Research, Urban Planning, Environment and Health

CATALYSE

Climate Action To Advance HeaLthY Societies in Europe

Duration
Sep 2022 - Aug 2027
Coordinator
Cathryn Tonne
Funded by
European Commission: HORIZON EUROPE

Despite clear signs that the impacts of climate change are escalating, the global response has been inadequate. Traditional scientific efforts have fallen short of providing knowledge and tools that have been broadly applied in decision-making, and innovative approaches to knowledge translation are needed.

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 response 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 specific focus on vulnerable populations including those occupationally exposed to hazards induced by climate change.

CATALYSE is a powerful, interdisciplinary consortium 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.

Consortium partners

The CATALYSE project is led by ISGlobal and includes:

  • Private Universitat Fur Gesundheitswissenschaften, Medizinischeinformatik Und Technik Gmbh (UMIT TIROL)
  • Hertie School Gemmeinnutzige GMBH
  • Simbiotica SL (VIZ)
  • Internationales Institut Fuer Angewandte Systemanalyse (IIASA)
  • Azienda Sanitaria Locale Roma 1 (ASL ROMA1)
  • Umea Universitet (UMU)
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaften EV (MPG)
  • Escola Superior de Comerc Internacional (ESCI-UPF)
  • Health and Environment Alliance Heal Aisbl (HEAL)
  • European Center for Agricultural, Regional and Environmental Policy Research (EuroCARE)
  • E3-Modelling AE (E3M)
  • Universidade do Porto (UP)
  • Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya (METEOCAT)
  • Ilmatieteen Laitos IL (FMI)
  • MASK-air
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputacion (BSC)
  • Universitat Zurich (UZH)
  • University College London (UCL)
  • The University of Birmingham (UoB)
  • The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford (UOXF)

Total funding

10.3 million euros

Our Team

Principal Investigator

ISGlobal team

  • Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
    Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen Research Professor, Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, and Director of the Air pollution and Urban Environment Programme
  • Josep M. Antó
    Josep M. Antó Research Professor
  • Joan Ballester
    Joan Ballester Associate Research Professor
  • Jeffrey Lazarus
    Jeffrey Lazarus Associate Research Professor and Co-director of the Viral and Bacterial Infections Programme

Other projects

See Past Projects

CHAI

Cardiovascular Health effects of Air pollution in Andhra Pradesh, India

ESAIRE

Engaging Citizens in Science: Promoting the Viability of Participatory Sensing for Monitoring Air and Environmental Quality

iMAP Barcelona

The international Mind, Activities and urban Places in Barcelona study (iMAP Barcelona study): Building the evidence base on the relationships between environment, active living and cognitive health

EARLY-ADAPT

Signs of Early Adaptation to Climate Change

ACTIVID

Impact of the health crisis due to COVID-19 on Physical Activity and Mental Health in Spain

REMEDHY

Researching Environments that Magnify Health Everyday

ELHNA

Exposures to light pollution and heat, and neurodevelopment in adolescents

ONES

Fine Particle Matter, Fetal Growth, and Neurodevelopment: Examining Critical Windows of Susceptibility

RECETAS

Re-imagining Environments for Connection and Engagement: Testing Actions for Social Prescribing in Natural Spaces