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This international conference will bring together researchers, decisionmakers, specialists and other stakeholders interested in planetary health, sustainability and wellbeing.

Action is urgently needed for improving the well-being of people and the planet, planetary health. Science-informed knowledge and tools are essential for achieving transformations and actions that are effective and socially-just in solving complex crises. This conference creates a transdisciplinary platform where participants can meet, share, and discuss new scientific findings and practical solutions. We will gather on 13-15th of February 2024 in Lahti, Finland.

We invite researchers, practitioners and alike to submit your abstracts (max. 300 words) no later than on 5th of November 2023.

The conference will focus on questions such as:

  • How are climate change, biodiversity loss, and human health and well-being interlinked? Which societal, economic and technological changes could best tackle these crises and interlinked health issues?
  • What is the role of cities as leaders and catalysts of change, and how can civil society, companies, and other organisations support changes?
  • How to achieve transformative and lasting changes that are socially just, for example, for achieving planetary health diets?
  • What opportunities and risks can novel technologies bring for well-being and sustainability?
  • What are the economic and well-being costs and benefits of action or inaction?
  • How can current and potential social gaps be fulfilled while considering megatrends such as aging population and rising inequality in some countries?

We welcome you to share your latest research results, findings, and solutions on these guiding questions within session themes below:

  • Defining and demonstrating leadership for healthy and sustainable cities
  • The value of nature and biodiversity for human well-being and health
  • Transformation towards healthy and sustainable mobility
  • Transformation towards healthy lives through nature-positive consumption
  • Rethinking sustainable health, taking advantage of novel technologies and knowledge

The onsite conference program will consist of keynote lectures, participatory discussions, talks and a poster session. A limited number of talks will be selected to each session that complement one another on topics and focus. Practice-focused presentations could address topics such as novel effective tools, metrics and/or practices alongside the guiding questions. Posters are encouraged and might be suggested by organisers as an alternative to a talk. While sending your abstract, please select your preferred session and mode of presentation (talk/poster), and your suggestions for questions to be discussed in the sessions.





Main organiser: Lahti University Campus

Important dates
  • Deadline for the abstracts: 5.11.2023
  • Notification of acceptance for talks and posters: 23.11.2023
  • Confirmations of talks and posters by presenters: 30.11.2023
  • Registration for conference participation closes in late January
General conditions

To proceed with the abstract submission, your agreement with the following statements is required:  

  • The presenting author must register as an active participant at the conference.
  • Abstracts must be approved by all authors before submission. In case the presenting author is unable to attend the People and Planet Conference, a substitute presenter may take the presenting role. The new presenter must be listed as a co-author on the abstract and must be registered for the conference.
  • Abstracts must be approved by all authors before submission.
  • If accepted for a poster presentation, the presenting author agrees to present the poster according to the poster guidelines that will be communicated by email. If accepted for oral presentation, the presenting author agrees to present the abstract during the scheduled time/date and upload all presentation files according to presentation guidelines that will be communicated by email. If the presenter prefers to present via an onsite talk, the conference organisers hold the right to suggest presentation via poster format instead. In such case, the presenter may choose to present a poster or decline presentation.
  • The presenting author will keep People and Planet 2024 scientific committee informed of any changes to the contact information provided. 
Abstract preparation
  • Abstracts submission opens on early October and must be received no later than November 5 2023.
  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • All abbreviations must be defined in first use.
Reviewing and notification
  • The People and Planet 2024 scientific committee will review the abstract together with the chairs of the sessions.
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection of the abstract will be sent to the submitting authors by November 23, 2023.
  • We are looking to confirm your attendance for talks and posters by November 30.
  • It is the responsibility of all investigators that all studies are performed with respect to national and international legislation, and ethical guidelines with regards to humans and animals. The scientific committee reserves the right to reject any submitted abstract that is believed to violate these principles.
  • Please check that your email address is correct as it will be used for contacting you after the review process.
  • For all enquiries regarding abstracts and registration, please contact peopleplanet-info@helsinki.fi  

Submission deadline was November 5, 2023.