Plenary Speaker

Sotiris Vardoulakis, Professor of Global Environmental Health, The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Dr. Sotiris Vardoulakis

Dr. Sotiris Vardoulakis is inaugural Professor of Global Environmental Health at the Australian National University (ANU) National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. He is also founding co-Chair of the International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability (Healthy-Polis) and Honorary Professor at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School. Previously he was Director of Research and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Occupational Health at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, and before that Head of the Environmental Change Department at Public Health England. He also held academic positions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Birmingham.

Dr. Vardoulakis’ main research interests include climate change, air pollution and health, sustainable cities, exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, and public health communication and policy. He was one of the lead authors of the first UK Climate Change Risk Assessment and contributor to the National Adaptation Programme. He served as a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, UK) Public Health Advisory Committee on Air Pollution and of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Group on Indoor Air Quality. He is currently involved in the UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) for Cities Assessment.
Over the last 20 years, he has advised national and local governments and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the European Parliament, the UK Government, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Australian Department of Health, on the health effects of climate change and air pollution, and on environmental sustainability, health protection, occupational hygiene, and risk communication. He is Specialty Chief Editor (Health and Cities) for Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, and Associate Editor (Climate Change and Health) for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Dr. Vardoulakis holds a BSc in Physics from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, a MSc in Environmental Engineering Technology from Imperial College London, and a PhD in Urban Air Quality from the University of Greenwich.

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