Planetary Health and Resilient (Urban) Society

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) an Universidade de São Paulo (USP) have been international university partners for many years. In 2015 both institutions strengthen their collaboration by signing a strategic partnership MoU which formalized the collaboration, and allowed for regular exchanges among professors, researchers, students and administrative personnel.

Two additional components to the partnership have recently been added: in 2022, the HU became an associate member of the DWIH São Paulo which expanded the network and collaboration opportunities not only with USP, but with partner institutions in Germany as well as with the Brazilian research and innovation network.In addition to this, Prof. Dr. Laura Kemmer who has been a member of the HU Geography Department since 2020, has been awarded with the prestigious Martius-Lehrstuhl Deutschland-Brasilien für Geisteswissenschaften und Nachhaltige Entwicklung which is a collaborative initiative between DAAD and USP. Prof. Kemmer will start her position at USP in April 2023.In order to celebrate these events and to highlight Prof. Kemmer’s research focus, HU, USP, DWIH São Paulo and its partner organizations would like to invite you to the Symposium and Film Screening  “Planetary Health and Resilient Society – Film Screenings and Discussions on Interdisciplinary Research in Planetary HealthThe event will take place on Friday, March 31st from 2 pm – 6:30 pm and will kick-off with an information session about funding opportunities in Germany (for USP Graduates, BA, MA, PhD). Next to the USP Pro-Reitoria, and the HU International Office, German Funding Organizations (DAAD, DFG, AvH) as well as the DWIH São  Paulo will be present.Following the info session, Prof. Kemmer will introduce the academic part of the event “Planetary Health and Resilient Society”. Prof. Sandra Jasper (Geography Department, HU) and Prof.  António Saraiva (Institute of Advanced Studies, USP) will deliver two short introductory statements to highlight the definition and scientific concept of Planetary Health.The introduction will be followed by a 1,5 hours film screening “Nature as Remedy. Studying Planetary Health between Berlin and São Paulo” featuring four documentaries by Prof. Kemmer’s students from HU Berlin. The first documentary will be the result of the most recent study visit in Brazil in March 2023.The film screening will be followed by  a Roundtable Discussion on “Interdisciplinary Methods in Planetary Health Research”. Among others, Prof. Saraiva (USP) and Prof. Jasper (HU) will be taking part in this discussion as well as the film-makers, and the USP Campus ambassadors for Planetary Health.Prof. Kemmer will be moderating through the entire event.

Target Audience for the Event:

  • USP students, professors and researchers (all levels) who are interested in studying/researching in Germany, or HU Berlin;
  • USP students, professors and researchers (all levels) who are interested in Planetary Health research, and in meeting the Planetary Health community at USP and HU;
  • people interested in the topic.


Access the event programme in this link.


Event Information

March 31, 2023

USP - Casa de Cultura Japonesa - Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 159 - Butantã, São Paulo - SP, Brazil, 05508-000
Organizer(s): Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and USP