Country of Origin: GermanyLinkedIn
Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich, Germany and the University of Cambridge, UK
Katharina Wabnitz is a medical doctor (graduated from University of Tübingen, Germany in 2018) and recently completed an MSc Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (class of 2019/20). She is currently working as a Research Associate with The Lancet-Chatham House Commission on Improving Population Health post COVID-19 and at the Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research at the LMU Munich, Germany. She is planning to start a PhD with a focus on Food systems transformation in 2022.
As PHA Campus Ambassador 2019/20, she has already worked successfully with the PHA team and members of her cohort. She is the lead author of the Planetary Health Pledge, a reflection of her conviction that a shared global ethos is indispensable to achieve the societal transformations urgently required. Furthermore, she is currently actively involved in developing planetary health competencies for medical schools in Germany and integrating them in the national core curriculum. As Education Fellow, she aims to enhance the impact planetary health education can have by fostering the knowledge, skills and attitudes of future change agents and Earth-conscious citizens globally. This will include developing ressources, connecting educators and learners and supporting local efforts to initiate planetary health education activities. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as windsurfing, hiking and trail running in barefoot shoes and is seeking to become an International Mountain Leader and Mountain Medicine Specialist in the future.
Publications:- Disruption as an opportunity: giving rise to a global ethos for planetary health
- Read Kathy's mid-year blog post here.
- COVID-19, Our Latest Wake Up Call - Reflections from Campus Ambassadors
- Planetary Health: Young Academics Ask Universities to Act
- Wabnitz K, Galle S, Hegge L, et al. Planetary health - transformative education regarding the climate and sustainability crises for health professionals. Bundesgesundheitsblatt
2021 doi: 10.1007/s00103-021-03289-x
- Wabnitz, K.J., Gabrysch, S., Guinto, R., Haines, A., Herrmann, M., Howard, C., Potter, T., Prescott, S.L. and Redvers, N., 2020. A pledge for planetary health to unite health professionals in the Anthropocene. The Lancet