II Global Summit Science, Nature and Health

Bridging Borders: Insights from the II Global Summit on Science, Nature, and Health

Coorganized by the Diputació de Barcelona and Forest Therapy Hub, the II Global Summit Science, Nature, and Health recently concluded with remarkable success, featuring 66 speakers from over 25 countries who explored topics on research, ecology, mental health, forestry, forest bathing and forest therapy, among others. Notable presentations included Xavier Roget’s unveiling of the Strategic Plan for Nature, Health, and Well-being for the Natural Parks Network of the Barcelona Provincial Council, and the participation of pioneering Forest Therapy specialists from China, Korea and Japan in an extraordinary and historic debate on the future of the practice.

Among the highlights were lectures on the therapeutic potential of Forest Therapy for individuals with severe mental health conditions, the design intricacies of experiential education, and the gastronomic impacts of nature-inspired cooking on human health. Community insights, experiences in healing forests, and the development of Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiatives in Europe were also shared.

More than 1000 enrolled participants from 75 countries

 

Casting a Vision: The Future of Forest Therapy

Experiential sessions offered attendees immersive opportunities, including nature connection activities, journaling in nature for self-reflection and creativity, breathwork in nature and exploring nature-based creativity in corporate environments.

With a focus on fostering connections with nature, the summit emphasized the crucial intersection between research, industry, and the implementation of evidence-based practices for enhancing both human and environmental well-being.

Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist at the University of Washington, renowned for her pioneering research in urban forestry and environmental psychology, presented „City Trees for Well-Being,” emphasizing the indispensable role of urban greenery in enhancing human health and quality of life.

Special mentions from the summit include Dr. Guangyu Wang from the University of British Columbia, Won Sop Shin from Chungbuk National University (guest lecturers at the 8-day in-person FTHub Forest Therapy Practitioner training in Barcelona), Dr. Liu Lijun from China -along with Dr. Quing Li from Nippon Medical School in Tokyo. Their collective expertise ranged from the scientific exploration of forest therapy to its practical applications in promoting public health and well-being.

The summit also showcased sessions on outdoor therapies, including discussions led by Professor Nevin J. Harper from the University of Victoria, Alex Gesse from the Forest Therapy Hub, Prof. Mayte Serrat from Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Spain, and Alexander Rose, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Adventure Therapy in Spain and Germany. These sessions explored innovative approaches to integrating nature-based interventions into therapeutic practices.

In-depth research on human health and forests was presented by Dr. Kirsten McEwan from Derby University in the United Kingdom, and Dr. Liz O’Brien, Principal Social Scientist of the Society and Environment Research Group in the UK. Their presentations highlighted the physiological and psychological benefits of forest bathing and green social prescribing initiatives.

The II Global Summit Science, Nature and Health brought together more than 1000 enrolled participants from 75 countries, establishing itself as a leading authority on the connections between science, forests, nature, and health. With diverse insights and experiences shared, solidifying its position as a leading global collaboration and understanding. With knowledge disseminated and momentum building, this event marks a significant step forward in highlighting the crucial relationship between nature and human well-being worldwide.

 

* The presentations will be made accessible in the upcoming weeks. Please anticipate further announcements regarding their availability through our social media platforms and the FTHub newsletter.

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