CONFERENCE: EcoHealth 2014
Welcome to the EcoHealth 2014 conference
Co-hosted by the Canadian Community of Practice in EcoHealth (CoPEH-Canada) and the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Biology, Health, Society and Environment (Cinbiose) of the Université du Québec at Montréal (UQAM). EcoHealth 2014 will be held in Montréal from August 11th to 15th, 2014.
Ecohealth is a field that strives for “sustainable health of people, wildlife and ecosystems by promoting discovery, understanding and transdisciplinarity” (IAEH). The growth in interest and scholarly engagement with ecohealth is demonstrated by the strong communities of practice, groups and networks that have developed, by institutional uptake by large organizations such as the Pan-American Health Organization and through the continued development of the EcoHealth journal and International Association of Ecology & Health (IAEH).
EcoHealth conferences are characterized by being open to innovative ways of thinking within and beyond academia and by encouraging transdisciplinary, integrated approaches to health that consider humans, animals and other species. For researchers, educators, practitioners and decision-makers, EcoHealth conferences provide a range of opportunities to foster connections among diverse disciplines and approaches.
For EcoHealth 2014, the central theme of Connections for health, ecosystems and society reinforces the importance of connections and learning among the various approaches and perspectives that compose the mosaic of the field, and encourages involvement of collaborators from outside of academia to participate actively in the conference. We hope the conference will help build new connections between groups and individuals working to find solutions to the complex array of problems emerging at the confluence of health, environment and society.
Three main themes have been put forward for EcoHealth 2014 Conference:
- Drivers of change to health, ecosystems and society: Integrating understanding from global to local scales
- Innovations in theory, methods and practice
- Moving between research and action: Mobilizing knowledge to benefit health, ecosystems, and society