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Your Environment. Your Health.

EHP Strategic Planning Summit

January 28, February 2, February 5, 2021
Virtual Event

Shaping the Future of Environmental Health Perspectives: Issues and Opportunities

You are invited to explore and shape the future with us, starting on January 28, 2021!

Please join us for the EHP strategic planning summit - a virtual event to explore the futures of the environmental health sciences and scholarly publishing, map a strategy for Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), and cultivate a more connected and collaborative EHP community.

As scientific publication and the environmental health sciences evolve, what should EHP be focused on? What programs do we need to start or create? What innovations should we consider? Are there opportunities to grow or make progress? What are the essential elements of the journal and what seems less relevant? What new scientific and applied directions are emerging in the environmental health sciences? What contributions can we make in catalyzing the field? These are the kinds of questions we want to explore and answer with you.

About EHP

Since its launch in 1972, EHP has established itself as a high-impact, reliable, and trustworthy source of scientific information connecting the environment and human health.

EHP strives to publish the most impactful and dynamic findings from across the diverse disciplines of environmental health science. EHP informs the environmental health research community, administrators, policy makers, advocates, health care professionals, and educators around the world as they work to improve public health.

EHP entered a new phase this year by initiating an editorial model with leadership from outside the NIEHS full-time staff. EHP relies on the volunteer services of our passionate and talented editorial boards, contributors and reviewers, as well as the support and interest from our discerning readers.

Now is the time to bring those diverse partners and stakeholders together - with EHP leaders and staff - to chart the future of EHP's leadership in the environmental health sciences and scholarly publishing.

About the EHP Strategic Planning Summit

The Strategic Planning Summit is a unique opportunity to collaboratively design the future of EHP with a large, diverse group of leaders in the field of environmental health science and scientific publishing. It will span three days in January and February, 2021, hosted on Zoom, with a wide open, self-organizing format that won't be anything like the Zoom meetings you're used to.

In the opening hour of the Strategic Planning Summit, you'll work with dozens of invited colleagues to craft our strategic agenda for the next two days of working sessions. Any issue or opportunity that you see as important to the future of EHP and your work in the environmental health sciences field will be on the agenda, if you want to put it there. Then, in the following breakout sessions, every issue raised will be explored, addressed, prioritized, and included in the reporting that will drive a new, emergent strategic plan and process for EHP.

You'll have the freedom to move between issues and groups, connecting broadly or diving deeply, to maximize your own learning and contribution. You'll receive the notes from all the working sessions and help set strategic priorities for the next months and years of our work.


The summit will be hosted on Zoom, spanning three days:

Thursday, January 28, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

  • Welcome, Opening, Agenda Creation
  • Three rounds of self-directed small working sessions
  • Recap and Announcements

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

  • Welcome and Updates
  • Four rounds of self-directed small working sessions
  • Recap and Announcements

Friday, February 5, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

  • Review and Prioritization (voting)
  • Immediate Next Steps
  • Summit Closing

Schedule and Participation Notes:

  • You'll have the flexibility to come and go as you need to, but please make this work your top priority on these days.
  • Please plan on being a fully engaged participant, especially during the Opening session, when we will set our agenda.
  • You'll want to join from a comfortable place, on a computer, with video on, not a tablet or phone.

Application to Participate

Space is limited! Please complete the application questions to register your interest in participation.

Register Now

Selected participants will be notified by 6:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 15, 2021.

EHP Contacts

Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodations Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation (i.e., closed captioning) to participate in these events should contact Kerri Voelker (919-794-4710). TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.


If you still have questions, please contact Shaun Halloran (919-541-0367). For logistical questions, please contact Kerri Voelker (919-794-4710).

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