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Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE): a Strategic Research Agenda for Europe and Beyond

Objective

A Growing body of evidence indicates that the marine environment and human health are inextricably linked. These linkages encompass both risks to health and wellbeing, and a range of potential benefits and opportunities. However, much of this early evidence has been established in the US, under the rubric of the integrative meta-discipline of “Oceans and Human Health” (OHH). Far less is known about these issues in other parts of the world, including the European context which faces its own set of unique challenges and opportunities.

Building on the early leadership shown by members of the consortium mapping these issues in Europe, the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) consortium brings together an international multidisciplinary European team of marine, health, social and economic science experts and practitioners to explore these relationships in the European context. By including a broad range of interdisciplinary partners from both marine and health sectors, SOPHIE can demonstrate reach across disciplines and communities in Europe and internationally.

Responding directly to the BG-06-2017 call, SOPHIE’s primary aims are to: a) deliver a clear, evidence-informed Oceans and Human Health Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) within the European context, based on extensive involvement by diverse stakeholders; and b) ensure that the structures needed to develop and implement this SRA are in place and will exist as a legacy beyond the life of the project. These aims will be achieved by: (i) systematic synthesis of the current evidence base; (ii) developing and coordinating a European community of OHH stakeholders; (iii) identification of innovative solutions to sustainably reduce risks and promote benefits; (iv) scenario modelling and horizon scanning; (v) knowledge exchange through bespoke training and skills programmes; and (vi) a global OHH Conference to present SOPHIE’s findings and enhance European leadership and global cooperation in OHH research

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 406 720

Participants (7)

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 293 462,50
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SEASCAPE BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 312 500
Address
Kindermansstraat 14 Bus 19
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 249 946,25
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Activity type
Research Organisations
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 224 771,25
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3721 MA Bilthoven
Activity type
Research Organisations
BREAKAWAY TRAVEL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 143 750
Address
Paseo De La Infanta Isabel 3 8 Izda
28014 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASSOCIACIO SUBMON: DIVULGACIO, ESTUDI I CONSERVACIO DE L'ENTORN NATURAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 114 350
Address
Carrer Rabassa 49-51 Local 1
08024 Barcelona
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN MARINE BOARD IVZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 254 500
Address
Wandelaarkaai 68
8400 Oostende
Activity type
Other