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TEDxOulu – “Spotlight on Health” @ Virtual
Apr 10 all-day
This event is open to the public.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

Why “Focus on Health?

In 2020, a Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic spread rapidly across the globe leading to dramatic loss of human life, and to economic and social disruption. In many countries social distancing became the norm, face masks became compulsory and businesses, and sometimes even schools, closed their doors.

The world was not prepared for a health crisis on this scale, which became painfully visible when, in March 2020, one was able to watch Italian army trucks transporting coffins in Bergamo. Months later we saw photos of overcrowded ICU hospitals in London, followed by coverage of mass graves in Manaus, Brazil. Those images and others are burned into our minds and make us wonder how safe and healthy we really are.

The death toll is high. Worldwide, as of April 26, 2020, 3,092,410 people have died from COVID-19 and it is still not possible to say what the indirect costs of the pandemic will be.

What should we do and, possibly more importantly, what lessons should we learn?

Although the world has made progress with vaccinations, more pandemics might play out in the years to come. Preparing for predictable health challenges is the only way to go. How do we adapt to the new reality, what do we need to understand about our own behaviour, and what can we do to maximise health and wellbeing for all?

With “Spotlight on Health”, we hope to foster the spirit of community, gain insight into the way we interact with our environment and each other, and to seize the opportunity to spread ideas on health and well-being into the community. We hope our speakers will contribute inspiring ideas about our collective potential to improve health and societies globally.

Conference on Epidemiological Birth Cohort and Longitudinal Studies @ University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine
Jun 9 – Jun 11 all-day
The 4th edition of the Paula Rantakallio Symposium on Birth Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies. Orginally scheduled in June 2020, this conference will now take place in June 2022.

Confirmed speakers
Per Ashorn, University of Tampere, Finland
Jennifer Barnett, University of Cambridge, UK
Adam Butterworth, University of Cambridge, UK
Mark Daly, Universities of Harvard and Helsinki, USA and Finland
Philippe Froguel, Imperial College London, UK
Jena Hamadani, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
Jouni Jaakkola, University of Oulu, Finland
Peter Jones, University of Cambridge, UK
Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Imperial College London, University of Oulu, UK, Finland
Johannes Kettunen, University of Oulu, Finland
Lauri Nummenmaa, University of Turku, Finland
Tomas Paus, University of Toronto, Canada
Zdenka Pausova, University of Toronto, Canada
Markus Perola, University of Helsinki, Finland
Terhi Piltonen, Oulu University Hospital, Finland
Olli Raitakari, University of Turku, Finland
Luis Rohde, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brasilia
P. Eline Slagboom, Leiden University Medical Center, Belgium
ONE – Health, Environment, Society – Conference 2022 @ SQUARE: BRUSSELS CONVENTION CENTRE and on-line
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all-day

The four-day scientific programme, consisting of plenary and break-out sessions held online and in person, will bring together participants with diverse backgrounds and expertise to discuss and share insights on the following topics:

Key themes and objectives

  • Examining food and feed safety from a broader perspective of sustainability.
  • Exploring possible developments in risk assessment science.
  • Reflecting on future strategic goals and directions for regulatory science.
  • Contributing to new policy targets such as the EU Green Deal.

Click here for details on the programme.