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Elisabet Lindgren is a board certified physician (Karolinska Institutet) and associate professor in Sustainability Science. She has a PhD in Natural Resources Management (Stockholm University), and is since 20 years specialized in health effects of global environmental changes, in particular climate change

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Lindgren is a pioneer within research focusing on early signs of impacts of climate change

One of her key missions is bridging the gap between science and policy

Lindgren has held several positions of trust

Elisabet has contributed to numerous international scientific research and policy activities, and has published as first author in journals such as Science and Lancet. She is a pioneer within research focusing on early signs of impacts of climate change. She was the first to study long-term changes in latitude distribution of disease vectors and variations in incidence of tick-borne diseases in Europe in relation to changes in climate.

Her current work is trans-disciplinary with two main focuses: 1. Risk and adaptation assessments of health effects of global environmental changes and health; a focus that also include surprises and emergence of new threats; 2. Nature-based solutions with health co-benefits, with a sustainable urban focus.

One of her key missions is bridging the gap between science and policy. She has been temporary scientific advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on numerous occasions, as well as to different UN bodies, the European Commission, EU agencies like the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Environment Agency, and to different Ministries in several countries. She was member of the Swedish Government’s Scientific Council on Climate Issues. Lindgren also chaired the Workgroup on Climate and Health in the Swedish Government´s Commission on Climate and Vulnerability 2005-2007, and has contributed to three reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. During autumn 2015 she was senior science director of the EAT Initiative.

Lindgren has held several positions of trust, for example vice-president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, ISDE; member of the scientific steering committee of the GECHH project within the Earth System Science Partnership; member of the scientific committee of the Volvo Environment Prize 2013-2014, and since Dec 2015 member of Wellcome Trust’s Our Planet, Our Health committee.

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