University of Leicester eBulletin

Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health

August 2003

No 211


Impact of Climate Change in the UK: Open seminar in Leicester to debate the ‘hot’ issues

How health and quality of life in Britain might be affected by climate change, will be debated by some of the country’s leading experts and policymakers at a one day event in Leicester next month. The Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health (MRC IEH), Leicester is hosting an open seminar to look at the impacts of climate change in the UK on the 16 September 2003.

The conference aims to bring together the public, researchers, special interest groups, scientists and policy makers to discuss the key issues and gain a better understanding of the potential direct and indirect effects of climate change in the UK.

The event is being sponsored by the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Topics for discussion include: climate change trends and predictions for the future; impacts on UK ecology and agriculture; human health issues; stakeholder perception and communication; and adaptation strategies.

During the day, delegates will hear a variety of presentations ranging from the importance of climate change in the UK through to ozone depletion and the effects of sunlight and the acute health effects of extreme weather events. There are also opportunities for group discussion and to talk informally to other participants.

Dr Paul Harrison, Director of the MRC IEH said: “We’re delighted to have such a distinguished group of speakers for our 2003 Open Seminar. Climate change affects us all, so this is a great opportunity to bring together researchers, academics, policy makers and the public to talk to one another about their differing views and concerns.”

Co-Chairman Professor Mike Hulme from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research says "The Climate in the UK continues to get warmer. This year, 2003, is again more than one degree Celsius warmer than earlier decades. Our climate is significantly different from 100 years ago, with wetter milder winters, hotter drier summers, longer growing seasons, more frequent meteorological triggers for flooding and rising sea level. These trends are set to continue."

There are still a few places available at this popular event, and booking will be on a first come first served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to register (£30.00, including refreshments and lunch), call: 0116 233 1614, email: pof1@le.ac.uk, or visit our website at http://www.le.ac.uk/ieh/news/climate.html 

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If you are a member of the press who requires more information or would like to talk to someone about the event or the subjects for discussion please call Linda Shuker on (0116) 223 1615, email: lks3@le.ac.uk or Paul Harrison on (0116) 223 1610, email: ptch1@le.ac.uk 


NOTES TO EDITORS

· The MRC Institute for Environment and Health assesses and evaluates links between environmental quality and human health and is based at the University of Leicester 

· The conference, ‘Climate Change in the UK: Impact on Environment and Health’, takes place on 16 September, 2003, in the Ken Edwards Building at the University of Leicester. 

· For more information or to register (£30.00, including refreshments and lunch), please contact Miss P Francis, Tel: 0116 233 1614, email: pof1@le.ac.uk, or visit our website at http://www.le.ac.uk/ieh/news/climate.html 

· ‘Climate Change in the UK: Impact on Environment and Health’, 16 September, 2003 Speakers and presentations include: 



Professor M Hulme, Tyndall Centre HQ and School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia:
Climate change science and policy: Historical and future perspectives

Mr Darren Bett, BBC Weather Centre The importance of climate change in the UK

Dr T Sparks, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology: Climate impacts on UK phenology

Dr J Hossell, ADAS consulting Limited Climate change and biodiversity: Future conservation policy and management options

Professor M Parry, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia :Changing landscape and practices

Professor G Bentham, Centre for Environmental Risk, University of East Anglia: Climate change, ozone depletion and the health effects of sunlight exposure

Dr R Stanwell Smith, Ex-Public Health Laboratory: Pathogen related diseases

Dr P Baxter, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge: Acute health effects of extreme weather events

Dr S Tapsell, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University: Considered ill or ill considered? The chronic health effects of flooding in the UK


Open forum with panel discussion: Behavioural and social impacts, adaptation and stakeholder involvement. Speakers to include:

Professor A Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Professor D Loveday, Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
Professor G Morris, Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health
Dr C Neary, Welsh Consumer Council
Professor J Skea, Policy Study Institute, University of Westminster
Mr G Turner, Enviros
Dr C West, UK Climate Impacts Programme



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