Sustainable Megacities: Health, Risks, Resources - Part 3

While climate change has a sizable health impact on urban populations, cities have many opportunities to protect their citizens’ health against the additional adverse effects of climate change.

One big advantage of the health cum climate theme is that many policies on the one hand, and individual/group actions of citizens on the other hand can reap co-benefits. This means that they generate both positive health effects (not only avoiding additional negative ones) and can reduce emissions.

The presentation provides an overview of the scientific evidence for the linkages sketched above. Moreover, we will draw on our four-city study from Europe to illustrate this point with our own research from the HOPE Project.

—Prof. Dr. Sauerborn

Event Recording

Event Recording

To play the video, click the thumbnail. Once activated data will be transmitted to the respective provider. Watch on YouTube

This event is the third in a four-part series on Sustainable Megacities organized by the North American liaison offices of the German universities of Cologne, Freiburg, and Heidelberg.


Prof. Dr. Rainer Sauerborn was the lead author of the health chapter of the recent assessment report of the IPCC (Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change). He served as an advisor to the German Federal Government on “Global Environmental Changes” from 2000-2004. He was Guest Professor of Climate Change and Global Health in Umeå, Sweden and is currently Visiting Chair for Climate Change at the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin, at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.He has taught the topic in multiple formats to various audiences, from academics to policy-makers to the general public.

Prof. Dr. Sauerborn trained as a pediatrician at the Medical School of Heidelberg University, after which he earned a doctorate in Public Health from Harvard University. As a coordinator of the Health Office of the Harvard Institute for International Development (1992-6), he learned to apply an intersectoral approach to his work.

Since 1997, he has held the Chair of Public Health at Heidelberg University. He has a long-standing track record of service and research in Africa and Asia on health systems with a particular focus on climate change and health.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Sauerborn, Heidelberg University

The web-talk and Q&A will be held online on Webex Meetings with optional video and audio capabilities for all attendees. Registration  is required and a special access link to the meeting will be sent out the morning of the event.

For help on how to join a Webex meeting, see our step-by-step guide. 

Event Information

February 9, 2021, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Webex Meeting
Organizer(s): Heidelberg University, German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York