INTERCAMBIO Project to Promote Mental and Physical Health in Workplaces Affected by Climate Change

Health and Environment Neuroscience and Mental Health

This five-year project is funded by the EU, coordinated by ISGlobal, and involves collaboration with IISPV (Clinical and Epidemiological Neuroscience Research Group -NeuroEpia-). It will focus on the implementation and evaluation of interventions in key industries in Europe.

In response to growing concerns about the impact of climate change on occupational health, INTERCAMBIO, a five-year project, has been launched to understand and address these challenges in Europe. The initiative aims to promote the mental and physical health of workers in changing work environments due to the effects of climate change.

The project was launched on 10 January at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). Coordinated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), INTERCAMBIO is financially supported by the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA) and the European Union’s Horizon Programme. It involves a consortium of 13 partners (among them the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute and, specifically, the Clinical and Epidemiological Neuroscience Research Group -NeuroEpia-), from 8 European countries.

INTERCAMBIO will address key issues related to the mental and physical health of workers through detailed evaluations of interventions in strategic industries across Europe that are relevant to the green and digital transitions. The areas for these interventions include outdoor construction, healthcare, public transport, renewable energy and waste management.

The project will also use large-scale, geographically diverse, longitudinal consortia to conduct further climate-related research. “We hope that our findings will be of significant scientific and societal relevance and can support the formulation of new policies in the field of occupational health,” says Michelle Turner, ISGlobal researcher and coordinator of the INTERCAMBIO project.

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