GoGreenEx Celebrates the Women Leading the Way in Environmental Science

March 8th is International Women’s Day. This year’s campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange. With that in mind, the team at GO GREEN EX would like to take a moment to celebrate some of the women whose endeavour has had an enormous impact on our work.

Professor Lora Fleming is the Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH). The ECEHH is a research facility located at the University of Exeter, Truro campus.
It conducts important research into the connections between the environment and human health. Professor Fleming has
done a great deal of research on the interactions between a marine environment and human health. She is a recipient of the Dr Edouard Delcroix Prize and the Anton Bruun medal in recognition of her work.

Ms Holli-Anne Passmore is a researcher at the University of British Columbia. She has worked tirelessly to promote recognition of the interaction of nature and wellbeing within mainstream psychology. Ms Passmore has been awarded two research scholarships: SSHRC Graduate Scholarship which is awarded to outstanding postgraduate students, and the Killam Doctoral Scholarship for the advancement of learning.

Dr Easkey Britton is the first women to be nominated for the WSL Big Wave Awards for tow surfing. She also a five time Irish National Surfing Champion. Linked with her surfing prowess is her work researching and promoting health, social wellbeing, and interaction with blue spaces. She has spoken at Tedx conferences, surfing summits and international conferences. Projects which she is currently involved in include: the documentary Into the Sea, as well as founding Waves of Freedom an organisation that helps empower women through sport.

Dr Matilda Van Den Bosch is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr Van Den Bosch has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO) US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her work includes investigating topics such as the health effects of urban parks. She is also president-elect of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment and president of the Swedish Society of Behavioural Medicine.

Julia Kane Africa leads the biophilic design and restorative landscape areas of the Nature and Health program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an academic research center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this role, she examines the ways in which nature (parks and green spaces) and natural design cues (natural features in built environment settings) in urban settings support psychological and physiological health and resilience. Julia has completed graduate coursework in environmental health, exposure assessment, and sustainable design at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a member of the International Living Future Institute Biophilic Design Advisory Board and the Biophilic Cities Network.

Professor Maria Albin is head of the Epidemiology and Environmental Medicine at Lund University Hospital. She is also deputy head of the Occupational and Environmental section. Furthermore, she serves as director of Metalund, a research school dedicated to understanding environmental effects on Public Health.

Ms. Liesbet Dirven-van Breeman is a researcher at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands (RIVM). She works at the Centre of Sustainability, Environment and Health and studied ecotoxicology at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Ms Lieke Friederichs is an adviser in water management at RIVM. She has also worked for the WHO on issues relating to water and health. She has an MSc in International Land and Water Management and worked at Climate-KIC, a climate initiative offered by the European Centre of Innovation and Technology.

Dr Mireia Gascón is a specialist in toxicology and environmental health. She has worked at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona as well as numerous other epidemiological projects.Professor Hilary Graham is Professor of Health Science at the University of York. Professor Graham was Director of the ESRC Health Variations Programme and is author of the books: Unequal Lives: Health and Socioeconomic Inequalities and Understanding Health Inequalities. Professor Graham has been awarded a CBE and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2016.

Dr Hanneke Kruize is a senior environmental epidemiologist at the RIVM’s Centre of Sustainability, Environmental and Health. Recently, she has led projects on green space and health. Dr. Kruize studied Environmental Epidemiology at Wageningen University before obtaining her PhD in Geographical/Environmental Sciences at Utrecht University.

Dr Stefania Marcheggiani is an environmental microbiologist at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) in Rome, Italy. ISS is the leading body performing research and training for public health in Italy. Dr Marcheggiani has previously been involved in EU research projects.Laura Mancini is a Senior Researcher at ISS and the Head of the Environmental Quality and Fish Farming Unit. She has published several papers on water quality and safety She has also been involved in a number of European projects.

Dr Dieneke Schram-Bijkerk is an environmental epidemiologist with RIVM. She has worked on several projects relating to health and the environment. Recently, her work has focused on the positive health effects of green spaces.

Camilla Puccinelli is a biologist working at the Environmental Quality and Fish Farming Unit at ISS. Her research interests include water quality assessment and ecotoxicological analysis.Professor Ana Maria Roda de Husman works at RIVM providing policy advice to policy makers at the Dutch government. She has also advised the European Commission, the WHO, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). She is also chair of Global changes and environmentally transmitted infectious diseases at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences of Utrecht University.

Brigit Staatsen is senior researcher in environmental epidemiology at RIVM. She has an MSc in medical biology, with specialisation in epidemiology and toxicology. She has published papers on numerous topics including Health Impact Assessment and urban green spaces.

Susanne Wuijts is a Senior Researcher and policy advisor at RIVM. She has a background in hydrology and environmental engineering and is currently working on a PhD focussing on governance and water quality.
Cristina Vert is a doctoral student at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). She has a MSc. in Public Health as well as experience working on the EXPOsOMICS project which investigates new ways to investigate environmental exposures.
Wilma Zijlema is a postdoctoral student working at CREAL. She has a PhD from the Department of Epidemiology at the University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands and is currently working on improving understanding of the positive health effects of green and blue spaces.
Nicola Yeo is a PhD student at the University of Exeter Medical School. Nicola has a background in biomedical science and a MSc. in Environment and Human Health.Dr Tanja Wolf is a Technical Officer for Climate Change and Health at the WHO. She has contributing to several WHO publications, and has worked on several projects funded by the European Commission.

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