Final Event of the FP7 Project EO2HEAVEN
The EO2HEAVEN Integrated Project, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, started three years ago with the primary objective to contribute to a better understanding of the complex relationships between environmental factors and their impact on human health. To achieve this, the project followed a multidisciplinary and user-driven approach, involving public health stakeholders, epidemiologists and medical experts, microbiologists and environmental scientists, as well as IT and GIS experts.
To mark this successful completion, and share these results, we organised an EO2HEAVEN Conference Day on 14/05/2013 in Leuven (Belgium) at the facilities of the Faculty Club.
Participants had the chance to:
- Learn how EO2HEAVEN tackled the challenges of building the bridges between the health, environmental and IT domains by making use of OGC standards to link health and environmental data for both decision makers and scientists.
- Experience the EO2HEAVEN work for three demanding case studies in the areas of Air Quality (in Saxony and Durban) and Water-Borne Diseases (Cholera in Uganda) with presentations and demonstrations by the experts.
- Appreciate how EO2HEAVEN strives to make its results sustainable through capacity building, an honest assessment of gaps, and ideas for the way forward towards decision support and early warning systems for health and the environment.
- And above all: meet the experts and discuss these topics with them!
Download the agenda of EO2HEAVEN Conference Day
- Introduction to EO2HEAVEN (Kym Watson, Fraunhofer IOSB)
- Case Study 1: Environmental Effects on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Diseases in Dresden and Saxony (Lars Bernard, Pierre Karrasch, Nadine Stelling, Stefan Wiemann, Joachim Siegert, Jana Arloth, Daniel Kadner, Johannes Brauner (TUD))
- Case Study 2: Ambient Pollution and Childhood Respiratory Outcomes (Rajen Naidoo, UKZN)
- Modelling Ambient Pollutant Concentrations in South Durban (Lisa Ramsay, UKZN)
- Environmental health assessment: Case study of air pollution in the South Durban Industrial Basin (Ente Rood, KIT)
- Case Study 2: software demonstration (Rajen Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, UKZN)
- Cholera Situation in Uganda (Luswa Lukwago, Ministry of Health, Epidemiological Surveillance Division, Uganda)
- Introduction to the Case Study 3: Cholera (Martella du Preez, CSIR)
- Cholera Case Study: The role of environmental, including climate factors in cholera outbreaks in Uganda (Marna van der Merwe, CSIR)
- Epidemiological assessment and outbreak analysis of cholera in Kasese district, Uganda (Ente Rood, KIT)
- Introduction to the Digital Patient Registration Application (Ente Rood, KIT)
- Final conclusions: water-borne infectious disease in Uganda (Kiwuwa Steven Mpungu, Makerere University)
- Capacity Building: experiences from workshops (Rob Lemmens, ITC)
- Lessons Learnt (Ingo Simonis, OGCE)
- Future topics for GEOSS, way forward towards DSS and EWS for health and the environment (Kym Watson, Fraunhofer IOSB)
- Interview with Bruce Dale, eThekwini, South Africa on the needs for air pollution monitoring
- Interview with Ericana Bwambale, District Health Inspector Kasese, Uganda on the potential use of a mobile app for cholera surveillance
- Interview with Lisa Ramsay on education and research opportunities
- Short demonstration of DIRA application
- Short demonstration of Time2Maps