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The 29th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services will take place in a hybrid format, with the option to participate in-person or online. All the plenary sessions and almost all parallel sessions will be live streamed.

All registered participants (in-person and online) will have access to a landing page with live chat capability, the live stream of the program, the e-poster gallery, and to on-demand post-viewing for at least two more months after the conference.

The times given in the conference program correspond to Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Plenary 2

Contributions of Health Promotion to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption

Venue: Hoersaal 1

Panel Discussion

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Ruperta Lichtenecker

Head of the Competence Center for Climate and Health at the Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG)

Ruperta Lichtenecker PhD has been Head of Department of the Competence Center Climate and Health at Gesundheit Österreich GmbH since March 2022.

She is lecturer at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and at the Federal Academy of Administration. Ruperta Lichtenecker has more than 30 years of activity and experience as an economist, researcher, manager and supervisor in the fields of science, administration, economics and politics with a focus on: environmental economics and policy, climate change mitigation, research, innovation, public health, health economics, health promotion, technology assessment, foresight, digitalization, energy economics and policy, economics, COVID-19 management and crisis management. She holds a master’s degree and PhD in macroeconomics from the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

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Ming-Nan Lin

Chair of HPH Task Force on Health Promoting Hospitals and Environment

Dr. Lin is currently the Vice Superintendent at Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, Taiwan. He has a master's degree in Public Health. As a family medicine practitioner in hospital for more than 25 years, he's passionate about promoting health not just treating diseases for patients and their families. He is also in charge of the green hospital programs in Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, which won the 2022 Ashikaga-Nikken Excellence Award for Green Hospitals Bronze Winner by the International Hospital Federation. As the chair of the Task Force on Health Promoting Hospital & Environment, he aspires to see hospitals achieve the goals of health and environmental protection. He emphasized that when everyone does a little more, there will have an opportunity to change the world.

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Päivi Meriläinen

Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Doctor Päivi Meriläinen, PhD in environmental sciences, is a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in the Department of Health Protection. She has worked in the field of environmental health for the past 15 years and her expert and research activities have focused on water security and health effects of climate change. She is involved in national level climate change adaptation work and has coordinated the climate change adaptation plan for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Currently she is also involved with work for sustainable health care in Finland.


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Willi Haas

Senior researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Willi Haas is deputy head of the Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna and graduated as mechanical engineer and obtained his doctorate in philosophy, subject sociology. He investigates society-nature interactions across time and space and draws insights from past transitions for a better understanding of the option space for the next transition to a post-fossil society. In this context, health plays a vital role as a means to foster change and as a desired outcome for all. He was co-chair and project leader of the APCC’s Austrian Special Report on Health, Demography and Climate Change and headed several studies in the interface of health and climate.

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Elke Miedema

Elke Miedema is a researcher, educator, and architect specializing in transdisciplinary collaborations for (healthcare) building design and human and planetary health. With a focus on healthscapes, thus spaces where health and care is situated, she investigates hospitals and other healthcare buildings, offices, universities, and care homes. Her expertise lies in Health Promotion Building Design, empowering vulnerable populations and enhancing their health and quality of life. Through research, including literature studies, interviews, surveys, and document analyses, Elke examines precedents that prioritize health promotion in future healthcare building design. She actively contributes to developing methods for redesigning hospital wards to promote healthy behaviors and equity. Elke's work advocates for integrating the built environment into health promotion initiatives, fostering healthier and more equitable communities. For more information, connect with Elke Miedema.

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