Highlights from the EHEN Scientific Meeting and Research-Policy Event 2023

Around 140 attendees from the nine EHEN projects gathered to talk and exchange on everything exposome. Held in Leuven, Belgium and online from 30th May to 1st June, the  focus of the first two days was to share the progress and results of the projects’ research with members of the network.

The event was organised by the EXIMIOUS and LongITools project coordination teams, the current EHEN leads,  and hosted at KU Leuven. It featured 62 presentations, 11 from LongITools, on all aspects of EHEN’s research, spanning an extraordinary range of topics. Notable themes included early life exposures, health effects of air and noise pollution, and projects focusing on urban design. Research techniques presented included statistical methods, metagenomic analysis, cell profiling, biomarkers, and Artificial Intelligence. Details of each project and links to their latest publications can be found on the EHEN website

Day two wrapped up with an exhibition featuring posters, tools and product demonstrations from all nine projects. This provided the LongITools team an opportunity to display a selection of posters linked to our latest progress and research as well as enabling our work package 7 partners, Ab.Acus, Cynexo and the University of Barcelona to demonstrate the LongITools Risk Assessment System.

The LongITools team with European Commission Project Officer Nerea Aizpurua

Exposome Research: Understanding and Addressing Policy Challenges

On day three, EHEN’s Communication, Dissemination and Policy Working Group invited environmental and health policy specialists to an open event with EHEN researchers. With a focus on exposome research-policy exchange, we took the opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of collaborative research and the power of addressing key challenges from different perspectives. The event was a step forward in engaging with policymakers and other stakeholders, at a point where results and publications from EHEN projects are gathering momentum

You can read more detail about the event and watch the recording on the EHEN website.