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Severo Ochoa Workshop on Climate Change, Sustainable Work Practices, and Green Jobs: Research Needs in Occupational Health

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9.00 - 17.30 h
Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Doctor Aiguader, 88, Marie Curie Room (Ground Floor) / Online

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Climate change has recently been described as the biggest issue for occupational health, affecting both workers and employers on an unprecedented scale. There is an urgent need for further research on the effects of climate change on worker health, and a range of gaps in knowledge which are important to address for policy-making. Climate change may affect workers directly, as well as indirectly through the emergence of green industries, as well as structural changes in the physical and social working environment. European economies are undergoing transformation and reorientation towards sustainability. The green transition is reforming the workplace through implementation of new sustainable working practices, circular economy solutions, and rapid expansion of work in green jobs, resulting in novel workplace exposures and circumstances. Decent and healthy working conditions are a fundamental human right.

The objectives of the workshop are, with a leading international panel of investigators, to: 1) review and critically evaluate the latest evidence on climate change and worker health and safety, with a particular focus on priority and vulnerable populations; 2) facilitate sharing and transfer of knowledge regarding rapidly advancing new research tools and methods; and 3) facilitate identification of data gaps, research needs, and opportunities for new studies, including of coordinated European research efforts.

Participation available both in person (Barcelona Biomedical Research Park - PRBB), and online.

Workshop Organisers:

  • Michelle Turner, ISGlobal
  • Xavier Basagaña, ISGlobal
  • Kurt Straif, ISGlobal

Invited Workshop Speakers:

  • Maria Albin, Karolinska Institutet
  • Karin Broberg, Lund University
  • Alex Burdorf, Erasmus MC
  • Irina Guseva-Canu, Unisanté
  • Manolis Kogevinas, ISGlobal
  • Henrik Kolstad, Aarhus University
  • Rachel Lowe, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
  • Neil Pearce, LSHTM
  • Frank Pega, WHO
  • Catherine Saget, ILO
  • Mary Schubauer-Berigan, IARC
  • Sara Svensson, Halmstad University
  • Kim van Daalen, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
  • Paolo Vineis, Imperial College

Space in the program has also been reserved for rapid presentations/short-talks from workshop participants. Applications from students and new researchers are particularly welcome.


This workshop is supported by grant CEX2018-000806-S funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033