Winter 2020 Newsletter

Air pollution and COVID-19:
Clearing the air and charting a post-pandemic course
Virtual meeting, December 2nd 4.00 - 5.30 PM CET
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the world. Disruptions to and closures of businesses, schools, industrial activities, and unprecedented restrictions on travel have led to reductions in emissions and improvements in air quality in some locations. The meeting discusses air pollution and health in the context of the pandemic. Moreover, the global impact on health, the social fabric of the civil society and the economy has created a decisive moment in history. We must use this window of opportunity for achieving the goals of the European Green deal, the environment and health-related SDG2030 agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, avert looming threats, and highlight co-benefits of mitigation strategies regarding environmental pollution and the climate crisis. ISEE Europe, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Health Effects Institute (HEI) are organizing a virtual meeting to discuss environmental health research needs and policies to inform the European Green Deal in these challenging times.
To register for the meeting, click here.

Please contact Barbara Hoffmann or Ulrike Gehring for more information and watch the ISEE Europe website for updates on the meeting.

Attributing Health Impacts to Climate Change - Upcoming Webinar
December 3rd  5.00 - 6.30 PM CET
Climate change is already impacting human health, and it is expected that climate-sensitive health risks will amplify over the coming decades as global warming progresses. A large body of literature found increased risk in climate-sensitive health outcomes associated to extreme weather events. However, the extent to which the impacts observed so far can be attributed to climate change remains unclear. This is what the so-called detection and attribution studies seek to address. This webinar sponsored by the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine and the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research of the University of Bern and ISEE Europe will provide an overview of current developments in these studies, in particular with regards to health impacts, and the potential implications of attribution and detection studies for defining the ‘cause’ in law. Speakers will be Friederike Otto, Kristie Ebi and Petra Minnerop.

You can register here for the workshop. 

For questions, please contact Ana-Maria Vicedo Cabrera

ISEE YOUNG - Feb 18-19, 2021 online
Aimed at early career researchers, ISEE Young promotes scientific communication and discussion, fosters networking and collaborations, and is an opportunity to exchange experiences and new ideas in the field of environmental epidemiology! The call for abstracts has closed. The local and scientific organising committees are now working hard to put together an exciting programme and interactive online experience. For more information and to register click here.

New Executive Council Members are taking on the challenge
This year 66% of ISEE Europe members voted in the ISEE Europe elections (thanks!), which is a record-breaking turnout. We are happy to present the new elected councilors Petter Ljungman, Kurt Straif and Elaine Fuertes, taking on the challenging work towards enhanced funding for research on environmental health, sustainability and resilience of careers in environmental research, and effective translation of evidence  into policy, particularly in context of the European Green Deal, environment and health-related SDGs, and the Paris Climate Agreement. We thank our outgoing councilors Danielle Vienneau, Ulrike Gehring and Mireille Toledano for their contributions to the European Chapter, and we look forward to their continuation as associate members.
Petter Ljungman is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet and Senior Consultant of Cardiology at Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. As an elected member of the ISEE Europe Chapter, his aim is to put to good use his multiple engagements in clinical medicine and environmental epidemiology to forge interdisciplinary alliances and increase the awareness of environmental health issues within clinical sciences.

Kurt Straif worked for almost 20 years at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO, and since his retirement, he works as a scientist at ISGLobal and as a Visiting Professor and Co-Director of the Global Observatory on Pollution at Boston College. Kurt’s strong international expertise in evidence synthesis for policy, his current involvement in the HERA project (setting the priorities for an environment, climate and health research agenda in the EU) and the initiation of the DE-grading Epidemiology (DEEP) Network (together with Neil Pearce and David Savitz) will help towards ISEE’s Europe strategic goals.

Elaine Fuertes is an Imperial College Research Fellow at the National Heart & Lung Institute, working on various topics related to environmental health (e.g., air pollution, noise, greenspaces and aeroallergens). Elaine has always been a champion for ISEE’s early-career researchers and will continue to work towards developing stronger ties with under-represented research groups and countries through opportunities created by, for example, an increased use of virtual events. 

We are also happy to welcome Artur Badyda as an associate member to our chapter. Arthur is an associate professor and head of the Department of Informatics and Environment Quality Research of Warsaw University of Technology, and head of the Laboratory of Environment Quality Research. Arthur will promote the results of environmental health research and ISEE activities in Central-Eastern European countries, a region with some of the most polluted countries in Europe.

Consensus on EU long-term budget for 2021-2027

On 10 November, negotiators from the Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached consensus on the next long-term budget for 2021-2027.

The European Parliament succeeded to obtain €16 billion more for key programmes in the areas of health, research and education, including €4 billion for Horizon Europe, €3.4 billion for the EU4Health program and €2.2 billion for Erasmus+.

Next, the European Parliament has to approve the budget, the Council needs to sign off by unanimity, and national parliaments will need to ratify…

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