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Health Impacts of Climate Change: a way forward with the Climate-Health Cluster


Climate change is already impacting health in multiple ways and is undermining determinants for good health, such as clean air and water, food, safe shelter, and economic opportunities. The transdisciplinary conference on Connecting Health and Climate Change brings together researchers, experts, policy makers, and NGO and private sector representatives, from all career stages. It provides an arena to present research findings and discuss climate change effects on health, adaptation, societal consequences, and opportunities for climate resilient development.

The Climate-Health Cluster, composed by BlueAdapt, CATALYSE, CLIMOS, HIGH Horizons, IDAlert and TRIGGER will have a joint session called “Health Impacts of Climate Change: a way forward with the Climate-Health Cluster” at ENBEL 2023. Chaired by Raman Preet, the session will take place on the 12th of October, at Stockholm, Sweden, at the Clarion Hotel Sign (Main Room, B1-2) between 15:30 and 16:45 CET. This session will have as speakers:

  • Marc Neumann (BlueAdapt)
  • Cathryn Tonne (CATALYSE)
  • Suzana Blesic (CLIMOS)
  • Stanley Luchters (HIGH Horizons)
  • Debra Jackson (HIGH Horizons)
  • Jan Semenza (IDAlert)
  • Silvana Sabatino (TRIGGER)

The European Climate-Health Cluster aims to address climate change-induced health risks and help preparedness and adaptation.

As a cluster, we promote synergies between the environmental and health (research) communities and, jointly, we generate a better understanding of the link between climate change and health impacts and threats and we are researching:

  • Connections between
    • Changes in environmental hazards caused by climate change

    • Climate-induced impacts on ecosystems,

    • Their influence on human and animal health.

  • Climate-induced transmissions of pathogens and spread of zoonotic pathogens.

It is composed by:


BlueAdapt is a European research project responding to the climate-based health risks of pathogens in coastal waters. We will explore how pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites move through the aquatic environment. We will assess how pathogens could be affected by climate change and review the most effective policy initiatives for reducing emerging health risks. BlueAdapt is funded by the European Union and UK Research and Innovation.


CATALYSE seeks to provide new knowledge, data and tools to close the knowledge-to-action gap to accelerate climate change action and protect public health in Europe. CATALYSE will do this by:

  • developing an integrated indicator framework and repository
  • quantifying the health co-benefits and costs of mitigation measures
  • developing novel surveillance and forecasting tools
  • investigating how stakeholders engage with evidence regarding the health impacts of climate change
  • provide evidence and training on the most effective strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation for European health systems


CLIMOS aims to help mitigate climate – and climate change-induced emergence, transmission and spread of vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens based on Eco-health and One Health approach particularly those which relate to sand fly vector populations and sand fly-borne disease.

HIGH Horizons

HIGH Horizons hopes to alleviate the impact of heat exposure on pregnant women, newborns, children and health workers through mitigation and adaptation interventions in health facilities, a personalised Early Warning System and policy-oriented work.


IDAlert aims to tackle the emergence and transmission of zoonotic pathogens by evaluating adaptation and mitigation strategies to build a Europe that is more resilient to emerging health threats. The project will develop novel indicators, innovative early warning systems and efficient tools for decision-makers.


TRIGGER deepens the current understanding of the complex linkage between climate (meteorological and climatic conditions), human health and ecosystems (exposome framework) and to use this knowledge in practice to advance society up-take at both personal and policy level.

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Register by 31 July to get early-bird fee.

The hybrid conference is organized by ENBEL – Enhancing Belmont Research Action to support EU policy making on climate change and health. ENBEL coordinates a network of international health and climate researchers under the Belmont Forum’s Collaborative Research Action on Climate, Environment and Health and similar EU research programs. Through this conference ENBEL aims at help strengthening the health argument for climate action. 

WHEN and WHERE: 11-12 October 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden