Eco Medics 2022
A prescription for climate action
We'll be truthful, we're immensely excited by the diversity of this year's speaker lineup. Headlining the show are 4 incredible keynote speakers with a some serious clout, backed up by some fantastic clinicians leading the way in their respective fields. There are even interactive workshops to get involved with from leading think tanks. We hope you enjoy our line-up, feel free to ask as many questions as you can think of whether that be in person or on the online live chat function.
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Dr Nick Watts
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, 9.00am
Nick is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service. He leads the Greener NHS team across the country, which focuses on improving the health of patients and the public through a robust and accelerated response to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda. Prior to the NHS, Nick worked as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change. He also founded both the Global and UK Climate and Health Alliance on Climate Change.
Professor Hugh Montgomery OBE
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, 10.15am
Hugh is a consultant intensivist at University College Hospital and the Whittington in London. His work is astoundingly diverse, with previous projects in performance genomics, authoring childrens’ books as well as being research lead for the 2008 Xtreme Everest research expedition. Hugh co-chairs the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and is a riveting speaker when it comes to sustainable healthcare. After speaking at our 2021, it was an easy decision to invite him back and we can’t wait to hear Hugh’s wisdom once again at Eco Medics 2022.
Judy Ling Wong CBE
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, 11.20am
Judy is a painter, poet and environmentalist, best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network. She is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion, championing the notion of equal access to green space for ethnic minority groups. She is also the first woman in the history of China with the title of "Master of the 3 Arts". She received a CBE in 2007 for her services to heritage.
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, 4.20pm
Rosamund is a British grassroots campaigner for asthma awareness and the impact of air pollution on respiratory health. Her mission began in 2013 after the tragic death of her 9 year old daughter, Ella Roberta. In 2020, a landmark inquest ruled that air pollution was a contributing factor to Ella’s death. Through her clean air campaign work she has played a role in the expansion of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone, and she is also a WHO Advocate for health and air quality.
Lowther Room, 12.00pm
Danielle is a nurse by training and MD of Warwick Med, a reusable PPE organisation leading the change from disposable theatre caps to reusable “name and role” cloth hats. With success stories of entire theatre departments changing to reusable scrub caps in Liverpool, Danielle will have some real-life advice for us about encouraging change in our workplaces.
Dr Shireen Kassam
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, 12.20pm
Shireen is a consultant haematologist at King's College London, and founder of Plant Based Health Professionals which brings evidence-based education on plant-based nutrition to the UK. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and in 2021 co-founded the UK’s first CQC registered, online, multi-disciplinary, plant-based lifestyle medicine healthcare service, Plant Based Health Online. Her work has been published by The Times and BBC food.
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, 2.30pm
Tracy is a medicines optimisation pharmacist and lifelong environmentalist. As well as being pharmacy sustainability lead at her trust, she is also the co-founder of Pharmacy Declares, a group of like-minded pharmacy professionals calling for a globally more sustainable approach to pharmacy through action and education. She is also a member of Doctors for Extinction Rebellion.
Mrs Cleo Kenington
Lowther Room, 2.30pm
Cleo is a consultant in Emergency General Surgery and Major Trauma at London’s St George’s Hospital. She is a representative on the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland council, and their lead for sustainability. Cleo is a London Convenor of campaign group “Prescription for Safe Cycling” bringing together Health Professionals to campaign improved infrastructure and support for safe cycling and active transport.
Dr Laura-Jane Smith
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, 3.45pm
Laura-Jane is a respiratory consultant at King’s College London. She is a proud vegan, and is a member of Plant Based Health Professionals. She takes an active interest in lifestyle medicine and her veganism stems from environmental, health and ethical reasons. She is the clinical sustainability lead at KCH and we’re looking forward to LJ’s pragmatic thoughts on our mission to net-zero.
Lowther Room, 3.00pm
The Carbon Literacy Project is based on the key aim that if we are to cut our carbon emissions by the kind of reductions demanded of us by science, then we will need to change culture alongside technology.
Carbon Literacy is relevant climate change learning that catalyses action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Literacy Project works to provide access to this learning to everyone who lives, works and studies across the UK and beyond. Carbon Literate citizens understand how climate change will affect them – both geographically and sectorally – and have acquired the knowledge and skills to lower their carbon footprint.
Lowther Room, 3.45pm
Students for Global Health is a student network tackling local and global health inequalities through education, advocacy and community social action. We have branches at 36 medical schools around the UK and work on a local, regional and national level to advocate for equity in health. The Students for Global Health Climate and Health National Working Group aims to raise awareness, amplify youth demands and create meaningful research projects. We have three key theme areas this year in relation to Climate Change: 'Race', 'Displacement' and 'Divestment'. We are supporting MedAct on their 'Health for a Green New Deal' Campaign to lobby MPs for a just transition to a greener economy, and collaborate with other organisations as well to champion climate justice.