1 |Major outcomes of Master thesis on retention of particulate matter 2 | PhD Defense : “Statistical and mathematical methods to improve models of infectious disease transmission in and between human and animal populations" 3 | "30-30": public campaign about moving in a green environment with more than 1.300 participants 4 | Hearing on Nature & Health in the Flemish Parliament 5 | Nordic research conference in Green Care and Nature-based interventions 6 | Conference on Nature-Based Solutions for Community and Campus Well-Being  7 | Symposium “Building Care: Intersections of Healthcare and Architecture”  8 | Call for papers special issue Cities & Health journal: 'The child-friendly city' 9 | Urban Green Infrastructure Planning - A Guide for Practitioners 10 | "3 questions to" Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri,  scientific cooperator at University of Mons, Department of Therapeutic Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Newsletter - October 2017 edition


CONTENTS

Young Scientists
1 |Major outcomes of Master thesis on retention of particulate matter
2 | PhD Defense : “Statistical and mathematical methods to improve models of infectious disease transmission in and between human and animal populations"

Events in Belgium
3 | "30-30": public campaign about moving in a green environment with more than 1.300 participants
4 | Hearing on Nature & Health in the Flemish Parliament

International
5 | Nordic research conference in Green Care and Nature-based interventions
6 | Conference on Nature-Based Solutions for Community and Campus Well-Being 
7 | Symposium “Building Care: Intersections of Healthcare and Architecture” 
8 | Call for papers special issue Cities & Health journal: 'The child-friendly city'
9 | Urban Green Infrastructure Planning - A Guide for Practitioners

10 | "3 questions to" Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri,  scientific cooperator at
University of Mons, Department of Therapeutic Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Young Scientists
1 |  Major outcomes of Master thesis on retention of particulate matter
University of Antwerp - Particulate matter is one of the most dangerous components of air pollution for humans as the exposure to particulate matter is associated with adverse health outcomes. By establishing trees and shrubs in towns and cities, the quality of urban life can be improved as these plants can increase air quality by the interception of air contaminants. Researchers measured the Saturation Isothermal Remanent Magnetization (SIRM) of washed leaves. They found out that hairy broad-leaved species retained more particulate matter than nonhairy broad-leaved species. They also found out that needle-leaved evergreen species had high particulate matter retention, probably due to the accumulation of particulate matter in the waxy epicuticular layer and due to the longevity of the needles.

Contact: catherine.bruck@gmail.com
Master thesis Title : “Morphological and physiological characteristics of contrasting urban plant leaves and their importance in retention of particulate matter”
 
2 | PhD Defense : “Statistical and mathematical methods to improve models of infectious disease transmission in and between human and animal populations"
Public PhD defence of Yimer Wasihun Kifle (Sciences: Statistics - Hasselt University & Medical Sciences - University of Antwerp) under supervision of prof Niel Hens and prof Philippe Beutels. Wednesday 4 October 2017 – 10.00 a.m. Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek Auditorium H5, building D Agoralaan, 3590 Diepenbeek.

More information here.
Events in Belgium
3 | "30-30": public campaign about moving in a green environment with more than 1.300 participants

With the 30-30 campaign the Flemish public is being challenged to move in a green environment for 30 days – from 9 September until 8 October 2017 – and for 30 minutes each day. Organizers BOS+ and Christelijke Mutualiteit are not only motivating the participants to keep moving on their own pace, the campaign also wants to make a difference on other levels: the evolution in well-being of the participants is being monitored in order to find out the benefits of moving in a green environment; BOS+ and CM think that everybody should have a green spot in their neighbourhood where they can recreate, and make it into an explicit battle point; and a 30-30 forest is being planted, depending on the number of participants and how often they move in a green environment.
 
More information : www.30-30.be
 
4 | Hearing on Nature & Health in the Flemish Parliament
On September 20th this Hearing took place at the Parliamentary Commission for Well-being, Public Health and Family. Hereyou will find full video coverage and background information.
International
5 | Nordic research conference in Green Care and Nature-based interventions

The main goals for this Nordic conference are to focus on the research quality and how researchers and professionals from different disciplines and practitioners offering a variety of services must collaborate to speed up high quality research in both health promotion and rehabilitation for different vulnerable client groups. There will be a special focus on drop-outs from school, different marginalized groups and persons with dementia.
 
When ? From 31 October to 1 November
Where? Scandic Sørlandet, Norway

 
6 | Conference on Nature-Based Solutions for Community and Campus Well-Being 

This MINDSCAPE conferencewill explore how increased physical activity in natural spaces can benefit mental and physical health.

When ? 14th of October 2017
Where ? at Clarisford Park, Ireland

 
7 | Symposium “Building Care: Intersections of Healthcare and Architecture” 

This symposiumbrings together scientists, policymakers and architects to discuss places of care and place making for healthcare. How does the environment affect patients and professionals in hospitals? How is materiality employed to help dementia patients in nursing homes? What does the process of building buildings and creating places show about the changing landscape of healthcare in the Netherlands?

Please direct any questions you might have concerning the symposium 'Building Care: Intersections of Health and Architecture' to the local organising committee via e-mail communicatie@eshpm.eur.nl

When ? 26th of October 2017
Where ? The Netherlands

 
8 | Call for papers special issue Cities & Health journal: 'The child-friendly city'

The callis designed to raise some important issues for cities today. The deadline for submissions is the end of November, with publication planned in 2018. And it’s not just academic articles the journal is after, they are also interested in case studies and commentary.   

Deadline : 30 November 2017
 
9 | Urban Green Infrastructure Planning - A Guide for Practitioners

There has been much research in recent years focusing on how green space can contribute to health, quality of life and economic growth in cities. Emerging from some of this research is a new concept:
urban green infrastructure (UGI) planning – an integrated approach to strategically planning green spaces. This guidepresents this new approach as well as offering guidance and inspiration for the planning and governance of cities around the world.
 
Further videos available from the recent Green Surge conference.
 
10 | "3 questions to" Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri,  scientific cooperator at
University of Mons, Department of Therapeutic Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

1. How is the relation between nature & human health part of your work/activities?

I have a scientific background in pharmaceutical, food and chemical sciences. My main research for almost 20 years focuses on safe, efficient, sustainable and responsible use of medicinal and edible plants, herbal medicinal products and botanical food supplements. Medicinal plants is an important source for medicines, cosmetics, food supplements or food.  They also play a significant role in cultural rituals and the daily use of plants. The use of medicinal plants and their products is directly dependant on the available natural resources and biodiversity.

During the last decade we see developing a more holistic approach to research and use of medicinal plants. Scientists are analysing how traditional knowledge of medicinal plants evolves, how those plants contribute to ecosystem services, which role medicinal plants play in urban greening projects, local biocultural  knowledge and therapeutic landscapes.

2. How important is collaboration between different groups in the work on nature - health linkages?

We are most happy about developing cooperation and dialogue between scientists and practitioners of different fields. For many years pharmaceutical and food industries worked in isolation. Now we see many examples of interdisciplinary projects when pharmacists and food chemists work together with ethnologists, anthropologists, ecologists, historians, nutritionists, agriculture scientists, public health specialists, social scientists, psychologists and others to contribute to sustainable development goals, to take active part in green and circular economy. We see lots of dynamics in the field of complementary and alternative medicine where nature therapy has its important place too.

The collaboration between different groups in the work on nature - health linkages is essential if we want to develop further this field and to make it visible to the society as a real and solid option in disease prevention and control. We have many dispersed groups that do excellent work, but we have to come together, to connect our findings and to present them in a visible, confident and comprehensive way to politicians and all society.

3. Where would you like the work on nature - health linkages to be in a few years?

In few years I would like to see the Belgian Community of Practice on Biodiversity and Healthto be developed into a Centre for Health and Biodiversity. Into a place which would serve as visitors centre and place of education where people could meet, carry out research and share knowledge. If my dream would materialise I would love to be part of such a Centre.