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Climate, Air Pollution, and COVID-19: An Environmental Health Perspective

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Yale Starlight Science Series

Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing

The Yale Starlight Science Series will bring outstanding science faculty from Yale University to China to present their latest research, and engage with audiences on related topics of interest. Please join us to explore the latest breakthroughs in scientific frontiers, and what relevance they hold for the future!

Event Time

July 9, 2021 | Friday
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
July 10, 2021 | Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 am China Standard Time (CST)

Participation Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


Participants within China can click “HERE” further below to register. Participants from outside of China can use the following QR Code to register:

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The language of the event will be Chinese.

The Event

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were popular and scientific speculations about the linkages between climate, air pollution, and COVID-19: will warm weather slow the spread of COVID-19? Does air pollution affect the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and make COVID-19 more severe? In the meantime, worldwide efforts to control the pandemic profoundly impacted our social life and economic activity, leading to unprecedented changes in air pollution emissions and concentrations.

On July 9 (EST) / July 10 (Beijing Time), Kai Chen, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) at Yale School of Public Health, will discuss on the complicated interactions between climate, air pollution, and COVID-19 from an environmental health perspective.

The Speaker

Kai Chen
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health), Yale School of Public Health
Director of Research, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health

Dr. Kai Chen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health and Director of Research at the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering in 2016 from Nanjing University in China. During 2014-2015, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Yale School of Public Health faculty in July 2019, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Fellow at Helmholtz Zentrum München-German Center for Environmental Health.

Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change, air pollution, and human health. His work involves applying multidisciplinary approaches in climate and air pollution sciences, exposure assessment, and environmental epidemiology to investigate how climate change may impact human health. His recent work examines the role of meteorological factors (temperature, humidity, and UV radiation) in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States and the potential health benefits of air pollution reductions during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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