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CATALYSE - Climate Action To Advance Healthy Societies in Europe

Research project CATALYSE is a collaborative research project which is comprised of an interdisciplinary consortium that wants to drive climate action in Europe. Their mission is to study and communicate the negative health effects of ongoing climate change - and respond to the urgent need for solutions.

The project will explore how environmental risks caused by climate change, ecosystems and human health are connected, highlight the consequences of climate change for healthcare and the health benefits that various climate measures can bring.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2022-09-01 2027-08-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Project description

CATALYSE stands for Climate Action To Advance Healthy Societies in Europe. In addition to providing new knowledge for informed decision-making, researchers aim to share useful tools for turning theory into practice.

CATALYSE will also develop tools to be able to monitor and predict climate and environmental risks and present strategies to limit negative effects. For example, for people who in their daily work are exposed to health risks caused by climate change.

CATALYSE is a powerful, interdisciplinary consortium comprising of 9 universities, 5 research institutions, 1 civil society organisation, 2 governmental bodies, and 4 SMEs with a mission to further develop and communicate evidence of the health impacts of climate change and respond to the urgent need for solutions.

CATALYSE is part of the European cluster on climate change and health.

A longer description of the project

To catalyse climate action in Europe to protect public health, our overarching goal is to provide new knowledge, data, and tools on: i) the relationships between changes in environmental hazards caused by climate change, ecosystems, and human health; ii) the health co-benefits of climate action; iii) the role of health evidence in decision making; and iv) the societal implications of climate change for health systems.
This will be achieved through five specific objectives:

1) to develop an integrated indicator framework and repository to track the status of health-relevant outcomes of climate actions

2) to quantify the health co-benefits and full social and environmental costs and benefits resulting from mitigation measures outside of the health sector

3) to develop innovative surveillance and forecasting tools that facilitate effective responses to environmental health hazards (e.g. heat stress, allergenic pollen) caused by climate change and the design, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to mitigate climate change

4) to investigate how stakeholders engage with evidence regarding the health impacts of climate change and to develop strategies and tools to facilitate engagement

5) to provide evidence and training on the most effective strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation for health systems, with a specific focus on vulnerable populations including those occupationally exposed to hazards induced by climate change.

The project is coordinated by IS Global, Barcelona Institute of Global health, based in Spain.

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External financing

CATALYSE has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101057131.

Latest update: 2022-12-07