State of the Environmental Health in Europe: Scientific Solutions to Global Crises

24 Oct 2022

State of the Environmental Health in Europe: Scientific Solutions to Global Crises

Date and time: on 9 November 2022, 9-12 am
Permanent representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union, Rue Caroly 15, 1050 Ixelles Bruxelles, Belgium.

Morning programme: LINK - FACEBOOK video

Afternoon programme: LINK - MS TEAMS

The scientific symposium is organized on the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, under the auspices of prof. Mikuláš Bek, the Minister of European Affairs of the Czech Republic by the Masaryk University in cooperation with the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), ISGlobal Barcelona, Utrecht and Örebro Universities on behalf of the HERA consortium and the European Digital University Alliance (EDUC).

The event is a follow-up to the symposium "Chemical Exposome and Public Health" organised in March this year under the auspices of the French Presidency and aims to establish a tradition of similar meetings on current scientific and societal challenges in the field of environmental and public health organised by the Presidency countries.

The discussion topics are based on the European Research Agenda 2030 defined in the framework of the Horizon 2020 HERA (Health and Environment Research Agenda) project. This agenda includes six research themes that would lead to positive changes and actions to ensure the health of the environment and the population. These transdisciplinary approaches integrate several recently developed holistic approaches (Human Exposome, One Health, Eco-health, Planetary health) and link global challenges (biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution and waste), community (urbanisation) and individual perspectives/scales.

However, these concepts need to be continuously updated and further developed, so the morning formal part of the programme will be devoted to two discussion panels.

Discussion panel 1:

The eco-exposome as a possible link between global pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss (i.e. the elements of so-called triple crisis) and population health


Martin Scheringer

Masaryk University and ETH Zurich, the environmental chemist and modeller.

Pete Myers

The founder and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences

Ralf Schulz

University of Koblenz-Landau, ecotoxicologist with a research interest in ecosystem management.

Discussion panel 2:

The need for a transformational change in society to cope with global challenges, including strengthening interdisciplinarity in research and education, building shared infrastructures and better communication of scientific results.


Jytte Guteland

Member of European Parliament from 2014. Serving on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, In 2021 part of delegation to UN Climate Change Conference.

Veronika Hunt Šafránková

The Head of the UNEP Brussels Office responsible for promoting and facilitating partnership building between UNEP and EU institutions

David Azoulay

The Director of CIEL’s Environmental Health Program coordinating civil society’s engagement in global policies

Åke Bergman

Guest professor at Örebro University leading a mapping effort for the five Nordic countries regarding competence provision in chemical risk analysis.

Afternoon programme

The afternoon part of the programme aims to establish a long-term SP-HERA platform providing capacity to further update, develop and promote European research objectives in the field of environment and health.

This symposium aims to contribute to strengthening interdisciplinary research and accelerating the transformational changes needed to address global environmental change and health challenges, and to provide the background for two important events to be held in the coming year:

  • 5-7 July 2023, European Ministers of Health and Environment, together with WHO and UNEP representatives, will meet in Budapest for the 7th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in an effort to ensure a better future, a more prosperous planet and a healthier population.
  • 25-29 September 2023, the 5th International Conference on Chemical Management will be held in Bonn, aimed at reducing the risks and negative effects of chemicals and wastes on the environment and human health.

Due to the limited capacity, it will be accessible by invitation only.

Please REGISTER to receive the invitation or the e-link.

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