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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018




Changing lifestyles and behaviours for healthier and more sustainable societies (INHERIT)


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Organised by EuroHealthNet on behalf of the INHERIT project


The state of the environment, our health, and levels of social equity are closely interrelated. The role that individual behaviours play in moving to more sustainable societies has been under-emphasised and can be a powerful entry point for change. Many measures to protect the environment also improve our health and at the same time reduce inequalities, but work is needed to fully harness and develop the combined benefits.

INHERIT is a four year (2016-2019) EU-wide research initiative coordinated by EuroHealthNet that aims to identify and promote effective policies, practices and innovations that motivate and/or enable people to change their lifestyles and behaviours to simultaneously improve their health, the environment and contribute to greater health equity (‘triple-win’). INHERIT focuses on the area of living, moving and consuming. The initiative began with a review of existing knowledge and the development of a “Common Analytical Framework” (CAF) to explore the areas and relationships being addressed. INHERIT has also identified approximately 100 ‘promising’ inter-sectoral practices can lead to a ‘triple-win’. It has investigated future trends to formulate scenarios for a more sustainable future, is defining, implementing and evaluating inter-sectoral ‘pilot’ initiatives that can contribute to achieving the desired future change, and is feeding outcomes into relevant policy and practice arenas.


13:30 – 13:35 Welcome from chair – 5 mins
Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet

Session one: Why INHERIT?

13:35 – 13:55 Setting the Scene: the need for integrated responses to pressing societal challenges

Harry Rutter, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Scientific Advisory Board member, INHERIT

13:55 -14:05 Introducing INHERIT
Monica Åberg Yngwe, EuroHealthNet

14:05 – 14:30 The INHERIT Common Analytical Framework (CAF) and its application
Brigit Staatsen, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, the Netherlands
Questions and discussion

Session two: The way forward

14:30 – 14:50  Future Scenarios - healthy & sustainable lifestyles in 2040
Kristina Modée (TBC), Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, Germany

14:50 – 15:00 Promising policies and practices that can contribute to behavior change
Ingrid Stegeman, EuroHealthNet

Coffee/Tea – 15:00 -15:30

Session three:  Implementing and learning from the INHERIT pilots

15:30-15:50 The INHERIT pilot studies - working across sectors
Geir A Espnes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Questions and discussion

15:50 – 16:10 Reaching the more and most vulnerable: designing for and evaluating impact on health equity
Ruth Bell, University College London, Institute of Health Equity, UK
Questions and discussion

16:10 -16:30 Cost-benefit evaluations –approaches and effects
Aline Chiabai, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain
Questions and discussion

Session four:  Current policies and approaches – next steps 

16:30 – 16:50 EU approaches – are we on track? Reflections
Questions and Discussion 

16:50 – 17:00 Reflections and Conclusions from chair – 10 mins



The registration fee is € 20 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.