For the third consecutive year, ILC-Brazil President Alexandre Kalache presented at the Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS) at Oxford University, UK (12-15 January, 2017). As in previous years, the event was convened by Green Templeton College, where Kalache was based for eight years. Since its inception in 2009, the EMS has acquired a reputation as an influential academic forum on the origins and nature of human welfare in emerging markets. The focus of the 2017 symposium was the nexus between human health and the natural and built environments. Kalache urged a strengthened emphasis on the building of both individual and social resilience in the face of environmental hazard in his two presentations – life-course perspectives and country profile of Brazil. Other speakers included Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University); Dame Anne Mills (Vice Director & Provost of LSHTM); Rifat Atun (Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard); and Denise Lievesley (Principal of Green Templeton College) among others. The symposium was followed by a meeting of the EMS Steering Board of which Kalache has been a member since 2016.