HERA stands for the midterm Health and Environment Research Agenda that will be prepared in the course of the implementation of a Horizon 2020 EU project entitled Integrating Environment and Health Research: a Vision for the EU. 

HERA is a 36-month project that was launched in January 2019. It involves 24 partners in total, 22 partners from 15 EU countries, the World Health Organization, and a civil society HEAL. The project is co-coordinated by INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Paris, France) and ISGlobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain). 

RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment role

RIVM together with the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE is work package leader of WP3: Identification and prioritisation of key topics in the environment, climate and health nexus requiring scientific support. They are also responsible for identifying key policy and social topics for knowledge development. 

In HERA, RIVM combines its expertise in both the health and environmental domain.  Participation in this project allows RIVM to identify future priorities for EU research funding programmes, based on a holistic and systemic approach. This will support policymakers and will help improve and protect ecosystems and human health.

Birgit Staatsen, Jeroen Devilee and Sandra Boekhold of RIVM are involved in HERA. 


The HERA project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 825417.