The World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group has invited us to join them on 29 July 2020, Wednesday, in their 50th Retrospective Event discussing a topic on many of our minds: Planetary Health. The cross-disciplinary nature of Planetary Health requires the attention of many fields. There will be presenters from previous WWHGD events as well as new experts to discuss this important topic that is critical to human security and the future of our planet. The WWHGD (co-chaired by the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of State – additional information on the WWHGD can be found below) is hosting this all-day virtual event to discuss the openly-available geospatial data needed now and the importance it will hold in the future.

Although this is an all-day event, please feel free to attend any time during the day based on your interests.

10:15 am ET – 11:00 am ET: Welcome Remarks and Keynote Presentation:

  • Human Geography in 2020 and Beyond: Dr. Lee Schwartz, U.S State Department; and Ms. Elizabeth Lyon, NGA
  • Planetary Health: Human Health on a Rapidly Changing Planet: Dr. Samuel Myers, Director of Planetary Health Alliance, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

11:05 am ET – 12:00 pm ET: Understanding Populations and their Vulnerability

  • Dr. Amy Rose, Oak Ridge National Lab; Mr. Jim Courson, IMB; and Dr. Miguel Roman, URSA

12:05 pm ET – 12:45 pm ET: A Conversation on Environmental Change Impacts

  • Dr. Mark Mulligan, Kings College London; Dr. Alex de Sherbinin, Columbia University; and Dr. Melinda Laituri, Colorado State University

12:45pm ET – 1:15pm ET: Lunch

1:15pm ET – 1:40pm ET: Afternoon Keynote:

  • Planetary Health Watch: Professor Sir Andrew Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1:45 pm ET – 2:25 pm ET: A Conversation on Biodiversity Loss

  • Dr. Rod Schoonover, Ecological Futures; Dr. Michael Wimberly, University of Oklahoma; and Dr. Odean Serrano, Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute & GeoSLU

2:30pm ET – 3:10pm ET: Health Security

  • Dr. Michael Desjardins and Mr. Anton Kvit, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. William Pan, Duke University; and Dr. Eric Rasmussen, WWHGD

3:15 pm – 4:10 pm: Strategic Human Geography Perspectives and Solutions for Future Challenges

  • Dr. Bhudu Bhaduri, Oak Ridge National Lab; Ms. Ashley Moran, University of Texas; Dr. Robert Chen, Columbia University; and Dr. Peter Richards, USAID

 Free Registration for the event is now available at On 29 July, the webinar will go live at 10:15 am Eastern Time at The event will be archived on WWHGD’s website for those who cannot attend during the original broadcast.

For additional information or questions, please contact: Gwyneth Holt at or Hannah Lindsay at

– WWHGD Working Group Support Staff

* The WWHGD is co-led by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of State, the WWHGD Working Group seeks to build voluntary partnerships across the Human Geography data and mapping communities with the goal of promoting Human Security. WWHGD Working Group meetings draw together U.S. Government agencies, academic institutions, international governments and organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector audiences to discuss wide-ranging topics such as climate change, demographic changes, food security, infectious disease, and language mapping. The Working Group has more than 4,800 members from more than 80 countries to help facilitate the exchange of open data for all aspects of Human Security. More information can be found at:

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