HERA project is composed of six work packages:



Ensures effective and efficient coordination and management of the HERA consortium.


Develop a cross cutting stakeholder community in Environmental Health and to produce the 2020-2030 European environment, Climate and Health research agenda. Collaborates with relevant stakeholder communities and networks at National, Regional and European level.


Identify proactively key areas in policy and practice that require scientific support in the environment, climate and health nexus in Europe in the next decade and to structure the work in an inclusive way ensuring recognition of all relevant regional, national and EU perspectives of stakeholders including those from European countries with less developed environment and health research and policy.


Uncovers research gaps and needs in the area of environment, health, climate nexus integrates the knowledge and forecasts further development and needs.

• Health effects of environmental exposures are traditionally classified according to sources and routes of exposures and along the disciplines of the medical field. Global population increase and urbanisation, industrialization and geopolitical problems have accelerated global changes altering the nature and impact of the environment on health. Furthermore, recent efforts to mitigate the threats to health and ecosystems are themselves changing the patterns of environmental exposures and therefore require integrated and up to date assessments of current research efforts and gaps. In assessing the current research efforts and gaps, the focus will be on the WHO definition of health ‘State of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. Specifically, we will use a broad and comprehensive model of health including both non-communicable and infectious diseases, wellbeing and quality of life, and paying close attention to distributional effects and environment and health inequalities. Environmental exposures can be conceptionalised based on a classical approach in terms of their physical and / or chemical nature. Alternatively, they can also be considered based on sectors or drivers of environmental exposures. Recognising the close relation and dependency between nature, the services it provides (Ecosystem services), and health for people, animals, and the environment we will use and combine a One Health, Planetary health, and EcoHealth perspective.


Move towards a harmonized methodology in health impact assessment studies considering environmental factors and the societal and economic impacts thereof and develops new ones integrating broader factors.


Provides support to other work packages and communicates and disseminates information and knowledge with/to various stakeholder groups and communities

• Develop resources for effective communication and dissemination of HERA results and will ensure that the impact of HERA is maximised through:

• Effective communication to existing coordinating bodies/platforms or to newly established national/regional hubs within the Environment and Health (EH) processes, agreements, communities, and networks and initiatives;

• Dissemination of the results, including outreach/educational activities targeting different audiences to build/strengthen their capacities, with special attention paid to countries/communities with low-intensity EH research.

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