Sustainable Development Goals

China-U.S. Scientific Engagement on Sustainability: Sustainability and Planetary Health, Key Issues and Possible Solutions - Online Workshop II




Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, Irvine



The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will convene a public workshop, China-U.S. Scientific Engagement: Sustainability and Planetary Health, Key Issues and Possible Solutions on 20-21 June 2023. This is the second in a series of three workshops to promote scientific coordination, cooperation, and collaboration between China and the United States on sustainability issues. The public is invited to join virtually. Please register in advance to receive information on how to attend the workshop (online or in-person). 

The workshop will examine the state of planetary health and sustainability research and identify priority areas for scientific collaboration to promote sustainability and planetary health in China and the United States. Discussions will also include issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop is expected to bring together experts from governments, academia, and nongovernmental and international organizations involved in sustainability and planetary health issues in China, the United States, and globally. A summary of the event will be issued and widely disseminated to the sustainability community.

Draft Agenda
Tuesday, 20 June 2023, 9:00 am - 4:45 pm PDT 

Welcome Remarks   
Marcia McNutt (National Academy of Sciences)
Jianguo Hou and Zhenyu Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Overview and Goals of the Workshop Series
Karen Seto (Yale University, U.S. Committee Chair)
Yongguan Zhu (CAS, Chinese Committee Chair)

Framing Remarks:  The State of Planetary Health and Sustainability 
Howard Frumkin (University of Washington School of Public Health)
George Fu Gao (Formerly Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Panel I: Ecosystems and Planetary Health
Moderators:  Jianguo “Jack” Liu (Michigan State University) and Keping Ma (Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences) 
Panelists:  John Drake (University of Georgia), Christine Petersen (University of Iowa), Yonglong Lu (Xiamen University), and Hua Zheng (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 

Panel II:  Air Pollution and Planetary Health
Moderators:  Ashok Gadgil (University of California, Berkeley) and Zimeng Wang (Fudan University) 
Panelists:  Veerabhadran Ramanathan (University of California, San Diego), Cesunica Ivey (University of California, Berkeley), Hongliang Zhang (Fudan University), and Tong Zhu (Peking University) 

Panel III:  Urbanization and Circular Systems towards Planetary Health
Moderators: Steward Pickett (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) and Weiqiang Chen (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 
Panelists:  Marian Chertow (Yale University), Xiaobo Xue Romeiko (University at Albany), Tao Lin (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and Jianqiang Su (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 

Wednesday, 21 June 2023, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm PDT 

Welcome and Re-Cap from Previous Day
Karen Seto and Yongguan Zhu, Committee Chairs

Panel IV:  Planetary Health, Health Emergencies, and Climate Change
Moderators: Judith Wasserheit (University of Washington) and Yi Shi (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 
Panelists:  Andrew Haines (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), James Boyce (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Yongqin Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and Jue Liu (Peking University) 

Panel V:  Key Priorities and International Cooperation for Planetary Health
Moderators: Karen Seto (Yale University) and Weiqi Zhou (Chinese Academy of Sciences) 
Panelists:  Joan Rose (Michigan State University), Maureen Lichtveld (University of Pittsburgh), Binbin Li (Duke Kunshan University), and Xiaoling Zhang (University of Hong Kong)

A Path Forward:  Future Needs and Opportunities
All Participants


Emi Kameyama