2022 Call for Abstracts & Sessions

Nature and Health invites you to submit proposals that contribute to transdisciplinary research at the intersection of equity, health, nature, and well-being. The conference will be held from October 11-13, 2022 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA.

Nature and Health seeks to understand the connections between nature and human health and well-being. We work to translate that understanding into programs, practices, policies, and the design of healthcare, educational, and community settings that benefit all people and nature.

The 2022 Conference theme is Body, Mind, and Soul: A Return to Nature's Gifts
A return to nature's gifts refers to the relational benefits of the body, mind and soul that comes from connections and differential relationships with nature. These relational benefits are not something to be extracted or objectified. Therefore, this theme asks presenters to acknowledge the ongoing exploitation of marginalized communities. Although we will accept talks on a wide range on nature and health topics, we encourage talks that cover:

  • Community-engaged nature and health projects

  • Critical analysis of reciprocity or reconciliation while atoning for historical inequities

  • Equitable solutions in nature

  • Historical inequities, traumas and dispossession in research, policy, and practice

  • Familial, generational knowledge and wisdom

  • Nature-health responsibility and collective impact

  • Nature-based teachings for well-being

  • Solutions and policy beyond the deficit model

Our three-day in-person conference will offer presentations that explore, engage, connect, and reconsider how to build impact with nature, human health and well-being. We posit how activities, policies, programs, practices, and designs benefit all people and nature in health care, education, environmental management, and community settings.

This conference is designed for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students in the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as practitioners and community leaders in health, conservation, planning, education, and related fields. We seek those who will learn, inspire, generate ideas and apply practices about nature and health collectively.