Building the future by doing more together

HERA - Integrating Environment and Health Research: a Vision for the EU
Coordinator - Robert Barouki
CESAM Responsible researcher - Ana Isabel Miranda
Programme - Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programm
Execution dates - 2019-01-01 - 2021-12-31 (36 Months)
Funding Entity - EC - European Commission
Funding for CESAM - 56855 €
Total Funding - 3097322 €
Proponent Institution - Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale INSERM France
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
1. Institut National de la Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale INSERM France 2 Fundacion Privada Instituto de Salud Global Barcelona ISGLOBAL Spain 3 Agence Nationale de la Securite Sanitaire de l’Alimentation de l’Environnement et du Travail ANSES France 4 Inserm Transfert Sa IT France 5 Stockholms Universitet SU Sweden 6 Suomen Ymparistokeskus SYKE Finland 7 Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen Deutsches Forschungszentrum Fuer Gesundheit Und Umwelt GMBH HMGU Germany 8 Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis – Eidikos Logariasmos Kondilion Erevnas AUTH Greece 9 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine LSHTM United Kingdom 10 Masarykova Univerzita MU Czech Republic 11 World Health Organization WHO Switzerland 12 Universiteit Utrecht UU Netherlands 13 Medizinische Universitaet Wien MUW Austria 14 Institut Jozef Stefan JSI Slovenia 15 Rijksinstituut Voor Volksgezondheid En Milieu RIVM Netherlands 16 Institiuid Teicneolaiochta Bhaile Atha Cliath DIT Ireland 17 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS CNRS France 18 Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique INRA France 19 Biuro do Spraw Substancji Chemicznych BCS Poland 20 Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. VITO Belgium 21 Universidade de Aveiro UAVR Portugal 22 Health and Environment Alliance Heal Aisbl HEAL Belgium 23 Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture IRSTEA France 24 National College of Ireland NCI Ireland

Environmental degradation and pollution, climate change, and the destabilization of the ecosystem biodiversity, damage health and quality of life, and affect socially disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Negative outcomes can be balanced by positive effects that healthy environments, such as green and blue spaces, can have on human and ecosystem health. Socio-economic costs are significant and public policies could develop preventive actions.
HERA will set the priorities for an environment and health research agenda in the EU by adopting a holistic and systemic approach in the face of global environmental changes. Research will support decision-making and help attain the ultimate goal of protecting and improving ecosystem quality and human health. HERA will identify both the environmental opportunities for health improvements and the major environmental problems and challenges.
This ambitious objective will only be possible through a close and continuous interaction with numerous and diverse stakeholders in the wider environment and health area. HERA specifically aims: 1) to proactively identify key sectors and policy areas in the field of environment and health that will benefit from additional scientific evidence in the next decade; 2) to develop a European medium-term research and innovation agenda covering key strategic research and policy aspects; 3) to propose strategies and tools to respond to the new and continuing challenges in environment and health nexus, by ensuring the engagement of stakeholders, increasing coordination and cross-fertilisation of ideas, and contributing to the European environment and health process and policy activities. HERA is structured in workpackages addressing policy needs, knowledge gaps, establishment of new guidelines, stakeholder community consultation and establishment of the research agenda. A specific activity focuses on knowledge transfer towards countries with less active research in environment and health.


Members on this project
Ana Isabel Miranda
Principal Researcher
Joana Ferreira
Researcher

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