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MU to host conference in Brussels as part of Czechia’s EU presidency

As part of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, Masaryk University has organised a conference on the environmental health of Europe. The event will take place directly in Brussels on Wednesday 9 November and will be accessible online.

The conference called State of the Environmental Health in Europe: Scientific Solutions to Global Crises will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 9 November.

Following its success in organising the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI) 2022, the biggest research event of the Czech EU Presidency, MU will host the Presidency’s second major conference, this time directly in Brussels. The MU RECETOX research centre is a major contributor to the State of the Environmental Health in Europe: Scientific Solutions to Global Crises conference.

“It is a great honour for MU to support the agenda of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council and to host such an important event right in the heart of the European Union. The conference will help increase our visibility and reputation directly in the EU capital and also expand our opportunities related to affairs such as research grants,” says Břetislav Dančák, MU Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and guarantor of the conference at Masaryk University.

The November conference is being held under the auspices of Mikuláš Bek, Czech Minister for European Affairs and former MU Rector. Masaryk University has organised the event in cooperation with the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), ISGlobal Barcelona, universities joined within the EDUC alliance, as well as Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Örebro University in Sweden.

The conference follows up to the March symposium on Chemical Exposome and Public Health organised by the French Presidency and aims to establish a tradition of similar gatherings to discuss current scientific and societal challenges in the field of environment and public health organised by the countries holding the rotating EU Council presidency. The topics are based on the EU Research Agenda 2030 defined under the Horizon 2020 Health and Environment Research Agenda (HERA) project.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be opened by MU Rector Martin Bareš together with Minister Mikuláš Bek and Sébastien La Picard, Vice-President for European Projects at Université de Rennes 1. Two-panel discussions will follow. The first will focus on the topic of Eco-Exposome as a possible link between global pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss and population health. The second panel will focus on the transformational changes in society that are needed to adapt to global developments.

These discussions will be followed by an afternoon session on the establishment of the long-term SP-HERA platform that will provide the capacity to further update, develop and support European research objectives in the areas of environment and health.

The conference is open to the public and participants can still register. Viewers can join the conference online on Wednesday 9 November via the MUNI TV live stream at this address