27 Jul 2021, Φ Upcoming tandem event: Sustainable Urban Health / Ankündigung Tandemveranstaltung: Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit, 17-18 Nov 2021

27.7.2021, Upcoming tandem event: Sustainable Urban Health / Ankündigung Tandemveranstaltung: Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit, 17.-18.11.2021

Jointly organized by groups from the Universität Bielefeld, Hafencity Universität Hamburg and Universitätskrankenhaus Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), a (German-language) conference on Sustainable Urban Health will be held in Hamburg, 17-18 Nov 2021 / Als gemeinsame Veranstaltung von Universität Bielefeld, Hafencity Universität Hamburg und Universitätskrankenhaus Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) findet eine (deutschsprachige) Konferenz zu Nachhaltiger StadtGesundheit am 17.-18.11.2021 in Hamburg statt.

This „tandem“ meeting is rooted in two different traditions: (i) the ”Hamburg Symposia for regional health care”, https://www.hamburg-symposium.com/, and (ii) the conference series “City of the future – healthy and sustainable metropolises”, www.urban-health.de / Diese „Tandem“-Veranstaltung wurzelt in zwei verschiedenen Traditionen: (i) in den Hamburger Symposien für regionale Gesundheitsversorgung, https://www.hamburg-symposium.com/, und (ii) in der Konferenzserie “Stadt der Zukunft – Gesunde und nachhaltige Metropolen”, www.stadt-und-gesundheit.de.

As an intermediate for the upcoming conference, an online event took place on 27 Oct 2020. The (German-language) documentation includes transliterations, presentations, video clips, and pictures / Als Zwischenschritt für die kommende Konferenz erfolgte am 27.10.2021 eine Online-Veranstaltung. Die (deutschsprachige) Dokumentation umfasst Transkriptionen, Präsentationen, Video-Passagen und Bildmaterial, http://stadt-und-gesundheit.de/foerderprogramm/jahreskonferenzen-stadt-der-zukunft/online-veranstaltung-2020/.

For the upcoming conference, the leading question is: How can we work, in urban (and rural) neighborhoods, towards a “healthy” future for all, in accordance with social equity and within planetary boundaries? / Die Leitfrage lautete: Wie lässt sich in Stadt (und Land), in Einklang mit sozialen Zielen und planetaren Grenzen, an einer „gesunden“ Zukunft für alle Menschen arbeiten?

Our topics include: urban epidemiology, demography, environment, mobility, spatial planning, urban green & blue, future health care – and their interrelations / Zu unseren Themen gehören: Stadtepidemiologie, Demographie, Umwelt, Mobilität, Räume im Wandel, Stadtgrün und Stadtblau, Versorgung in der Zukunft – und was verbindet diese Themen miteinander?

Hosts and speakers include the following / Als Moderator:innen und Referent:innen sind u.a. beteiligt: PD Dr. Jobst Augustin, Prof. Dr. Matthias Augustin, Prof. Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Bolte, Prof. Dr. Rainer Fehr, Prof. Dr. Claudia Hornberg, Dr. Sonja Kahlmeier, Prof. Dr. Thomas Kistemann, Prof. Dr. Jörg Knieling, Prof. Dr. Heike Köckler, Prof. Dr. Susanne Möbus, Nicole Mohr, Prof. Dr. Dirk Wittowsky, Prof. Dr. Stefan Zerbe.

1-2 Jul 2021, Φ ARL congress “In the Sign of the Pandemic …”, incl. presentation: Sustainable Urban Health in transdisciplinary debate

1.-2.7.2021, ARL congress “In the Sign of the Pandemic“, incl. presentation: Sustainable Urban Health in transdisciplinary debate / ARL-Kongress „Im Zeichen der Pandemie …“, inkl. Präsentation: Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit im transdisziplinären Diskussionsprozess [21-03]

On 1-2 July 2021, the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL) held its annual Congress (online) “In the Sign of the Pandemic – Spatial Development between Uncertainty and Resilience” / Am 1.–2. Juli 2021 veranstaltete die Akademie für Raumentwicklung in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (ARL) ihren (Online-)Jahreskongress „Im Zeichen der Pandemie – Raumentwicklung zwischen Unsicherheit und Resilienz“, www.arl-net.de/de/arl-kongress-2021.

Parallel workshops included the following / Zu den parallelen Fachsitzungen gehörten u.a.:

  • Society and social justice / Gesellschaft und soziale Gerechtigkeit
  • Public Health and health infrastructures / Öffentliche Gesundheit und Gesundheitsinfrastrukturen
  • Ecology and environmental justice / Ökologie und Umweltgerechtigkeit.

Topics of the workshop „Public Health and health infrastructures“: model-based small-area analysis of Corona incidence; new health infrastructures in the Corona pandemic in Hesse; and city quarters’ resilience in the pandemic / Themen der Fachsitzung „Öffentliche Gesundheit und Gesundheitsinfrastrukturen”: Modellgestützte kleinräumige Analyse des Corona-Infektionsgeschehens; Neue Gesundheits-Infrastrukturen in der Corona-Pandemie in Hessen; Resilienz von Stadtquartieren in der Pandemie.

This workshop included our presentation: „Sustainable Urban Health in transdisciplinary debate“ / In diesem Workshop erfolgte auch unsere Präsentation: „Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit im transdisziplinären Diskussionsprozess“ (R.Fehr, A.Trojan, J.Augustin, C.Hornberg).

Presentation / Präsentation

19 May 2021, Φ European Public Health Week, 17-21 May, incl. “Your local community”, with Photo elicitation community project

19.5.2021, European Public Health Week, 17-21 May, incl. “Your local community”, with Photo elicitation community project

The third edition of the European Public Health Week (EUPHW, https://eupha.org/euphw), organized by the European Public Health Organization (EUPHA, https://eupha.org) started two days ago. It includes >200 events, organised by 40 countries in 19 languages. The aims are to “Make the case for public health and a more inclusive society across Europe; Raise awareness […] on five specific public health themes […]; Create trust and innovative ways of collaboration among all professionals contributing to public health at local, national, regional and European level.

The themes for the 2021 edition are: Communicating science and health; New challenges in mental health; Your local community; All for one health; Leaving no one behind.


Theme: Your local community (19 May 2021)

Includes, among others: Webinar “Local spaces and places – How healthy is your city?”; Session “Transferring European Good Practices locally: SEEEPHI Project”; and Photo elicitation community project.

Materials provided (https://eupha.org/your_local_community) include:

  • 11 key messages, e.g.: “Voices of citizens demanding better health can make a big difference in supporting decision makers to make the right choices”; “Healthier urban environments will be key to achieving the SDGs and a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world”
  • 10 facts & figures, e.g.: “Cities are the closest level of government to the people. Municipal governments work most closely with people, including vulnerable groups …”; “The importance of urban space reorganization has become evident for people’s lives outdoors and for physical distancing. Cities need more green and blue spaces and a renewed system of healthy transport”
  • 10 links to specific resources, e.g.: UN Habitat’s “Integrating health in urban and territorial planning”: https://unhabitat.org/integrating-health-in-urban-and-territorial-planning-a-sourcebook-for-urban-leaders-health-and; Public Health Scotland: Place Standard Tool – How good is your place? https://www.placestandard.scot/

Photo elicitation community project

  • As part of the EPH Week 2021, EUPHA’s Urban Public Health section shares a photographic gallery, concerning influences on health in local communities.
  • The photos, contributed by section members, relate to a range of communities across Europe and beyond and are accompanied by explanations of where the contributor feels it impacts on the health of the community.
  • 26 communities: Germany (Hamburg; and Ruhr Metropolitan region), Greece (1 community), Hungary (1), Italy (1), The Netherlands (1), Nigeria (1 community – 5 topics), Norway (1 community), Portugal (2), Sierra Leone (1), Spain (12), United Kingdom (3).

At a later point in time, the Hamburg photos contributed to the project will be made available at my website. For the time being, please visit: https://rise.articulate.com/share/1NZ67TvNiMpg_cudkTttAt2SEs0GxoNG#/.

20 Apr 2021, Φ Sustainable Urban Health – Tandem event (online) 27 Oct 2020: documentation now available

20.4.2021, Sustainable Urban Health – Tandem event (online) 27 Oct 2020: documentation now available / Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit – Tandem-Veranstaltung (online) 27.10.2020: Dokumentation jetzt verfügbar

For the Tandem event (online) of 27 Oct 2020 [Link], a documentation is now available in two technical versions (German-language) / Für die Tandem-Veranstaltung (online) vom 27.10.2020 [Link] ist nun eine Dokumentation in zwei technischen Varianten verfügbar:

  • online at the website of project “Brückenbau” (Building bridges) / online auf der Webseite des Projektes Brückenbau, www.stadt-und-gesundheit.de
  • as a pdf file (26 pp.) / als pdf-Datei (26 S.):

18 Jan 2021, Φ EUPHA section “Urban Health” newsletter, incl. recent developments in Germany

18.1.2021, EUPHA section “Urban Health” newsletter, incl. recent developments in Germany

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA, https://eupha.org/) maintains a number of different sections, including one on “Urban Health”(UH), https://eupha.org/urban-public-health.

The latest UH section newsletter features a range of topics, incl. – among others – “European Public Health Week [2020] resources”, “Recent publications and resources from section members”, and “Call for papers for special issue of Sustainability”.

Extraction from my contribution to the newsletter, “In difficult times, Sustainable Urban Health gaining ground in Germany” (text shortened, and links omitted):


For several years, institutions and individuals in Germany have sought to strengthen Sustainable Urban Health (Nachhaltige StadtGesundheit) as a field of activities …“City of the future – healthy and sustainable metropolises” is a research program sponsored by Deutsches Stiftungszentrum; this includes a range of research groups, a series of conferences, and a dedicated book series … Although 2020 made us captive participants of a global crash course on “Health in all Policies”, colleagues and I feared that the year would provide little progress towards rational Urban Health thinking. Fortunately, it turned out that this was not true:

  • In May 2020, the Universität Duisburg-Essen / Medical Department founded the Institute for Urban Public Health (InUPH), supported by Berg Foundation for 5 years …
  • The German Federal Center for Health Promotion … features a glossary of professional terms concerning prevention and health promotion. A glossary entry on Urban Health was updated recently .,.
  • In Oct 2020, several universities (Hamburg: UKE Medical School, and Hafencity U; Bielefeld U) jointly organized an online seminar, with >200 participants enrolled …
  • Since 2019, the “Hamburg Patriotic Society of 1765” … has hosted a transdisciplinary working group on Sustainable Urban Health … a platform for urban planners, health (and other) professionals as well as civil society in Hamburg … meetings aim at information exchange, debate and project development …
  • Since mid-2020, there is also a scientific working group on Urban Epidemiology (Stadtepidemiologie) in Hamburg …
  • Complementing a 2018 predecessor …, a second Hamburg book … is being prepared … Again, the aim is to integrate across local/regional history, governance, prevention, health promotion and care as well as Health in all Policies and to discuss their interrelations …

In … summary, there is an ongoing process towards consolidating Sustainable Urban Health in Germany, with Hamburg striving to be a positive epicentre. If readers are engaged in a similar local or regional process …, please get in touch. My colleagues and I are interested in broadening the exchange with researchers and practitioners elsewhere, e.g. by jointly preparing a workshop at EPH 2021 …