VU joins inVIVO for planetary health

On 17-21 June 2020, the international inVIVO conference and festival hits Amsterdam with its multidisciplinary, scientific approach to planetary health. VU Amsterdam/Amsterdam Sustainability Institute co-hosts the event with ARTIS-Micropia and KIT Royal Tropical Institute.

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This year’s theme, ‘Rewilding Spaceship Earth: from Microbes to Mammoths, Music and More’, reflects the wide scope of the event: from ecology, health and environmental topics to arts and citizen science. VU microbiologist, ARTIS-Micropia professor and inVIVO member Remco Kort explains that it is a great privilege to organize the meeting in Amsterdam this year: “My mission is to investigate and explain the importance of microbial life for our health and our planet. Contact with nature and associated microbes is of great importance for the education of our immune system and health throughout our lives. In more general terms, this meeting underscores the imperative for creative ecological solutions to the challenges of advancing global urbanization. We will focus on understanding and improving the complex relationships between human health and planetary health—including the ecological interactions in our living environment, urbanization, food systems, education, social inequity, climate change, biodiversity loss, and microbial ecology.”

Share your ideas!
InVIVO wants to change the conversation about health on all levels. The program of the event is therefore designed to create a ‘dynamic community atmosphere, rather than a traditional conference dynamic’. The aim is to give all attendees an opportunity to share new ideas and/or present new data – based on abstracts received. For more info on the event and to submit your abstract, check:

Key dates
Pre-conference workshops--will begin at ARTIS on June 17
The Main Scientific Conference—will run at KIT from June 18 through June 20 with some activities also at ARTIS, including a visit to Micropia.
A Public Planetary Health Festival—will run at ARTIS from June 19 through June 21