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Sherbrooke, Canada

3rd World Conference on


4 – 7  October 2023

Sherbrooke, Canada

Meet our invited speakers

Howard Frumkin M.D.

Senior Vice President with the Trust for Public Land
Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, USA
“Forests, Parks and Greenspace: A poly-solution to a healthy poly-crisis”

Liisa Tyrvainen

Research Professor, Dept. of Economics and Society, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Helsinki, Finland
“Mainstreaming health benefits from outdoor recreation in urbanizing societies”

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen

Research Professor in Environmental Epidemiology,
Director Air pollution and Urban Environment,
Director Urban planning, Environment and Health Initiative,
Editor-in-Chief Environment International,
Past president International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.
ISGlobal- Barcelona Institute for Global Healtη, Barcelona, Spain.
“Quantifying the health benefits of urban green space for policy making”

William C. Sullivan

Professor of
Landscape Architecture and Director of the Smart, Healthy Communities
Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
“In the Shelter of the Forest: From Pandemic Resistance to Community Safety”

Lindsay J. McCunn, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology at Vancouver Island University, Canada.
Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Psychology
Chair of the Environmental Psychology section of the Canadian Psychological Association
“The Environmental Psychology of Forests and Nature: Benefits of, and Considerations for, a Greener Future”

Scientific Chairs’ Welcome Address

Half of the world population does not have access to proper medical care.  The recent pandemic has put significant pressure on the delivery of healthcare in virtually all other countries. Furthermore, modern lifestyle exemplified by sedentary lives, urban living and work practices, low physical activity, stress, noise, heat stress, and air pollution is behind the growing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, stress, depression, psychological diseases, and immune disruption among others.  This contributes not only to Public Health problems but also to increased health care expenditures.

An accumulating multidisciplinary, global body of evidence has documented the strong potential of natural environments including trees, forests, urban and peri-urban forests, parks, gardens and other green spaces to promote and enhance mental and physical health, and the well-being of populations.

We must continue to study the multidimensional interactions and relationships between forests and green spaces on one side and human health on the other through an interdisciplinary scientific approach. As an integral part of such efforts, the multidisciplinary World Conference on Forests for Public Health is organized biannually to encourage and promote globally, the sharing of knowledge on the latest research trends.

The 3rd World Conference on Forests for Public Health, 4-7 October 2023, in Sherbrooke, Canada, will continue our efforts to find a sustainable direction for the multidisciplinary field of forest, green spaces, and human health.  We will emphasize the global message of this Conference: forests, city forests, parks and other green spaces should be incorporated into International Organizations policies and goals, and into National Public Health systems, policies, and practices for a Healthy and Sustainable society.

We warmly thank the organizers of this important conference for their support and guidance.

We have the privilege to invite scientists from all over the world to participate and attend the Conference, to present their research results and share their knowledge in this new multidisciplinary area.  Interested citizens and colleagues are also welcome.


Dr. Christos Gallis

(Χρίστος Γαλλής)
Co-Chair of the FPH 2023 World Congress
The Founder of the World Conference “Forests for Public Health”.
Research Director, Forest Research Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “Demeter”, Thessaloniki, Greece.
IUFRO Scientific officeholder, Division 6.06.00-Forest, trees and human health and wellbeing, Vienna, Austria.


Prof. Dominique Dorion

Co-Chair of the FPH 2023 World Congress
Professor of Medicine
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada

Organizing Committee ChairS’ Welcome Address

Dear Sir or Madam,

It is our pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 3rd edition of the World Conference on Forests for Public Health which will be held in the city of Sherbrooke (Qc, Canada) from October 4 to 7, 2023. The University of Sherbrooke, through Pr Dominique Dorion and Dr Christos Gallis of the WCFPH, will provide the scientific supervision of this prestigious conference, while the Artion PCO (Greece), Destination Sherbrooke and the University in Nature will take care of the organization and your welcome.

We are particularly pleased to welcome you because, since its inception, the University in Nature, a non-profit association, has made its mission to disseminate the results of your scientific work and research in the interest of improving public health.
The city of Sherbrooke is ideally located in a region filled with nature, including many forests, lakes and vineyards. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the wines of the region during your stay. In autumn, the trees take on a glowing color that you can also admire during the many activities planned during your stay.

We are at your disposal for any information you may require and we look forward to welcoming you to the region.

For the Organizing Committee,


Hubert Mansion



Emilia Tamko

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