HERA Event




Date: 18th November 2020

Time: 10:00 to 15:30 (cet)

Where / Which Platform: Sofa collaboration®

This virtual workshop will take place in English and we will use SOFA tool. Please click the button below to download or to learn more about the SOFA collaboration® software.

In the era of global environmental change, we must improve the connections between environment, climate and health. The challenges we face are undeniably complex and numerous. Therefore, in-depth, transdisciplinary fundamental and applied knowledge is required, as well as science dissemination, science-policy-society dialogue. This will help us to move forward and ensure relevant design and effective implementation of public policies on European, national and local levels.

In the framework of the HERA project (Health and Environment Research Agenda for Europe), regional stakeholder workshops are being organised in order to further identify, analyse, cluster and prioritise key topics in the environment, climate and health nexus that require scientific support in Europe in the next decade.

The Thematic Workshop of the countries of Southern Europe 2 , is co-organised by:

- The Environmental Engineering Laboratory and the HERACLES Research Center on the

Exposome and Health of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (ENVE Lab),

- The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

- The University of Aveiro of Portugal (UAVR)

- The General Secreteriat for Research and Technology of the Greek Ministry for Development and Investments (GSRT) and will be virtually held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Representatives from stakeholder organisations (around 40-50 persons in total) from various fields of expertise are invited to this workshop.

Agenda of the Thematic Workshop (times are shown in Central European Time)

10.00: Opening, Introduction,

10.30: Break-out Session 1: Priority areas in policy and practice concerning environment, health and climate

11.30: Break + vote on Mentimeter (optional: chat rooms for informal talks during break)

12.00: Break-out session 2: Knowledge needs and research topics

13.00: Lunch Break (and analysis of the results by coordinators)

13.30: Vote on Mentimeter (and chase up of participants who have not connected again)

14.00: Plenary session: Sharing of ideas, links to the HERA work

15.00: Next steps and closing of the workshop

15.30: End of the workshop

It will be a great honor for us if you confirm your participation by the 13th of November 2020, or by designating a representative of your Organization.

Pre-workshop survey

Mentimeter Link to: https://www.menti.com/ptyaz7acxn

Menti-Code: 92 87 85 8

Pre-reading Material


The HERA consortium is interested in perspectives of all stakeholders on issues in the environment, climate and health nexus that need scientific support. For the time being, an Interim document featuring the EU Research Agenda and a COVID-19 report have been developed in HERA project in 2019-2020, consulting various stakeholders and researchers. We are looking for further input from all stakeholders right now. The input received with this survey will be used to further enrich the Interim Agenda towards the final HERA Research Agenda, to be delivered in 2021.

For any clarifications with regard to the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Antonios Stratidakis (antonios.stratidakis@iusspavia.it) or Dr Antonios Gypakis (Head of the Policy Planning Department / Planning and Programming of Policy Actions for RTDI Directorate of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (agypa@gsrt.gr).

On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Prof. Dimosthenis Sarigiannis

Director, Technologies Division - Environmental Engineering Laboratory Department of Chemical Engineering and HERACLES Research Center on the Exposome and Health Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.