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

On 9 November 2022, 9-12 am at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union, Rue Caroly 15, 1050 Ixelles Bruxelles, Belgium.

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).

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You can watch the event through this link.

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.

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 Schultz (Koblenz University), 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.

  • Margot Wallström, Former European Commissioner for the Environment, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs & Deputy Prime Minister (2014-19)          
  • 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.