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Dialogue forums “The risks of living in Munich – Perceived and actual”

What risks are our children really exposed to by city life? Is fine dust making us ill? How do the media influence the way we perceive risks? Beginning in September 2006, a new series of dialogue forums will be examining these and other topical issues.

In the course of the five evening dialogue forums, experts will answer questions on the “risks of living in Munich” and compare our personal perceptions with the actual risks identified by current research findings.

The dialogue forums are jointly hosted by the GSF- National Research Center for Environment and Health, and the Munich Re Foundation.

Thursday
21 September 2006
7 p.m.
Bavarian State Library
Children in Munich – What risks are they really exposed to?
Accidents – Nutrition and excess weight – School healthcare – Allergies – Indoor air pollution – Passive smoking – Social problems – Prevention

Dr. Hermann Fromme, Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority
Prof. Peter Höppe, Head of Geo Risks Research at Munich Reinsurance Company
Prof. Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Christian-Albrechts-Universität of Kiel, Institute of Social Sciences
Dr. Stephan Böse-O'Reilly, Pediatrician, a member of the German Network on Children's Health and Environment.
Thursday
5 October 2006
7 p.m.
Bavarian State Library
Fine dust in Munich – Is it making us ill?
Health risks – Maximum values – Need for action – Measures

Holger Krahmer
, European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Dr. Joachim Lorenz, Head of the City of Munich’s Department of Health and Environment
Gerd Rosenkranz, Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (German Environmental Aid)
Prof. H.-Erich Wichmann, GSF – National Research Center for Environment and Health, Director of the Institute for Epidemiology
Thursday
26 October 2006
7 p.m.
Bavarian State Library
Allergies and respiratory diseases in town and country – On the increase
Allergies and environment – The lifestyle factor – Urban and rural differences

Prof. H.-Erich Wichmann
, Director of the GSF – National Research Center for Environment and Health, Institute for Epidemiology
Prof. Johannes Ring, Director of the Department of Dermatology and Allergy am Biederstein of the Technical University of Munich
Thursday
9 November 2006
7 p.m.
Bavarian State Library
What if an epidemic strikes – Is Munich prepared?
Health risks due to infectious diseases – Continuing saga of bird flu – Theory and practice – Action plans for Munich – Prevention measures and action plans for Munich – The medical perspective

Dr. Wolfgang Guggemos, General Hospital Munich Schwabing, Senior Physician of the Department of Infectious Diseases
Dr. Petra Graf, City of Munich, Department of Health and Environment (to be confirmed)
Prof. Günther Kerscher, Head of the Health Department at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection
Tuesday
28 November 2006
7 p.m.
Munich Re Forum
Pollutant of the month syndrome and the self-styled experts – The role of politicians and media in the risk debate
Risks: Different truths – How journalists report on risks – Precautionary principle versus panicmongering – Political needs

State Secretary Dr. Otmar Bernhard, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection
Dr. Joachim Käppner, Local Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Prof. Hans Peter Peters, Research Centre Jülich, Programme Group “Mensch, Umwelt, Technik” (MUT) [Humans, Environment, Technology]
Dr. Joachim Lorenz, Head of the City of Munich’s Department of Health and Environment

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

 

Venue 21 September to 9 November
Bavarian State Library
Main Conference Room
Ludwigstr. 16
80539 Munich

Venue 28 November
Munich Re Forum
Entrance Hall South 1
Gedonstr. 10
80802 Munich 

How to get to the Bavarian State Library
Underground line 3/6; station: Universität
Underground line 4/5; station: Odeonsplatz
No. 53 bus; stop: Universität
Parking is very limited

How to get to the Munich Re Forum 
Underground line 3/6; station: Giselastrasse
No. 54/154 bus; stop: Thiemestrasse 
Parking is very limited    

Admission free / Please register in advance