Environment and Health Committee

The ERS Environment and Health Committee coordinates the European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) activities in advocating for environmental health, to promote clean air and protect human health.


Environmental policy is a core EU activity and the committee is an active partner in forming policies at the EU level. The committee supports lower thresholds of acceptable levels of air pollution, stricter enforcement of existing EU legislation, advocates for exposure limits to occupational air pollution at the European level and notes the need for further research to fully understand the impact of particular factors on human health.

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Committee members

Zorana J. Andersen - profile image
Zorana J. Andersen
Chair of the ERS Environment and Health Committee

Barbara Hoffmann - profile image
Barbara Hoffmann
Advocacy Council Chair

Declaration of Interests

Annual Declaration of Interest 2023-2024

1 - Personal interests

Regular Paid Consultancy Work


Personal Benefits


Personal Travel Grants or expenses for conferences etc.


Shares in any Relevant Companies (excluding mutual funds)


2 - Non-Personal interests

Company Nature of Support Amount of funds received*
DFGResearch grantD
Umwelt- und NachbarschaftshausResearch grantD
UmweltbundesamtResearch grantD

3 - Other Interests that may be seen as potential conflicts


4 - Tobacco-Industry related Conflicts of Interests

No. I declare that I have not been full or part time employee of, paid consultant or advisor to /received a grant from the tobacco industry at any time after 1.1.2000, for any project or programme.

*Funds Code Legend
less than € 1'000 € 1001 - € 5'000 € 5'001 - € 20'000 more than € 20'000
Ulrike Gehring - profile image
Ulrike Gehring
Expert proposed by the Chair and approved by the Executive Committee

Ana Maria Vicedo Cabrera - profile image
Ana Maria Vicedo Cabrera
Expert proposed by the Chair and approved by the Executive Committee

Ane Johannessen - profile image
Ane Johannessen
Assembly 6

Epidemiology and environment

Dimitris Kontopidis - profile image
Dimitris Kontopidis
Chair of the European Lung Foundation

Dimitris is a cystic fibrosis patient and advocate as well as Vice President of the Greek Patient Association, and founder of Patients Hub.

He won the European Lung Foundation (ELF) Award in 2021 for his efforts to ensure equal access to innovative treatments and health services for all.

Klea Katsouyanni - profile image
Klea Katsouyanni
Expert co-opted for specific tasks

ERS Executive Director is an observer.

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