The European Human Exposome Network is the world’s largest network of projects studying the impact of environmental exposure on human health.
It brings together 9 research projetcs, receiving over €100 million from Horizon 2020, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation. These projects address issues such as exposures to air quality, noise, chemicals, urbanisation etc. and health impacts, the projects’ results and will contribute to advancing the European Green Deal’s ambition to protect citizens’ health and well-being from pollution and environmental deterioration by providing new evidence for better preventive policies.
Rooted in international and regional frameworks, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the strategic cooperation on environment and health (E&H) between the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, the Network emerged from three decades of work towards better integration of environment and health in research.
EU Environment and health research and history context
Towards a fundamental shift in looking at health, moving research from the classical bio-medical model ‘one exposure, one disease’ to a more comprehensive approach upon which to build solid, cost-effective preventive actions and policies for the future.
One Exposure, one disease
5th Framework Programme of Research (FP5)
160 M€ EU funds
ERA building, Networks, Integrating Projects
6th Framework Programme of Research (FP6)
275 M€ EU funds
Emerging issues: nano, climate, exposome pilot
7th Framework Programme of Research (FP7)
640 M€ EU funds
For the health of our citizens, our children and grandchildren, Europe needs to move towards a zero-pollution ambition. I will put forward a cross-cutting strategy to protect citizens’ health from environmental degradation and pollution, addressing air and water quality, hazardous chemicals, industrial emissions, pesticides and endocrine disruptors.