News regarding the Commission of Health and the Environment.
COVID-19: Call for joint efforts to fight against the epidemic
The President of IGU forward us an email from Professor Fahu Chen and Professor Guoyou Zhang from the Geographical Society of China regarding the COVID-19 epidemic (see emails below). To support their request, we proposed the following three immediate activities:
a. With the support of the IGU executive and the local organisers, the IGU Commission on Health and the Environment could organise a dedicated special session (or plenary) in collaboration with colleagues from China CDC, WHO, CAS and the Commission at the upcoming IGC in Istanbul.
b. The Commission could organise an international expert workshop on COVID-19 and other (re-) emerging diseases back-to-back to the Commission’s annual training course at CAS in Beijing (IGSNRR) that would specifically include the perspective of health geographers and spatial epidemiologists and inform on how to improve preparedness, academic teaching and public information.
c. The Commission could set up a special working group to analyse the lessons learned in the context of interdisciplinary Global Health and using the comprehensive approaches of health geography and spatial epidemiology. This international special working group would start working this year with the perspective to provide a comprehensive report to the extraordinary IGC in Paris.
Yukio Himiyama, IGU President, considers the three proposals all very important and supports and endorses them strongly, as well as Professor Barbaros Gönençgil, the Chair of the IGC 2020 Istanbul Organizing Committee, and Professor Nathalie Lemarchand, the Co-chair of the Extraordinary IGC 2022 Paris Organizing Committee. Both are ready to work with our proposal No. 1 and No. 3 and ask to be kept informed of the progress about these proposals so that they can let the IGU and broader communities know of them via the IGU website, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
We kindly ask if some of you would like to support the development of one of these proposals or if you are already working on this topic.
Meanwhile, we would like to call your attention to two activities already being implemented by a group of Tourism researchers from the University of Coimbra.
A: Survey on Coronavirus - impacts in travelling.
This questionnaire is part of an academic research project by CEGOT - Center for the Study of Geography and Spatial Planning and CISED - Center for Research in Digital Services. We ask you to cooperate in completing the questionnaire for 5 minutes. The data is for scientific use only and is strictly confidential. Access to the survey: shorturl.at/agxR3
B: Call for book chapters: “International Tourism and Health Risks: the Impacts of Epidemics and Virus Outbreaks in the XXI century” by Emerald Group Publishing.
This edited book aims to offer a broad collection of papers regarding the specific topic of tourism mobility and the impacts of health risk in the travel industry. Papers with new perspectives and approaches for traditional paradigms and theories, as well as new qualitative, quantitative and mix methodologies are welcome.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 31st of May 2020 to email@example.com