COST Action CA18218

[Webinar] The relevance of noise for population health: novel insights into estimating the disease burden of environmental noise

Friday 26 January 2024, 11h-12h CET

About the webinar

The health impacts of environmental noise are a growing concern. Documented health effects of environmental noise include cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, tinnitus, and annoyance. The environmental burden of disease methodology, based on exposure–response relationship, exposure distribution, background prevalence of disease and disability weights of the outcome, can be applied to quantify, monitor and benchmark the burden of noise in terms of disability-adjusted life-years.

This webinar provided novel insights into the burden of noise, including new burden estimates generated by the European Environment Agency and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.


11h00 Welcome and Introduction
— Dr Dietrich Plass, German Environment Agency
11h10 Uptake and impact of the WHO Environmental noise guidelines for the European Region
Insights into the upcoming EU-wide noise health risk assessment

— Dr Eulalia Peris, European Environment Agency
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11h30 Burden of disease due to transportation noise in the Nordic countries: experiences with the use of data from strategic noise mapping
— Dr Gunn Marit Aasvang, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
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11h50 General discussion


Eulalia Peris

Eulalia Peris is an environmental noise expert at the European Environment Agency. She manages the noise data in the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET), which includes contributions from 32 countries and is the main author of the Environmental noise in Europe 2020 report. She holds a PhD in Acoustics from the University of Salford (UK) and has worked in the area of environmental noise, in both research and management functions. Prior to her current position, Eulalia worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Salford and as a noise and health scientist for Public Health England.

Gunn Marit Aasvang

Gunn Marit Aasvang is a senior scientist in environmental epidemiology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Department of Air quality and Noise. She has worked at NIPH with research and knowledge-based consultancy related to the health effects of noise for more than 25 years. In the last years Aasvang has worked extensively with burden of disease estimations, mainly for transportation noise. She has led the work on the development of harmonized methods for disease burden calculations in the Nordic countries in the NordForsk funded project NordSOUND. Her research interests are within stress and sleep related effects of environmental noise, long-term effects of noise on the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as methodological aspects of health risk assessments and disease burden calculations.

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