Environment, health & wellbeing Conference 2020

Vision & purpose of conference: To share and discuss implementation challenges relevant to the Environment, Health & Wellbeing policy nexus

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This virtual conference will hear the results of the most up-to-date pan-European assessment of environmental challenges to our health and wellbeing and will share insights on how European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s vision for a toxic-free Europe might be achieved.

The conference will also include a session examining progress in the human and animal health domains under the first iteration of the National Antimicrobial Resistance action plan (iNAP1) and discuss common challenges and learnings to be taken through to the forthcoming second plan, iNAP2.

The Environment, Health & Wellbeing conference is a free event aimed at HSE and EPA staff as well as Policy Makers, other Agencies, NGOs, and Academics.


Session 1: Environment, health & wellbeing – The bigger picture

Chair: Prof. Alan Barrett, ESRI


Opening of conference & technology briefing

Prof. Alan Barrett (Director, ESRI)


Opening address

Laura Burke (Director General, EPA)


Opening address

Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe (National Director of Strategic Transformation and Planning, HSE)


Healthy environment, healthy lives – How the environment influences health and wellbeing in Europe

Martin Adams (Head of Health and Sustainable Resource Use, European Environment Agency)


EU ambitions for a non-Toxic Environment – Key actions for a sustainable chemicals policy

Prof. Michael Depledge (European Centre for Environment & Human Health, Medical School, Exeter University)


Questions and answers



Session 2: Antimicrobial Resistance – National Action Plan progress

Chair: Dr Maurice Mulcahy, Regional Chief EHO (HSE)


iNAP1 (Human Healthcare) – successes, challenges, learnings and progress to iNAP2

Rosarie Lynch (Head of Patient Safety Surveillance, National Patient Safety Office, Department of Health)


iNAP1 (Animal Healthcare) – successes, challenges, learnings and progress to iNAP2

Dr Caroline Garvan (Superintending Veterinary Inspector, AMR Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)


Antimicrobial Resistance and the Environment – Sources, Persistence, Transmission & Risk Management

Prof. Dearbháile Morris (NUI Galway, AREST AMR Research Project Team)


Collective Action Problems in Healthcare and Environmental policy areas

Dr Pete Lunn, Behavioural Sciences Unit, ESRI




Reflections & Close of Conference

Dr Micheál Lehane (Director, EPA)