The Role of Nutrition in Planetary Health - Inaugural Symposium Hertz-Chair “Innovation for Planetary Health”

March 19, 2024 | 09:00 h - 19:30 h

Food systems play an important role in achieving healthy environments, human health, and the health of all living creatures on our planet. This scientific symposium will launch the research concept of the Hertz-Chair “Innovation for Planetary Health” and will provide a platform for interdisciplinary discourse to strive technology and innovation for sustainable futures at the University of Bonn and beyond.

Organized by 

  • Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA) „Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Futures”
  • Hertz-Chair Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah

Registration is closed (registration deadline was February 20, 2024).
As places for the symposium are limited, registration does not mean that a place at the symposium is guaranteed. A firm place confirmation will be sent out after the registration deadline.

General Information

When: Tuesday, 19th March 2024, 9 am – 7:30 pm

Where: Uniclub, Wolfgang-Paul-Saal, Konviktstraße 9, 53113 Bonn

Participation: There is a limited number of places. Participation is free of charge. Registration is mandatory.

Please find further information here.



Arrival and registration (from 9 am)

Welcome by Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmer (from 9:45 am)

Inaugural Lecture: The Role of Nutrition in Planetary Health (10 am till 11:00 am)
Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Jan Börner, Spokesperson TRA “Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Futures”

  • Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah, Hertz-Chair “Innovation for Planetary Health” and Director at Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Session: The Role of Food Production in Planetary Health (11:20 am till 12:20 am)
Session Chair: Prof. Joachim von Braun, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn

  • Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim, Center for Development Research (ZEF)
  • Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam

Lunch break (60 minutes)

Poster Pitches #1 (1:30 pm till 2:00 pm)
Session Chairs: Dr. Erick M.O. Muok, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kisumu and Dr. Ali Sié (Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna)

Session: The Role of Dietary Behaviour in Planetary Health (2:15 pm till 3:45 pm)
Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah, TRA Sustainable Futures and Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn

  • Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings, Nutritional Epidemiology, University of Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Abdulai Abubakari, Department of Global and International Health, University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana
  • Dr. Faith Agbozo,Family and Community Health, University of Allied Health Sciences (UHAS), Ho, Ghana

Session: Poster Pitches #2 (4 pm till 4:30 pm)
Session Chairs: Prof. Dr. Patrik Wennberg and Prof. Dr. Olov Rolandsson, Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medical Faculty, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Session: The Role of Host-Environment Interaction in Planetary Health (4:45 pm till 6:15 pm)
Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Frank P. Mockenhaupt, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin

  • Prof. Dr. Achim Hörauf, Medical Biology, Immunology and Parasitology, University of Bonn
  • Dr. Samuel Adjei, School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
  • Prof. Dr. Joacim Rocklöv, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing and Heidelberg Institute for Global Health, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg

Reception with refreshments and poster walks

Note: Coffee breaks and a one-hour lunch break take place between the sessions. You can see the exact schedule in the extended program.


Ina Danquah

Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah


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