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Communicating Planetary Health

The RCC is a partner of the Munich Science Communication Lab that receives funding from the Volkswagen Foundation (2021–26). This project’s focus is on the complex links between climate change and human health and on highlighting options for action. Global challenges such as pandemics or climate change are proving that the mere dissemination of information is not adequate to respond to issues where scientific research, societal changes, individual choices, and political actions are tightly entangled. In no field is this as evident as in the emerging field of planetary health, which recognizes the need for interaction and collaboration. The Lab aims to develop science communication approaches that are adequate for “wicked problems” like planetary health that convey the complexity and uncertainty of the scientific process while offering strong engagement and pathways for action. This can best be achieved by the unique partnership linking the practitioners’ experiences, the reflexive work of academics, and researchers from across a wide range of disciplines. The project is run by members of LMU’s communication department

The project is run by members of LMU's communication department: Dr. Bernhard Goodwin and Prof. Dr. Julia Serong at LMU. The executive board of the Lab includes communication experts (Prof. Dr. Hans-Bernd Brosius, Prof. Dr. Constanze Rossmann), museum experts (Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman and Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler) and environmental and public health experts (Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch and Prof. Dr. Eva Rehfuess).