, strengthen the network, and formally launch the Global Heat Health Information Network.

Agenda Overview

  • Day 1: The Status of Global Action for Heat Health
    Setting the stage with focusing keynotes by world-class experts, and regional heat health updates from across the globe.

  • Day 2: Technical Heat Health Stocktaking and Agenda Setting
    In-depth discussion on progress and challenges within the GHHIN thematic areas

  • Day 3: Workshop on Communicating and Taking Action
    A hands-on workshop to prepare attendees to communicate heat health risk effectively

  • Day 4: Hong Kong Heat Project Site Visits
    Visits to Hong Kong’s exemplary sites where heat health is actively managed

Day 1: Global Perspectives, Local-Regional Issues

8:30am Opening and Welcome Statements
9:00am Keynote 1: Facing the Future of a Warming World
9:30am Keynote 2: Making a difference in the context of DRR
Break & Networking
10:30am Global Status of Heat Knowledge and Action

A panel of experts will overview of the state of knowledge and practice in the five major science themes of GHHIN. Raising key issues and questions which GHHIN will set out to address.

  1. Building Heat Health Management Networks: Partnerships and capacity
  2. Understanding Risk and Predicting Health Outcomes
  3. Observations, forecasts, early warnings and information to inform action
  4. Actions to manage heat risks - interventions and effectiveness
  5. Taking Action: Engagement, Outreach, and communications

Followed by: Panel discussion with key experts

12:30pm Catered Lunch

1:30pm Regional Issues, Innovations, and Opportunities

Regional presentations will provide flash presentations on the state of heat hazards; evidence of impacts and vulnerabilities; hotspot populations and issues of concern; and innovation and progress being made to address heat risks. Inputs and presenters will be sought from attendees registered for the forum.

Chairs: Joy Shumake-Guillemot, Glen McGregor

1:30pm Part 1: North Asia, South and Southeast Asia, Africa, Oceania
3:30pm Part 2: North America, Caribbean and South America, Europe, Middle East and Central Asia
5:00pm Closing: Discussion on Common Challenges and Issues

5:30pm Evening Interactive Reception and Expo

Key Note Speaker, Kristie Ebi on Facing the Future of a Warming World. Learn more.

Day 1 will feature an interactive drinks reception with Expo

Day 2: GHHIN Technical Themes

Facilitated working sessions to identify emerging issues, priorities, challenges, and innovations in 5 thematic areas.

9:00am Workshop 1 (in parallel)

Theme 2: Understanding Risk and Predicting Health Outcomes

Considering needs and priorities to improve risk and impact research, including impact assessment, vulnerability modeling and mapping, understanding extreme heat exposure mechanisms, impact forecasting, and the challenge of translating research into practice.

Chairs: Pat Kinney, Kris Ebi, Shubhayu Saha

Panel Speakers TBC

Theme 3: Observations, Forecasts, EWS, and Information Products to Inform Action

Considering needs and priorities to improve observations, forecasts, and information products required for operational heat risk monitoring and prediction. Building on operational decision needs discussions will identify opportunities and obstacles to improved generation and uptake of data, surveillance and forecast products, including risk monitoring and forecasting for heat risk management and early warning.

Chairs: Hannah Nissan, Shubhayu Saha, Kumar Kolli, Glen McGregor

Anticipated Experts -Cedric Van Meerbeck (CIMH Barbados) -Serge Janicot (IRD - France) -Sarah Klassen (START Network) -Lap-shun Lee (HKO)

12:30pm Lunch and Poster Session

1:30pm Workshop 2 (in parallel)

Theme 1: Partnerships and Capacity to building heat health management networks

Considering needs and priorities to build the institutional capacity required to address heat risk as a society, noting needs and good practices in identifying and building partnerships across disciplines and organizational boundaries.

Chairs: Glen McGregor, Andreas Matzarakas, Juli Trtanj

Anticipated Experts to be confirmed

Theme 4: Action to Manage heat risk: actions, interventions and effectiveness

Considering needs and priorities to upscale solutions to heat health risk management across timescales - from planning cities to reduce the Urban Heat Island effect, to municipal heat health action plans, and emergency management. A focus on understanding and measuring the effectiveness of interventions will be front and center.

Chairs: Kris Ebi, Shubhayu Saha

Anticipated Experts ● Junaid Razzak, Johns Hopkins University, USA ● Tom Kosatsky, Univ. British Columbia, Canada ● Yasushi Honda, Univ Tsukuba, Japan ● Anjali Jaiswal, NRDC, India ● Kazuji Ito, New York City Health Department. NY,

Day 3: Communications for Heat Action

This interactive day is aimed to empower participants to become more effective communicators - and enable reflection and take-home skills and ideas for better communicating heat risks.

8:30am Keynote: Communicating the invisible danger of heat
Margaret Harris Cheng (formerly Risk Communication Lead for WHO during Ebola outbreak)

9:30am Plenary Panel Discussion: Communicating for Action
Julie Arrighi, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center

10:30am Networking

11:30 The Great Heat Health Resilience Debate
Roop Singh, Climate Risk Advisor, red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

12:30 Lunch

1:30pm (in parallel)

a) Masterclass: Communicating for Future Resilience
In partnership with the Hong Kong Red Cross

b) Simulation Exercise: Effective communications during an extreme heat event
Delivered by the World Health Organization

4:00pm Closing Plenary: Future Directions for the Global Heat Health Information Network

Day 3 will feature a Simulation Exercise in order to mimic the response to an extreme heat event

Day 4: Hong Kong Heat Project Site Visits

Visit 1: Hong Kong Housing Authority - Exhibition Centre

Visit 2: Senior Citizen Home Safety Association

See how the The Senior Citizen Home Safety Association enhances the living quality of the elderly in the community through the use of technology, people-oriented services, and innovative methods

Visit 3: Hong Kong Observatory Tour

The guided tour will take the visitors backward in time to trace the development of the Observatory in the past 130 years. Visitors can see how weather forecasts are made and how technology is put to use.

Visit 4: Energy poverty Lab - Simulated Subdivided Flat tour

Experience for yourself what it is like for the many residents of Hong Kong to live in cramped quarters, cooking, relaxing, and sleeping in a small room with inadequate cooling.

Read more about the Hong Kong Heat Health Site Visits.

Day 4 will feature visits to a simulated subdivided flat tour at Hong Kong's Energy Poverty Lab