CATALYSE is an interdisciplinary consortium led by ISGlobal with a mission to further develop and communicate evidence of the health impacts of climate change and respond to the urgent need for solutions.

The CATALYSE consortium includes five research institutions, nine universities, four SMEs, two government agencies, and one civil society organisation, across Europe.

The CATALYSE project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program, the Swiss Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Executive Board

Professor of Energy, Environment and Health and Vice-Dean Research of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at University College London, UK

Ian’s research in the built environment is at the intersection of climate, energy and health. His research background is in evaluating climate mitigation actions and energy efficiency in the built environment and their impact on energy demand and building energy performance, along with indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, and associated health and wellbeing outcomes. Ian led the development of the UK’s health impact assessment model for evaluating all UK building energy efficiency policy and its impact on indoor environmental conditions and population health, and used in the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance on excess winter death in the UK.

Ian is the Mitigation Working Group lead and former Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration comprising 35 leading research institutions and UN agencies with over 120 collaborators providing an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the emerging health profile of climate change.  Ian has been involved in the Lancet Countdown since its inception in 2015 and previously was a Commission member of the Lancet Series on Climate Change Mitigation and Health (2009) and the Lancet Commission on Health and Cities (2013).

Professor Cathryn Tonne is an environmental epidemiologist based at ISGlobal focusing on the health effects of air pollution from outdoor and household sources and their intersection with sustainable development. Her research has investigated exposure patterns and health effects of air pollution in high- as well as low- and middle-income countries. One of her main research interests is in the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation. She is co-director of the Lancet Countdown for Health and Climate Change in Europe and leads the working group focused on mitigation actions and health co-benefits.

She is the coordinator of CATALYSE and leads the workpackage focused on the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation. She was awarded the Tony McMichael Mid-term career award from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology in 2022 for her contributions to environmental epidemiology. 

Slava Jankin, Chair in Data Science and Government. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Government and the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He is a fellow at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and serves at the Academic Lead for the Alan Turing Institute at the University of Birmingham. 

Slava is the founding director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Government (CAIG). The mission of the Centre is to connect social sciences and artificial intelligence, fostering collaboration among researchers while supporting social sciences engagement with AI. 

Before joining the University of Birmingham, he was a founding director of the Hertie School of Governance Data Science Lab in Berlin – working with governments at various levels at the intersection of artificial intelligence and public policy. He previously worked at the University of Essex, holding a joint appointment in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Institute for Analytics and Data Science and Department of Government. At Essex, he served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to Essex County Council, focusing on artificial intelligence and data science in public services. He has also held appointments at the University College London and the London School of Economics, working on quantitative methods and public policy.

Professor of public health, orientation climate change and health based at the department of Epidemiology and global health, Umeå University, Sweden. Her research has involved research in low-, middle- and high-income countries, some examples of projects are heat exposure and health effects in Costa Rican sugar cane workers, relationship between weather, weather extremes and mental illness in Vietnam, aspects of climate change and health in northern Sweden, reduced emissions of greenhouse gas from households through consumption changes, as well as dengue and risk communication in Indonesian local communities. 

She is engaged in research on climate change, health and communication for behavior change and co-leads WG 4 in Catalyse. She was the integrating editor for health and co-authored the 2015 “Lancet Commission – Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health”. Since the start of “Lancet Countdown 2030 on Health and Climate Change” in 2016, she co-led the working group on adaptation, planning and resilience for health. 

She chairs the Lancet Countdown initiative in Europe, a research collaboration with the mission to monitor and follow health and climate change trends with annual updates for Europe. Maria is the project director for Sustainable Health in Partnership (SHIP), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Umeå University, University of Gothenburg, and Uppsala University. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences’ Health Committee in Sweden, and engaged in two working groups in the European Academies Science Advisory Council. Maria Nilsson is editor-in-chief of the science journal Global Health Action.

Professor of Global Politics and Sustainable Development, School of Government, University of Birmingham, UK

Niheer’s research broadly looks at the global politics of sustainable development and human rights. This includes a focus on the political and policy processes related to health and climate change, including research on how governments, policymakers, and the public engage with evidence on the health dimensions of climate change. He is the Lead and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Public and Political Engagement in the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and the Co-Lead of the Politics and Governance Working Group for the Lancet Countdown in Europe. He also leads the work stream on health and climate change for the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Government (CAIG) at the University of Birmingham. 

In CATALYSE, Niheer co-leads work package 4, which focuses on knowledge translation and how different stakeholders engage with evidence on the health-climate change relationship. 

Department of Epidemiology ASL Roma 1, Lazio Regional Health Service, Italy

Francesca’s research is in environmental epidemiology focusing on extreme weather events, climate change and health. Her work focuses on temperature exposure modelling, developing warning systems and conducting epidemiological studies to identify vulnerable groups and estimate health impacts to support public health prevention. She manages the Italian national Heat adaptation plan and warning systems on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Civil Protection and contributes to the Lazio regional heat plan. She is part of the WHO Europe HIC group and collaborates on revising the Heat health action Plan guidance. She is involved in both European and national projects on climate change and health providing evidence to promote public health adaptation and mitigation. 

In Catalyse she coordinates WP5 which focuses adaptation and mitigation to climate change in health systems.

Josep M. Antó is Senior Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). His training as a pneumologist and epidemiologist has resulted in a long dedication to research on respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD, with special interest in understanding their environmental determinants and promoting their prevention. Among other leadership roles, he has been Founding Director of the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) (2005-2016) and Founding Scientific Director of the ISGlobal (2016-2019). In recent years, he has fully dedicated himself to develop environmental health strategies to address the climate crisis and the challenges of the Anthropocene, promoting the concept of planetary health locally and internationally. In 2018, he contributed to the launch of the UPF Planetary Wellbeing Initiative. Recently, he was appointed co-chair of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change initiative in Europe.













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