Featured Interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands

Evangelia Chrysikou of the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, United Kingdom, will be conducting a featured interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands, at The 2nd European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2022).

The presentation will also be available for IAFOR Members to view online. To find out more, please visit the IAFOR Membership page.


Featured Interview with Miriam Weber, WHO European Healthy Cities Network Chair for Utrecht, Netherlands

The City of Utrecht is investing in healthy urban living for everyone, a vision in which health equity is addressed in and implemented through a wide range of urban policies and programmes. With a life course and positive health approach and in co-creation with stakeholders and citizens throughout the city we are addressing gaps in health outcomes, providing social and physical living environments where the healthy choice is an easy choice, and where underlying mechanisms of negative health outcomes are targeted. One of the priority areas of Utrecht’s health policy plan is healthy ageing, and as such we are implementing programmes on ‘trip prevention’, biking and dementia-friendly environments.

As a member of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, Utrecht is working in close collaboration with the WHO, healthy cities in Europe and globally, and with research institutes. Sharing knowledge, piloting research outcomes and setting the (inter)national agendas regarding health, enables cities to address the many challenges of ageing, climate change and other (health) crises.

Speaker Biographies

Miriam Weber
Gemeente Utrecht, Netherlands

Miriam WeberMiriam Weber PhD studied environmental and natural sciences at the Open University of the Netherlands. After her international career as a management and environmental consultant, she combined her PhD research at Utrecht University and managed the noise department of DCMR Environmental Service Rijnmond. Since April 2016, Miriam has broadened her professional focus from environmental policy to 'healthy urban living for all'. At the municipality of Utrecht, she is responsible for the healthy ageing programme. In addition, Miriam is Utrecht’s coordinator for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and chair of the WHO cities working group on environment and health. With her broad and longstanding experience in knowledge development, implementation and task-oriented networking, Miriam also plays a leading role in various international research projects such as Equal-Life and the Joint Action Health Equity in Europe.

Evangelia Chrysikou
Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, United Kingdom

Evangelia ChrysikouDr Evangelia Chrysikou is a registered architect and senior research fellow at UCL. She owns the award-winning SynThesis Architects (London – Athens), that specializes in medical facilities. Her work received prestigious awards (Singapore 2009, Kuala Lumpur 2012, Brisbane 2013, Birmingham 2014, London 2014). Parallel activities include teaching at medical and architectural schools, research (UK, France, Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Greece and the Middle East) and advisory. She advised the Hellenic Secretary of Health and is the author of the new national guidelines for mental health facilities. Dr Chrysikou is the author of the book ‘Architecture for Psychiatric Environments and Therapeutic Spaces’, healthcare architecture editor, reviewer, active member of several professional and scientific associations and a TED-MED speaker. She is a Trustee, Member of the Board and Director of Research at DIMHN (UK) and Member of the Board at the Scholar’s Association Onassis Foundation.

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