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EcoHealth 2014 is the 5th Biennial conference of the International Association for Ecology & Health, co-hosted by the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Biology, Health, Society and Environment (Cinbiose) and the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Canada).

Under the theme Connections for health, ecosystems and society, EcoHealth 2014 will be held in Montréal (Québec, Canada), at the Université du Québec à Montréal, from August 11st to 15th, 2014 (pre-conference day: August 11st).

Stay Informed! More information on conference themes, abstract submissions, important dates, green initiatives and local facilities can be found on the conference website.

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Past Events

EcoHealth 2012

EcoHealth 2012

The EcoHealth 2012 conference marks the 10-year anniversary of the first ecosystems and health conference, held in Washington, DC, and it builds upon the success of the third EcoHealth biennial conference, held in London in 2010. Moving forward with not only our original emphasis on building interdisciplinary skills, connections, and knowledge networks, but also with creating new skills and methods of looking at the environment-human dynamic, EcoHealth 2012 aims to provide the platform to build a truly transdisciplinary field.

The 4th Biennial EcoHealth Conference is co-hosted by the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science, Kunming Medical University and the World Agroforestry Centre with support from conference steering committee: Jianchu Xu (China), Margot Parkes (Canada), Martyn Jeggo (Australia), Jonathan Patz (USA), Jakob Zinsstag (Swiss), and Peter Daszak (USA). An attendance of at least 500 participants is expected.

For more information on poster and paper abstract submissions, booking, art competition submissions, and local facilities please visit our conference website.

15 March 2011

EcoHealth 2014
Applications closed for expressions of interest. Look for more information soon!

15 February 2011

EcoHealth 2014
Deadline Extended:
Expressions of Interest due 14 March, 2011
Application to co-host the 2014 biennial EcoHealth Conference

5th Official Conference of the International Association for Ecology & Health

The International Association for Ecology & Health was formed in 2006. The Association's mission is to strive for sustainable health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems by promoting discovery, understanding and transdisciplinarity. The specific objectives of the Association toward this overarching mission are to:

1. serve a diverse international community, including scientists, educators, policy makers, practitioners and the general public
2. provide mechanisms and forums to facilitate international and interdisciplinary discourse, through publication of the journal EcoHealth, by holding biennial conferences, and promoting additional activities in line with the mission
3. encourage development of transdisciplinary teaching, research and problem solving that cuts across many fields of scholarship (including natural, social and health sciences, and the humanities) and draws upon multiple types of knowledge.

The International Association for Ecology & Health is planning its 5th biennial conference and is now seeking partners to co-host this international event. Information about previous conferences in 2006 (Madison, USA), 2008 (Merida, Mexico), 2010 (London, UK) and 2012 (Kunming, China) can be obtained by contacting the IAEH Secretariat <> .
Applications to co-host the 2014 conference should demonstrate:

1. Institutional as well as individual commitment to co-hosting the conference with the Association;
2. That the Institution and venue have logistical capability and experience to co-host an international meeting for at least 500 people;
3. That the location should preferably be a large urban center to facilitate direct flights from other continents and minimize internal (national) travel;
4. That the individual and/or institution has the fund-raising capability to obtain a large proportion of the funds necessary to hold such a meeting (Note: The International Association for Ecology and Health will assist in fund-raising but cannot guarantee level of assistance or be held responsible for financial loss. The Association will make no financial claim for support from the co-host (except for membership related issues, see H);
5. That the proposed conference theme, goals and subsequent sessions and speakers address the themes and mission and goals of the Association;
6. A proposal that minimizes the environmental impact and maximizes the local benefits of the conference, with consideration of travel, food, conference materials, and opportunities for giving back to the community where the conference is held;
7. A willingness to ensure that conference registration is linked to membership of the Association.Specific arrangements for linking membership with registration will be stipulated by the Association, and may include inclusion of membership in registration and/or discounted registration fees for members;
8. A strategy to encourage conference attendees to submit papers to the journal EcoHealth, to promote student participation, to clearly link conference profile with the conference (via website etc) and to raise awareness of the other initiatives of Association;
9. A proposal for facilitation of participants from developing nations, and active international promotion and profiling of the conference within the co-host's country and globally.
10. A description of willingness, intentions and proposed arrangements to work with local partners to plan the conference, as relevant;
11. A capacity, if initial proposal is successfully received, to present in person or by video at the August 2012 biennial conference in Kunming, China.

Expressions of interest should be sent to the IAEH Secretariat by 14 March 2011, via email:

Full applications meeting the criteria above should be no more than two pages in length and should be sent to no later than Monday, 25 April 2011. The Association may request additional information, which would need to be provided no later than May 31. Successful applicants will be asked to present at the August 2012 biennial conference in Kunming, China.

You provided your email address when you joined the International Association for Ecology and Health. As an IAEH member, you will occasionally receive Association updates and notifications about the EcoHealth journal.

23 November 2010

Updates about the 2012 Conference in Kunming, China will be posted regularly on this site. The conference co-hosts are Jianchu Xu and Fang Jing, who have active roles in the EcoHealth Association and Journal. Any queries about the conference can be sent to

November 08, 2010

The Association sincerely thanks Dr. Carolyn Stephens and the organising team of the Ecohealth 2010 London Conference for the success of the Third Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology & Health (18-20 August 2010)
For details see EcoHealth 2010 Conference Website. In addition to the opportunities for dynamic interactions and profiling innovations in ecohealth research, education and practice throughout the conference program, key Association activities during the Conference included:

Call for nominations to the 'Exceptional Early Career Contribution to the Field of Ecohealth' award!
Call closes July 19, 2010. Download the formal announcement [PDF].

Registration for the EcoHealth 2010 London Conference is now open!
Browse the EcoHealth 2010 Conference Website (left).

The third Biennial EcoHealth Conference will be held from the 18-20th of August, 2010, hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The over- arching theme for the Conference is Global Ecohealth Challenges; Multiple Perspectives. Daily themes include Urban EcoHealth, Biodiversity & EcoHealth and Sustainability & EcoHealth. Registration for the Conference opens February 17. Closing Day for Submission of Abstracts is March 31st 2010. Browse the links for the EcoHealth 2010 Conference (left).

For up-to-date general information, event schedule, speaker biographies, and a list of oral presentations, download the Conference Program [PDF].



2010 Asia-Pacific Global Health Summer Institute

An inaugural Asia-Pacific Global Health Summer Institute (SI) will be held June 20 to July 2, 2010, in Honolulu, HI, to provide instruction and an exciting new forum focused on critical global health issues of the Asia-Pacific Region. With the theme of New Perspectives in Global Health: Integrating Ecological, Social, and Biological Sciences, the SI aims to combine expertise and resources for fostering integrative systems-level approaches to global health research and practice. Co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) Office of Public Health Studies, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health, the SI will especially focus on four pressing global health challenges of the Asia-Pacific Region: indigenous health disparities, linkages between healthy ecosystems and public health, the socio-ecology of emerging infectious diseases, and public health leadership. Four one-week graduate-level courses will be team-taught at the UHM campus, by outstanding faculty from UHM, UC Berkeley, Mae Fah Luong University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The UHM campus, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, provides an ideal setting for instruction as Hawaii represents a microcosm of the Asia-Pacific Region, with its mix of Polynesian, Asian, and Western cultures, along with its fragile ecosystems that are increasingly threatened by global changes. More information is available at the SI website here.

International Forum EcoHealth 2008 December 1st-5th, Merida, Mexico


International EcoHealth Forum 2008

In December 2008, in Mérida, México, the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) of México will host the International EcoHealth Forum 2008 in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada), the International Association for Ecology and Health (IAEH), the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil (FIOCRUZ), the Institute of Ecological Research, Brazil (IPE), and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechny of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (FMVZ-USP). The Forum will promote research, theory and practice internationally to consolidate the growing community of researchers, policy-makers, and civil society representatives. It will bring a better understanding of the holistic links between ecosystems and human health and the identification of pathways for more sustainable action and interventions. The role of transdisciplinary approaches towards discovery and sustainable solutions will be emphasized throughout. 

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International Conference on Health and Biodiversity

The Second International Conference on Health and Biodiversity, took place from the 25th to 28th of February 2008 in Galway, Ireland. The conference advanced dialogue and collaboration across sectors on issues linking biodiversity with human health and well-being, and highlighted practical cross-sectoral and holistic approaches to addressing the issues.
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Asia Pacific EcoHealth Conference

The Asia Pacific EcoHealth conference People & Places in a Changing World was held in Melbourne, Australia in November, 2007. The themes of the 3-day conference were: cultural change, measuring the links between environments and health, ecological literacies in health practice, systemic thinking, indigenous and local perspectives, environments and health.

Participants came from all over the world, a total of around 120 delegates. Professionals from the social and biological sciences including sectors such as health promotion, environmental health, sociology, urban planning, economics, conservation and environmental management came together to seek, share, and combine knowledge. In the words of two participants: There were 'inspirational presentations and discussions' and 'it was great to see so many people in diverse fields / backgrounds all working together to achieve a common goal'.

For more information about the conference go to the Asia-Pacific Ecohealth '07 Conference Website.

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EcoHealth One

The International Association for Ecology and Health will hold a bi-annual, international conference. The first conference, EcoHealth One, was hosted at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in October, 2006. The meeting was a success with nearly 400 participants from around the globe. Click the photo below to reach the conference site for additional information.

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